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A fox tries to escape from where South Pembrokeshire Hunt are "cubbing"

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Published on Feb 4, 2012

West Wales Anti-Bloodsports attend an early season South Pembrokeshire Hunt meet at Creswell Quay, on October 8th 2011. This pre-season hunting now officially goes by the sanitised name of "autumn hunting", but is still widely called "cubbing". Before the hunt ban, hunts would take hounds to woodlands where fox families were known to live, surround them with riders and supporters on foot, and to drive the young foxes back into the woods -- to be torn apart - if they tried to escape.

There is compelling evidence (just search cubbing on Youtube) that many hunts are still at it, in defiance of the law.

As can be seen from this video, South Pembrokeshire Hunt once again take their hounds into West Williamston Nature Reserve without permission. The hounds seem to find something and chase off out of the reserve and under a fence. WWAB catch up with the hunt later at Tything Barn. They have placed followers on foot with sticks, and mounted members of their staff, all along the road next to the steeply sloping walled property. The hounds are in the woodland below. The hunt, at various points, bang the road with sticks, make noises with a whip, and poke around in the vegetation. The hounds are heard on several occasions to be in cry, excitedly chasing a scent. A fox is seen by WWAB on three occasions. The first time, a supporter bangs his stick on the road right next to where it was trying to get out. The third time, the fox is captured on film running out of the woodland and diving back in again, not far from where the same supporters were banging their sticks on the road. One of them, who was looking in the direction of the fox, then starts touching his cap in a gesture WWAB have seen several times before when a fox has been sighted.

We leave you to decide -- were they hunting this fox, or hunting a trail? If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck....

If you want to join West Wales Anti Bloodsports in saving foxes from the hunts, email westwalesantis@hotmail.co.uk

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