Target: David Shaw, Chief Constable of the West Mercia Police
Goal: Prosecute persons responsible for feeding live fox cubs to dogs.
Footage has emerged that seems to show live fox cubs being fed to dogs. The footage, allegedly from South Herefordshire Hunt Kennels, in Herefordshire, U.K. shows a man taking a fox cub into the kennels, followed by loud barking. The man is then shown disposing of the cub’s body. This practice is known as ‘cubbing,’ and is intended to teach the dogs to kill.
Fox hunting is banned in the U.K., but hunters are allowed to pursue drag hunting — where hounds follow an artificial scent trail. Intentionally killing foxes is illegal, but accidentally killing foxes is not. There have previously been allegations that fox hunting kennels engineer ‘accidental’ encounters with foxes.
Three people have already been arrested and released based on bail based on the video. The kennel has closed, and is under investigation. However, the only way to guarantee that the people responsible are prosecuted is to make it clear that cruelty against animals will not go unnoticed. Sign our petition and demand the prosecution of the people responsible for feeding fox cubs to hounds.
Dear Chief Constable Shaw,
I was sickened to see that the South Herefordshire Hunt Kennels has been practicing cubbing. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
As you know, the practice of cubbing has been illegal in the U.K. since the 2005 fox hunting ban. Under that ban, accidental kills of foxes are legal. Since, there have been allegations that hunts have engineered “accidental kills.” Given that drag hunting is based on artificial scent, it is unclear what the purpose of cubbing is. If the purpose is to teach the hounds to hunt and kill foxes, that fact may well raise questions about any accidental fox kills at that kennel. I urge you to investigate the South Herefordshire Hunt Kennels to ensure that these cruel practices do not extend past this instance.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Andrew Smithson