In October 2020 Melton Borough Council awarded the Quorn Hunt £25,000 in taxpayer money under the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure grant fund scheme.The funds were part of a Government programme that was set up to provide financial support to struggling businesses and companies that were hit hard by Covid-19. However, many hunts took advantage of the funding because many are registered as businesses and so were eligible for the funding. Even the Quorn Hunt that boasts many wealthy members decided to opt in to the scheme.

Just a matter of months later and members of the Quorn Hunt were caught hunting despite clearly and knowingly breaching strict covid regulations. The ride out was supposedly in celebration of the 70th birthday of the senior hunt master Joss Hanbury. Video footage shows hounds surrounding what appears to be a fox hole or badger sett. There were also reports that three foxes may have been killed on the day.

Lee Moon of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “It beggars belief that in the midst of a national lockdown they [Quorn Hunt] transported the entire hunt to the next county to celebrate someone’s birthday.”

This is yet another example of members of the hunting community acting above the law and carrying on with their sordid activities. Only a few weeks ago a 14-year-old rescue cat was brutally mauled to death by a pack of hunting hounds in Cornwall.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban