Hunt sabotage

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Hunt sabotage is the direct action that animal rights or animal welfare activists undertake to interfere with hunting activity.

Anti-hunting campaigners are divided into those who believe in direct intervention and those who watch the hunt to monitor for cruelty and report violations of animal welfare laws.

  • Interventionists may lay false trails or use sound and visual distractions to prevent the hunters from being successful, destroy hunting towers[1] and enter hunting estates and farms to disarm animal traps.[2][3] This tactic of directly confronting the hunters has led to several activists being injured or killed.[4]
  • Non-interventionists use video, photography and witness statements to support prosecution of hunters who commit offenses or to raise awareness of issues they consider show hunting as cruel, ineffective or in a bad light.

By country[edit]

In the United Kingdom the interventionists are often[citation needed] (but not always) members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, while the non-interventionists are often members of the League Against Cruel Sports or, more recently, Protect Our Wild Animals or the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Every year in Spain, organizations such as Equanimal or the platform Matar por matar, non[5] are involved in the sabotage of the Copa Nacional de Caza del Zorro (Spanish: "National Fox Hunt Cup") following the hunters making noise with megaphones to scare foxes and preventing them from being killed.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Hunting towers burned". North American Animal Liberation. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ "HSA Tactics Book - Legal". Hunt Saboteurs Association. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Traps & Snares: Secret Sabotage". Hunt Saboteurs Association. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ Moon, Lee (30 March 2015). "Why I am still sabotaging fox hunts 10 years after they were banned | Lee Moon". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Equanimal se suma a la espantada del zorro el día de la copa nacional". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 8 February 2007. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  6. ^ Lombardero, Xavier (28 January 2008). "Incidentes entre cazadores de zorros y ecologistas acaban con un detenido". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ "«Es una matanza, no una competición deportiva», afirman los ecologistas". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 24 January 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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