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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 12/22/2005 4:34:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2005 4:37:16 PM EDT by Scope-eye]
Looks like they got more donations than they could handle

From the Daily Mirror's website;



22 December 2005
EXCLUSIVE: ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP HORSE & HOUNDED
By Louise Male

AN animal rights group has been bombarded with abusive mail from hunt supporters in a scam that has cost it thousands of pounds.

The League Against Cruel Sports was targeted after it launched an appeal for donations using a Freepost address.

Hunters sent out a round-robin email urging supporters to abuse the system by sending heavy parcels for which the League would have to pay.

Van loads of bricks, telephone directories, heavy books, abusive letters and animal excrement were sent to the League's offices. So far the cost is more than £10,000.

Among the hunt supporters who apparently forwarded the email is Amelisa Robinson, the wife of the Queen's equerry Simon Robinson.

And the scam was backed by TV host Jeremy Clarkson who said in his newspaper column he was going to send a "paving stone or a horse".

Mike Hobday, of the League, said: "Not content with abusing our wildlife for their own entertainment, they are now trying to deprive us of funds donated by our supporters. Many of our supporters who use Freepost are pensioners."

Actress and model Lisa B, an animal welfare supporter, was outraged when she received the email.

She said: "It is so wrong, so below the belt. It is a fraudulent way of taking money from people who believe in the cause."

The scam was sparked after the League appealed for funding for its Hunt Crimewatch campaign which gathers evidence of illegal hunts after they were banned in February.

Hunt supporters seized on the chance to send an avalanche of mail to its HQ in Southwark, South London.

Tory MP Michael Gove and Richard Dodd, of the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance, were sent the email. There is no suggestion they took part in the scam.

Top Gear's Clarkson urged hunt supporters to take part in the scam, saying it would leave the League less to spend on surveillance gear.

Another newspaper's gossip column urged "those who like to hunt - or just don't like the animal rights lobby" - to send an empty envelope to the address so that the League "incurs a Royal Mail charge".

But yesterday Mr Hobday insisted: "It is clear so far that this trick has backfired. The reaction we have had from the public is one of disgust and dismay that the bloodsports lobby could stoop so low.

"We have passed this material to the authorities and believe there is enough evidence to land many pro-hunters in hot water."

Lisa B notified the League, set up in 1924 to stop violence against animals, as soon as she got the email.

She said: "There has been no grace in the behaviour of these people trying to bring the organisation down.

"I believe people are entitled to their own opinion, but I don't see how this behaviour can be remotely justified. It is also an injustice to the whole postal service."

Police confirmed they were investigating if the culprits could be charged with theft, fraud or sending malicious post. Just forwarding the email could result in criminal proceedings. Mrs Robinson was not available for comment.

When the Mirror called her, she said: "This is not a good time, I'm bathing the children. Speak to the press office."

Buckingham Palace, where her husband works, said: "The email was not sent on a Palace computer. Amelisa is not employed by Buckingham Palace."

mirrornews@mgn.co.uk




OK, which one of you sent the envelope of shit to them? Hey, own up!

Link Posted: 12/22/2005 5:11:48 PM EDT





I sent a housebrick and if it hadn't have been my local village post office I would have taken a picture.
My wife asked me why I was wrapping a brick in brown paper...I just grinned...it's a long story Love!

I feel so guilty now





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NOT

Taffy

I'm due surgery in the new year and when i'm fixed we WILL have a UK ARFCom pig roast.
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 5:28:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Taffy223:
I'm due surgery in the new year and when i'm fixed we WILL have a UK ARFCom pig roast.



Yeah!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:12:25 AM EDT
£10,000 pounds in costs sounds like a victory to me !!!!

Poor old Lisa B sounds devastated....... (who is she ? ? ? )

Good luck with the back surgery Taffy !!

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:32:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 2:50:19 AM EDT by Scope-eye]

Originally Posted By steven_uk:

Poor old Lisa B sounds devastated....... (who is she ? ? ? )




She sounds like someone who had to pay for nametags by the letter.

Well, now she cannot afford a longer name, she's still got to pay for all the freepost letters
BTW, does anyone know the minimum contract period for a freepost contract? I bet it's at least a month - we can still spread the Christmas cheer and donate well into January.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 2:13:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:15:58 AM EDT
Why don't they build something usefull with all of the building supplies that have been donated, by those kind & considerate pro hunt peep's. They should realize that something of this kind, once common knowledge would be missused. If anything they should be charged for squandering their causes fund's on such a hair brained idea!!!

I hunt and will will remain a hunter till the day that I die, period! There is no way that some tree hugging carpet munching git's, (even if they can now get hitched) can take that away from myself or anyone else, who want's to do so.

Live & let live & each to their own, were not only saying's but made perfectly good sense.

Q: What is a vegan?
A: A bad hunter!

The initial Idea is okay, but over the year's as the people have become supposedly more intelligent, the more flawed is their thinking. Domesticated annimal's should enjoy a decent existance before becoming part of the food chain, or in the case of dog's & cat, passing away breaking their owner's heart's.

Wild annimal's such as fox are predator's, they kill chicken's and other domesticated annimal's to survive, not to mention spreading about 3 diseases that I know of. Here in €urope we see thing's a little diferently, as a hunter I often get call's from farmer's who have just got back from their chicken coup's, having found that the Foxes have gotten in again and bitten the head's off of half a dozen premium egg layer's (true story, the fox had only bitten the head's off of the brown chicken's). I spent 5 night's sat out arround the surrounding wood's, and culled 4-5 fox each night. I was using a CZ Fox in .222 Rem. with an 8X56 scope, luckily we had snow and a full moon. Bloody cold too.

I personally find that these people, should go out feeding all of our wildlife, especially in bad winter's, go out looking for sick & ill wild annimal's, take them to the vet's, & foot the bill, so that I can go out and cull healthy annimal's.

Tony
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:14:53 AM EDT
Score 1 for good guys. (and housebricks)

I wonder if they are goign to try opening a builders merchants with all the stuff they recieved.

"League against cruel sports, outfoxed by a housebrick". That would make a good headline
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:22:07 PM EDT
1/2 lb of lead shot in a Jiffy bag, they might get a few pence from weighing it in!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 6:28:15 PM EDT

Police confirmed they were investigating if the culprits could be charged with theft, fraud or sending malicious post. Just forwarding the email could result in criminal proceedings. Mrs Robinson was not available for comment.

When the Mirror called her, she said: "This is not a good time, I'm bathing the children. Speak to the press office."

"And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson,
Jesus loves you more than you will know.”

How old are the kiddies?

PS:

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 5:45:07 PM EDT
By Jove! Bloody good show! you chaps are to be congradulated!
My sole lament is that we Yanks were unable to participate!

I just hope the gob'ment doesn't decide to "forgive" the postal charges due!

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:40:51 PM EDT
Taf, I need a certain address from you if you please... I have a 760 pound, 4x8 stainless steel optical table I need to get out of the garage or "garrage" as you islanders call it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 1:07:23 AM EDT
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