Residents in Chesterton, Cirencester horrified to see fox mauled to death by hounds

Shocking image of fox hunt horror

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The fox found in Chesterton by residents

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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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8:30pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bazzap says...

This is not just very sad, but outrageous and disgraceful.
All those responsible should be prosecuted.
This is not just very sad, but outrageous and disgraceful. All those responsible should be prosecuted. bazzap
  • Score: 68

6:44am Fri 14 Feb 14

Crispin Mount says...

Even Inspector Clouseau could solve this one....but then we are talking about Glos plods who like nothing more than looking the other way when their paymasters are involved.
Even Inspector Clouseau could solve this one....but then we are talking about Glos plods who like nothing more than looking the other way when their paymasters are involved. Crispin Mount
  • Score: 72

2:55pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Nebcop says...

Accidents will happen that's why they are called accidents, clearly the hounds found the scent of a fox and went away from the hunt staff otherwise the huntsman would have stopped them
Accidents will happen that's why they are called accidents, clearly the hounds found the scent of a fox and went away from the hunt staff otherwise the huntsman would have stopped them Nebcop
  • Score: -125

3:10pm Fri 14 Feb 14

bazzap says...

Yeah right!
Yeah right! bazzap
  • Score: 38

3:14pm Fri 14 Feb 14

IknowIamright says...

PROSECUTE THESE MORONS RESPONSIBLE WHO THINK THEY ABOVE THE LAW
PROSECUTE THESE MORONS RESPONSIBLE WHO THINK THEY ABOVE THE LAW IknowIamright
  • Score: 84

7:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Robert Jeanes says...

You will never read about other shocking, but quite legal 'despatching' of foxes on your Cotswold doorstep.
It happens daily. Gamekeepers do it to 'manage' their employers' interests. Others do it with permission for sport. Death from snares and shooting vastly outnumber these sensational reports which come to Press.
Now if these silent killers wore red coats........
You will never read about other shocking, but quite legal 'despatching' of foxes on your Cotswold doorstep. It happens daily. Gamekeepers do it to 'manage' their employers' interests. Others do it with permission for sport. Death from snares and shooting vastly outnumber these sensational reports which come to Press. Now if these silent killers wore red coats........ Robert Jeanes
  • Score: 27

11:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

"Following investigations by the Police and taking a number of statements, it has been decided that a prosecution would not be in the public interest"

Predictable outcome from an impotent police force. Assisted by the local MP
who has voted very strongly against the hunting ban.

All of the pro-hunt lobby will become endangered species and an anakronism of the past like sending small boys up chimneys and other socially unacceptable offensive practices......it iis 2014 not 1815 !
"Following investigations by the Police and taking a number of statements, it has been decided that a prosecution would not be in the public interest" Predictable outcome from an impotent police force. Assisted by the local MP who has voted very strongly against the hunting ban. All of the pro-hunt lobby will become endangered species and an anakronism of the past like sending small boys up chimneys and other socially unacceptable offensive practices......it iis 2014 not 1815 ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 59

10:52am Sat 15 Feb 14

dimreepr says...

This incident was clearly the foxes fault, flagrantly stepping out when there’s a perfectly legal pseudo-hunt going on, is it any wonder they called its bluff and ripped it apart; no doubt blooding an innocent youngster into the ignorant elite, a rite of passage for this bloated minority and who are we, the plebish majority to interfere with such practises. I look forward to the English version of Bastille Day, hopefully ours won’t be so clean a death as the guillotine provides.
This incident was clearly the foxes fault, flagrantly stepping out when there’s a perfectly legal pseudo-hunt going on, is it any wonder they called its bluff and ripped it apart; no doubt blooding an innocent youngster into the ignorant elite, a rite of passage for this bloated minority and who are we, the plebish majority to interfere with such practises. I look forward to the English version of Bastille Day, hopefully ours won’t be so clean a death as the guillotine provides. dimreepr
  • Score: 42

2:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

mbeachey says...

Not sure i understand the problem here ! We live in the country, if you dont like it move !! After all hunting is natural, even foxes do it !
Not sure i understand the problem here ! We live in the country, if you dont like it move !! After all hunting is natural, even foxes do it ! mbeachey
  • Score: -91

2:22pm Sat 15 Feb 14

bazzap says...

Strangely enough, many, many of us who have lived in the country for most or all of our lives disagree with you.
Hunting by humans, with or without hounds, ceased to be "natural", necessary or acceptable a long, long time ago.
And I would hardly describe a Chesterton housing estate as being in the country anyway.
The only remotely fortunate aspect of this terrible incident is that no children or family pets got in the way of this savagery.
(Or would you just view that too as natural selection and survival of the fittest?
Strangely enough, many, many of us who have lived in the country for most or all of our lives disagree with you. Hunting by humans, with or without hounds, ceased to be "natural", necessary or acceptable a long, long time ago. And I would hardly describe a Chesterton housing estate as being in the country anyway. The only remotely fortunate aspect of this terrible incident is that no children or family pets got in the way of this savagery. (Or would you just view that too as natural selection and survival of the fittest? bazzap
  • Score: 76

3:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

dimreepr says...

mbeachey wrote:
Not sure i understand the problem here ! We live in the country, if you dont like it move !! After all hunting is natural, even foxes do it !
Understanding the moral repugnancy of this isn’t location dependant; hunting for pleasure and hunting for food is unequivocally different ethically.
[quote][p][bold]mbeachey[/bold] wrote: Not sure i understand the problem here ! We live in the country, if you dont like it move !! After all hunting is natural, even foxes do it ![/p][/quote]Understanding the moral repugnancy of this isn’t location dependant; hunting for pleasure and hunting for food is unequivocally different ethically. dimreepr
  • Score: 60

7:41am Sun 16 Feb 14

Titus Livius says...

"It is unclear yet which hunt was involved in the incident." Well phone round and find out! You're supposed to be a reporter/newspaper.
"It is unclear yet which hunt was involved in the incident." Well phone round and find out! You're supposed to be a reporter/newspaper. Titus Livius
  • Score: 51

12:15pm Sun 16 Feb 14

tronico says...

Nebcop wrote:
Accidents will happen that's why they are called accidents, clearly the hounds found the scent of a fox and went away from the hunt staff otherwise the huntsman would have stopped them
Oh i doubt that very much, get real!!!!! Blood thirsty ****
[quote][p][bold]Nebcop[/bold] wrote: Accidents will happen that's why they are called accidents, clearly the hounds found the scent of a fox and went away from the hunt staff otherwise the huntsman would have stopped them[/p][/quote]Oh i doubt that very much, get real!!!!! Blood thirsty **** tronico
  • Score: 29

12:16pm Sun 16 Feb 14

tronico says...

IknowIamright wrote:
PROSECUTE THESE MORONS RESPONSIBLE WHO THINK THEY ABOVE THE LAW
Hit the nail on the head, they do think they're above the law!! Sickening!! Time for a cull of humans i think...
[quote][p][bold]IknowIamright[/bold] wrote: PROSECUTE THESE MORONS RESPONSIBLE WHO THINK THEY ABOVE THE LAW[/p][/quote]Hit the nail on the head, they do think they're above the law!! Sickening!! Time for a cull of humans i think... tronico
  • Score: 25

1:10pm Sun 16 Feb 14

dimreepr says...

Unfortunately they are above the law especially in cases such as this; particularly when most of those responsible for enforcing such laws are either riding in the hunt or their bosses are; honestly you’d have a greater chance of taking a dump in the Queens handbag whilst she looked on.
Unfortunately they are above the law especially in cases such as this; particularly when most of those responsible for enforcing such laws are either riding in the hunt or their bosses are; honestly you’d have a greater chance of taking a dump in the Queens handbag whilst she looked on. dimreepr
  • Score: 28

2:45pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

Published on Oct 18, 2013

Zsa Roggendorff chaired a bench of magistrates that passed sentence on Nick Bycroft, huntsman of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, on 17 Sept 2013. This was for a Hunting Act offence.

She admitted being a neighbour of the defendant , but earlier footage showing hunting on “her land” indicates that she might not have been unsympathetic. She gave him only a conditional discharge!

No surprise there then !
Published on Oct 18, 2013 Zsa Roggendorff chaired a bench of magistrates that passed sentence on Nick Bycroft, huntsman of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, on 17 Sept 2013. This was for a Hunting Act offence. She admitted being a neighbour of the defendant , but earlier footage showing hunting on “her land” indicates that she might not have been unsympathetic. She gave him only a conditional discharge! No surprise there then ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 28

3:00pm Sun 16 Feb 14

foxhuntingisillegal says...

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.
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. foxhuntingisillegal
  • Score: 58

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