hunting season has seen members of the East Kent Hunt Saboteurs monitoring
fox and hare hunts all over the county both openly and undercover. We have
seen much this year that we believe to be illegal hunting activity, and
have collated evidence that the hunting act is being routinely flouted,
both in Kent, and all over the country.
Saturday 26nd Feb, some of our members were monitoring the East Kent Foxhounds,
at Crundale estate. It was obvious that they did not know that we
were there, as they appeared to be openly hunting illegally. When
monitors found them, the foxhounds were "IN CRY" in a wood (this
means the hounds were following a scent), at this
point the huntsman should have called them back - under the Hunting
Act, it is illegal for them to chase a wild animal.
drove to the other side of the woods, to see a Deer break cover from the
woods-this is what the hounds were chasing. it was also noted that one hound
had blood on its face-a sure sign that there had already been a kill.
the deer outran the hounds, and crossed the road into a wood-we then "rated"
and "held up" the hounds (meaning we cracked whips, and used voice
calls to stop the hounds)*, and send them back in the opposite direction
from the deer, and stayed on the road to stop any stray hounds from running
across the road again. Due to our quick actions, the deer was saved.
of the hunt then appeared from the woods, and were heard to frantically
all be calling the hounds together. They then disappeared back to the Hunt
meet, and were soon seen to be packing up and swiftly leaving the scene,
at least two hours before the end of a normal hunting day.
It is illegal for the hounds to chase a live quarry.
The hounds were obviously
out of control, and without our actions, would have dangerously chased
the deer over a road, and then possibly pulled it down and killed it.
At no point did we
see any evidence that the hunt had laid an artificial trail for the hounds
to follow-the hounds were hunting in a wood-PRE BAN, the huntsman would
always put hounds into woods to search for foxes. It would be very foolish
to enter hounds into a wood after a false trail, as they would almost
certainly find and chase foxes.
note-we use the same methods as the huntsman to stop hounds or beagles i.e
we "crack" whips to make a sound, or use the same voice commands-at
no time do we touch the hounds-please see video footage!!!!
- more video camera footage is avaliable on request.*