Workers have been captured on film shooting for one of the UK’s most prestigious hunts that they have used.
Secret cameras from the Beaufort Hunt caught the men killing four hunters who are no longer wanted.
Thousands of foxes are shot each year, but this is believed to be the first time it has been filmed.
The Hunt Investigation Team and the Keep the Bane organizations undertook a covert investigation into the Duke of Beaufort’s hunt in Badminton, Gloucestershire, to uncover what they called “one of the most hideous mysteries of the hunt”.
Footage showed gunmen making dogs sit on grass, holding guns to their heads and firing.
One dog did not die from the first shot and, after showing signs of life, a gunman fired a second shot three minutes later to kill him.
Another also needed to be shot twice. And a large, white hound was shot, but its tail still appeared to wag as it was placed in a wheelbarrow.
Predator hunting is legal, and hunting said it was carried out by trained professionals on people who were not fit to be domesticated.
Ex-hunters have previously claimed that foxes showing signs of weakness were shot in the head or mauled to death by UK prey.
Pro-hunt group The Countryside Alliance has estimated that 3,000 hounds a year are killed when they are too old. Anti-hunting group Protect Our Wild Animals estimated it was closer to 7,000.
A spokesman for the Hunt Investigation Team said Granthshala: “The fact that a dog’s tail was still wagging when it was loaded onto a wheel exposes its calligraphy.
“There should be more transparency and integrity. Hunts describes the Hounds as part of the family, but I don’t know any other relatives who have been shot in the head when they no longer want them. “
She said it was a misconception that shooting is a quick, cruelty-free way to kill.
“A good kill by bullet requires a competent shooter, so it is relying heavily on people who have no oversight or regulation to believe they can kill cleanly.”
Mike Jessop, a fellow at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, said what he saw did not make him believe the hunters were professionally trained to put the animals down.
“There was no evidence of [the huntsperson] being a veterinary trained or veterinary surgeon,” he; told ITV News.
“The lack of use of any veterinary equipment that one would expect such as a stethoscope to detect that dogs were dead was simply lacking.
“The evidence in the video doesn’t show any illegal activity. But my concern is whether there is any pain after the shot, as no one is taking care to investigate whether the dogs are actually dead.”
A spokesperson for Beaufort Hunt told Granthshala That for a “home environment” or a more suitable kennel, options were considered for every hound before deciding on retiring or re-establishing them.
He said, “Hounds are sometimes successfully retired as household pets, but they are not house trained and are only used to living in pack environments, so the majority are unfortunately not able to live again.” unsuitable for,” he said.
“Where other options are not available, humane euthanasia is performed. It is performed by trained professionals using valid and approved methods.”
Hunt opponents said the footage shows “brutal” practices and “absolute disregard for their dogs, horses and animals”.
Hunting wildlife with dogs was illegal by the Hunting Act 2004, and next month the National Trust will hold a new landmark vote on ending hunting on the land. The trust says it allows legal “trail-hunting” but not poaching.
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