This find exposes once and for all the lie that has so often been used to try to justify the sadistic sport of Fox Hunting. Hunting with dogs is not, and never has been, about ‘control’ of a species. It is only about certain humans enjoying causing suffering to highly intelligent and sentient mammals. Once and for all, this barbaric ‘sport’ must now be consigned to history, along with Hare-coursing, Stag Hunting, and all the other unpleasant remnants of 18th century attitudes, no longer in any way acceptable in a civilised Britain.
The first anti-cruelty law - to protect cattle from cruel abuse, was passed in 1822 through the efforts of legendary animal campaigner Richard Martin. Since then, all kinds of animal cruelty have successfully been eradicated by legislation and enforcement of those laws in keeping with the sensibilities of the British people. They include Bear Baiting, Bull Baiting, Horse Beating, Badger Baiting, Cock Fighting, and the beating of horses.
The Hunting Act of 2004 was an important step towards completing the quest of giving ALL animals protection in law against vile treatment. That act must now be endorsed, celebrated, and, most importantly, strengthened, to move forward the process, which is based on pure common sense, compassion, and decency.
Police investigate fox cubs video filmed near hunt kennels
Police are investigating after footage of 16 fox cubs held in a barn near to hunt kennels emerged. The video was filmed in a barn near to the Middleton Hunt kennels in Malton, North Yorkshire, by the League Against Cruel Sports, which alleges that the cubs were being raised to be hunted.
Fox hunting with dogs was made illegal in 2004.
The Middleton Hunt said it was confident that no-one connected with the hunt had committed any offence. Police raid: The footage, given to the BBC, showed the dark interior of a barn, located some 200m (660ft) from the hunt kennels.
A number of fox cubs, aged six to eight weeks, were shying away from the light of the camera. Several were hiding in a milk churn and others were crouching in a drainpipe. The images were filmed over two consecutive nights. Campaigners alerted North Yorkshire Police, who raided the barn on 31 May and took away the cubs.
The police said there were 16 cubs from at least four different vixens. There is also daytime footage. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) claims it shows a man with connections to the local hunt at the barn where the cubs were kept.
Dr Toni Shephard, from the LACS, said: "This footage shows 16 fox cubs being kept in a barn without any sign of a vixen or parents. "We believe that they're being kept to ensure that there are plenty of foxes to hunt this coming season when they go out. "We think that this practice is widespread and this demonstrates that hunting is nothing to do with fox control or wildlife management, but that it's just a cruel sport that people take part in purely for pleasure.” The young cubs appeared to have access to food and water.