A FOX has been killed during a Warwickshire Hunt event in Chadshunt.
Hunt saboteurs captured the incident on video in which hounds are seen gathering in a frenzy and, as they disband, the remains of an animal can be seen.
While fox hunting is illegal, ‘trail hunting’ – where a scent is laid for hunting hounds to follow – is permitted.
The hunt has called the fox’s death ‘unexpected’ during the meet near Kineton on Monday.
But the saboteurs claim the fox’s death was ‘no accident’ and believe the group deliberately sought out an active fox den.
A spokesman for the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: “This was no ‘accident’, the Warwickshire Hunt can’t claim they accidentally came across the fox.
“This was very much a deliberate act of hunting. [The huntsman] let his hounds run up and down it until inevitably they found the fox and killed it.
“At no point prior to the hounds killing the fox did anyone from the hunt stop the hounds. As we have said they were all happy for the hounds to be running up and down an area that contained a fox den.
“What is most shocking about this apart from the fact that a fox was brutally ripped apart by a pack of hounds is the complete casualness and nonchalance of those involved and watching. No one rushes over to stop them. The riders just stand watching before casually moving on to the next bit of land to hunt.”
A spokesman for the hunt responded: “While the Warwickshire Hunt were trail hunting on Monday September 6, it appears that a fox unexpectedly came out of the area beside where trails had been laid beforehand. It all happened very suddenly and nobody was able to prevent the unfortunate incident from happening. The hunt reported this incident to the police on the day and will assist them with any further enquiries.”