Target: The Ulster Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) Chief Stephen Philpott
Goal: Stop badger hunters from sadistically mutilating animals
More problems have arisen with the badger cull in the United Kingdom as hunters have turned to blooding dogs by setting them on fox cubs. Blooding is a term used in hunting to describe giving dogs the first taste of blood, usually to incite them to go after larger prey. Mutilated young fox carcasses have been found hidden in bags and disposed of alongside country roads and even tied to trees. Those responsible have taken a sadistic pleasure in seeing innocent animals mutilated and this must be stopped immediately.
Reports of such incidents have continued to circulate after a woman in Northern Ireland found a young fox dumped in a trash bag. “It had a lot of saliva on its fur,” she said, “which was all matted and there was clearly a lot of puncture wounds around its neck and blood running out of it.” She added, “Between this fox and a few incidents over the summer with carloads of men coming down here with dogs late at night, it just seems like there’s a lot of this kind of thing going on. I’m from the country and I understand hunting or farmers shooting animals, but this is just gratuitous cruelty.”
Gangs of hunters have been heading out into the countryside to find young foxes for their dogs to rip apart. Animal cruelty investigators have described the practice as “cubbing” and have confirmed widespread incidents of young foxes and other animals being tied to trees to be attacked and killed by dogs as well as other forms of mutilation. Another resident in Northern Ireland who monitors badger dens during the cull season emphasized that “They’ll use rabbits, ferrets, cats, even small dogs. People on social media sites even warn not to leave your dog on a lead at the shop and never offer dogs for free ‘to a good home’ because these boys are looking for that.”
The badger cull in the UK has already resulted in a great deal of hostility and slaughter, but now a new kind of sadism has emerged. Local authorizes and animal cruelty investigators believe that it is mostly urban dwellers who want to watch their dogs mutilate other animals who are responsible. The Ulster Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) chief Stephen Philpott added, “A van load of strangers arriving with dogs and long handled spades and crowbars is hard to hide.”
This must stop immediately. When a cull becomes an opportunity to exercise a kind of gratuitous sadism things have gone too far. Please take a moment to sign the petition below and demand that authorities take necessary measures to keep animals from being mutilated in the U.K.
Dear Stephen Philpott,
As a result of the badger cull, there have recently been a series of incidents of hunters mutilating and killing young foxes for their own sadistic pleasure and to encourage their dogs to go after larger prey. A woman found a fox discarded in a trash bag alongside a country road and there have been multiple reports of foxes being tied to trees for their dogs to attack.
Residents have even become afraid their own pets could be harmed. It isn’t about the cull anymore. Now there are people using the cull as an excuse to take pleasure in harming animals. Please stop the cruelty now.
[Your Name Here]
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