Pressure on hunting authorities to name and expose hunt involved.
As many as a dozen hunt hounds rampaged through a small village yesterday morning, killing a fox, it has emerged.
Shocked residents of East Studdal, six miles north of Dover, Kent, heard hounds in full cry and found the main street through the village blocked by hounds with riders and hunt staff nearby.
Resident Christine Richardson heard the commotion and said it sounded as though animals were fighting or something was being killed. “It’s disgusting, abhorrent, that people can do this to an animal for sport,” said Ms Richardson. “I was so appalled that I rang the League Against Cruel Sports as I didn’t know what else to do”.
Hounds rioted through another resident’s garden, breaking a wooden fence, before killing a fox on a small patch of waste land. The dead fox was left with an injury to its stomach and its internal organs were hanging out.
The League Against Cruel Sports, which runs a Hunt Crimewatch line through which illegal hunting can be reported, said it was “disappointed but not surprised” by the incident.
“Day in, day out, we get calls from people the length and breadth of the country who’ve witnessed a hunt or suffered their arrogance and rudeness,” said Joe Duckworth, the League’s chief executive. “It’s disappointing that we get so many calls, really, but not surprising. The authorities that claim to regulate hunting, such as the Masters of Fox Hounds Association, remain silent and refuse to name the hunts involved, and this just adds to the hunts arrogance at believing that they can stick two fingers up at the law and get away with it.”
“If hunting really was carried out by respectable people who believe in the rule of law, they’d own up to this incident and face the music,” added Mr Duckworth. “But they are cowardly sadists who get fun from chasing and torturing animals, so why would they care about a few distressed residents?”
The incident has been reported to Kent Police.