There’s a big push to end the ban on hunting with dogs at the moment, because we have a Conservative government with a huge majority and Tories love cruelty to animal.
Today we found that this cruelty extends even to the dogs, with the filmed murder of a young hound – apparently for being too much trouble for her handlers.
It seems they got tired of having to chase her back in, after being allowed out into the exercise field with the rest of her pack.
So they shot her in the head.
The revelation comes after secret filming showed hounds at the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt in Gloucestershire being shot dead at kennels (be warned: if you visit the site you will see footage of this happening).
It seems hounds can be killed, legally, if they are too old to hunt, or are ill or injured. The Hunt told ITV that hounds are humanely euthanised if they cannot be rehomed – and most can’t because they are not house-trained and are used to a pack environment.
But the footage appears to show one hound being shot simply for being playful and enjoying life.
Here’s the story:
*PLEASE READ* The truth behind the poor hound that appeared to be ill in the hound shooting footage. Poor Scamp was killed for being too lively and wanting to play. Her punishment was a bullet to the head for having too much fun. Please RT pic.twitter.com/ki8qEPHNgh
— Keep The Ban (@Keeptheban_) October 9, 2021
The RSPCA has responded to the footage (after being challenged on it, on Twitter) – but only to say that it has handed Hunt-related prosecutions to the police and would appreciate an investigation:
This footage is extremely distressing and we want to see as many hounds as possible rehomed and given a second chance at life. The RSPCA agreed to hand over any hunting prosecutions to the police in 2016 and so we would welcome a full police investigation into this incident.
— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) October 10, 2021
There was no indication that the RSPCA had bothered to bring the incident to the attention of the police – an act that would have had greater weight than if any ordinary member of the public did so. Asked if it would take such action…
Are you going to insist the police investigate and prosecute? A yes/no answer is all that's needed, no other commentary. thanks.
— UHF Satcom 🇬🇧 📡 📻 (@uhf_satcom) October 10, 2021
… There was no reply.
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In my experience the RSPCA are absolutely useless, though desperately under-funded and overstretched, to be fair. The Courts are no better, with convicted culprits routinely let off with ridiculously lenient sentences. The bloodsports people are a disgusting lot who will resort to violence and intimidation against anyone who opposes their horrible activities, imo they’re a combination of psychos and nonces. Look at the dreadful abuse aimed at wildlife expert and campaigner Chris Packham.
It is too lazy and unfair to put any blame on the RSPCA. It is up to the police to deal with criminal cruelty to animals.