The Moorlands Association spokesperson, Amanda Anderson, has said a lot of the equipment damaged by activists this month was not all related to the grouse shoot.
Instead, pens and traps owned by the association, which are used to kill other wildlife on Bingley and High Moor were also sabotaged by the ALF, resulting in much more damage.
She said that pens for breeding birds other than grouse were damaged, such as partridges, while traps were destroyed intended for the killing of weasels, stoats and mink.
West Yorkshire Hunt Sabs have no connection to these actions which break the law, but will neither condemn nor encourage any illegal action committed against bloodsports. We remain committed to fighting the Ilkley Moor grouse shoot plans through legal shoot sabotages and public campaigning. We remain focused on our initial aim of stopping shoots on Ilkley Moor and will continue the campaign until a full statement is received from either Bradford Metropolitan Council or the Bingley Moor Partnership confirming that no bloodsports will be occurring on the public moor in the future.
The shoot has been postponed until the 2010 grouse shooting season, however we need everyone now, more than ever, to keep contacting those involved and keeping the pressure on until bloodsports on the moor are stopped forever, and not just for the two years.
WE WILL RELEASE DETAILS OF 2 NEW ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN THE SHOOT SHORTLY SO WATCH THIS SPACE!