Le Hunt Sabotage in France - LOVE IT!
December 2, 2007
Britain exports le hunt sabotage
THE French are grumbling about les rosbifs again and
this time it is not for pushing up property prices.
The latest scourge from across the Channel is
interfering with their enjoyment of a good days sport
and is known as le hunt sabotage.
It is a recent phenomenon that came from Britain ,
said one hunt enthusiast, describing a wave of
commando-style actions against stag hunts by saboteurs
clad in black.
One hunt west of Paris said it was targeted in October
by a group of three dozen militants from a French
organisation called Animal Rights. They prevented
huntsmen letting hounds out of a lorry. Police have
been called to protect various other hunts from
interference by the men and women in black.
The fate reserved for some animals in this country is
disgusting, said Marie Hélène Huard, one of the
activists, in an internet video that recommends
blowing horns to confuse hunters. I dont know how we
can be so cruel.
A saboteur who identifies himself as David said: We
want the abolition of stag hunting. He went on: Hunt
sabotage was born in Britain where numerous [animal]
lives have been saved thanks to this technique.
Since the British ban on foxhunting, he added,
English hunters come to kill animals in France . We
have to do something.
Few countries are more attached to their hunting than
France , a land steeped in rural traditions where
riding to hounds may have begun, say the French, more
than 1,000 years ago. The French even claim to be the
origin of the term tally ho, a corruption, they
claim, of taïaut, the French hunting cry.
Thousands of people take part each year, dressing in
swallowtail coats of blue, green, red or black to
chase foxes, stags, deer or wild boar. Dogs and horses
are blessed by priests. Hunters even have their own
political party. They do not take kindly to saboteurs.
The latter, however, are becoming increasingly well
organised since the first antihunt operations two
years ago. Internet and text messaging has helped,
said a saboteur wearing an armband emblazoned with the
slogan Animal liberation, human liberation.
Their activities have forced hunters onto the
defensive. Weve become a bit more discreet, Michel,
a stag-hunting enthusiast, told Le Journal du
Dimanche. We no longer announce our meetings
Could the saboteurs ever put an end to the practice of
hunting in France ? Never, said another enthusiast.
It is part of our heritage.
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