This week has seen two disturbing incidents emerge of hunters abusing their horses in the British countryside. Earlier this week, footage of a Cottesmore Hunt supporter went viral after she was filmed kicking and punching a horse. The footage taken is shocking not only considering the fact that the woman filmed unleashes several blows to the animal but the fact that she does so in broad daylight in public. One can only imagine the way in which this horse and the other animals under the care of theCottesmore Hunt are treated behind closed doors.

 

Understandably social media users have been appalled by the footage shared by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs and the video has since accumulated over half a million views at the time of writing this piece. One commenter wrote"These people do not love animals, they love what animals can do for them.When the animals don't serve a use for them, they are considered disposable." while another twitter user stated "This is unacceptable!!!That poor horse was hit and kicked. Everyday more shocking evidence emerges of the violent cruelty these hunts inflict on innocent animals"

 

The video was taken by HertfordshireHunt Saboteurs and as a direct result of the subsequent nationwide press coverage she has been suspended from her position as a primary school teacher. The RSPCA is also investigating the incident. However, this isn’t the first time that a hunter has been caught on film abusing the animals in their care and we doubt it will be the last time. Whether it be horses or hounds, both animals are treated as nothing more than tools to these hunts. When they’re deemed no longer good enough, they’re simply disposed of like garbage. Our undercover investigation carried out by the Hunt Investigation Team proved this to be the case. Last month it showed the prestigious Beaufort Hunt shooting dead several of their hounds deemed no longer suitable for hunting. This shocking footage showed two of the poor hounds being shot twice after appearing to show signs of life. Last week Keep The Ban released disturbing follow up footage of the same hunt violently hitting their hounds.

As if these incidents weren’t shocking enough, more video footage has emerged in the last couple of days of a huntsman from the Flint & Denbigh Hunt hitting and swearing at his horse. The incident was filmed by North Wales Hunt Saboteurs and took place during a hunt in Tre-Mostyn on Saturday November 6th after the rider “hit his horse on the head calling it a f****** c*** after it failed to make a jump”.

This behaviour is appalling and reflects the way in which hunts have absolutely no regard for the wellbeing of the animals in their care. One can only imagine what must happen behind closed doors.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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