Chris Packham has added weight to Keep The Ban's latest campaign 'The World's Worst Sport' as he slams the 'grotesque' and 'vile' pastime of cubbing. The TV presenter and conservationist stated:

"It’s hard to imagine anything more grotesque or vile than the pastime of cubbing. For a nation of animal lovers we continue to be shamed by those subjecting wildlife to unthinkable suffering. In this case an activity whereby hounds are trained to kill by savaging fox cubs to death.

What’s even worse is that until now the vast majority of the public have been totally unaware it even goes on. Well now the secret is out about the world’s worst sport. Fox hunting must be stopped. Cubbing must be stopped."

Speaking upon the launch of the campaign, our founder Rob Pownall stated:

"It's 2022 and there are people going out ripping fox cubs to pieces. It's shocking and bizarre. And that is exactly what this film encapsulates. A normalisation of an almost surreal pastime that continues to take place illegally across the UK. By using an easily recognisable format we were able to expose this grotesque activity to a whole new audience. One which is totally unaware that cubbing takes place, and hopefully one which will be impassioned and motivated to take action."


Every year thousands of fox cubs are ripped to pieces by hunts and the public have no idea it goes on.

This heinous activity is known as ‘cubbing’ and is one of fox hunting’s dirtiest secrets. 'Cubbing', usually takes place between August and October, before the main fox hunting season, it’s something that has been going on for years, and it needs to be exposed. The majority of the public have no idea about it, yet it’s arguably more disgusting, more barbaric, and more unethical on every level than fox hunting itself.

This is a static form of hunting and goes on at dusk, where you have hunters on horseback, surrounding wooded areas, sending hounds in, waiting for the fox cubs to be torn apart.  This is all done to train the hounds to kill ready for the main hunting season.

Polling conducted by Survation on behalf of Keep The Ban in July 2022 found that almost 95% of respondents had no idea what cubbing was prior to being surveyed.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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