In the second episode of our sit-down interview series we dismantle some of the common accusations aimed at hunt saboteurs. One of these is the notion that violence and hunt sabotage go hand in hand. We directly asked Harky whether hunt saboteurs are just as bad as hunt supporters when it comes to their behaviour in the field and this was his reply:
“The majority of the negative perceptions of hunt sabs are caused purely by the pro hunt and I don’t think it is backed up by the public at all. It is sort of to do with the videos that go viral, the videos of the fighting and the assaults which often don’t have a lot of context behind them. All you’ll see is a clip of a fight happening and there is no context behind how it started.”
“It’s a funny one because 99% of all hunt sabs are vegan and the perception of vegans is we’re all tree-hugging hippies and we’re tree hugging hippies until we become hunt sabs and we’re supposedly the most aggressive and violent people on the planet. A hunt saboteur will always defend themselves but the idea that we’re there to cause a fight is ridiculous. It is a war or morals. It is a war of you’re doing something that is so so disgusting and we’re here to try and stop you doing that.
This video was one of four in a series looking at what it means to be a hunt saboteur. If you haven’t already done so you can watch the full interviews here. We think it is important to get across the valuable work undertaken by hunt saboteurs across the country and also to start breaking down the common misconceptions that are often created by hunt supporters. This series is just the beginning of a whole host of chats and discussions with not only saboteurs but wildlife campaigners and activists, creating a platform for conversation on issues of importance.
There is a role for everyone to play in the fight to end the persecution of wildlife. Whether it be hunt sabotage, online activism, or fundraising, we can each play an important part. We encourage everyone reading this to head to our get involved page to find more details about how you can help our campaigns.
If you’re interested in becoming a hunt saboteur or want to find out more about what it involves please get in touch with your local group here.