November 13, 2020
A private zoom seminar, supposedly for training hunt masters, was filmed and leaked by the HSA.
The video allegedly shows the Master of the Foxhounds association (MFHA) chairman Lord Benjamin Mancroft, MFHA Mark Hankinson, Richard Tyacke director of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles (AMHB aka the hunting office), Phil Davies Countryside Alliance Police Liaison and more all openly discussing "smokescreens" and methods to dodge the law.
Notably, many of the members providing this "training" are retired police and Tory peers.
In the meeting they brazenly discuss Hunt Saboteurs and hunt protestors, as well as groups monitoring and collecting evidence. They discuss when and what to record and what not to record, using legal loopholes to disguise illegal hunting, and counterintelligence methods when dealing with the police.
This video seemingly confirms allegations made for years by anti-hunt protestors, that there is a serious top-down conspiracy to encourage and facilitate illegal hunting.
The HSA's press release highlights:
The panel talk about creating a “smokescreen” to allow them to continue illegally hunting and ex-police officer Davies says at one point “I hope no police officers are watching”. The presence of terrier men at so-called trail hunts is described as the hunting community’s “soft underbelly” as they have no justification for their presence.
This is a shocking admission considering this has been an repeated question from the anti-hunting lobby for years.
More will follow as we wait to hear from the Countryside Alliance, MFHA, and The Hunt Office.