The Times shameful 'journalism'
The pro-hunt press have spent years waging a pitiful campaign against the RSPCA ever since the successful prosecution of the Haythrop Hunt for illegal foxhunting. Today a similar smear campaign has been launched against the League Against Cruel Sports. The Times, so-called Investigations Editor, Dominic Kennedy wrote a story which appeared on their front page and continued for two full pages inside. Despite this, Kennnedy refused to print a single word by the League refuting his accussions. Kennedy represents the worst kind of cowardly propoganda journalism and brings shame on his profession.
We have been critical of the League in the past, but in this instance they are the victims of a cowardly attack. So here is their press release: Our response to 'malicious and unfounded' accusations in the Times
The Daily Mail also took time off smearing the RSPCA and printing anti-immigrant stories to join in with a reprint of Kennedy's story by Lydia Willgress. Willgress starts by saying, "An animal rights charity...", the League are many things, but they are certainly not animal rights, they are an anti-bloodsport charity. If the Daily Mail are attacking the League, the League must be doing something right for once. WELL DONE LEAGUE!!!
Fox Cubs kept by the Middleton Hunt
In 2004, Simon Hart, the then Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, stated:
"I am one of those who has never been happy about our reliance on the 'pest control' case..."
Sinnington Hunt's Artificial Earth 1998
Yorkshire Foxhunter digging for cubs 1983
In 2000, Mike Huskisson of the Animal Cruelty Investigation Group reported:
Bryan Robinson came over to chat to me and I took the opportunity to discuss with him his days at the Sinnington Foxhounds. Apparently he worked for 18 months at the Sinnington Foxhounds as terrierman. Having seen a pair of cubs incarcerated in an artificial earth, with a tiny cage on one end, in a wood owned by the Sinnington Foxhounds I was keen to ask him about the treatment of foxes and in particular the movement of cubs in that part of the country. The following conversation took place between Bryan Robinson (BR) and Mike Huskinson (MH):
BR: There was a policy in Yorkshire with the (game) keepers, rather than shoot all the foxes, because they've obviously got to look after their pheasants,
BR: What they do is they'll find a litter of cubs, they'll know for example in that wood there is a litter of cubs
BR: So they'll go out and shoot the vixen,...Oh! that's bloody horrible,....they've shot the....howl the poor cubs...
BR: Then they'll go there every day and feed the cubs, they leave chickens and stuff out for them...
MH: Oh right.
BR: Cos they then...they can control then whereabouts on their patch the foxes are...
BR: So it's a way of ensuring that there's foxes there for the people to hunt when they go hunting but also a way for the keeper being able to dictate where on his patch the foxes are.
BR: Yea. Do you follow what I'm saying?
BR: So it's common practice. they'll shoot them, shoot the mother once the cubs are big enough to be sort of on on solid flesh...
BR: Shoot the mother and they will then to all intents and purposes rear the cubs.
BR: But all they actually do is go and feed them.
BR: And they are then able to keep track of where the foxes are on their patch which at the end of the day every good keeper wants to know where his foxes are, doesn't he?
Bryan Robinson is an experienced gamekeeper, terrierman and Huntsman. His description, for the Inquiry team, portrays the reality of how foxes are treated for sporting purposes. It makes a mockery of any claim that foxes are hunted in their wild and natural state. The relationship between a vixen and her cubs is intimate and vital. The vixen teaches her offspring how to hunt and how to survive in the wild. If, in the interest of the sport of men and women, she is killed and the cubs fed from the moment they are weaned by man (and on chickens!) what is the exact measure of harm caused to those cubs? They will find it hard indeed to fend for themselves in the wild and until they fall victim to the "sport" for which they were spared will doubtless fulfil the jaundiced view of some by being the very threat to human farming interests for which their species is damned.