In a shocking and deeply upsetting video seen by Keep The Ban, a 14 year-year-old rescue cat was brutally mauled to death by a pack of hunting hounds yesterday in Cornwall. In the disturbing video, the huntsman can be seen holding the body of Mini before hurling it over a fence of a nearby neighbour.

A man is filmed running over to Mini's body before chucking the cat over a neighbour's fence

Speaking to Cornwall Live, Carly Jose said:

We're trying to wrap our heads around what has happened and why. It's really hard. We're all absolutely devastated.

"I think it's worse because my children are here. They've had to listen to everything that's been going on today.

"My daughter is training to be a vet, so she was working at a local practice today. I'm still struggling to tell her certain parts of what has happened because it's just too traumatic. We're a family who help animals.

"People say, accidents happen, but this was no accident.

"This was an evil act."

"I don't see the hounds but I often see the boxes going past and I can hear them quite a lot.

"I wonder what the hounds had been doing here - could they smell Mini, did they come this way just to get her?

"I suppose we will never know because they will never tell us. But things like this shouldn't be happening. I shouldn't have to fear for the lives of my animals in my own street. No-one should."

A history of hunting havoc

In the past decade there have been numerous reports of hunting hounds chasing terrified animals and, in some cases, killing domestic animals, livestock and pets. These so-called “accidents” are taking place across the country every year and the hunts repeatedly apologise for their actions and promise that they will review their procedures to ensure it doesn’t happen again. However, there are few reasons why anti-hunting campaigners and members of the public should simply accept these promises and forgive the hunts for their behaviour. The issue only seems to be getting worse. In the past 4 months there have been as many incidents of reckless behaviour of hunts and domestic animals being killed or frightened as there were between 2018 to 2019,based on incidents that were reported and received press coverage. Since October 2020 there have been 7 reported incidents involving hunting hounds terrorising or killing domestic animals and livestock.

These incidents involve a variety of animals and reflect the sheer recklessness of hunts across the country who continue to claim they are following artificial scents as opposed to live mammals despite overwhelming evidence that is simply not the case. The question must be asked as to how and why hounds are running out of control and killing domestic animals if hunts really are following a pre-laid artificial scent as they claim. Our most recent report logs the incidents dating from the beginning of the most recent hunting season (October 1st 2020) to the 4th January where the hunting season was postponed. The report reveals how there has been an incident involving hunts terrorising domestic animals or livestock on average every two weeks. This is shocking not only considering the number of incidents in such a short space of time but considering it is highly likely that there are more incidents not reported. It is also worth mentioning that the most recent hunting season took place under unprecedented circumstances and that the number of hunting days would have been considerably lower than in 2019/20.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban