Our Hunt Crimewatch service has been contacted today by a distraught lady who suffered the most horrific experience at the hands of hunters yesterday. Here is the lady’s email:
We live in the country surrounded by fields and often see horse and hounds riding past. Despite all our protests the hounds always come onto our land. Today at lunchtime we heard the sound of dogs and went out to see a horrendous sight. There were a pack of some 10-15 beagles that had caught a small deer on our land. They were ripping it to pieces in front of us. The scene of a struggling deer and a pack of dogs is one i never want to see again – all we could do was take pictures as a record.
After 5 mins we heard the sound of a horn and the dogs responded and left the deer still just alive – it thankfully died a few mins later as we have no gun and no way of putting it out of its misery. The huntsman finally appeared in the next field and we remonstrated with him. He said -of course it shouldn’t happen, it had never happened before – they were on foot after rabbits.
The incident has been reported to Gloucestershire Police, and we have an incident number. Here are the photographs she sent to us.
Another ‘accident’, or another example of hunters shamelessly sticking two fingers up at the law and the decent majority? You decide.