What is deer hunting?
Also known as stag hunting, deer hunting is the pursuit and chase of red deer across several kilometres over several hours by a field of mounted riders and hounds.
The cruel pastime dates back to the late nineteenth century where several packs of staghounds hunted what’s known as “carted deer” across predominantly England and Ireland.
These deer were red deer which were keptin captivity for the sole purpose of being hunted and then recaptured alive.
Deer hunts and the cruelty involved
A ground-breaking scientific studypublished in 1997 by Cambridge University animal behaviour expert Professor Patrick Bateson found that deer hunts can no longer claim their sport isn’t cruel.