Thames Valley Police have charged two men linked to the Kimblewick Hunt. It comes after anti-hunting activists published video footage allegedly showing men throwing a live fox to hunting hounds.
Unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
Thames Valley Police announced on 26 June that they are charging two men “in connection with an incident of hunting”. The force said it had charged Ian Parkinson and Mark Vincent with “causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal”. The pair will appear at Oxford magistrates court on 23 July.
Undercover footage captured the alleged incident. On 7 January, the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) published footage taken a few days earlier on New Year’s Day. The HSA claimed at the time that it showed several men:
using draining rods to force the fox, that they’ve been holding captive, out of a drainage pipe then being thrown into the wood for hounds to chase. The terriermen can clearly be heard communicating with the huntsman agreeing when the best time is to release the fox which is given a brief head start so that the hunt riders experience a chase rather than a quick kill.
All hunts should be operating within the law. There are exemptions to the Hunting Act, and other legal options, which can be used to cull foxes and most hunts still offer a fox control service. However unjustified the Hunting Act is it should be adhered to.
Following Parkinson and Vincent’s charges, spokesperson for the HSA Lee Moon, said:
We’re pleased that Thames Valley Police have finally charged the suspects in this obvious case of animal cruelty. When we released the footage in January both the media and the general public were outraged by what we showed them and the Kimblewick Hunt were widely vilified. Once these two are found guilty we would expect the Kimblewick as a corporate entity to be taken to court as it’s clear these two were carrying out the commands of the hunt.
Featured image via Vimeo – Hunt Saboteurs Association
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