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Lewes District Council: Stop Supporting Hunting on boxing Day

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We are appealing to Lewes District Council Councillors to not allow the closure of Lewes High Street on boxing day 2015 (and beyond) for the meet of the Southdown & Eridge (fox) hunt. Every Boxing day Lewes District Council give permission to close Lewes High street for the fox hunt the Southdown & Eridge. This hunt has clearly stated that will return normal hunting if hunting was legalized. The police do not monitor the hunts activities in any fashion.

They are very secretive about their activities with no advertising of meeting places except for Boxing day, so members of the public acting as hunt monitors are left to try and check to see if they are breaking the law and hunting as normal, an illegal act. Over the past years a number of hunt monitors have been the victim of violent attack by members of the hunt resulting in hospitalization, theft of property and criminal damage.

UPDATE: Since this petition started people conencted to the hunt have attacked anti-hunt activists. One was stabbed with a knife causing serious injury to their hand, as well as a fractured jaw and broken tooth to two other people.

By allowing Lewes High Street to be closed for this hunts boxing day meet, Lewes District Council is showing tacit support of the Southdown & Eridge hunt and silent approval of the violent intimidation tactics of their supporters against hunt monitors.

At present around 80% of the populace is opposed to fox hunting and to allow this practice goes in opposition to the will of the majority of your constituents.

We ask them not to approve the road closure of Lewes High Street on boxing day

2015 and beyond.

At the bottom of this email is a link to a video of one of the attacks on hunt monitors, one in a long list.

Please sign our petition and send a message to Lewes District Council that they should not support the Southdown & Eridge hunt by allowing the closure of the high stgreet.

You can also contact Lewes District Council directly at:

We have already contacted all the Lewes Councillors regarding this request. Please keep all your comments polite.

South Coast Hunt Watch

Note the image is one of the attacks made on Hunt monitors which resulted in criminal damage, theft and serious injury caused by supporters of this hunt..

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