After disturbing photos and graphic footage of college students stamping on a fox cub’s head and slitting its throat emerged and went viral on Snapchat and other social media venues, one student at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, has been expelled and other students suspended for the egregious acts of animal cruelty. Police and the RSPCA continue to investigate claims of animal cruelty after a ten-second video showed a student stomping on the head of a fox and then slitting its throat.
According to the Daily Mail, a female freshman shared the ten-second video of the animal’s torture with the following explanation:
“Got the f*cker!”
Just days earlier, a dead cat had been found after a sophomore posted a photo holding the animal by its paw and smiling. Students called the photo and deed, “pure evil.” What makes the torture of the animals and the alleged motivation of the students even more egregious are claims that the killing of the animals and then posting their photos, had been a competition to see who could kill the biggest animal. The cat belonged to two employees of the college who found their pet and originally thought she had been hit by a car.
Hartpury College has since expelled one of the students following the cat incident and announced that “students have been suspended” over the death of the fox.
Social media exploded with anger and disgust over the situation and called out the students as “subhuman scumbags.” The college has been facing harsh criticism for allegedly sweeping the disturbing incidents under the rug, and alumni, students and the public are calling for an independent investigation. Other students claim this sick competition has been going on for years – killing the largest fox, cat and badger.
Hartpury College teaches professional training in animal care, dog grooming, and equine studies. When police stated the fox cub had not been tortured, but instead had been struck by a vehicle, social media erupted questioning how a student shown beating it and slitting its throat could have been an act of animal compassion putting a suffering animal out of its misery. Students fear the cub had also been part of the hideous contest.
(Photos via screenshots from video and Daily Mail)
To view the brief video, click here. WARNING: Extremely disturbing and shows violence against a baby fox.
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