Melb Hunt Saboteurs

Melb Hunt Saboteurs

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Linda and Max did this phone interview mid May with a representative from Melbourne Hunt Saboteurs. They remain anonymous out of safety concerns.

Who exactly are the Melbourne Hunt Saboteurs?

We are I guess you could call us a group of passionate and committed activists who have formed together under the belief that actions have always meant more than words, and who are very fed up with the current political climate of the animal rights movement in Victoria and probably Australia as well.

So the collection of activists who come to Melbourne Hunt Saboteurs initially come across to oppose the hunting of foxes with hounds within Victoria  but as we have found along the way that the collective understanding of the saboteurs in the group is that we are very frustrated – upset kind of takes ownership of it – but we’re frustrated with the current climate of the animal rights movement in Victoria.

How do you organise and how do you stop hunts?

Yeah.. so Melbourne Hunt Saboteurs is the first direct opposition to hunting with hounds in Australia… being the first brings about a lot of new things and first things and we’re the first and only club at the moment to come with the support and to be directrly associated with the Hunt Saboteurs Association in the UK who have been out sabotaging fox hunts for the last 60 years.

So what we do is a derivative of basic direct action, we get in the way of the hunt, a non violent style of direct action you know we bring no harm to the hounds or to the horses that are being dragged into this.

We used the methods that the Hunt Saboteurs Association in the UK have used and refined over the last 60 years. So it’s everything that the hunt use to control the hounds we use those tools those tricks in reverse. From voice commands to calling the hounds over to using [inaudible] horn, to the whip… never whipping the dogs but the whip signifies that the hounds need to stop.

Like the sound of it?

Yeah the sound of it even just the sight of it cracking a hunting whip is a skill in its own, a few of us can do .. we’re trying to so it on the run as well is a bit tricking so even just the sight of it is enough to make the dogs stop what they’re doing and come back.

Everything that the barbaric hunters use to force the hounds into destroying the fox we use to take control of the hounds. And then it becomes a game of cat and mouse we take control of the hounds they try to take them back. We never put the hounds at risk we never call them over a road or into an area that is dangerous for them but it definitely if the hunter is chasing a fox and the hounds are on a fox we’ll use everything we’ve got to call those hounds away from a live fox.

We’ve seen that we have guns at some of these hunts is there ever a worry about being shot?

Um yeah, we’d be really stupid if we didn’t acknowledge and have plans and methods in place for that. The law in Victoria is a bit grey but it’s also very clear in certain components so the hunts can legally chase a fox with their hounds and when we’re talking about fox hunting we are talking about that traditionalist crap of men and women in red coats chasing an animal for fun. And the law says they can do that but the law says they’re not allowed to let them attack a fox so that’s where the guns come into [it] um we sabotaged a hunt in Victoria two weeks ago and it was rather difficult because they were shooting foxes.. so called flushing foxes where they use the hounds and the fox horses to drive the fox out of its area and into the path of hunters who have guns so its always a bit tricky. We always dress in black and we cover our faces so we can’t be identified. You know dickhead hunters with small appendages and big guns like to shot anything so we have to be really careful with that one.

So far we haven’t really been confronted with too much violence involving hunters with guns but it’s a real live threat.

What’s the largest hunt that you’ve had to deal with?

In Australia our opening hunt which you can see all the footage on Facebook (Melbourne Hunt Saboteurs) we sabbed Oakland opening hunt he in Melbourne and that was pretty well attended with probably 30 riders. But we also had a crack at their combined closing hunt of the season 2017 and there were mores hounds but less [sic] riders. This time there were more riders about the same number of hounds. But I’ve also sabbed in the UK so I recently got back – just before the Australian season opened which runs from the end of April to the start of September – from the UK where I spent three weeks [inaudible] and sabotaging with the UK guys over there… their hunts were a lot bigger than what Australian hunts are.

How many hunt clubs are there in Australia?

Ohh far too many, at the moment we’ve focused all our intel and all our resources to just focus on the hunts within Victoria and I Victoria alone we’ve got 14 on our books which we need to keep tabs on and we know there’s a couple of smaller ones that pop up every now and then.

But Australia where ever the fox has been introduced you’ll find a club unfortunately, Sydney has a very prestigious club, Queensland has another couple of hunts and we’ve been approached by  a couple of people in Queensland wanting to set up a Queensland Saboteurs up there to oppose the blood sport and the class-ism of the people who attend hunts.

But Australia wide it wouldn’t surprise me if there were over a hundred.

Often people say that fox hunting is a necessary thing because foxes are an introduced species what do you say to that?

Well the truth is that the fox is well an introduced species. It was introduced shortly after white invasion and it was introduced by white invaders. So they could continue the tradition of hunting. So the fox is here of no fault of its own.

And yes it was a pest species, evolution is a funny thing. Time is also equally hilarious, the fox is not the villain that is is made out to be, you know the biggest aggressors towards the fox are the farmers people who are already profiting off the abuse of animals so animals of consistently lamb during winter are upset because the fox eats lambs. The fox accounts for four percent of farming loses.

In a perfect world we would say people should stop profiteering off animals. The fox is here whether it is classified as a pest, it’s not classified as a pest in New South Wales, it doesn’t exist in Tasmania, in Victoria it’s classified as a pest, it’s not classified as a pest in South Australia…… Australia needs to get its head around how we’re going to look at the fox.

Government programs to control the fox are well and truly there and they’re another fight we’re trying to take on. But I don’t think anything deserves to be ripped apart by dogs simply because a bunch of rich aristocrats want to chase it on horseback.

There’s no conservation value in hunting with hounds and that’s been widely reported in Victoria.

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Did I read somewhere that they sometimes let out foxes especially for the fox hunt?

Yeah.. yeah… Look you’re absolutely right, like I said the laws are very specific, they’re not allowed to dig a fox out of its set, if a fox goes to ground they have to leave that fox alone.. and absolutely we are into our second season of opposing the hunt the evidence of foxes being let out simply for the hunt is there and we’re.. we’re waiting to gather some more intel before we can put a strong case together to shut there hunts down.

And just to be clear when you say let out like they’re let out of their burrow or do you mean they’re caught especially and then let out ?

Oh yeah the latter.

Yeah ok

So they’re caught especially, then they’re held  and then they will be let out. It’s really to point out as well, people always ask, what about the welfare of the hounds and the hounds are bred to do this. The hounds are bred to do this but the hounds that can’t do it are shot. The hounds in the hours before the hunt are starved, they’re deprived of everything so when they get out the hunt men who control the hounds, they’re blood thirsty because they have no food they’re starved so they have a drive to have that instinct … hold on we have to eat otherwise we’re not going to do too good as a general thing so.. as far as the welfare of the hounds we care for those hounds far more than the hunt does.

Unfortunately because the fox is marked as a pest I don’t think it comes under any protective laws at all. you know we’ve had… the times this season we’ve actually gone out we’ve had quite a surprising response from the police who have attended, which was a big shock to us.

Where they have.. um the officer who came out to our opening sabotage of Oaklands was very much on our side.. but .. again was very reluctant to put in place and uphold the law which he wasn’t too familiar with which really pissed us off.

Because why are you a police officer… whether or not you are familiar with the law .. we had the law printed out and saved on our phones and we’ve got documents to show you the laws of hunting with hounds on foxes ……mmm … the old blue didn’t want to get involved but he was surprisingly ok with us trying to put an end to this.

And is it actually illegal what they are doing?

Yes absolutely.

And it can’t be a cheap think for them to do so that’s even more sign of bourgeoisie exclusivity.

So when people in Australia, people think of hunting they think of duck hunters, your stereotypical bogan who drives with a couple of hunting stickers and hunting cages on the back tires that are to big for the car kind of deal. These people who hunt foxes on horse back are well to do, they’re lawyers, bankers, doctors, politicians, local council members, they feel that they are very well to do people. They have something called the stirrup cup where they drink wine that’s served to them on a silver platter while they’re on horseback just before the hunt.

And the fees to involved yourself in a hunt depending on its exclusivity can range anywhere from eight or nine hundred a year up to four and a half grand.

The Sydney Hunt Club is almost the same price as if someone was stupid enough to send their kid to a private school.
This is all about class, these people who are hunting these animals they have no welfare [concerns] for their hounds and they don’t care about animal welfare what-so-ever however you view the fox.

This is what they feel is their god given right as trying to molest the traditions from England. And they’re hunting over here… the white settlers invaded Australia and bought over the fox to continue the bullshit here. So these people are Liberal people who contribute to systems that are already in place to put the common person down.

As well as being an animals rights fight this is also a class fight we.. these people are barbaric, rich toffy wankers who simply think the saboteurs are uneducated peasants and it couldn’t you know be further from the truth.

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If you want to find out more Hunt Saboteurs Association in the UK have some useful resources.

I checked the website of the Sydney Hunt Club and there is no mention of the welfare of the foxes.

 

It’s a vagina, ok?

It’s a vagina, ok?

“Vagina vagina vagina vagina vagina. V. A. G. I. N. A.

I don’t like using the euphemism pussy. It’s a vagina. Keep it real.

Men will say cunt but they can’t say vagina. A vagina is strong. Men are weak around vaginas.
Fuck you cunt I have a vagina.”

(Caveat: I’m not going into the whole discussion about vagina vs vulva for this argument I’m just using vagina vs pussy as the general terms)
This is something that had been circulating in my head for some time. Building up like a tumour that eventually burst out.

VAGINA.

A lot is being said about reclaiming the word pussy. In my opinion there’s nothing to reclaim.

Well maybe a bit. It is used as a pejorative sometimes as in ‘you’re a pussy‘ ‘don’t be a pussy‘ meaning someone is weak but we can probably all agree that vaginas – or pussys for this argument – are not weak.

Some say the word when actually used to describe the female genitalia is offensive but to me and seemingly lots of people it’s used like a euphemism, to say vagina is too descriptive. Too real. Outré.

Like when people say ‘I slept with so and so’ when they really mean I had sex with them. Just fucking say it. Everyone knows what you’re saying.

Donald Trump‘s famous (infamous?) grab em by the pussy remark lead the word out into the open and onto the front page of The New York Times.

Half a million women marched in Washington wearing what is meant to be a vagina beanie but looks more like a cervix to me.

Besides this vagina head gear is great but let’s call it wearing a vagina on ones head not a pussy like when your cat tries to suffocate you. I’m all for a vagina hat that is anatomically correct.

The etymology of pussy brings up a few theories as to its origin, the Norse word puss meaning pouch, the obvious feline connotation and others. It’s also seen as a term of endearment in 19th century literature.

Four and a half years ago Naomi Wolf’s book Vagina: A Biography was published. From the reviews I’ve read it seems to be more focused on the private realm of the vagina.

One year ago she wrote the introduction to another book about women’s reproductive organs, this one called Wolf Whistle Politics: The Resurgence of Misogyny in America Today.

This book is a collection of writings by journalists and feminists about the current sexism in politics which seems to have taken a time warp back to centuries past. And battles many women thought were dead and buried.

An abstract from the introduction published in The New Republic includes a reminder that although Ireland just voted to overturn anti-abortion laws Trump signed an executive order banning foreign aid to countries that offer abortion counselling.

When men say pussy to me they are referring to the area and do not mean it offensively it’s just the slag word.

Many men from a non-English speaking backgrounds I’ve met don’t actually know the word and hearing them try to pronounce it is hilarious.

Pussy takes away the power of the vagina and cunt is a great word but doesn’t actually describe the object. Although reclaiming it is a must.

As far as being confronting to men and ‘the patriarchyvagina nails it on the head.

And there’s all these other words –

  • Cooter
  • Clam
  • Beaver
  • Cooze
  • Vajayjay
  • Muff
  • C.U. Next Tuesday
  • Trim
  • Pussy
  • Snatch
  • Fanny
  • Box

Equally as stupid. But used because apparently men don’t know what to say to their partners when referring to their vagina. And some women think using the proper term will kill the sexy mood.

But I say if you can’t say vagina you shouldn’t get to stick your dick into one.
Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Don’t be a pussy just say vagina.

And while I’m at it don’t be a dick just say penis. Penis, penis, penis.

It’s Sabotage

It’s Sabotage

This weeks Subversion is featuring an interview with a representative from Melbourne Hunt Saboteurs.

The (blood) sport of foxing hunting is not as well known in Australia as it is in the United Kingdom. The number of hunt clubs in Australia may surprise you.

The Stimulator is back with another sedition of The Fucking News this time focusing on antifa actions in so-called North America which have seen the true identity of well known fascists revealed.

The stories featured in Bad Cop No Donut are posted here.

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NITORIS                                                                                          All Our Loving

ATOM TM                                                                                                   Insulting the DJ

CHUMBAWAMBA                                                                     Farewell to the Crown

PALEOWOLF                                                                                                      Hunter

THE CASSINGLES                                                                             Lady Macbeth

MICROPLATFORM                                                                Think Globally Act Locally

DECIDE TODAY                                                                                    Don’t talk to Cops

The Rebel Beat 085: Dio Ganhdih

The Rebel Beat 085: Dio Ganhdih

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Welcome back to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat podcast!

Our special guest on the show this month is Dio Ganhdih! Dio Ganhdih is a queer Indigenous MC, with roots in Awkwesasne Mohawk territory, and now based in NYC. She’s part of the epic Revolutions Per Minute family, and spits absolute fire on the mic. Check her out!

In our Turn It Up segment, we look at artists who are standing alongside Palestinians, both in Palestine and in the diaspora. Check out the initiative of Montreal-based artists in solidarity with Palestinian refugee Omar Ben-Ali.
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And finally, Kareem Samara from Firebrand Records is taking over the Firebrand social medias this week to talk everything Palestine & BDS related. Follow along as you rock to the brand new EXCLUSIVE premiere of the single “Nil’in” by Kareem, Ryan Harvey, and Shireen Lillith.

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Bad Cop No Donut 22/05/2018

Saatchi Art Artist Matt Denison; Painting, “Bad Cop, No Donu
Saatchi Art Artist Matt Denison; Painting, “Bad Cop, No Donut

Newly released body camera footage is reigniting police brutality claims where a Fort Collins Police officer is seen body slamming a female Colorado State University student.

Officer Randall Klamser is  recorded throwing 22-year-old Michaella Surat face first into the pavement during the investigation of a bar fight.

Klamser says Surat can leave the scene, but when she turns around, he grabs her Surat repeatedly asks what she had done wrong Klamser without answering threatens to throw her to the ground.

Seconds later the officer throw Surat to the ground.

She is the one accused of assault however with Klamser stating in an affidavit she attempted to choke him.

Larimer County prosecutors dropped assault charges, but are still charging her with resisting arrest.

Klamser was placed on administrative leave, but was eventually cleared by the department of wrongdoing and is now on active service.

Surat’s resisting arrest trail is scheduled for August and a civil rights complaint is expected to be lodged.


An indigenous man died in custody in Western Australia early this month.

The 19-year-old inmate at West Kimberley Regional Prison last week reportedly collapsed suddenly at 4.45pm on Thursday May three.

On the way to hospital paramedics provided CPR but the man died in hospital at 5.26pm.

 

The Welcome to Country website has posted an article stating the death was only given media coverage in one article on ABC Local Kimberly.

In the article ‘Media silence after 19 yo Aboriginal man drops dead in remote W.A prison‘ Welcome to Country states the lack of attention towards cases like this can also be seen as a wider attempt to devalue the lives of all Aboriginal people.

They say answers are needed as to how this death happened.

‘Was violence involved? Was it due to overcrowding, overheating or neglect of prisoner welfare?’


Four Victoria Police officers have been suspended on full pay, and one assigned to ‘alternative duties’ over three separate incidents of violence which were captured on CCTV.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius, head of Professional Standards Command, has ordered the suspension of three officers over the first incident.

In the Melbourne suburb of Preston, a disabled pensioner known as ‘John’ can be seen being forced out of his home by the officers.

He is then sprayed in the face with capsicum spray, and pinned down on the ground by 6 officers, and one officer can be seen hitting the man repeatedly on the legs with a baton.

The incident was captured on the victims CCTV footage in October 2017.

In a second incident, which occurred at a chemist in the same suburb in 2016, one officer has been suspended after footage was captured on the store’s CCTV camera.

A man had entered the chemist intending to rob the store, before police arrive.

The footage shows the man being repeatedly punched, hit with a baton, kicked, and stomped on by an officer.

A fifth officer has been assigned to ‘alternative duties’ over an incident that occurred in Bendigo in 2015.

23-year-old Indigenous man Jia Meeks was arrested for being ‘drunk and disorderly’. After refusing a photograph, Mr Meeks was thrown head first into a metal door by an officer.

Victoria Police say these are interim actions only whilst all three incidents are being investigated by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).

Subversion Podcast: Namaste Bitch

The title of this show comes from an article about Louise Hay and the affect of her new age woo on those infected with AIDS at the height of the crisis on the 1980s.

Linda wrote an article about Louise Hay last week and you can hear that during the show.

The brutality of police is addressed once more in Bad Cop No Donut. We also discuss some anarchist film forums happening in Brisbane.

Check out the killer music we played below.

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SUPER RAELENE BROS    …………………………………… Wiya

MONKEY MARC     ………………………..     Emergency 

STAR CAPTAINS                           …………………………..        Lightwork

GERALD KEANEY AND THE GERALD KEANEYS          ……………..            No Guru

PENNY DREADFULS                          …………………….          Straight to the Golden Arches

HAPPYHAPPY                             ………………………..                      We alll learn how to Swim
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Qld police officer jailed for fatally punching baby son yet to be sacked – ABC News

A police officer who has been jailed for killing his baby son with a single punch is still a serving member of the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

Colin David Randall was suspended when he was charged two years ago but cannot be discharged or dismissed from the QPS until a formal process takes place.

The Queensland Police Union (QPU) said it regarded Randall’s offence as the “most serious of crimes” and it would not be representing him in any proceedings.

But union spokesman Ian Leavers defended the process to discharge an officer, saying criminal proceedings must be dealt with before employment could be terminated.

“It’s just the way natural justice has to be done,” Mr Leavers said.

“This is the most serious of crimes, it has been dealt with by the court and Mr Randall has not been represented by the QPU.

“I have no doubt the Queensland Police Service will act very swiftly.”
Randall was sentenced to nine years in jail on Friday. He cannot apply for parole until he has served five years.
Randall “forcefully punched the defenceless 10-week-old” so hard it caused fatal abdominal injuries, in an attack at the family home at Victoria Point on Brisbane’s bayside in 2014.

Justice Peter Davis said Randall lied for four years about what happened, claiming the injuries were the result of CPR.


The Australian Federal Police will be able to ask anyone for ID and eject them from the airport as part of a 2018 budget announcement that will also see the introduction of advanced X-ray and body scanning machines across the country.
Malcolm Turnbull said the new powers were necessary for “dangerous times”, and that the terror attacks in Indonesia in recent days were a reminder that the threat still existed.
Under existing laws, police can only demand ID if they have reasonable grounds to suspect someone is involved in criminal activity.
Peter Dutton said the fact that “There’s certain conditions that need to be met at the moment before police can ask for that identification… is an absurdity. So we’re addressing an anomaly and a deficiency in the law.”
The new rules are indicative of a “slow march of authoritarianism” that must be resisted. “Demanding people produce documents on the spot is a hallmark of police states.”
“Random ID checks risk damaging social cohesion and increasing the risk of extremism in some communities while offering no clear benefits. Right now are there people with beards and dark skin concerned they’re going to be targeted to show identification at the airport,” Dr Coyne said.

Louise Hay: Christian Science Woo

Louise Hay: Christian Science Woo

Mark gave me a Louise Hay book to read last night to help me find enlightenment 🤗 and clarity.
Like everyones’ Mum mine had Louise Hay books. Like most feel good things people give me I ruin them with anarchist critical thinking.
This caused some late night controversy with the 1312 Crew ..
I opened the Chapter on relationships and read that the relationships we have with others and inanimate objects are reflections of relationships we have with ourselves. And our parents……… Maybe a little bit.
But the real woo appeared when I read that if I have a workmate who is a dickhead it’s because I attracted that into my life.
Because I think all cops are bastards I should ‘look within’…. And it’s because I have a belief that cops are bastards that they are…. All Cops Are Bastards but not because I think they are but because they are the armed wing of the state and think they are above the law. They blindly enforce laws which were written to oppress poor people, such as laws against feeding the homeless.
So since I’m an anarchist and hate everything I set out to ruin Louise Hay.
I typed Louise Hay into a search engine and added critique a word I frequently add if I think something is a bit waack.
Louise Hay promoted the dangerous idea that you could cure any dis-ease dis-ease see what she did there. One can cure any disease or by extension anything problem one has through positive thinking.
I came across an article called Louise Hay is a dangerous Quack. There’s a number of claims in this article which I have independently verified through a double blind independent peer reviewed study which is more than can be said about Hay’s claims.

  1. Louise Hay’s ideas come from a fanatical Christian Science Cult. She was a religious science practitioner. Not qualified to instruct people how to heal serious diseases such as cancer.
  2. She actually claims to have cured her own “incurable” cervical cancer, with forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology, and occasional colonic enemas. But people question whether or not she actually had cancer. When asked if her treating doctors could speak to her miracle recovery she claimed they had all died. The cause of her cancer? She concluded that its cause was her unwillingness to let go of resentment over her childhood abuse and rape.
  3. Although spruiking the cure for all maladies she had a face lift. One affirmation she could have tried is …um…. ‘As I grow older my face will look younger’.

In her book Heal Your Body A-Z Hay claimed one could cure every imaginable illness through positive thinking.

She made millions telling others that they can use thoughts to cure conditions like leprosy, AIDS, cancer, seizures, stroke, and even being comatose.

An interesting article I came across discusses Hay’s affect on victims of the AIDS epidemic during the 80s.

The take home message of her metaphysical pseudo-science is that people who suffer have brought it on themselves.
This quote I like.

To these desperate people Louise Hay offered open if judgmental arms; emotional group encounters known as Hayrides; teddy bears to cuddle; mirrors in which you could affirm your worth no matter how bad your Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions; a simulacrum of science; and spiritually nutty notions. Certainly some people found in Hay the support, recognition, and nurture that they couldn’t find elsewhere. But others were wounded by Hay’s subversively pernicious judgment, rooted as it was in a tragically fatuous view of the body that made the medieval science of humours look like third-year Harvard Medical School. The last thing people with AIDS needed to hear was that they had caused their own illness.
Some of Hay’s disciples, believing they had failed to follow her dicta well enough, died ashamed, dis-empowered, and betrayed. Many AIDS survivors and caregivers have testified to the tragic personal cost of Hay’s philosophy, and what some have called her brutal dismissal of actual people with AIDS, including the poor and people of color, as well as her willingness to profit personally through the pain of the sick, the psychically unsettled, and the terminally ill. Activist and filmmaker Peter Fitzgerald saw Hay in action with his desperately ill comrades. After her death he said, “I understand that she provided hope at very dark times to a great many people, I also know all too well that her clay feet were deeply mired in the guilt of being an AIDS profiteer, a disloyal friend and purveyor of false hope. Namaste, bitch.”

‘Namaste bitch’ is my new favourite term.

I couldn’t find any references to an anarchist critique of self help but I found something on Crime Thinc about ‘self care’ and a text on Anarchism and Psychology in The Anarchist Library.