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  • "This is far from an isolated incident. Hunts are out all over the country, sometimes 6 days a week. It is just that most of their barbaric behavior goes on well away from public gaze.

    The participants are monstrous sadists. They relish the torture of a small, terrified, exhausted creature being pursued by a pack of hounds - sometimes for well over an hour. Then they enjoy seeing it ripped apart - death does not often come quickly.

    There is nothing remotely sporting about it. The odds are stacked against the fox - about 40 riders and 30 hounds, not to mention the unspeakable, thick 'supporters' who go along to gawp.

    The hunt staff even block fox earths and badger setts so the fox has no possible sanctuary. At some hunts, they even bring a bagged fox to release so they can be sure of a kill.

    As if the suffering of the fox were not bad enough there are many animals who also fall victim as collateral damage. The horses exhausted and injured, the hounds who are summarily executed if they don't come up to scratch, the badgers who suffocate when their sett is blocked, the deer, dogs and cats killed when a hunt rampages though private gardens.

    10 years ago, the British public banned to ban this abomination that has no place in the 21st century - and certainly not in a country that claims to be civilised. The hunts continue much as before, as gaping loopholes were left in the law so that they can pretend that they are trail hunting (something that does not satisfy them as they get off on the killing).

    If you want to stop this, join your local monitoring group (details via the HSA). This simply involves filming from a car, in an attempt to get enough evidence to prosecute. But you will need a thick skin to withstand the abuse from these morons who think that they have a God-given right to do as they please. Together we can end this abomination - that has no place in the countryside - let alone residential roads in the suburbs of Cirencester."
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Residents in Chesterton, Cirencester horrified to see fox mauled to death by hounds

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ANGRY residents have hit out after a fox was mauled to death in front of shocked witnesses and the body left to rot.

Other residents of the ironically-named Foxes Bank Drive in Chesterton, Cirencester later found the ripped-apart remains of the animal on Monday afternoon.

One Chesterton resident took to social media site Facebook to express his concerns, posting a picture of the dead fox he had found almost on his front doorstep.

“Who said that fox hunting was banned?” he asked. “Over 20 hounds came into Foxes Bank Drive and cornered and mauled the fox before dropping it in my neighbour’s front garden.

“We know it is illegal which is why no huntsmen followed,” he continued. “They can claim they were not following it and the hounds must have ‘picked up the scent’.”

Facebook friends of his showed their disgust at what had happened by commenting on the photo.

Users described it as “horrendous”, “horrific”, “traumatising” with one user asking: “Imagine if the kids saw it happening?”

It was heard that the Master of the Hunt came to apologise on Tuesday for the incident.

It is unclear yet which hunt was involved in the incident. More follows.

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