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Scottish fox hunts exposé

26 May 2015

Thirteen years on from legislation intended to ban fox hunting in Scotland, a League Against Cruel Sports Scotland investigation provides video evidence that the practice of hunting foxes with dogs appears to be continuing in the Scottish countryside in much the same way that it did before the ban, with the same rituals and cruelty.

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  • Bruce Weir

    29 May 2015, 12:10pm

    How many foxes were killed during this investigation is not relevant. Constant observation is important to make it clear to those who kill animals for sport that they will not get away with breaking the law and that they are under the spotlight.
    From this short video by The League Against Cruel Sports, the intention to break the law and kill with dogs and not guns is obvious to anyone with a modicum of intelligence.

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  • Mary Jones

    29 May 2015, 12:18pm

    Now that the SNP have overall power in Scotland could they not show that they have the power to enforce the ban. It is clear that the types of people who pursue wildlife in this way for their adrenaline surges must be leading a sad life. If there is one thing I wish I could have shown is the lovely behaviour of the family of foxes that I have witnessed, father fox keeping watch while mother fox plays with her cubs, a glorious site, and I was born and bread in the countryside.

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  • Tricia Hodson

    29 May 2015, 2:18pm

    To me the chase is worse than the death of the fox, horrendous though that is, so that reason is another reason why the number of foxes killed is irrelevant. I've seen a fox hunted by the North Cotswold, seemingly relaxed as he trotted to where we were standing in front of a wood, with the hounds not far behind, until I realised the fox was exhausted as he tried to throw itself over a collapsed Cotswold stone wall into the wood, an obstacle he should have been able to clamber over easily. The fox tried three times then the hounds piled onto him. Disgusting.

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  • Ashley H

    1 June 2015, 1:21pm

    If Cameron brings back hunting in England and Wales, then Scotland will have 91% of GB abusing animals on its frontier. This will encourage hunters in Scotland to defy the law and campaign for repeal there too. Come on SNP. The free vote is as it says free and this is a moral issue that will impinge on Scotland. GB will become impotent when it criticises other countries cruel "sports". The fact our government brought back hunting and killing for fun will be thrown back at us and Scotland as part of GB will be tainted for not voting against repeal or other sly attempts to bring it back through the backdoor. As Dr Toni Shepard's review of field demonstrates hunting and killing foxes does not controls the fox population, indeed it increases it. Read Dr Shephard's excellent review of peer reviewed (objective) research on this site (2013). The hunts and their spokespeople assume hunts serve a useful function in terms of fox control. The do not. So the sole purpose of repeal is to satisfy the blood lust of animal abusers and the prejudices based on ignorance.

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  • Janine

    3 June 2015, 3:22pm

    Cruelty is horror. It should always be illegal.

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  • David F

    12 June 2015, 6:27pm

    What do you expect from a bunch of neanderthals still living in the dark ages?
    Morons.

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  • Mary Gudgeon

    13 July 2015, 10:57pm

    All hunting of any description is vile, but arrogant people on horseback with a pack of dogs chasing a fox is just barbaric. I've personally experienced this foul action, and how anyone who professes to love animals and wildlife can partake in this bestial pursuit, just goes beyond belief, to me it's murder

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  • Diane Mary Gudgeon

    15 July 2015, 12:50am

    Mary, these people don't profess to love animals or wildlife, if you ever take a closer look they are a mere commodity used for one reason or another. If they have a dog in the house it will have a use! If they have an animal outside it will have a purpose !

    They LOVE nothing, but themselves - they are elitist - not of the here and now !

    They COULD do a lot for the countryside, but sadly don't. Custodians of the countryside - I think not!

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  • Celia Clarke Diane

    7 November 2015, 9:40am

    To Mary Gudgeon and Diane
    I agree completely!

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  • Teresa Maycock

    13 July 2015, 10:58pm

    This is a cruel barbaric sport and should not be used to kill any animal.

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  • Julie Gilligan

    14 July 2015, 10:36am

    This is a good explained video thanks .I dont live in the countryside but i do appreciate it when im there .Either way as the narater showed how the hunt works guns or no guns its cruel.And beyond that the horses and hounds innocent as they are also dragged in to this "bloodsport " scenerio.

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  • Lorna Bramley

    14 July 2015, 7:01pm

    Surely, after the overwhelming support shown by the public to keep the ban, we should be setting an example here in Scotland, by banning Fox Hunting totally. No IFs or BUTs. No more cruelty to animals. The work of Terriermen should also be stopped.

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