As tradition has it, today sees the start of the hunting season . . fox hunting specifically. Hunting with hounds is forbidden under UK law but for some hunts, it’s been pretty much business as usual. They’ve either used the loopholes to continue their blood-sport or they’ve simply broken the law.
Well the fox-hunting season gets under way today but regardless of the ban, this year’s cub hunting started three months ago. The hunters affectionately refer to it as ‘cubbing’ or ‘Autumn hunting’ whereupon thousands of young fox cubs are hunted by young hounds and killed. It’s done mostly in the early morning when scents are fresh (and less people are around to witness), it’s purpose being to train the hounds and help them develop a taste for blood.
Cub-hunting is particularly barbaric. Dogs don’t instinctively kill foxes. It’s a learned behaviour. The young dogs are taken to a fox habitat and are let loose with the older, experienced dogs while the hunters block all the escape routes . . . and the dogs rip in.
So, those-that-are-above-the-law are still merrily galloping over British countryside, tormenting our wildlife and intimidating the poor countryfolks while the police and officials pretend that no laws are being violated. It’s not the mounted thugs who are harassed and arrested by the police for breaking laws, it’s the hunt saboteurs. If anything, the police officers make it easier for the hunt to continue, illegally or not.
Basically, the hunting ban is all but meaningless. It was done to appease the majority of the British public while back room silent assurances were made that the law wouldn’t ever really be enforced.
More info and what you can do to ensure the law is upheld here.