Sarah Moulds who was filmed attacking a horse last year while out with the Cottesmore Hunt has today plead not guilty to an animal cruelty charge.

Sarah Moulds denied causing unnecessary suffering to the grey pony, named Bruce Almighty, when she appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

The 37-year-old, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, will now stand trial at the same court on 17 October.

This follows the news last year that the individual responsible for kicking and punching a horse was sacked from her role as a teacher.

"I can confirm that Sarah Moulds’ employment with the Trust has been terminated.  As a Trust we are committed to ensuring the best standard of education for all of our young people and we look forward to continuing this throughout the 2021/22 academic year and beyond."

A member of the Cottesmore Hunt has been caught on film kicking and hitting a horse before dragging the poor animal into a trailer. The footage was taken by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs and was posted online today. The Cottesmore Hunt were one of several hunts exposed by Keep The Ban for claiming £25,000 in Covid 19 Small Business Grant money last year and claim to be "one of England's premier hunts". The hunt is one of the oldest packs in the country and hunt mainly in Rutland where they claim to conduct "trail hunting" as opposed to fox hunting which was outlawed in 2004.

The footage taken is shocking not only considering the fact that the woman filmed unleashes several blows to the animal but the fact that she does so in broad daylight in public. One can only imagine the way in which this horse and the other animals under the care of the Cottesmore Hunt are treated behind closed doors. Sadly this treatment is nothing unusual and reflects the wider issues when it comes to the abuse and neglect of animals by hunts across the country. Only last month Keep The Ban released sickening undercover footage taken by the Hunt Investigation Team which showed the "prestigious" Beaufort Hunt shooting dead several of their hounds. These poor animals showed signs of life even after being shot leading to two of them being shot in the head twice.

Understandably social media users have been appalled by the footage shared by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs and the video has since accumulated over half a million views at the time of writing this piece. One commenter wrote "These people do not love animals, they love what animals can do for them. When the animals don't serve a use for them, they are considered disposable." while another twitter user stated "This is unacceptable!!! That poor horse was hit and kicked. Everyday more shocking evidence emerges of the violent cruelty these hunts inflict on innocent animals"

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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