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nodh.klmKaren L. Meyers photoIf the accusations are proven in court, the South Herefordshire Foxhounds, established in 1869, could be forced to dissolve—their hunting country redistributed to neighboring hunts. If the accusations are proven, a few misguided outlaws may have killed any chance of reversing Britain’s Hunting Act, certainly for the near future. If the accusations are proven, all foxhunting is tarnished.

Video footage taken secretly by anti-hunting activists purports to show two live fox cubs placed into the kennels with foxhounds, later removed lifeless, the carcasses placed in a dumpster from which they were later recovered and photographed by the activists.

If true, this wouldn’t even contravene the Hunting Act of 2004. It would be a breach of Britain’s Animal Welfare Act. It would also breach accepted hunting practices for the past century or more. All as a new Conservative-led government and the Countryside Alliance would like to convince the British populace that foxhunters can police themselves!

The South Herefordshire hunt has suspended all salaried staff. The foxhounds are being cared for by other hunts. Three individuals, two men and one woman, have been questioned by police and released on bail. The Masters of Foxhounds Association (UK) has initiated its own independent investigation to be chaired by a former Appeals Court Judge. And, to save any innocents from harrassment, Baily's Hunting Directory has expunged the South Herefordshire listing from it's website pending the outcome of the criminal trial.

As the Baily's editor says, “You could not make this up.”

Baily’s editor continues, “If the allegations meet the burden required for criminal proof and individuals are charged and convicted then we would support the full weight of the law being applied to anyone found guilty. This sort of alleged activity has absolutely no excuse and must be excised from the world of hunting with hounds, it was not condoned in the 18th or 19th century and must not be brushed under the carpet today. If that means that the South Herefordshire are disbanded and the country taken away then despite individual allegiances this is an action that MUST be supported by all that want hunting to continue.”

A statement released by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) says, “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.”

How can foxhunters do this to themselves? And to their fellow foxhunters?

Posted July 24, 2016


# Guest 2016-08-04 10:30
I wonder if it was anti hunt activists working on the inside...sacrif ice two cubs for the greater good of all foxes 'saved' by an outright ban on the sport...absolut ely would not put it past them...of all the hunts in the UK, an activist with a camera just happened to be on scene at the time of this horrific act? And why? After all the trouble to get done go hunting going again.. And all the County Show PR hunts do these days, would any self respecting team member ruin it for everyone else.. Highly suspicious in my view..
# Guest 2016-08-04 10:44
Would that were so, but I'm afraid that the cameras were secretly planted and and the perpetrators recorded were recognizable as hunt staff.
# Guest 2016-08-20 16:56
what you are suggesting is that this was commited by anti-hunt supporters?
# Gretchen Pelham 2016-08-20 20:14
The first comment makes that suggestion, but the evidence indicates that the perpetrators were, in fact, hunt staff.
# Guest 2016-08-22 02:49
Are we seriously sure that this is an isolated case? The hunting community have some very grim practices that we hear tales about, but are refuted by the hunts. This particular practice has now been proven and only a legal technicality will prevent conviction, not innocence of the actual crime. Only a hard-faced fool would argue otherwise. The hunting community need to clean all their dirty little secrets such as this one out of the cupboard and face up to what is well known fact. This isn't isolated, and to suggest otherwise is, quite frankly, stupid.
# Gretchen Pelham 2016-08-22 09:29
Then you are free to call me a "hard-faced fool," but I've been hunting for 50 years and I know no other hunting person who would do such a thing. Just because you "hear tales" doesn't make them a "well-known fact."
# Guest 2016-08-24 11:47
very sad indeed if true.
# Guest 2016-10-20 13:45
So how do you get hounds to kill foxes ? They are not Born to kill someone has to teach them this sort of thing is going on with all hunts it's just that it's never been filmed and it's a very but secret but how in their right mind gets off doing it only hunters
# Gretchen Pelham 2016-10-20 15:27
Hounds are dogs that hunt fur bearing animals either by scent or by sight. Descended from the wolf, they are carnivores and need no instruction on how to hunt. It comes by natural instinct. The principal training foxhounds receive is to teach them which quarry they are not to hunt, such as rabbits and deer.

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