Illegal Fox Hunting Still Taking Place In Britain, Says THE LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS

The League Against Cruel Sports has said the scale of illegal hunt activity going on is ‘shocking’ – with reports of fox hills topping 40 over the last season

Illegal fox hunting is still going on in Britain – with many animals being killed, according to an animal welfare charity.

The League Against Cruel Sports says it has gathered over 285 reports of illegal hunting activity and nearly 50 reports of fox kills by hunts, from November when the season opened.

The Law and Fox hunting

Fox Hunting was banned in England and Wales under the Hunting Act 2004 and in Scotland under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

But hunts routinely flout the law by exploiting loopholes in it.

Trail Of Lies – Deconstructing & Exposing The Hunters False Alibi

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Because of this, campaigners regularly call on the law to be tightened/changed. A parliamentary debate on wildlife crime in mid-March led to calls by cross-party MPs for the Hunting Act to be strengthened.

Fox hunting march
Campaigners march against fox hunting in 2017 (Photo: PBN. Do not use without permission)

Campaigning against fox hunting

In addition, pro-hunting politicians have threatened to overturn the ban in the past, with Prime Minister Theresa May admitting in the past that she is in favor of the bloodsport, suggesting she may overturn the ban if she won the election with a big enough majority.

This led to a major public protest in May 2017, with thousands taking to the streets to show their support for the fox hunting ban. Speaking at the event, TV star Bill Oddie said: “This is a day I thought would never come following an amazing achievement in 2004 – the Hunting Act. A lot of us thought ‘let’s move onto another issue’. The fact we are having to argue about this again is sick.”

After May won the election – but with a smaller majority – the issue appeared to be taken off the table, with campaigners now focusing their efforts on strengthening the current legislation.

LACS films a hunt chasing a fox in in January 2019


“These figures sadly show the scale of the killing still taking place in the British countryside by fox hunts,” Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said.

“We know these reports are just the tip of the iceberg, with fox hunts killing indiscriminately across the UK and lying about their bloodthirsty activities to cover up their crimes.

“However, I believe the tide is turning, and political parties are now recognizing the need to take animal welfare much more seriously and put in place stronger legislation to protect British wildlife.”

Legislation issue

He added: “The issue of animal welfare has never been such an important issue for the public and political parties and it is becoming vital to electoral success.

“We are calling for the hunting ban to be strengthened with the introduction of prison sentences for those caught illegally hunting. We need a proper deterrent to stop the barbaric activities of the hunts and we also need to close down the loopholes that allow hunts to get around the law.”

Sussex farmer saves fox cubs after car hits pregnant mother.

Chris Rolfe carried out the operation after a female vixen was killed by a car on the A272, near Cowfold.

Chris Rolfe, 24 with the fox cubs he saved

Chris Rolfe 24, with the fox cubs he saved

The 24-year-old was travelling back from his farm when witnessed the crash and immediately stopped to check if the fox was still alive.

Chris, from Haywards Heath, said: “I saw her on the road and stopped to check and see if she was suffering.

“It was instinctive otherwise instead of one life lost, it would have been the death of all of the cubs as well as the mum.”

After carrying out a few checks on the injured animal, he had found that the vixen had died but when he checked its stomach he could see it was moving – which indicated to Chris that she was pregnant.

Ginger the fox cub

Ginger the fox cub

He said he ran to his car to get a knife out and performed an emergency C-section on the fox – taking out four little cubs measuring around six inches long.

Although Chris did not have any veterinary training, he has previously performed a C-section during lambing season.

Chris then put them into his jacket pockets and drove them to his mum, Jean Rolfe, house where they have since be hand-reared.

He added: “I didn’t think about it, I just done it.”

Biscuit the fox cub

Biscuit the fox cub

The cubs are now seven weeks old and the family are working with the Fox Project – a registered charity dedicated to treating the Red Fox – to get them strong enough to go back into the wild.

The little furry youngsters have been named Ginger, Biscuit, Big tip and Little tip.

Chris said: “I am really pleased they are all healthy.

“It was just something I felt obliged to do, I wouldn’t want to see the mum suffer and that is why I got out of the car.

Little Tip the fox cub who was saved by Chris Rolfe

Little Tip the fox cub who was saved by Chris Rolfe

“And then when I realised she had passed away when I was checking her body, I saw her stomach moving.

“I couldn’t think about it too much, I just had to perform the C-section because every minute is crucial.

“After I got the cubs out, I took them straight to my mum’s and she cared for them – making sure they were clean and getting their circulation going, making she they were up and running.”

Jean, 51, from Haywards Heath, who has previously cared for foxes with the Fox project, said they both acted fast when Chris arrived at her home with the cubs.

She added: “Chris put them in his pockets and delivered to me.

“They arrived all bloody, and in the wild mum would lick them to get clean.

“Mum would also have quite a rough tongue as well, which would help to get the circulation going. But I wasn’t going to do that.

“So we got a damp towel and just really rubbed them quite hard, harder then what you would think, and that actually washes them and gets the circulation going.

“We then put them in a cardboard box on top of a heater to keep them warm.

“Cubs also can’t pee and poo themselves and so mum would normally lick them.

“So we got damp cotton wool and cleaned those areas, to make sure they are able to go to the toilet because that is a major factor in what could kill them.”

Jean said she began feeding the cubs milk every 20 minutes which then went to “two hours, and three” and they now being weaned.

She added: “They are eating puppy dog food, plus frozen chicks.

“The reason being they would have fur, and bones and all sorts when they are in the wild. So we are trying to get them ready for the wild.

“It has taken a lot of care and effort to look after them. And thankfully all four survived.”

The cubs are under the Fox project programme and will aim to go back into the wild at the age of six months.

And during this time, the foxes will travel to other fox foster homes without Jean or Chris – where they can become more independent by themselves, trying to get used to new surroundings and smells.

If the cubs are not ready to be left in the wild at the six month stage, they will continue to travel to different fox foster homes until they can become more independent.

Jean said: “If Chris hadn’t stopped, they wouldn’t have survived. So Chris just got on with it and dealt with it.

“He was in that frame of mind, I guess because he was looking after the sheep his instinct was there.

“A lot of people talk about having foxes as pets, and even though they are lovely animals, they are wild and they need to be wild.”

Britain’s countryside is dominated by bullies – as Chris Packham has found, George Monbiot


I’ve often thought, watching the felling of ancient trees, the slaughter of wildlife and the stripping of topsoil: “I love this land more than the owner does.” While there are plenty of careful landowners, there are others who seem to despise their own property. Those of us who love the land struggle against its owners to protect it from ruin.

For centuries, challenging the way the land is used has been treated as a trespass: we are told that it is none of our business. Yet this is the very fabric of our nation. Conflicts over its treatment are portrayed in the billionaire press as a war between town and country. But this isn’t about rural versus urban – it’s about power. As Guy Shrubsole’s crucial book Who Owns England? shows, major rural and urban landowners are often the same people.

There is one real difference between town and country. In the countryside, people are often afraid to speak out. You can see why in the recent treatment of the television presenter Chris Packham. After an organisation he helped to found – Wild Justice – successfully challenged the unlawful killing of several bird species, two dead crows were left hanging from his gate, whose lock had been glued shut.

Harassment of this kind is familiar to rural people who challenge shooting or foxhunting interests. Bullying and intimidation associated with foxhunts that run riot in the north of England while the police look the other way have been reported, in two detailed articles, one in the Independent, the other in the online magazine The Overtake. There’s an almost Sicilian culture of fear: people are frightened into silence or forced to move house. Locals complain of mob rule as hounds and horses rampage through their gardens and trash their businesses. Hunt monitors, documenting blatant lawbreaking, are beaten up with impunity while their vehicles are scratched and smashed. Everyone knows it’s happening. No one seems able or willing to stop it.

For some of Britain’s most powerful people, hunting and shooting are primordial rights, and any challenge to them is treated as illegitimate. They assert ownership not only of the land but also of the social relationships surrounding it. Landowners, farmers and gamekeepers, though they comprise a small minority of the rural population, claim to speak for everyone, and dismiss those who challenge them as interfering urbanites. I call their social power, with a nod to Antonio Gramsci, agricultural hegemony.

A tweet posted by Chris Packham.

Essential to the control of the countryside, as Shrubsole documents, is secrecy. Landowners have successfully resisted a comprehensive public catalogue of their holdings: the Land Registry is incomplete and protected from full public scrutiny by a paywall. Vast tracts of land are held by trusts and shell companies based in offshore tax havens. But they continue to receive our money, in the form of farm subsidies paid by the hectare. The more you own, the more you are given.

These payments are not accompanied by corresponding rights. Despite the continued efforts of access campaigners, we still have a right to roam across only 10% of the country. If, as Theresa May has claimed, we seem like citizens of nowhere, part of the reason is that we are treated as intruders in our own nation.

A visit to almost any stately home reveals something hidden by centuries of justifying myth: the British aristocracy is a death cult. In most of the grand houses on public display, there are scenes or implements of killing wherever you look. Paintings of battles and paintings of hunts, both featuring men in uniform charging on horseback, hang among weapons of war and animal heads. Britain’s traditional ruling classes are as obsessed with death as any street gang in Tegucigalpa. Killing, after all, is how they got there.

The next rank – the county set – could be seen as the aristocracy’s enforcers. These are people who tend to visit their rural houses only at weekends but whose representatives insist in newspaper columns that they are the authentic voice of the countryside. Their fashions – waxed jackets, tweed hats, red trousers, waistcoats with shotgun patches, Range Rovers, springer spaniels and labrador retrievers – proclaim an association with field sports: the right to hunt has been a class signifier since the Norman conquest.

For some members of these classes, much of the animal kingdom is divided into two categories: game and vermin. Game means animals you pay to kill. Vermin means animals you pay other people to kill. Sometimes it sounds as if the second category includes ramblers, ecologists and anyone whose ancestors gained the right to vote in the past 150 years. Landowners claim to be the custodians of the countryside. Some of them merit this description. There are plenty who are trying to improve their practices, and even to rewild their land to allow nature to return. But there are others who claim to have “made the landscape” yet flatly refuse to take responsibility for the loss of wildlife, ecosystems and soil and water quality their practices have caused. They viciously attack anyone who seeks to hold them to account.

Packham’s crime consisted of mounting, with other people, a legal challengeto the general licence permitting the unregulated killing of 16 bird species, including some that are innocuous and one (the lesser black-backed gull) which is listed as a conservation priority. The government agency Natural England at first resisted the challenge, then suddenly caved inIt announcedan almost immediate suspension of the licence for five days while it was redrafted to come into line with the law. No one expected or wanted the existing licence to be scrapped immediately. But Packham and the other members of Wild Justice were condemned for the disruption.

After it became clear that Packham had been wrongly blamed, the Telegraph published an article by an old Etonian landowner, Jamie Blackett, who lamented not the hanging of the dead crows but the fact that it was reported in the media, apparently “to distract attention”. He claimed that the legal challenge revealed the “full insanity of Packham’s agenda”, and reiterated calls for his sacking from the BBC. The article seems to me likely to encourage further harassment. But Packham, like pheasants and foxes, is now treated as fair game. His hounding is another bloodsport.

I hope that the courage and humour with which he has responded to attempts to intimidate him will encourage other people to challenge the power of those who claim to speak for the countryside. There is a long tradition, for many years airbrushed from popular history, of rural radicalism, exemplified by people such as Gerard Winstanley and William Cobbett. It is time to revive it.

 George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist

Brewery Unveils 6-Pack Rings That Feed Sea Turtles Instead of Killing Them!!

The plastic six-pack rings can severely damage marine life, as they tangle the wings of sea birds, warp the shells of sea turtles, and choke seals.  Plastic pollution is a serious issue for the Gulf of Mexico, as it has one of the highest concentrations of marine plastic in the world.

However, one brewery in Florida has a solution- bio gradable six-pack rings that can serve as a snack to wildlife, as they are made of wheat and barley.

They look like they are made out of cardboard, but the wheat and barley byproducts have been compressed into a touch, durable material, which can sustain the usual wear and tear associated with transport and storage in a refrigerator.

These rings were developed by Saltwater Brewery, a craft microbrewery in Delray Beach, with a startup called E6PR (short for Eco Six Pack Rings). They hope other breweries will purchase the new rings and help bring manufacturing costs down.

Peter Agardy, head of the brand at the brewery, said that it is a large investment for such a small brewery created by fisherman, surfers, and people that love the sea, so Chris Gove, president of Delray admitted that they hope they will influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.

CBS News reported that the project was a collaborative effort between New York ad agency We Believers, Mexican biodegradable supplier Entelequia, and private investors from the beverage packing industry. Since they are made with “by-product waste and other materials,” these rings will be compostable when disposed of properly, and biodegradable if they end up being littered.

The brewery is testing the rings with a group of craft breweries, but they won’t discuss specifics now. E6PR is one of the potential ways to turn the tide toward cleaner waters.


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South Africa: Poacher killed by elephant then eaten by lions

A suspected rhino poacher has been trampled on by an elephant then eaten by a pride of lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Accomplice poachers told the victim’s family that he had been killed by an elephant on Tuesday. Relatives notified the park ranger.

A search party struggled to find the body but eventually found a human skull and a pair of trousers on Thursday.

The managing executive of the park extended his condolences to the family.

“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise,” he said. “It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that.”

Kruger National Park has an ongoing problem with poaching and there remains a strong demand for rhino horn in Asian countries.

On Saturday, Hong Kong airport authorities seized the biggest haul of rhino horn in five years, valued at $2.1m (£1.6m).

Karma ?????

Queen guitarist Brian May backs Nottinghamshire County Council after fox hunting ban

The legendary musician said the council was an ‘example to the whole of Britain’

The lead guitarist of the iconic rock band Queen, Brian May, has praised a council after it banned all forms of fox hunting on its land.

Last week, Nottinghamshire County Council voted to ban all hunting with dogs on land it owns.

Fox hunting is illegal, but there are several technicalities which some say are still being used to get round the ban.

The new ban blocks all forms of hunting with animals, including those ‘loopholes’, on any land owned by the council.

Now, Dr May, who is a vocal animal rights critic, has Tweeted his support of the ban.

He said the council was “an example to the whole of Britain”.

“Time to move on. Zero tolerance for blood ‘sports’. Congratulations Nottinghamshire County Council,” he tweeted.

The plan to ban it was brought forward by Labour councillors.

The Conservatives – who control the council in coalition with the Mansfield Independents – voted against the ban calling it ’silly’, ‘pointless’ and ‘nonsense’.

However they lost by just one vote – the first defeat since they took control of the council in 2017.

The League Against Cruel Sports also spoke out in favour of the ban, calling it a ‘landmark’ decision.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “This is a significant decision both for the county of Nottinghamshire and the country as a whole.

“We welcome a ban that not only recognises that animals are still being killed by hunts, but that the excuse of ‘trail’ hunting is nothing more than a lie.  

“The League has received 282 reports of illegal hunting in the current hunting season, including 39 reported fox kills.

“We welcome Nottinghamshire County Council’s trail-blazing decision, and we would encourage other counties across the land to follow suit.”

Labour councillor Nicki Brooks, who represents Carlton East, said she was ‘thrilled’ by the ban.

Speaking after the vote went through, she said: “By supporting the motion this council is simply closing the loophole that allows both the ‘accidental’ and deliberate illegal hunting and killing of animals, as well as a ‘false alibi’ regularly used by hunts to avoid prosecution, from taking place on council-owned land.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve managed to secure this result here in Nottinghamshire.”

Article courtesy of Nottinghamshire Live.

Calling out cruelty – MPs debate illegal hunting

Posted 1st April, 2019

Author: Will Morton – Public Affairs Officer, League Against Cruel Sports.

Deceit, subterfuge, cruelty. Those were the words which rang out at the recent Parliamentary debate on wildlife crime. The horror of hunting wild animals with dogs featured heavily, as MPs called for the Hunting Act to be strengthened and lawbreakers brought to book.

Continued illegal hunting has gained increasing political attention of late, and calls for action have grown louder since the public’s clear rejection during the 2017 General Election of ambitions to return to the dark days of legal hunting.

While widely known by animal protection campaigners, the continued killing of foxeshares and deer by hunts and their brazen exploitation of loopholes and exemptions has only recently gained common political currency. Rather than focusing on simply defending the hunting ban, the conversation has now shifted to the many ways hunts flout the law and the simple changes which could end the killing once and for all. Significantly, the Labour Party announced this Boxing Day the detail of its commitment to strengthen the Hunting Act.

The debate, held in Westminster Hall, marked another significant step, allowing discussion approaching the length and vigour that this important issue deserves. Crucially, it has put on record the depth and scale of animal abuse still perpetrated by hunts, and the deception they rely upon.

The Government response, delivered by Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey, was disappointing though not unexpected, amounting to an acceptance of the claim by hunts that animals are chased by accident rather than by design during so-called ‘trail’ hunts. She told the MPs present that the Government has “no plans to amend the Hunting Act”. This follows a recent pattern in which Government statements have suggested that ‘trail’ hunting is a ‘legitimate’ activity, while making contradictory claims that the Government holds no information on, and has made no assessment of, its use as a cover for illegal hunting.

With MPs speaking passionately about the cruelty of hunting with dogs and the wildlife crime it is linked to, it was clear however that many have taken on board the evidence presented by the public, campaigners and the League. It is welcome that, for example, the “cynical subterfuge” of trail hunting, the links between hunts and badger persecution, and the threatening and intimidating behaviour of those connected to hunts are now so clearly on the Parliamentary record.

Chester’s Chris Matheson led the charge, citing figures collated by the League of reports of illegal hunting and kills, recounting the shocking evidence of badger set blocking witnessed by hunt monitors, and echoing one of our key calls to close loopholes in the law.

“At the very least, the law on hunting with dogs needs to be changed to include recklessness as an offence.” – Chris Matheson MP (Labour), Chester

The tenor of the debate and the need for action was also well reflected by the words of Weaver Vale MP Justin Madders and Southend MP Sir David Amess:

“In so many ways, the quality of a nation should be judged by how it treats animals […] We desperately need the Act to be strengthened to ensure that the will of Parliament, and that of the overwhelming majority of the public, is respected.” – Sir David Amess MP (Conservative), Southend

“No ifs, no buts, no exceptions under the legislation. No more excuses. […] Let us reform it so that the cruel and vindictive practice of hunting with dogs is outlawed once and for all.” – Justin Madders MP (Labour), Weaver Vale

Speaking powerfully from personal experience of witnessing the chaos caused by hunts tearing through gardens and frightening children and animals, Laura Smith MP also highlighted the odious practice of terrier work.

“I would like to see more clarity on the role of terrier men […] Their only known function is to block badger setts and escape holes to prevent foxes from escaping underground, and to use dogs to flush out any creature that tries to hide.” – Laura Smith MP (Labour), Crewe and Nantwich

The contribution of Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman was particularly welcome, calling time on illegal hunting and reiterating the commitment of the Labour Party to strengthen the law through various measures proposed by the League. She also noted how out of step hunting with dogs is with the values of rural residents, as demonstrated by polling commissioned by the League and published on Boxing Day.

“As we have heard, a poll commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports found that only one in six rural residents believe that hunting with dogs reflects countryside values. More than nine in 10 think that countryside values are really about observing nature.” – Sue Hayman MP (Labour), Shadow Environment Secretary

The more often the scale of illegal hunting, the reality of the abuse involved, and the overwhelming public support for compassion over cruelty are aired in Parliament, the better. It is vital groundwork in creating the conditions for the strengthening of the law British wildlife so badly needs. In unison with supporters, campaigners, and politicians we will continue to call out hunting for the cruelty that it is and to advocate for change.

Family cat savaged to death by 27 hunt hounds (then handed back in dog food bag) was killed because she ‘panicked and tried to run away’ says huntsman

An elderly family cat was savaged by a pack of up to 27 hunting dogs because she ‘panicked’, a huntsman claimed yesterday.

Moppet, an 18-year-old deaf tabby, was set upon by the pack of hounds which was running through land belonging to her owners.

The family pet’s corpse was returned to its devastated owners in an empty dog food bag two days after being chased and killed near Ravenscar in Scarborough.

Hunt chairman Bill Dobson yesterday said the beloved cat’s death was ‘regrettable’.

He said: ‘The cat panicked and tried to run away, which set the dogs off.’

Moppet had been left out in the family’s garden, in Stoupe Brow, near Ravenscar in Scarborough, to stretch its legs when the attack happened.

Retired owners Les, 75, and Margaret Atkinson, 59, heard a commotion near their house and noticed the huntsman off his horse.

They feared the worst when they later found blood on the ground and realised their elderly tabby was missing.

They later spoke to two members of the hunt, who admitted the dogs had killed the cat by ‘accident’ and the pet’s body was returned two days later in an empty dog food sack.

The incident was reported to the police, but after an investigation officers decided to take no further action.

The couple live in countryside and the hunt can legally cross their land as a public right of way runs through it.

Mrs Atkinson, a retired teacher, said: ‘It was horrific. She didn’t stand a chance. She was an old lady and it was not the way for an innocent animal to meet her end.

‘I can’t bear the thought that in her last few moments she was in terror. She didn’t deserve to die like that.’ The hunt said the dogs attacked when the cat ‘panicked’ and tried to run off.

Mrs Atkinson said they had yet to receive an apology from an official from the Staintondale and Goathland hunts.

‘Moppet was a big part of the family. We bought her the year my daughter went to secondary school. She’s a 30-year-old teacher now and is married. She was devastated when we told her.’

Mr Atkinson, a retired coach builder and grandfather, said: ‘We’ve spent a lot of time crying. She would curl up on our knees every night and would wake us up in the morning. I’m retired, so I would spend hours talking to her.’

The incident happened last week and fortunately the couple’s other cat George managed to hide in a stable and escaped.

‘The cat panicked and tried to run away, which set the dogs off’

The couple said they were alerted by the sound of the hounds and a huntsman was later seen ‘riding off with something bloodied in his hand.’

Several hours later when two of the huntsmen passed their home again, the Atkinsons asked if they knew what had happened. They said they believed their cat had been killed by the hounds.

Mrs Atkinson said: ‘They came back a bit later and said that was true and told us Moppet had probably been taken because they didn’t want us to see her in that state.’

Jean Clemmit, Staintondale hunt master, said she wasn’t present at the time of the incident.

She said: ‘It’s very regrettable and is upsetting for everybody but we can’t undo what has happened. I haven’t been involved in anything like this before. We will take preventative measures.’

Bill Dobson, chairman of the Goathland hunt, added: ‘We always try to control the hounds and normally they are very well behaved.

‘We aren’t barbaric, we don’t set out to cause problems for people. This is a very unfortunate thing and it’s regrettable that the dogs set upon the cat.’

The hunts were on a ‘legal trail hunt’ in which an animal-based scent is laid down for the pack of dogs to follow.

Mr Atkinson said: ‘We just heard a commotion outside and saw the hounds and a huntsman off his horse. He just kept saying ‘I’m sorry.’ Then he got back on his horse and he rode off.’

Hunt supported by Leader of House Andrea Leadsom is caught ‘flouting ban’ as footage emerges of hounds ‘chasing an exhausted fox cub’

  • Footage emerged of the Grafton Hunt club chasing helpless fox cub
  • The banned activity has been encouraged by Tory MP Andrea Leadsom
  • A terrified baby fox is seen racing across an open filed chased by bloodhounds 
  • Now the hunt members could face political investigations and criminal charges

Anti-blood sports campaigners captured footage of hounds chasing after a terrified fox cub – shaming a hunt previously supported by Tory MP Andrea Leadsom.

The senior Conservative politician has been a long-time support of the Grafton Hunt – who’s bloodthirsty pack of hounds were seen racing after the defenseless animal. 

Following the release of the controversial footage, hunt members could now face an investigation over the footage in which they appear to engage in the illegal activity.

Anti-blood sports campaigners captured footage of hounds chasing after a terrified fox cub - shaming a hunting group previously supported by top Tory MP Andrea Leadsom 

Anti-blood sports campaigners captured footage of hounds chasing after a terrified fox cub – shaming a hunting group previously supported by top Tory MP Andrea Leadsom 

The blood sport ban was brought in to stop the use of dogs running down and tearing apart foxes in a sport followed in rural Britain for hundreds of years. 

Now, Hunt members could face a police investigation over the footage in which they appear to flout the ban. 

The footage was filmed last Saturday and captured riders of the hunt in Northamptonshire who seemingly failed to call off the dogs after they picked up the baby fox’s scent. 

 The senior Conservative politician (pictured) has been a long-time support of the Grafton Hunt - who's bloodthirsty pack of hounds were seen racing after the defenseless animal

 The senior Conservative politician (pictured) has been a long-time support of the Grafton Hunt – who’s bloodthirsty pack of hounds were seen racing after the defenseless animal

Tory MP Mrs Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire and a former Secretary of State for the Environment, has been a vocal supporter of the local hunt for years.

Mrs Leadsom, who in the days following Brexit was a front runner for the Tory leadership position, previously attended their annual ball and meetings in constituency.  

In an online post – deleted before running against Theresa May during the leadership contest – she wrote: ‘Hunting is alive and well, and so it should be… The case for repealing The Act is, in my opinion, proven.’

But last night she declined to comment on whether she would withdraw support for the hunt.

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