Sunday, 29 Nov 2020

Calf seen running for its life as it’s chased through fields by hounds on hunt

A terrified calf was spotted running for its life when a large group of hunting hounds chased after the animal through a farmer's field.

Animal rights group Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs shared the video, which shows the young cow and its mum being swarmed by dogs after they burst onto a farmer's field near Broxtowe, on Wednesday, November 4.

The pair are seen running in panic as they narrowly avoid the chasing pack from the High Peak Hunt, as the hounds hurdle drystone walls designed to keep livestock in the field.

An animal rights activist filming the footage can be heard gasping and saying: "Oh my God, look at this calf running for its life.

"They are actually chasing a calf through a field."

The pack follow the young cow closely and force it to turn around and jump over the drystone wall.

It manages to escape to the next field as the hunters approach with their horses.

A spokesperson for the High Peak Hunt said the hounds were stopped "as soon as possible" and that they are "constantly distracted by the activities of the hunt saboteurs", reported Nottinghamshire Live.

Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs rewatched the video and said the mother cow feared for her calf's life as she bolted along.

They said: "There have been quite a few hunts scrambling to get them in before lockdown so we knew they would be in the area.

"You can see them swarming around this poor calf. It is running for its life and terrified because there's no way they would usually clear three drystone walls."

"It just shows how frightened this poor creature must have been and God knows what would have happened if they caught it as they can do a lot of damage."

"We're planning on contacting the RSPCA and the police to see if they can do anything as this clearly isn't right.

"But I suspect it might be a private matter between the hunt and the landowner as the hounds didn't actually catch the calf."

Viewers were enraged and commented to call for the hunting to be stopped.

One said: "This has to be stopped, farmers constantly put warning signs to keep dogs on leads and then this is ok?"

Another wrote: "Can there be a better illustration of how deeply stupid and cruel this activity is!"

A spokesperson for the High Peak Hunt wrote on Facebook that they have been in contact with the farmer to ensure the welfare of the cow and calf.

They added: "Following a highly unusual incident that took place on November 4 in which some young hounds became distracted while carrying out lawful trail hunting activities, the High Peak Hunt can confirm that the hunt staff stopped the hounds as soon as possible and that they have never experienced anything of this nature in the past."

"Throughout the hunting day, the hounds are constantly distracted by the activities of the hunt saboteurs who have a history of shouting or blowing hunting horns and spraying unknown substances around the hounds in order to distract them."

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