Atherstone Hunt – It’s Role in the Rural Community
The Atherstone Hunt has been in existence since 1815 when the kennels were established at Witherley and have been there ever since. We welcome all people, white heterosexual males are most welcome, women are also welcome but must remember their place and not speak out of turn. Gay people are advised to stay away and it’s a definite no no if your not white or British.
The members of the hunt have a variety of jobs and professions including: farmers, plumber, scrap metal dealer, farmers, boarding kennel owner, agriculture contractor, farmers, and house wives. They total less than 20. Beside these riding members there are numerous car followers. Up to 7 or 8 cars a day can follow the Atherstone hunt. Many of the occupants are retired and elderly and really look forward to their winter of illegal fox hunting which would be long and dreary without a fox being chased to exhaustion and then brutally ripped apart.
On Boxing Day the meet was in the small town of Market Bosworth. The town square was completely full of the general public, many were there to protest against this outdated and barbaric blood sport.
On New Years day the town centre of Atherstone was also full of hunting supporters and anti-hunt protestors. Unable to deal with this opposition the hunt supporters do what they know best and turn to violence. Their shocking violence making the international press. The Atherstone face opposition where ever they go which proves to us that that the majority of the general public think that fox hunting should be consigned to history.
As can be seen from the variety of occupations that our members have, hunting gives them a unique opportunity to meet up with other fellow sociopaths and to really become involved in our beautiful English countryside and experience the feeling of anticipation, exhilaration spiced with a flow of adrenaline when an innocent life is chased to exhaustion before being set upon and disemboweled by our pack of hounds. There is nothing quite like it. Our members are involved in all kinds of animal cruelty throughout the year, from hunting foxes at the Atherstone, hunting hares with the North Warwickshire Beagles and hunting mink during the summer with the Dove Valley Mink Hounds. Some of us even enjoy a spot of badger baiting.
The Atherstone Hunt employs two regular staff (although due to lack of money we can’t pay them) and provides accommodation for three. They are all loyal employees (they are currently suing us for lack of earnings) who work many hours, some of them unsociable and are treated badly by the masters. A large proportion of the work done by two of our staff is the collection and disposal of casualty farm animals, which are then fed to our hounds despite the obvious risks of spreading Bovine tB across our country (we do what we can for the local community).
There is also a very active Atherstone Hunt Branch of the Pony Club. It creates an environment for brainwashing and desensitising young riders to animal cruelty.
The Atherstone, hunt on 40 days per season, starting at the beginning of September and finishing the second week in March.
Meets are held at private houses and farms but we trespass on land we are not welcome on, go through peoples back gardens (foxes don’t see boundaries) putting people’s pets at risk. We have even been known to chase the odd dog that’s been out for a walk with its owners.
There are local protests against hunting wherever we go.
The relationship between the Atherstone hunt and the large majority of landowners and farmers is at an all time low. We consistently trespass on land we are not welcome on, don’t tell people when we are hunting near their land and even manage to upset the landowners who do welcome us. If you don’t allow us on your land we’ll get neighboring pro-hunting land owners to bully you until you do
Compiled and written by: Richard J Tyacke MFH