20 hunting hounds involved in an incident on a railway line today with many being hit by a train

It has been reported that 20 hunting hounds have been involved in an incident on a railway line just outside Diss in Norfolk today (31 October) with many being hit by a train.

At least four have been confirmed as killed.

The train has been withdrawn from service.

Nick Weston, head of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“The tragic death of these hounds on a railway line in Norfolk highlights the irresponsibility of hunts.

“It poses the question as to what the hunt was doing there – trespassing on railway lines is illegal and dangerous and entirely inconsistent with the trail hunting excuse often used by hunts.

“The hunts are risking the safety of their hounds and causing stress to passengers and train drivers who would be witnessing extremely distressing accidents.”

The League Against Cruel Sports recently published a report entitled Hunt Havoc: the human cost of hunting with hounds which highlighted ten reports of railway trespass since the beginning of 2018.

Read hunt havoc report here

It is distressing enough to see animals chased and killed for sport without having to deal with the chaos caused by hunts. That’s why we’ve produced a Hunt Havoc Supporter Pack to help the victims of hunting. The pack contains information on a wide range of issues and, hopefully, you’ll find it informative and helpful.

Download supporter pack here.

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