A group in the United Kingdom, calling themselves the “Brighton Hunt Saboteurs”, set out to disrupt fox hunting expeditions in their area, swarming the fields, set on dropping the participants.
While not banned outright, the British government had placed heavy restrictions on this type of hunting back in 2005, but the hunters in this particular incident say that they are well within their rights and the legal boundaries of the law.
As the two sides met and an argument ensued, one of the activists grabbed a hunters horse by the collar. After refusing to let go, the woman beat her with her riding whip repeatedly. It’s pretty insane.
Meanwhile, the other activists screamed that horses shouldn’t be turned into “weapons.” Another screamed “don’t charge horses into people. You can’t ride people down.”
A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said, “As we have always known, the reality is that the anti-hunting movement is far more about the hatred of people who hunt than the love of animals.”
Local police reported having opened an investigation into the incident:
“A third party report of an assault has been made after a man was allegedly struck with a riding crop by a horse rider in Herstmonceux on Saturday (November 18).”
“The incident happened in a field off Church Road around 12:30 p.m. The victim was reported to have received a bruise and bump to the head, but did not require medical treatment.”
“The informant was not a witness to the incident, but police have now identified the alleged victim and an investigation is under way.”
“Police are aware of a video reportedly showing the incident being available on social media.”
One of the anti-hunt activists, 28-year-old Martin Shaw, criticized the hunters saying that their reaction was over the top and unfortunate.