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Early morning on Sat 12th Oct, members of the East Kent Hunt Monitors were monitoring the East Kent Foxhounds, who were hunting in the Acrise area. Arriving at a good vantage point, we spotted a group of men in a field, next to a wood where the hounds had been seen. With the aid of a long range camera, we were appalled to see what was obviously the end of a "dig out" (this is where hounds chase a fox back to an earth, and the "terrier men" are called in to dig it out, with nets and terriers-this is usually illegal now, except in certain circumstances under the Hunting Act-see notes below). A fox was lifted up by a fence, and shot in the head, and at least two foxes were carried back to a waiting quad bike.
These events took place on MOD land and is usually the location that the hunt will cross on Boxing day.
The footage attached shows four people, three of which have been identified as known East Kent Hunt followers, in what can only be described as a breach of the Hunting act.
A spokesperson from East Kent Hunt Monitors said:
"If all of those people who stand in the square this year "traditionally" cheering on the red coats were to see the cruelty that's hidden from view, I believe they would hang their heads in shame. It's high time that the public were made aware that these people are routinely breaking the law and still using wild animals as toys to chase, torture and kill for "sport". The Police must take a pro active stance against this barbaric practice to help consign Fox Hunting to history, and maybe the MOD should be more careful who it permits on its land...?"
PLEASE HELP US
Even though Hunting with hounds was supposed to have been banned in England & Wales in February 2005, Hunts around the country are arrogantly continuing their slaughter in the name of sport, in the hope or knowledge that the people in power don't really care.
EAST KENT HUNT SABOTEURS have been active in Kent for about 20 years, and with or without the Hunting Act, we shall continue to monitor the local Fox & Hare hunts. One of our greatest weapons is now the video camera - enough instances of hunts breaking the law caught on camera and hopefully not even the blinkered politicians will be able to ignore it. MiniDV camcorders cost as little as £250 and can be adapted to take a covert pinhole camera so no-one at the hunt need even know you are filming.
We are experienced in using non-violent direct action tactics to save the lives of thousands of hunted animals every season. From using hunting horns and voice calls to run off with the hounds at foxhunts, to standing in front of the shooting butts on the grouse moors, to wading through the rivers at minkhunts, wherever animals are being hunted for fun, hunt saboteurs will be there, protecting our wildlife from the "sportsmen" who get their kicks from killing.
But all this needs MONEY. People are always asking us how they can help-but often, they can't for various reasons get involved physically in hunt sabotage or monitoring....but they can help us with funds.
From running the group vehicle, ongoing repairs, petrol, and equipment, including still's & video cameras, memory cards, maps..it all mounts up !!. And often, it all comes out of our own pockets....
We are hoping to buy another long range camera for the group to use undercover when necessary, as well as a decent camera to install in the van, hence this appeal. Any funds left will go towards van repairs.
Can you help?
For the hunted animals, please spare whatever you can afford.
EAST KENT HUNT SABOTEURS