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THU 07 JUN 12
A Minority Pastime
(Michael Dixon / 106 mins / 2010 / UK)
Benefit for Bristol Hunt Saboteurs
Warning: This film contains strong language, violence and scenes of animal
£3 (all proceeds go to Bristol Hunt Sabs)
When Slad Valley resident Nisa Ward witnessed a deer torn apart by out-of-control
hunting hounds her life changed forever. As a child lost in the woods
of a grim fairy tale, she unearths a shocking world of cruelty, violence
and fear. This film follows her journey of discovery as she tries to understand
why the right to hunt and kill animals for sport is so important to a
small, but very powerful, group of English people.
"This startling new feature-length documentary highlights the issues
surrounding hunting with hounds and how ordinary people are often adversely
affected by it. The film was started by Nisa Ward, on a shoestring budget,
after the tranquillity of her idyllic Cotswolds hamlet was twice shattered
by invasions from out of control hounds chasing wild animals. She began
by investigating similar incidents. Nisa reveals an untold story –
of ordinary people who find their peace and security ruined by hunt intrusion.
Penwith resident Amanda Richardson speaks movingly of how her beloved
pet cat was literally torn to pieces by hounds from the Western Hunt in
2009. The near despairing accounts of a Midlands couple and a single lady
goat farmer from Devon, who seem unable to gain any relief from constant
intrusion, are equally arresting.The conduct of hunting since the ban
in 2005 is also examined. Experienced monitors’ testimony and footage
raise serious questions as whether hunts really are, as they claim, acting
within the current law. Nisa gives the hunters ample opportunities to
explain their behaviour, but the accumulation of hideous images and contrary
testimony so skilfully interwoven powerfully contradicts them.”
- Alan Kirby and Nina Johnson, The Cornishman
All proceeds from this screening will go to BRISTOL HUNT SABOTEURS. Hunt
Saboteurs have been using the same basic tactics since their inception
48 years ago; the underlying principle being to directly intervene in
a day’s hunting, to tip the scales more in the favour of the hunted
animal, mainly by delaying or confusing the hounds.
By observing how hunts operate, reading the available literature and with
some lateral thinking, Hunt Saboteurs worked out that they could give
hunted animals that extra bit of time to make good their escape from the
jaws of the hounds, and on occasions render a whole day’s hunting
Using hunting horns in a similar manner to the huntsman, Saboteurs found
they could take control of a pack, or at least cause enough confusion
for the quarry to slip away. Voice calls to attract the hounds or to fool
the hunt staff into thinking their quarry has gone in another direction
are extremely effective, as are cracking whips to send the hounds back
off the scent line of an animal or away from road or railway lines.
Pungent lemon oil sprays are used if the path of the animal has been seen,
which serve to mask the animal’s scent and further delay the hounds
progress. More recently, amplified tape recordings of a pack of hounds
in full cry have been used to encourage the real pack of hounds away from
the animal they are chasing and over to the Saboteurs, out of harms way.
After years of speculation, hunting with hounds was banned in England
& Wales in 2005, however most hunts continue much as they did before.
The police rarely help enforce the Hunting Act, due to a combination of
ignorance on hunting techniques, interpretation of the law, and bias towards
those who hunt and against those who try to stop it. In theory, hunting
with hounds is a thing of the past but in practice countless animals are
pursued and ripped to pieces by hunts in the UK every week.
Bristol Hunt Saboteurs have years of hands-on experience in taking action
to save the lives of countless hunted animals every year. By using tried
and tested methods such as horn blowing and voice calls. The group operate
throughout the South West of England, and sometimes beyond, during hunting
season. They are constantly on the lookout for new Saboteurs to join them
out in the fields so if you are interested get in touch with them through
their website: www.network23.org/bristolhuntsabs