THE LATEST EDITION of HOWL, the house magazine of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, includes an assessment of the significance of 1980s anarcho-punk culture in reinvigorating and expanding the HSA’s operational reach.
The article suggests that “punk massively swelled hunt sab numbers” across the UK. To begin with, those new activists were “mostly spiky haired punk dressed in black (of course) largely from the echelons of that [anarcho-punk] activist / DIY scene.” This meant that local sabbing groups that had, in the late 1970s, to rely on “small numbers of hard-core dedicated activists in a Morris Minor” were within a few years about to mobilise “two or three minibuses” of committed anti-hunt militants.
At the same time, the political context in which activists committed to hunt sabbing activism also began to change, the authors suggest. “Whilst for many of us there was and still is a class perspecive to sabotaging hunts, the focus on animal rights grew as a natural progression: we regarded animals as another oppressed group that mass capitalism commodified and abused.”
HSA. The Crass We Bear. HOWL, No 126. https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/howl-online/howl-issue-126/