VIDEO footage taken by a hunt investigation group appearing to show a huntsman handling foxes illegally – it claims – has been published on social media.
The League Against Cruel Sports obtained the footage which, they claim, was secretly recorded at the South Herefordshire Hunt.
The Hereford Times last week revealed in a front page story that three people linked to the hunt had been arrested on animal cruelty charges
The League Against Cruel Sports say the footage shows “damning evidence of the reality of fox hunting”.
They add that the footage has been released as part of a major ongoing investigation into ‘cubbing’ ¬- the illegal practice of training young inexperienced hounds to hunt and kill fox cubs.
The hunt’s kennels, are currently closed while the hounds are being looked after by other hunts which are members of the MFHA.
League Against Cruel Sports CEO Eduardo Goncalves, said:
“This is the ugly and vicious truth behind the glossy image portrayed by hunts. What we believe this footage clearly shows is that cubs have been ripped away from their families, kept captive and then callously thrown alive to the hounds to rip apart. The horror and the suffering these cubs must have gone through is almost unbearable to think about.
“Hunts want us to believe that fox hunting is a sport but I can’t start to get my head round how this is sporting. What they are doing here is training the dogs to kill foxes, as simple as that and unfortunately this is not an isolated incident as this barbaric practice is happening across the country. The hounds won’t naturally kill foxes so they must be taught to do so and this footage exposes the gruesome training secrets of hunts in the UK.
“We know this happens every year during the ‘cubbing season’, when young foxes are surrounded by the hunt and the dogs sent in to kill them, but to catch this despicable activity on camera at a hunt kennel is almost impossible.
“With this evidence in front of them, we hope those administering the law, and the people of the UK, accept once and for all that there is no justification for the cruelty that seeps through every aspect of fox hunting.”
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