Following the release of internal documents it has been reported that AXA has been providing legal insurance to a number of hunts across the country.
Members of the public are understandably alarmed and many have contacted AXA not only to express their concerns but to ask that the policies are cancelled.
As followers of Keep The Ban are probably already aware, hunts are continually taken to court whether it be for charges brought under the 2004 Hunting Act, violent assaults or criminal damage amongst other offences. The policy that hunts have with AXA ensure a level of legal protection and assistance can be given to members of the hunting community.
The internal document released by the group "Hunting Leaks" reveals one of the key reasons that this AXA policy exists is due to the presence of a "hunting man in the industry". One can only presume this is a reference to Sean McClarron who was ex Master of the Derwent Hunt and who runs the insurance company McClarrons. On the 5th of April AXA Insurance publicly responded to criticism regarding their involvement with hunts by releasing the following statement;
"Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We will look into the points raised. While AXA is committed to a confidential relationship with our customers, we are mindful of any concerns expressed. We only support businesses and individuals who operate within the law."
In the days that have followed hundreds of policy holders and non policy holders have taken to social media platforms to ask AXA to axe it's relationship with hunts. Keep The Ban fully supports calls for AXA to reassess their position and to carefully consider whether it wants to be associated with the hunting fraternity. If you would like to take action please consider contacting AXA and politely asking them to axe their insurance policies with the hunts. Below are some contact emails that you can use to get your voice heard by AXA.
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In the second episode of our sit-down interview series we uncover the violence that is sometimes encountered by hunt saboteurs. Speaking openly about his past three years sabbing, Harky talked through the time he was savagely attacked by a hunt supporter and left with permanent hearing damage.
“The violence is shocking but you can’t be shocked by it. My team entered a field and witnessed three guys attacking another sab from another group so as we rushed over one of the stewards came out of nowhere and rugby tackled me into a metal gate and it just totally smashed in the left side of my head and I’ve now got a continuous injury in my ear, a constant ringing because of that assault.”
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.