Demand that foxhounds be muzzled when outside off-leash

There has been yet another incident which highlights the need to have appropriate control of fox hounds. Allegedly, hounds from the Mendip Farmer's Hunt have attacked and seriously injured a pet dog close to their kennels at Nine Barrows Lane, Priddy, Wells. The attacked dog is currently receiving veterinary treatment and is severely traumatised.

The incident has been reported to the police but will they do anything? Why are people permitted to exercise large packs of unleashed unmuzzled dogs, specifically trained to kill other animals, in public areas? There have been many, many reports of attacks by hunting hounds on people's pets! This outrage MUST stop! It’s time to demand foxhounds be muzzled when outside off-leash. 

If foxhounds were muzzled at all times when outside off-leash, including when 'trail hunting', this would not only protect people's pets but would also prevent foxhounds ripping foxes to pieces or killing other wild animals. Fox hunting is illegal in England but hunters continue illegally under the guise of 'trail hunting' - where hounds are meant to just follow an artificially laid scent. Often, the hounds find live foxes and end up killing them, and the hunters claim it was unintentional. If the hounds were muzzled, such 'accidents' could not occur.

Demand that foxhounds be muzzled at all times during ‘trail hunts’ and periods when they are being exercised. 

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Furthermore we demand that police forces throughout the UK rigorously investigate all reported incidents and prosecute offenders. The public demand that those responsible be thoroughly punished for such offences. If any member of the public were to act in such an irresponsible manner they would find themselves in the courts and potentially have their dogs confiscated and euthanized. Why are hunt members not treated in the same manner by the authorities? Time to crack down on them. 

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