Campaigners say video shows 'illegal hunting' near Thame

Kimblewick Video

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:19pm 8th January 2019.

A video appearing to show a fox being dragged from its den near Thame on New Year's Day has been released by campaigners.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association say the footage is from the well-known Kimblewick Hunt and proves illegal practices.

Kimblewick Hunt Artificial Earth from HuntSaboteursAssociation on Vimeo.

The footage was allegedly filmed on New Years Day when the hunt met at Moreton, Thame, Oxon.

The HSA say it shows the hunt terrier men using draining rods to force the fox, that they’ve been holding captive, out of a drainage pipe then being thrown into the wood for hounds to chase.

The terriermen can be heard communicating with the huntsman agreeing when the best time is to release the fox which is given a brief head start so that the hunt riders experience a chase rather than a quick kill.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:

“Incidents like this prove time and again that hunts throughout the UK are still totally focused on hunting and killing live animals. In recent years the South Herefordshire, the Middleton, the Pytchley, the Belvoir and now the Kimblewick have all been implicated in keeping captive foxes to hunt, showing that this behaviour is commonplace amongst hunts.

"Even with this concrete proof of illegal hunting, on one of the most high profile days in the hunting calendar, we expect the MFHA to do nothing. Unless they immediately suspend the Kimblewick it’s an admission that this kind of activity is still commonplace amongst their member hunts and considered totally acceptable in the hunting community." 

After viewing the video Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, and a former hunt saboteur, said:

"Hunts up and down the country are routinely flouting the hunting ban.

"This arrogant disregard for the law of the land can only be stopped if the loopholes in the legislation are removed.

“That is why Labour have recently pledged to strengthen the Hunting Act and ghastly incidents like this underpins that commitment.

"Tougher penalties are essential, including prison sentences for persistent offenders, if we are to deliver the wildlife protection that parliament voted for over 14 years ago."

The footage has been condemned by the Countryside Alliance, who represent hunts up and down the country:

A spokesperson from the Countryside Alliance said:

“All hunts should be operating within the law.

"There are exemptions to the Hunting Act, and other legal options, which can be used to cull foxes and most hunts still offer a fox control service.

"However unjustified the Hunting Act is it should be adhered to.”

A spokesperson on behalf of the MFHA said:

“The Masters of Foxhounds Association has strict disciplinary procedures and will fully investigate any credible allegation relating to Masters, hunt employees or hunts. It cannot, however, investigate criminal allegations or take any action that would interfere with or impede a possible police investigation.”

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