Anti-hunt protesters claim Warwickshire Hunt's hounds have once again been caught on camera killing a fox

Anti-hunt protesters claim Warwickshire Hunt's hounds have once again been caught on camera killing a fox.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 1st February 2022, 10:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st February 2022, 5:36 pm
Saboteurs' film shows hounds mauling a fox whose body was taken away by a member of the Warwickshire hunt staff
Saboteurs' film shows hounds mauling a fox whose body was taken away by a member of the Warwickshire hunt staff

And in this latest incident, men seemingly belonging to the hunt tried to block anti-hunt protesters from filming the incident. Other videos of foxes and a deer being killed near Banbury have been reported during the last two months.

This is the fifth time since September that West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs have recorded hounds killing wildlife in the county.

Warwickshire Hunt said this week it was 'very wary about responding to allegations made by those who have their own agenda and who use heavily edited footage to misrepresent our activities'.

Hounds filmed mauling the fox as a hunt member tries to take the body from the pack

The latest incident happened on Saturday, January 29 when the Warwickshire Hunt were in the Crimscote area.

On the video recorded by the saboteurs, a member of the hunt can be seen dragging the dead fox’s body away from the pack of hounds who can be seen biting chunks out of it.

Another member of the hunt can be seen trying to stop the saboteurs from filming what was going on.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: “This is the fifth time we have filmed the Warwickshire Hunt killing our wildlife since September.

The hunt member takes the remains of the body and transports it away in a quad bike box

"They have previously been quoted as saying these are “unavoidable accidents”. They are completely avoidable.

"If you think your dog is dangerous and likely to attack another animal you simply don’t let it loose in the countryside and put it in that situation.

"Instead of doing this however the Warwickshire Hunt have chosen to use force and aggression to try to stop us actually filming these kills."

West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs also alleged that some of their members were assaulted and touched inappropriately when they tried to film the fox being killed.

A montage of pictures from the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs' video this week

"It is a worrying development that instead of changing their own behaviour there seems to be an increased level of aggression to prevent us from filming what they are doing," said the saboteurs.

Warwickshire Hunt said in a statement: "What is not shown in the reports are the hours of harassment, aggression, swearing, and disgusting behaviour exhibited by anti-hunting activists that our supporters find so abhorrent and dangerous.

"To date, we would highlight that there have been no cases of the Warwickshire being prosecuted for being any danger to anti-hunting activists.

"It is very easy for allegations to be made in order to get the headlines craved so we continue to urge that any evidence of illegality is taken to the police rather than using the media in an attempt to damage the reputation of our hunt."