Video and pictures of the kill can be seen via the link at the bottom of the article
Fox eaten alive by hunting dogs after being chased in sickening footage filmed by animal rights activists
A bloodied fox is eaten alive by a pack of salivating hunting dogs in sickening footage captured by animal rights activists.
The terrified fox flees from an area where hunters were dressed in their traditional bright red jackets.
An exhausted fox then bolts into a family’s front garden while being chased by hounds and activists from screaming West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs desperate to save it.
One of the women leaps out of the car and screams: "They’re in someone’s b****y garden, someone’s started killing it. Oh my God! Get off it!"
The activists claim the huntsmen were part of yesterday’s Atherstone Hunt near to Shuttington, Warwickshire.
A male activist then braves the hounds by diving into the centre of the chaos and pulling the fox to safety as it clung on to life.
It died in the arms of one of the protesters a short while later.
Hunting with dogs was banned in 2005 in a reaction to the strength of public feeling against the cruelty of wild animals being chased, often to the point of exhaustion, before being purposely set upon by packs of dogs, for so called ‘sport’.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs told Mirror Online: "The fox was cornered and trapped on a driveway by the hounds who started tearing into it.
"Protesters managed to rescue the body which they discovered was still alive. However despite trying to revive the fox it died in their arms a short time later.
"Taking a pack of hounds that have been bred to hunt and kill foxes over hundreds of years and then putting those hounds into places where foxes live is a very deliberate act.
"It is a deliberate act that has only one inevitable conclusion."
An RSPCA spokesperson said: "150 years ago other cruel sports such as bear baiting, bull fighting and dog fighting were legal in Britain.
"No one would suggest now that those cruel sports be legalised again and we believe the same is true of hunting with packs of dogs – nobody has the right to be cruel to animals."
Mirror Online has contacted Atherstone Hunt for a comment.
The incident was reported to Warwickshire Police.
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