On January 5th 2022 Keep The Ban supported the Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) with their latest undercover investigation, which saw the Vale of White Horse Hunt deliberately and intentionally hunting a fox. The below footage is what was captured (not graphic).

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VWH member and land-owner Verity Drewett can be seen visibly shouting and identifying the fox to the hunt so that the mammal can be hunted. She ensures the fox is unable to seek safety in the barn and she states how she ‘turned him’before describing the whereabouts of the animal to Duncan Drewett, senior member of the VWH Hunt.

The terriermen responsible for bolting the fox from the barn on January 5th were also filmed doing the same thing at a meet on December 8th 2021. A fox was also seen at the back of the barn this day and hours later a red coat is seen at the exact same spot as the fox.

The site was filmed for the period of two days and over this time not asingle trail was seen being laid through the farm or anywhere around the farm.

Prior to the release of this footage Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson told Keep The Ban that -

‘If a member of the public reports illegal fox hunting it will be investigated by the police as they would investigate any other report of a crime’ and ‘Our intention is to write to all hunt masters to remind them of their legal responsibilities in much the same way as we intend to write to all groups who oppose hunting’.

This footage has now been handed over to Wiltshire Police and we await the outcome of their investigation. We hope that appropriate action will be taken concerning the clear breaches of the '2004 Hunting Act – Section 1: Hunting a wild mammal with a dog' and 'Section 3: Permitting land to be used for hunting a wild mammal with a dog'.

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It is beyond clear that hunts are not ‘trail hunting’ as they claim. This investigation shows how farmers and landowners are complicit in the supply of foxes for the purpose of hunting.

It also exposes the role of terriermen who ensure foxes are above ground ready to be hunted.  Foxes are still being hunted across the country on a huge scale.

WE'RE CALLING FOR:‍

The National Wildlife Crime Unit to make fox hunting one of their priority delivery groups.

Insurance companies to ditch the hunts.

The 2004 Hunting Act to be strengthened and properly enforced.

Major landowners to permanently end all ‘trail hunt’ licences on their land.

We urge the public to get in touch with their MP and local Police and Crime Commissioner. Ask them what is being done to prevent and deal with those illegally hunting wildlife in 2022.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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