Huntsman Tells Protesters That He 'Doesn't Give A F**k' About Spreading Covid
A hunt member told protesters that he 'doesn't give a f***' about spreading Covid.
Footage has emerged of a tense confrontation between members of a hunt and activists from the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs.
In the clip, the hunters appear to be angry with the saboteurs for attempting to disrupt their event, and order them to rejoin a nearby footpath and to get of their land.
One of the men involved can be heard telling the group that he doesn't 'give a f**k' about the virus and tells them that if they head back to the footpath, everything will be 'hunky-dory'.
Discussing the clash, a spokesperson for the WMHS said: "It doesn't come as any surprise that they just carry on living in this bubble, where nothing affects them and that they are immune from any rules we have to follow.
"Most people across the country have made difficult sacrifices, they've potentially lost their jobs or family members. It's taking the mick that they're going out in such large numbers and disregarding the hard work of the NHS."
Outdoor sporting activities were allowed to go ahead in areas that were under Tier Two and Three over the festive period, however, these had to be cancelled once they were moved up to Tier Four.
The Warwickshire Hunt claimed that all the necessary protocols were followed during the trail hunting season, however, it offered no explanation for the comments made by the man.
A spokesperson said: "The Warwickshire Hunt has been very concerned about Covid and the resulting potential risks so we have therefore been operating proper Covid protocols during the trail hunting season.
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"This includes a strict Track and Trace system for all members and followers of the hunt.
"However, we were not able, despite repeated requests, to get the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs to sign up to this Track and Trace which they should do as followers of an organised sporting activity.
"It has been a great concern to us that the saboteurs think they are above this important safety check."
Elsewhere, a member of a hunt in Devon was criticised after footage was shared of him telling activists to 'get back' because 'he has Covid' and that they wouldn't want to get too close.
After the activists pointed out that he shouldn't be at the meet if he knowingly had the virus, the man hit back, telling them, 'nor should you'.
A spokesman for the Devon County Hunt Saboteurs said: "The Tiverton huntsman's claim that he has Covid demonstrates a total lack of consideration for the community, whether it was meant in earnest or intended as a sick joke."
A spokesperson for the Tiverton Foxhound said it was an 'off the cuff' remark borne out of frustration.
They said: "The hunt and its supporters are aware of the devastating effect that this pandemic has had worldwide and has been adhering to strict Covid protocols throughout this season to ensure the safety of its staff, supporters and the wider community.
"We can confirm that the individual did not have Covid and that this unwise and off-the-cuff remark was said in frustration after the hunt representative had been harassed throughout the day by anti-hunting activists while going about a lawful activity."
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