Hunting wildlife with packs of free ranging hound dogs in the USA, especially in my home state of Wisconsin, is considered a legal sport. Out of all the states that hunt wolves, only Wisconsin allows hound hunters to use unleashed packs of dogs to hunt wolves. Wisconsin, quite literally, throws “dogs to the wolves.” Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin’s fact sheet on wolf hounding. Wolves were chased down with large packs of free ranging dogs during Wisconsin’s wolf hunt in 2013 and 2014.
Thankfully, this cruel sport was stopped when a federal judge ordered Great Lakes’s wolves put back on the Endangered Species List on December 19, 2014.
If Wisconsin’s wolves are taken off the ESA they will be hunted with dogs again. Trophy hunts are about power not conservation. #BanCruelSports
Read the following news out of the United Kingdom…
News, UK News Fox hunting: Fox hunters slammed for letting little girl watch hounds savage bloodied corpses of dead kits
The girl, aged around six, was with 14 men who flung the lifeless cubs to a pack of 30 hounds in a hunt training exercise
A small girl looks on as a pack of hunt hounds swarm around the bloodied bodies of two fox cubs.
The shocking footage, captured by anti-hunt campaigners, shows the child – aged around six – waving her arms as the bloodthirsty pack mills about the lifeless young animals.
The fox cubs, whose corpses are hidden from view in the footage, had been thrown to the 30-strong pack moments earlier, already dead.
Wearing pink wellington boots, a white-and-pink top and blue jeans, the little girl can be seen dancing around the dogs, then backing away.
As she does so, 14 grown-ups stand by watching the fired-up hounds, tails wagging with delight, being directed by their handlers.
Animal rights activists tonight condemned the group for letting a youngster view the distressing sight.
Tom Quinn, campaigns director of the League Against Cruel Sports, asked: “What kind of people are so unashamedly happy to parade their cruelty in front of a child?”
He added: “The majority in the UK are strongly against hunting. This is its dark reality.
“We’re sure they’ll be shocked and disgusted to see a little girl being brought along to witness this barbarism.”
Animal welfare campaigners passed the video to the Mirror after seeing the youngster appear alongside the adults for the dawn “training” rite.
In the one minute, 45 second film, recorded in the mid-Devon countryside, the girl can be seen glancing up at the group of gilet-clad adults observing the hounds.
The foxes were thrown to the pack already dead in what is thought to be part of a training process.
In the footage, a middle-aged man perches on a red quad bike, while a silver 4×4 stands parked at an open gate.
The video begins with the girl, her hair tied back in a pony tail, crouching to the ground then popping up, scratching her head, looking to the adults and folding her arms across her chest.
She then turns back to look at the dogs before one fox corpse is picked up from the ground.
The second animal’s lifeless body is also retrieved, and a kennel worker carries both across the freshly harvested field to sling them into a box on the rear of the quad bike.
The horrific scenes unfolded near the village of Nymet Rowland, with dogs from the nearby 217-year-old Eggesford Kennels.
The kennels describe the land as “good hunting country”, extending 19 miles east to west and some 20 miles north to south.
An undercover investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports, who shot the footage from a public right of way, said: “It’s likely the cubs were dug out of their den and shot by the hunt’s terrierman.”
A spokesman for the Hunt, speaking through the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, said: “We have not broken the law. We would question the legality of covertly filming our children.”
A botched effort to relax anti-hunt laws forced Prime Minister David Cameron into a climb-down in July.
Source via WDCW