Hounds just about to rip apart a helpless fox.
The grisly video below, shows the terrified fox taking refuge under bales of hay for 25 minutes before hunt staff use terriers, sticks and hounds to force it into the open where the pack of dogs bring it down and tear it apart.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2394388/Grisly-footage-shows-blood-thirsty-hounds-tear-fox-apart-huntsmen-force-hay-bale-sticks-illegal-hunt.html#ixzz3S98iLyYB
A triumphant huntsman then sounds his hunting horn - the traditional call for a kill when hunting was legal.
He then picks up the fox carcass and holds it over the hounds so that they can better attack and 'rag' it.
The shocking clip, filmed at Full Sutton, near York, last December, was handed over to police.
Huntsman Tim Holt, of Leavening, North Yorkshire, whipper-in Shaun Marles, of Titley, Hertfordshire, terrierman Lee Martin, of Birdsall, North Yorkshire, and amateur terrierman Brian Cuthbertson of Norton, North Yorkshire, all pleaded guilty to hunting a wild mammal with a dog, at York Magistrates Court.
Holt was fined £200, Marles was fined £100 and Martin was fined £100. All three had to pay a £20 surcharge and £85 in costs.
Cuthbertson was granted a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Tim Bonnar, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance, said: 'The Middleton Hunt has accepted that the fox should have been shot in accordance with the exemption rather than killed by hounds.
'Whilst the Hunting Act remains a ridiculous and illogical law, pleading guilty to minimise the time and money wasted on this case, was the sensible thing to do.'
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Grisly footage shows blood-thirsty hounds tear fox apart after huntsmen force it from hay bale with sticks during illegal hunt. Banned hunt
- Investigators say their being caught is unlikely to change their behaviour.
- Fox hunting has been banned in England and Wales since 2005