On Tuesday 27th of January the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt illegally killed a fox. The incident was caught on film by Dorset Hunt saboteurs. Sabs briefly heard the hounds in cry before seeing them ripping a fox apart at Densham Farm, Bishops Down near Sherborne, Dorset. The dead fox is then taken away by a masked hunt supporter, believed to be Ben Doggrell, the huntsman's son. He was filmed covered in blood and later changed his jacket and replaced the mask he was wearing with a flat cap, but didn't change his trousers.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Because the Countryside Alliance and the pro-hunt community know they will never win the moral argument over hunting they are constantly trying to confuse the issue. We will not engage in their game or comment on their dubious videos and spurious accusations but instead ask the public to focus on the violence perpetrated against British wildlife by illegal hunts. This carnage takes place daily the length of the country and is largely ignored by the police and the media. It is only hunt saboteurs who bravely place themselves between the hunts and their quarry, often facing violence from the notoriously violent hunting community and persecution from biased police forces.”
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Video of the incident can be viewed here:
On Saturday the 10th January hunt saboteurs attended a meet of the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) Beagles who were meeting at the Holford Arms, Knockdown, Gloucestershire. From previous visits the hunt saboteurs know that the RAC hunt hares which was made illegal by the 2004 Hunting Act.
Dead rabbit dumped on sab landrover
The video of the incident can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hl43PNUqAE
The RAC beagles are the official hunt of the Royal Agricultural College. They are kenneled at the college and hunted by RAC students.
Libby Gilbert, former master-huntsman of RAC Beagles had charges of illegal hunting against her dropped in 2013 after she failed to show up in court. She had returned to her home country (USA)
Prince Charles isPresident of the Royal Agricultural University.
Tory MP for Newbury, Richard Benyon, went there, as did UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew
The incident occurred at a meet of the Fife Foxhounds on the 8th Nov near their kennels just South of Ceres.
The fox is then laid on the ground and from the movement in the video it looks to be barely alive. It is then thrown to the hounds. Sadly hunt saboteurs were just too late to save this soul from its horrific end.
With all the footage caught the police did not act on any complaints made as the SSPCA said the footage was 'harsh' but not illegal, letting this murder go unpunished as they are too scared to act.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt saboteurs Association, stated: “If, as the SSPCA has stated, this brutal murder was legal then it shows just how toothless and ineffectual the Hunting Act is. Legal or not we challenge anyone to watch this footage and say that this is morally justifiable in a so called civilised society. It is unfortunate for the hunt saboteurs present that they had to witness this horrifying event but we thank them for managing to film the incident and therefore bring it to the public's attention. Brutal acts such as these only reaffirm that hunting is wrong, they bring more support to our cause and put more active hunt saboteurs out in the fields to prevent further brutality in the future.”
Full footage of the incident can be seen here:
Footage of the dying fox can be seen here:
The Drawn-out Death of a Fox by Fife Foxhounds