THE PERFECT PAIR DOLPHIN TRILOGY IS DELIGHTED TO PRESENT "fOX CUBBING" BLOG BY HELEN SEDDON, AUTHOR OF "WHY HAVE ALL THE ANIMALS GONE?"
Allowing the hunt’s hounds to kill defenceless fox cubs is to ‘give them a taste of blood’! That’s it in a nutshell. The vile activity that fox hunting wants to keep covered up and out of sight. It’s been going on since hunting foxes began. The hunts meet from 6-6.30 am in August and then later in the morning during September and October as the days grow shorter. They can also meet in the evenings.
Apparently these are the times to maximise scenting conditions. This helps young hounds to follow trails when the main season starts. Oh come on! Have any of the hunts actually laid down honest trails for hounds to follow during any hunting season since the ban was implemented?
Some people have suggested it’s held so early in the morning or during the evening so the hunt is not seen to be carrying out ‘real life hunting’. Well it is definitely hunting, made worse by chasing off the vixen so the young hounds can kill her defenceless fox cubs. Yes the hounds are allowed to rip them to pieces.
Apparently it’s all about educating and teaching the hounds the smell and taste of foxes. You may ask why does this disgusting ritual of training young hounds to kill defenceless fox cubs go on? Wasn’t this banned back in February 2005? Yes it was, is the absolute resolute answer to that question. Hunts think it’s their right to break the law….but it’s not and people are becoming more disgruntled by their criminal activities.
The Countryside Alliance came up with the term ‘Autumn Hunting’ to replace the term ‘cubbing’ after the ban. Horse & Hound likes to describe it as “Autumn hunting is a gentle introduction for young hounds, new hunt staff, horses and followers to the forthcoming season.”
Yet cubbing is a very grotesque illegal activity so you can see how the hunting fraternity are trying to give it a softer approach. Let’s cut out the small talk then! It’s actually about ripping up baby foxes so their hounds can know their smell and taste of them.
Fox cubbing goes on for multiple days each week during every season. So what does it entail out there in the woods? Well the huntsmen, their terriermen, farmers and gamekeepers will have made it their business to find out where vixens and their cubs are living.
The hunt and hunt supporters will surround the area and if the cubs try to escape they will make loud noises to make them scared so they go back to the hounds. Usually all the fox cubs are killed. Any that do escape will probably end up being hunted at a later date. Some young hounds have been known to be killed if they are not aggressive enough to want to kill a fox cub.
It seems cubbing is a necessary evil for the purpose of hunting foxes. But hunting and killing wild mammals with a pack of dogs is illegal!! I think it’s worth reminding ourselves what the late 10th Duke of Beaufort wrote in his book “Fox-Hunting”:
“The object of cub-hunting is to educate both young hounds and fox-cubs. As was said earlier, it is not until he has been hunted that the fox draws fully on his resources of sagacity and cunning so that he is able to provide a really good run….I try to be out cub-hunting as often as possible myself, and the ideal thing is for the Master to be out every day….Never lose sight of the fact that one really well-beaten cub killed fair and square is worth half a dozen fresh ones killed the moment they are found without hounds having to exert themselves in their task. It is essential that hounds should have their blood up and learn to be savage with their fox before he is killed.”
It’s was no different then, and before that and today fox cubbing is just the same. They say the more hardcore people in fox hunting enjoy the slaughter of baby foxes. In my mind they must be all hardcore to have anything to do with hunting and killing wildlife for fun.
Please take note of this telephone number. We need to get the message out that breaking the law should not be tolerated. Calling the tip-off line could save our vulnerable wildlife!
If you witness any illegal cub hunting please contact The Hunt Saboteurs Association by phoning the TIP-OFF HOTLINE 07443 148 426 They have been very successful getting Sabs out to the hunts at short notice and it can save the lives of defenceless fox cubs. Don’t hesitate to call the Police on 101. Ask for your call to be logged as a hunting incident and request an incident number.
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Impressive and engaging - a must-read for anyone who cares about our precious wildlife
Helen's research is excellent and she gets straight to the point. Nothing dry and boring like you find in many academic books. This would make a great handbook for keyboard warriors on Twitter or Facebook, and for those attending demos. Tells them all they need to know without their having to dig the info out for themselves.
Tracy J Holroyd, Cert Ed, BA(Hons), Member of the Society of Authors
Co-author of The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy and The Belinda Fellgate Fantasy Series.
All animals deserve respect. Not be hunted down for sport and or tradition. Please END THESE HUNTS NOW!
We totally agree. It's shameful to think that this is happening in our country in this day and age - especially as fox hunting is supposed to be illegal. No enforcement here, because this is a pastime of the upper classes, and it seems that they are governed by different rules than the rest of us.
This loathing hunt should be put to an end. It´s a shame that humans keep on treating animals as products instead of considering them as living beings who deserve respect and protection at a time that most of our dear species are crittically endangered
The hunt is illegal in this country, but the powerhouse that is the British aristocracy continues to hunt without fear of arrest. Nobody polices it. The only people who intervene are the sabs, which is very dangerous for them as they are often attacked by the hunts' bully boys who ride alongside in their 4x4s. You see, in this country there is still one law for the social elite and another for the rest of us. Thank you for commenting, Leotien.
A disgusting practise by disgusting people. This needs to be stopped.
Not only disgusting but medieval. A few years ago, one man was filmed throwing fox cubs to hounds in the kennels. Big brave man. Probably one of the bully boys that ride alongside the hunt in their 4x4s threatening any would-be saboteurs. Speaking of which, if any sabs out there are reading this post, please feel free to make comment. You don't have to use your real names.
This is sickening. It most certainly is an antiquated practice with no place in modern society. It is barbaric. Thx so much for this article by Ms Seddon. Although hard to read about such cruelty. It needs to be put out to the public & condemned. Another "Truth be Told"!
Thank you for your comment! We couldn't agree more - so many people are unaware that this is happening. Although this is a UK atrocity, we welcome all comments from overseas, and hope that overseas activists apply the same pressure for change on the UK government as we apply on the governments of other countries that permit animal abuse. Thanks again - and thank you, Helen Seddon, for this enlightening blog.
Great article thank you so much.
As we all know, fox hunting is a UK 'tradition', the so-called sport of our social elite. A pleasurable pastime where the tally-ho brigade indulge their twisted bloodlust by allowing a hapless animal to be torn to pieces by a pack of frenzied hounds.
Thank you David & Tracy for your kind words.
Sabs number 1 priority is always to saves lvies. They are out for hrs a day nearly every dy. They then spend time dealing with reporting incidents to the police & on social media. Sabs dont alway have time to read everything that is written about fox hunt.
Hi Christine, we're replying here to your last two comments. (For some reason, our website will only allow us to reply to your first comment.) Either way, thank you again for your wonderfully insightful comments - we do understand where you're coming from regarding the hunt sabs.
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