Hunt hounds attack badger sett on Exmoor wildlife sanctuary

An animal welfare charity has spoken of its disgust after several hunt hounds ran amok across a wildlife sanctuary, attacking a badger sett.

In video footage, as many as a dozen hounds can be seen frantically digging at the badger sett, located on the Pitleigh Sanctuary at Wheddon Cross near Minehead, Somerset, which has been owned and managed by the League since the 1970s. The incident took place on Wednesday 10th March.

A spokesman for the League said the incident demonstrated that out of control hunting hounds present a danger to all wildlife.

“In the week that government published a consultation on dangerous dogs, here we have dogs trained to kill and running amok across the countryside. It is unacceptable and grossly irresponsible for hunts to allow their hounds to riot like this, but sadly hunts are all too often sticking two fingers up at the law abiding majority,” said the spokesman.

The hounds were on the League’s Sanctuary for approximately one hour, and the incident has been reported to Avon & Somerset Police. The League said it was “considering all legal options”.

Last month several hounds were killed when they ran across the A303 in Somerset.

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    gilesbradshaw said,

    You could do with clearing some of that rhododendron if you did you’d get a much healthier understory which would be far more beneficial to wildlife.

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