"Get out of our village!" Angry locals confront fox hunters

Locals say they "put desperation to kill ahead of public safety"


Angry villagers shouted at hunters who they claimed were illegally chasing a fox through their village and the heated confrontation was captured in this shocking video.

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The Fitzwilliam Hunt from Peterborough were in the village of Upwood, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on Saturday when an angry crowd gathered around them and asked them to leave.

"Get out of our village, it's an absolute disgrace, you're not wanted here," angry people can be heard saying in the video.

A female saboteur and villagers also tell the hunters that what they were doing was "appalling," Cambridge News reports.

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The saboteurs claim the hunt was pursuing a fox through the village.

However, a hunt spokesman said hounds got into the village but the group was hunting within the law.

He accused animal rights' activists of "telling blatant lies".

The spokesman said: "Unfortunately some hounds got into a village but there was no damage, hounds were removed and the hunt has apologised to those concerned.

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"The behaviour of animal rights activists shouting, screaming and telling blatant lies may well have caused some concern in the village to inflame the situation and was certainly of no help to anyone."

The video was posted by the Beds & Bucks Hunt Sabs, who were helping North Cambs Hunt Sabs to monitor the hunt on the day.

Around 59,000 people have viewed it on Facebook.

Hunt saboteurs claimed they saw a fox being pursued.

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The Beds & Bucks Hunt Saboteurs said: "The hunt illegally pursue a fox through the village causing havoc for both road users and villagers alike.

"Hounds are scattered throughout the village, in private residents' gardens and farm buildings searching for the fox.

"The hunt staff do nothing, putting their sick minority pastime and desperation for a kill ahead of public safety.

"Sabs on the scene attempted to stop the hounds and record the mayhem."

Fox hunting has been illegal since the Hunting Act 2004, which was enforced in 2005 and bans the hunting of wild mammals - notably foxes, deer, hares and mink - with dogs in England and Wales.

However, stalking a wild mammal, or flushing it out of cover, is exempt if the animal would cause damage to other wildlife and land.

Hunters who break this law do not go to jail, but people have been convicted under the legislation and landed with hefty fines.

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