End Cub Hunting

A hot, dry summer means this year’s harvest will be early. Once the fields have been harvested, the hunters will start to gather in secret to carry out something so heinous that it’s difficult to talk about - but we must.

Hunt groups call it ‘autumn hunting’, but we know it’s cover for something much worse; cub hunting.

WHY IS IT STILL PRACTICED?

It’s just not natural for hounds to kill cubs. These hunts are specifically designed to teach them how to kill, as training for the main hunt activities. Those who don’t perform to the expected standard are destroyed too, resulting in even more senseless death of animals. It’s estimated that 5,000 hounds are killed each year due to their lack of suitability for fox hunting.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

LOOK OUT FOR THESE SIGNS

WHO

A small group in dark clothes, some on horseback

WHAT

They claim to be ‘autumn hunting’ or ‘hound training’

WHERE

Surrounding a copse or small area of woodland

WHEN

August to October, early morning or late evening

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Support our Animal Crimewatch hotline and Investigations Team during cub hunting season.

The Animal Crimewatch hotline allows us to catalogue every reported instance of suspected animal abuse in the name of ‘sport’. By cataloguing each report, we can collate the evidence and build a strong case to prosecute those who persecute cubs.

During cub hunting season it costs £65,000 to fund Animal Crimewatch hotline and our Intelligence and Investigations Teams. Cub Hunting season is here, and we’ve already started receiving calls from concerned people who have seen signs of cub hunting taking place. By contributing to the running costs, you’ll be assuring that any report received on suspected cub hunting can be thoroughly investigated and hopefully prosecuted under the new Animal Welfare sentencing bill.

United, we can expose and eradicate cub hunting.

Cub image © Mark McCormick.