Feb 8, 2015
Please do something to help animals this week in the name of Mike Hill.
Saving the life of one animal won't change the world, but it will change the
world of that particular animal, now matter how small the action, they all help
in the end.
At 4.00 pm Saturday 9th February, 1991 Mike Hill became the first hunt
saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and
for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every
living creature. He was a vegan, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and
Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and
Mike was to nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his
soul. He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quite, unassuming,
softly spoken and gentle. He lived and died for his beliefs.
At 4 p.m. Saturday 9th February, Mike Hill was killed in action whilst
attempting to sabotage the Cheshire Beagles with the Merseyside Hunt Saboteurs.
This article attempts to put the facts before the animal rights movement and to
dispel some of the downright lies, distortions and rumours that have been put
forward by the police, the press and some 'officials' in national animal rights
groups. Please feel free to copy all or part of this in any suitable
The Cheshire Beagles met at the Red Lion, Little Budworth, Cheshire (just down
the road from Oulton Park Motorcycle Racecourse). All afternoon there were
repeated scuffles with hunters, punches thrown at saboteurs and a wheel brace
was used against one Liverpool sab. Towards the end of the day, still with no
kill under their belts that day, the huntsmen boxed up hounds in the small blue
trailer which was being towed by an open-top pick-up truck.
The kennel-huntsman, or paid official of the hunt, together with another hunter,
jumped into the pick-up. Three sabs were nearby, who, on impulse, leapt onto the
back of the pick-up hoping to stop the man (Alan Summersgill) from driving the
pack off to another location to continue hunting away from the hunt saboteurs.
However, Summersgill (pictured right) immediately drove off at high speed, with
the three sabs clinging on.For five miles, around country lanes, in icy
conditions, towing a pack of hounds and with three sabs perched on top,
Summersgill drove erratically and at high speeds.
The three sabs, terrified, trying to keep a grip and wondering where these
huntsmen were going to take them (and what for) decided that as soon as the
vehicle slowed down enough or halted at a junction, they would jump and rung
like hell. Unfortunately, it would appear that Mike panicked and, in fear of his
life he took a jump from the pick-up as it rounded a bend, having slowed down to
what they thought to be about 40 m.p.h. He failed to clear the truck properly
and was caught between the truck and trailer which crushed him.
The huntsman would not stop but carried on for a further mile, only halting when
the second hunt sab smashed in the back window into the cab. The sab was
attacked with a whip as he tried to stop the vehicle. As soon as it stopped, the
sab ran back the mile to where Mike's prone body lay in the road whilst another
sab, ran to a nearby house to call the ambulance. The huntsman, Alan Summersgill,
simply drove off, flagged down a police car shortly after and later in the
afternoon handed himself into a police station.
Let us make no mistake, Mike's death was the culmination of the trends over the
last 10 years of hunt sabbing on the Cheshire Beagles (and indeed trends that
are echoed all over the country with other packs). Firstly, there is a sustained
level of violence against sabs and secondly a complete absence of police
interest in this violence. There has been not one single prosecution by the
Cheshire Police for any of the attacks on hunt saboteurs by the Cheshire Beagles
over the last ten years, the worst of which resulted in a Liverpool University
student receiving a triple fractured jaw.
It would appear not. No charges have yet been proffered against the two
huntsmen. Summersgill still walks the street. To our knowledge, the only
statements the police have offered to the press indicate that they regard it as
a 'road traffic accident'.
The killing of Mike Hill has devastated his family, his friends, hunt saboteur
groups all over the country and at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and Heavens
Mike would have wanted us to ensure that we did three things with his death:
Firstly, he would not have wanted to have been forgotten. His name, his love,
affection, caring for all and dedication to the movement will live on. Secondly,
he would have wanted us to pursue the truth, to gain justice for his death.
North West Hunt Saboteurs Association
Blog - http://nwhsa.wordpress.com
Direct Action Against All Forms of bloodsports