Video: Hunt Saboteurs Association

It has recently been reported that Thames Valley Police will not be taking any further action against the Kimblewick Hunt despite footage showing a fox being chased by hounds in December 2020.

As stated by the Hunt Saboteur Association “The CCTV footage shows the Kimblewick hounds chasing a fox through an industrial estate that they had no permission to be in”The film then shows the aftermath of the kill as a member of the Kimblewick Hunt is seen feeding the dead fox to a pack of hounds.

Thames Valley Police are quoted as saying the following as justification for the case not proceeding –

“Mr Sallis has provided a ‘clear and cogent’ account of what occurred on the day.” and that “in relation to hunting offences we have to have evidence of the suspect having set out intending to hunt a fox that day, which even despite the CCTV evidence we do not have.”

 This is yet another example of a hunt clearly and on clear camera footage chasing and subsequently killing a fox and yet still no further action is taken. It is beyond obvious that the loopholes and exemptions in the Hunting Act along with the issue of actually proving intent mean it is incredibly difficult to secure prosecutions.Keep The Ban continue to call for the 2004 Hunting Act to be strengthened and properly enforced so that hunts can’t continue to get away with chasing and killing wildlife. There are no “accidents” because we now know beyond any reasonable doubt that the hunts do not lay trails as they claim. Yet another life has been lost at the hands of a hunt and no justice has been served.

Featured image credit: Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban