Tories bail out ‘barbaric fox hunters’ with £50,000 cash to survive coronavirus crisis

Tories bail out ‘barbaric fox hunters’ with £50,000 cash to survive coronavirus crisis

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A Tory council has given £50,000 to support despised through the Covid crisis.

MPs and campaigners have slammed Shropshire County Council’s “disgraceful” use of public funds.

It is estimated 10,000 fox cubs are killed every year as part of sick ‘hound training’

While the businesses receiving funds are drag hunts, they are surrounded by controversy.

The council has declined to disclose hunts involved – classed as businesses under the Government’s emergency rate relief scheme.

Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard said: “It is outrageous that public money is going to support . Our rural communities have suffered a decade of austerity and now face more economic pain.

“They need proper support, not propping up a barbaric practice that should be consigned to history books.”

The Hunting Act of 2004 outlawed the of wild animals including foxes, deer and hares with packs of dogs. But campaigners accuse hunts of exploiting loopholes which allow drag hunting – where dogs follow an artificial scent but can pick up a real scent.

So the “sport” is still considered barbaric by many because, even though it doesn’t operate like traditional hunting, the hounds can end up flushing out innocent animals on their course and can still cause damage and kill.

Rob Pownall, who uncovered the Shropshire grants with a Freedom of Information request, said: “It’s disgraceful councils have used taxpayer-backed funds to support registered hunts.”

There is no suggestion they are killing foxes. But Mr Pownall is a leading member of the Keep the Ban Group which is contacting other councils to find out how widespread the practice might be.

Campaigner Eduardo Gonçalves added: “Local taxpayers will be furious to learn their hard-earned money is frittered away on the privileged few who think killing foxes is fun.”

Many hunts are suspected of carrying on as though the law hasn’t changed, with little police enforcement.

It is thought up to 10,000 fox cubs are killed every year by young hounds being taught to hunt. When found, they are classed as accidents.

Police have probed incidents of deer being torn to pieces, with hunts saying they could not stop it.

Shropshire County Council leader Peter Nutting said the cash was part of a £91million government package for the county’s small businesses.

He said: “If the businesses met the criteria there was a legal obligation to award funding.”

Finance director James Walton said: “The council has provided business grants in line with government eligibility criteria and so, if the business is in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief, they are eligible for a Small Business Grant for .”

This article was first published by The Mirror on 12 September 2020. Lead Image: Shropshire County Council has refused to name the hunts that have benefited from public cash (stock image).

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Of course the government will give funding to the sadistic, barbaric hunting ‘brigade’ After all most of the government members joins in and spends a jolly good time watching exhausted animals being ripped to pieces by hounds and having a laugh about with their equally brain-dead, heartless, gutless, soul-less POS friends……Even the National Trust and some RSPB sections are quite happy to allow ‘hunting’ to place on their lands so its pretty obvious that hunting will NEVER be totally banned, got to keep the pompous, privileged people happy!!! The funding should have been given to desperate businesses to keep them… Read more »

Anne Grice
Anne Grice

The inherent disgust is propped up by the lack of a GOVT with integrity! Sadistic psychos is not a sport its a mental illness! Get treatment you savages!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Evil heartless psycho losers and those who enable them…shame on you !!!


These barbarians should not ever be funded out of the public purse. They come from a class of parasites who could well afford to fund themselves. There are many businesses in the UK who are REALLY suffering because of COVID. If fox hunting disappeared from UK (as it should have, by now, by law, only an elite few would have to find something useful and contributory to society to do.) I normally vote Conservative, but never again as long as they support this cruel and barbaric pastime. I reserve the same comments about grouse shooting, which is ruining 1000s of… Read more »

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

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Arlene Steinberg
Arlene Steinberg

You should make a post with this issue and all of these emails and circulate it on as much social media as possible.