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HUNTING RESUMED - The carnage continues

Posted 1 December 2001

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These pictures show the grotesque reality of fox hunting. With no obvious bite wounds to the neck, this animal was clearly disembowelled by the hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt on 20 December.

There was nothing that saboteurs could do to save the vixen (see statement below) except retrieve her mauled body. Hunters claim that the fox is always killed by a 'quick' nip to the back of the neck. However, whenever casualties of fox hunts are retrieved and examined, this is often shown to be false.

This fox was 'presented' to the hunt by Liverpool Hunt Saboteurs on 22 December. Hunting with hounds resumed on 17 December after a long enforced break due to foot and mouth. It is now allowed under a temporary system of permits in foot and mouth-free counties.

Statement from Liverpool Hunt Saboteurs

"Liverpool Hunt Sabs attended a meet of the Cheshire Forest Hunt near the village of Alvanley, outside Chester, on Thursday 20th December.

"Using a method of non-violent direct action including voice calls and horns we were able to distract the hounds from the scent of foxes.

"After about an hour and a half the hunt put the hounds into a field of kale where they put up a fox. A hunt rider rode in front of the fox to 'chop' it back into the hounds. There was nothing the sabs could do to save the fox but we managed to pick up her body despite violence and threats from the hunters and take the body away.

"The fox had been disembowelled by the hounds and has a number of wounds across the belly but no obvious bites to the neck."


  • Hunt saboteurs planned to be out in force on Boxing Day and until the end of the season to try and prevent more deaths of innocent wildlife. If you can help, contact the Hunt Saboteurs Association on 0845 450 0727.
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