The HSA is today appealing for sight of videos that it is aware are circulating on sick hunting WhatsApp groups.
One video of interest shows former Avon Vale Hunt master and serial animal abuser Stuart Radbourne throwing a live fox to his hounds in front of hunt supporters – including a child – on Christmas Eve, 2020. This sickening incident appears to be a carbon-copy of the infamous 2022 video in which Radbourne and others are seen throwing one live fox to the hounds, and shrieking with delight as another terrified fox is bolted from her earth.
Additionally, the HSA is aware of another video that shows masters of the West Norfolk Foxhounds releasing two bagged foxes at a meet of the hunt a few years ago. The HSA understands that this video has been seen by police, but that no further action was taken against the perpetrators. The West Norfolk Hunt hit the national news earlier this year when CCTV cameras picked them up killing a fox in a householder’s patio.
Finally, the HSA is interested in a recent video that shows the Midlands-based Dove Valley Minkhounds using a pole to knock a mink from a tree into the jaws of the baying pack below.
Regardless of police action or inaction, these videos show the criminal reality behind the orchestrated smokescreen of ‘trail hunting’ and we believe the public have a right to see them.
We therefore urge anyone in possession of these videos – or any other such material – to send them to the HSA. We receive intelligence from within hunting on a daily basis and guarantee 100% confidentiality to all sources – no matter what side of the hunting fence you sit on.