Undercover investigation exposes shooting of hunting hounds

Duke Of Beaufort Hunt Shoots Dead Four Hounds

In 2021 a long running investigation carried out by the Hunt Investigation Team and supported by Protect the Wild, revealed harrowing undercover footage showing the Duke of Beaufort Hunt shooting dead four of their hounds.

The shocking videos were acquired through a covert operation in which cameras were hidden within the kennels of what is one of the oldest and most prestigious hunts in the country. In the sickening footage, members of the hunt can be seen firing bullets into four hounds.

You can watch the undercover footage below, but do so at viewers discretion, the footage is distressing and will upset most viewers.

The footage secured from the investigation is the first time that a hunt has ever been caught on camera shooting their hounds, but this is not to say that the incident is a one off.

Although it may be the first time they’ve been caught out, hunts across the country routinely kill their hounds before the start of each hunting season. It is estimated that up to 7,000 hounds are unnecessarily killed by hunts every year and very few make it past the age of five or six despite having a life expectancy of around fourteen.

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