In a shocking and deeply upsetting video seen by Keep The Ban, a 14 year-year-old rescue cat was brutally mauled to death on the 6th of March by a pack of hunting hounds 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.

Pictured: Mini killed by hunting hounds in Cornwall before being thrown over a neighbor's fence

It is seemingly one rule for the hunts and one rule for the rest of society. How many disgusting incidents like this have to take place before something is done about it? This latest incident is not the first and we have no doubt it will be the last. Keep The Ban compiled a number of reports and cases of hunting hounds terrorising animals and livestock back in January of his year and what we found was shocking.

Our ‘Hunting Havoc’ report logged all of 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. This report revealed how there had 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.

Why do the hunts get away with it?

According to the law it is illegal to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as: - In a public place - In a private place, for example a neighbour’s house or garden - In the owner’s home the law applies to all dogs. Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it: inures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them. The question must be asked as to how and why hunts continue to allow their hounds to cause havoc and get away with it.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban