Whilst sabbing the Pytchley with Woodland Hunt with Northants Hunt Saboteurs, dedicated animal rights activist, Mel Broughton was seriously injured by the Whipper - In, deliberately galloping over him on his horse.
This incident occurred yesterday morning, Saturday 5th September 2020 at Sibbertoft, Northamptonshire. Following Sabs having had one of their cameras smashed and two stolen by hunt terrier men, Mel was ridden over by young Whipper In, Chris Mardles. He galloped at full speed into Mel and carried on his way without even a glance back to inspect the damage he had caused.
Air ambulance helicopter transported Mel to Northampton General Hospital where investigations began. He was found to have six fractured ribs, together with fractured collar bone and shoulder blade. Scans also revealed he had sustained a partially collapsed lung. Additionally, he has lost much use of his left arm though no fracture has been sustained.
At the point of impact , Mel, who has been sabbing for over four decades, says he thought he was going to be killed by the hunter’s deliberate use of his horse as a weapon. We are all shocked by yesterday’sincident and well aware that the outcome could have been fatal.
Mel Broughton is a much loved and well respected activist. He has devoted his life fighting for animal rights. Mel will be unable to work for some time now due to theinjuries caused by Chris Mardles during the Pytchley with Woodland illegal fox cub hunt yesterday.
Please do contribute a donation to this fundraiser to show your gratitude to Mel for not only his bravery out on the field yesterday, but indeed for his endless fight over the past 45 years for the animals.
We hope and trust Mel will make a steady and full recovery from this attack. He is a strong and passionate comrade for the animals. This violent effort to deter him has been unsuccessful and as soon as Mel is fit enough he will be back fighting for the animals.
In the interim, your kind donation will help support Mel through a time when he will be incapable of working. Finances will be tight therefore your contribution will be massively appreciated.
Taking this opportunity to thank Mel Broughton for his tireless fight for the animals and wish him a speedy recovery from all his animal rights comrades around the world.
- Karen Webb
- Talar Thomasian
- Fateh Sidhu
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