Five people charged with using baby fox cubs to train hunting hounds

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In an investigation that has been ongoing since 2016, five people have been charged with animal cruelty after undercover video showed baby fox cubs brought into a kennel of hunting hounds in Herefordshire, England. The video also shows a man dumping a dead fox cub in a trash container.

According to the BBCNews, footage secretly videoed at the South Herefordshire Hunt by the animal welfare organization, Hunt Investigation Team showed what has been called the “true face of hunting.” In the video, the sounds of howling and barking from the shed could be heard. Shortly after, a man could be seen carrying a dead fox cub. The anti-hunting supporters believe the men in the kennels raising the hunting dogs were training the dogs to see foxes as prey and using the cubs as practice. A few of the foxes were reported to have been rescued.

Three men and two women ranging in ages from 29 to 54 are expected to face multiple charges of animal cruelty. The five people are scheduled to appear in court on May 15.

“Cases of animal cruelty are treated very seriously by West Mercia Police and we actively seek to protect animals from cruelty and to prevent their suffering,”  stated Detective Inspector Jonathan Roberts.

Animal cruelty investigators were relieved to finally see action.

“Hunt Investigation Team”
“We have had to fight for this all the way.

It has taken the police two years to produce these charges and there will be much more on that to come.”

(Photo of shed where fox cubs were abused via Hunt Investigation Team)

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  1. I have an idea, put the scent of foxes on those people and turn them loose in an open field, then let the hounds loose!

  2. Forget about the hounds going after these scum, have a lion or tiger go after them and see what happens. Equal punishment for what they have done to baby foxes.

  3. It took two years to bring these monsters to justice??????? in the meantime where innocent fox cubs being tossed into the kennels.? these people are sick.

  4. England is getting a lousy reputation for animal welfare – they have a useless agency RSPCA that does little to nothing to abusers – their justice system for animals is non-existent – these spineless judges give out literally no prison sentences to them, and these fox hunts are nothing more than legalized animal cruelty – it has gone on for so long and now these assholes are just going to trial – if West Mercia police take animal cruelty seriously then DO something – do not let these bastards, both male and female get away with their nasty abuse – they need to be sitting in jail for a long time.


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