The alleged episode took place near the village of Snowshill in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Hunting foxes, deer, hare and mink is illegal under
The alleged episode took place near the village of Snowshill in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Hunting foxes, deer, hare and mink is illegal under the Hunting Act 2004 which applies to England and Wales. Lynn Sawyer is a member of the Three Counties Saboteurs group which also covers Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
She alleges a member of the North Cotswold Hunt disposed of the body of a muntjac deer. The Hunt denies that it was hunting the animal.
Lynn claims the hounds had been tracking down a fox, adding that she and fellow saboteurs following by car saw the hunt speed up suggesting they were close.
She said the whipper-in, who helps the huntsmen and looks after the hounds, was seen cracking a whip to get the dogs away from the body.
Filming from the top of a dry-stone wall, Lynn’s footage shows a person picking up what she said was the dead animal, throwing it into woodland then leaping over a barbed-wire fence.
Animal rights activist Lynn, who used to hunt before she became a saboteur, believes the beast’s size indicates it was a muntjac deer.
She said: “It’s too big to be a fox. It’s obviously a muntjac deer.”
A saboteur of more than 20 years experience, Lynn claims the whipper-in was with the hounds when they were breaking up – or eating – what they had hunted.
The saboteurs went to the spot where they say the deer had been and studied the ground around the alleged kill.
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Gloucestershire Police have launched an investigation.
A spokesman for the force said: “Police have received a number of reports that a fox hunt took place in land near Hornsleasow over the weekend.
“One caller believed this was related to the North Cotswold Hunt and enquiries are ongoing at this time.”
The Constabulary recently launched a major crackdown on illegal fox hunting in the county, using quad bikes and drones to monitor hunts in the area.
Stalking a wild mammal or flushing it out of cover is exempt under the Hunting Act if a number of conditions are satisfied including that it is done to prevent serious damage or harm to crops, game and livestock.