Female hunter ‘stuffs DEAD HARE into her jacket after being confronted by campaigners’
Fri, Oct 21, 2016
Female hunter has been caught stuffing what appears to be a hare carcass inside her jacket
The woman, who was wearing a green hunting jacket and blood-smeared light trousers, is allegedly seen stashing the mammal’s body in her clothing.
However its long legs and head can be seen poking out from underneath.
Anti-hunt campaigners say they scrambled onto the field in Suffolk, earlier this month to try and protect a frightened animal from a 22-strong pack of hounds.
They claim that the mammal is a hare, however the hunter pictured claims it was an "enormous rabbit [which] probably had myxomatosis".
A British Rabbit Council spokesman said the consensus at the council after examining the image was that the animal was a hare.
A 24-year-old hunt saboteur from Norwich, who does not wish to be named, claimed the woman "panicked" when confronted with cameras, prompting her to stuff it in her clothing.
The campaigner said: "It was horrific. It isn’t something that a lot of people can witness as well as try to do something about. It was quite traumatic.
"We made it clear we were filming them but they just ignored us as they usually do.
"We went into the field and as we approached a hare popped up. Some of the hounds started getting quite excited and made a yelping sound.
"The hare started to run in the direction of the field opposite and was being chased by a couple of hounds – then they all went after it.
"They were in full cry which was quite frightening."
The hunt saboteur and his female colleague said they ran towards the hounds in a bid to stop them.
‘I don’t want to comment on it. It was an extremely unpleasant day’, says female hunter
However, they said they decided to take this image of the animal being carried away as they were too late.
It was then, they claim, they were assaulted by members of the hunt.
He claims it was clearly identifiable as a hare due to characteristics such as the size of its legs and its amber eyes.
He said: "Rabbits just don’t have legs like that."
The female hunter said: "I don’t want to compromise any of my colleagues in any way.
"I don’t want to comment on it. It was an extremely unpleasant day.
"I was physically assaulted by a screaming woman and two men at once who were trespassing. My solicitor might be bringing assault charges against those people.
"It was an enormous rabbit [which] probably had myxomatosis. You can call it what you like it was a large rabbit and it was unwell."
When asked why she carried the animal away she said: "I wouldn’t want to leave something there, just like you would move anything – people always pick them [dead animals] up [you] don’t leave something there – no more than I would leave a dead pheasant."
The master of the group said: "I wasn’t present when this incident occurred. I don’t know what the person’s actions were but obviously, I can’t comment.
"Hearsay and circumstantial evidence isn’t admissible.
"I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happened, why she did it or if she did this."
A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "Police were called on the morning of October 8 2016 to an address.
"Members of a hunting group and those from a hunting monitoring group, along with members of the public reported concerns around the behaviour of some individuals in the groups.
"Police attended and spoke to parties who were present. No formal complaints or allegations were made at the time. Relevant reporting information was given.
"However, police have this afternoon, Thursday 20 October 2016, received further contact from individuals wishing to make an official report of the incident, which will now be looked into."
An RSPCA spokesman said: "This sounds very concerning. The RSPCA firmly believes that the cruel practice of chasing and killing live animals with dogs is a barbaric and outdated pastime and has no place in modern Britain.
"This is a sentiment echoed by the vast majority of the British public.
"Anyone with information about this incident should call the police, or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999."
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