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Gloucestershire pubs won't be deterred from hosting hunting meets say landlords

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

The Cotswold Hunt at The Stirrup Cup in Bisley

The Cotswold Hunt at The Stirrup Cup in Bisley

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Plans by anti-hunting protesters to pressure pubs into not hosting meets will not work in Gloucestershire, landlords have said.

The Hunt Saboteur Association has started an online campaign to lobby landlords in order to get them to refuse to host meets of hunts.

A spokesman for the Bitter Taste of Hunting campaign said it was not its intention to hurt the pubs’ business, and some supporters of the campaign have said that they should frequent pubs which agree not to host the hunting meets.

The spokesman said: “Our aim is to name and shame the pubs hosting hunting events, not to put pubs out of business, but to put hunts out of business.”

But Sandra Davenport, the manager of the Lygon Arms in Chipping Campden, which has hosted the North Cotswold Hunt, said she wouldn’t be put off.

She added: “It’s a tradition here and it’s a beautiful spectacle when they’re all outside. We’ll still be willing to host the hunt.”

Philip McLaughlin, landlord of the Stirrup Cup in Bisley which hosts the Costwold Hunt, said he would not be put off by the protesters.

“The way I look at it is that this pub is part of the community, and has been for years. This is something that’s been going on in the community for a couple of hundred years, so it’s a tradition for the pub.”

Jo Aldridge, one of the organisers of the Beaufort Hunt, which is based in Badminton, dismissed the campaign of the protesters.

“We have pubs and hotels clamouring to host meets. It helps the economy in the area and trade at the pub.”

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  • CaptCX  |  February 17 2014, 3:28PM

    A couple of points:- 1) If a pub is called 'The Stirrup Cup' & has a sign outside depicting a huntsman on a horse, it's pretty obvious where the pub's traditional roots are. Expecting them not not serve people from the hunt is pretty unrealistic isn't it? If you are against hunting, the best way of protesting against establishments that support hunting are to not use them. 2) Why do hunt supporters always assume that people who don't support the hunt are townies? Why can't they accept that not everyone from the countryside thinks like them? 3) Even if the majority of people against hunting ARE townies, why shouldn't they have an opinion on hunting? If they think that it is cruel, they have every right to say so. Not many of us work in a bank, but it doesn't stop us having an opinion on the economy does it?

  • irishrover  |  February 16 2014, 7:27PM

    pubs who continue to support the illegal sport of fox hunting are living in the past.I'm sure you would not dream of putting large colour photo's of a live fox being torn to bits on your walls(that would be bad for trade)so why bury your head in the sand and call killing a defenceless animal in such a barbaric way tradition?Times are changing and you have got to change with them.

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  • gilesyb  |  February 16 2014, 5:23PM

    "Fox hunting is against the law so if you you allow it to happen on your premises as a business owner you should be prosecuted," No one is actually hunting in pubs though surely?

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  • stevemisog  |  February 16 2014, 2:20PM

    Aletheia. Until you have come out into the countryside and have witnessed at first the behaviour of hunts and hunt sabs you have no right to comment on either of them. I suggest before you make any more assumptions on things you haven't seen with your own eyes, that you go out with your local Sab group and experience hunts actively pursuing wild mammals then watch the glee on their sick faces as the hounds tear into an exhausted animal. You may even get lucky and see some sabs getting the **** kicked out of them by hunt supporters and terrier boys.

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  • jojo1960uk  |  February 16 2014, 1:49PM

    I just wish, some of these pub landlords would 'play the movie through to the end' and find out exactly what these 'traditional' people do, and worse - enjoy. Every time they go out, they mislead a gullible public who fall for their schpeel about trail hunting and the outright lie that they don't kill foxes. Its not difficult to find the evidence via google, so before blindly repeating and believing the hunt propaganda of 'tradition' and 'spectacle' and that hunt saboteurs are fascist terrorists; they have a duty to find out the truth and make informed decisions. If people, not just landlords, took just 10 minutes to watch a few YouTube videos on what happens during a kill, cubbing, terrier work undoubtedly some minds would change about allowing these people anywhere near their pubs. They would also see films showing how hunt saboteurs do their job. Hunting is illegal, cruel and wholly unnecessary and justifying it is fast becoming folly because word is spreading about the persistent law breaking, violence and cruelty that goes with it. The Hunt saboteurs ethos is peaceful protest with the sole aim of allowing the hunted animal to get away safely by putting themselves between the hunt and their quarry, be it deer, fox, hare or any other animal the hunt choose to kill that day. A successful day is going home knowing that at least one of our own precious indigenous animals has escaped a dreadful death. Half the saboteurs are women who risk physical injury and abuse along with the men, they all bravely put themselves between mounted riders, terrier men and hunt hangers on to stop a kill. Do the research landlords and if you still deem it acceptable to host these hunt meets so be it, but you are condoning an archaic and barbaric 'sport' which hides behind propaganda from the hierarchy that is designed to mislead and needs to be broken down; like the Berlin Wall. It is time.

  • Mort_Brandon  |  February 16 2014, 12:24PM

    If these hunts actually stayed within the law there would be no problem. Unfortunately they continue to hunt foxes with hounds in defiance of the law. Any pub that supports illegal hunting deserves to lose business as they are complicit in law breaking.

  • RoadWombat  |  February 14 2014, 9:52PM

    Aletheia - here's the first of the deluge: Well done and thank you for a balanced and mature comment! You will, of course, get red-arrowed by the simpletons and , I'm afraid, as it's pearls before swine. You can but try to educate the masses but the lack of the 'common sense' gene makes it an uphill struggle.

  • imphal1  |  February 14 2014, 2:53PM

    Hysteria rules. The "vast" majority of folk live in the town and know almost nothing of what goes on in the countryside. Admittedly there are many ex-towney retirees who move to the country and then try and turn it into their version of an imagined rural idyll. The reality is that pests have to be controlled and for hundreds of years that was done by hunting with dogs. Now it is down to farmers shooting foxes to keep the numbers down and who knows how many wounded animals crawl away to die instead of being despatched quickly by hounds. All of this is completely irrelevant in this topic as landlords of pubs are not breaking any laws by serving other people who are not breaking any laws. The truth of the matter is that many people don't like to see other (usually wealthier) people enjoying themselves riding horses around the countryside even though they no longer hunt foxes.

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  • Millie2  |  February 14 2014, 11:26AM

    Fox hunting is against the law so if you you allow it to happen on your premises as a business owner you should be prosecuted, We cant pick and choose which law we decide to follow by whatever suits us , somebody needs to do something about this. A fox is pretty much a wild dog and a natural part of our heritage , it amazes me how these idiots enjoy this cruel bloodthirsty sport and how some people blinker the law so they can make a quick buck. how depraved AND inhumane !!! thank god the majority of people in this country are good people and against cruelty,

  • Walker100e  |  February 14 2014, 10:58AM

    I was once against hunting with dogs and then I realised I was actually just jealous that I wasn't an ignorant, cruel idiot who thought that pain and suffering of innocent wildlife was just a bit of a lark. I also realised that if I actually participated in hunting then I would understand that drag hunting, where one could actually set a course that would suit all participants and avoid trespassing on other peoples land and where I could ensure my hounds avoided going onto the railway and roads where they got injured and killed was a ridiculous alternative to being a mindless murdering fool. But that's only my opinion.

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