- The hunt is believed to have taken place in Kinnaird Castle, Scotland
- The huntsman, followed by a pack of dogs, brandishes a fox tail at the saboteurs
- Many have been angered by the ‘sick’ video posted on a sabs Facebook page
A fox hunter has outraged animal rights campaigners after he was filmed with a fox tail in his hand, saying: ‘You can’t save them all.’
The video is believed to have been filmed on Saturday at Kinnaird Castle, Angus, by hunt saboteurs.
Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs posted the video to their Facebook page on Monday, claiming the rider ‘taunts hunt saboteurs with a severed fox tail’.
They added: ‘As he rides past, he says: ‘Can’t save them all, can you?’
A fox hunter surrounded by dogs approaches saboteurs who are filming from the dirt track
‘This is the face of fox hunting in Scotland: a smirking, gloating huntsman holding the tail of a fox, openly provoking protesters.
‘If this was about “pest control” as they claim, then why the sheer elation surrounding animal death? The excitement? The pantomime?
‘This isn’t about pest control or whatever flimsy argument they use to justify hunting in 2019, it’s tradition and fun for them – end of story.’
The video shows the saboteurs walking down a dirt track while a man wearing a hunting pink approaches them on horseback.
The fox hunter is surrounded by dogs while another rider and two men on a quad bike can be seen behind him.
As the fox hunter trots past the saboteurs he can be seen grasping on to a severed fox tail.
The unnamed hunter brandishes a fox tail and says: ‘You can’t save them all, can you?
The video is believed to have been taken in Kinnaird Castle, Scotland and was posted on Facebook by Fife and Central Scotland Hunt Sabs
Many reacted angrily to the video posted by the saboteurs, calling it ‘sick’
He then looks down the camera and says ‘can’t save them all can you’.
The unnamed person who shot the video said: ‘When we first saw him with the tail, a few of us assumed they had killed, so naturally we were distressed.
‘However, once it was pointed out that there was no blood and the tail was extremely clean and fluffy, we realised it was likely not from a freshly killed fox.
‘Hunters will go to great lengths to try and dishearten or play mind games with us, so although the thought of them whipping out a trophy to wave in our faces is morbid, it’s not exactly surprising.’
The video has angered many people who follow the saboteurs’ work.
One person commented on the video: ‘Very sick. Thank you guys for your awesome work.’
Another named Dennis Wilton said: ‘More pressure on the Scottish Government to stop all hunting with horses and dogs. Pest control doesn’t need either. Some humans never fail to sicken.’
One commented: ‘They may get away with it because it’s a wealthy man sick sport.’
Fox hunting is covered by the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 where it states: ‘A person who deliberately hunts a wild mammal with a dog commits an offence.’
However, an exception to this offence is where permission is granted by the land owner or lawful occupier for someone to use a dog that is under control to stalk a wild mammal, or flush it from cover for the purpose of controlling the number of a pest species among other reasons.
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