A shocking image has been released showing the devastating injuries suffered by a fox that was allegedly killed during a hunt.
The fox, which was pictured by North London Hunt Saboteurs, is believed to have been found in Hertfordshire, on Boxing Day.
The group posted the image on social media while claiming "Puckeridge Hunt” had “killed this fox."
In the image, the fox has suffered mortal wounds around its neck and upper body with the alleged attack leaving the fox's upper intestines and other parts of its insides exposed.
The dead animal was being held in the arms of a man, while it was semi wrapped in a fleece to show it's horrific injuries.
The North London Hunt Saboteurs, disgusted with what had happened to the creature, took to Twitter to lay blame on who they believed to be responsible for the animal's gruesome death.
They wrote: "The Puckeridge Hunt just killed this fox. This is fox hunting.
"Trail hunting is a lie. Police called."
The shocking post has received over 800 likes and over 600 retweets in less than a day with hundreds of shares of the same post on Facebook.
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Social media users were horrified to see what had happened to the fox and were enraged.
One user on Facebook said: “This is no sport, this is a bunch of sick individuals who enjoy seeing a beautiful creature torn apart and hear the screams of an innocent animal that deserves to live a safe life.
“My heart breaks for the Sabs that witness this vile horrible act and for the Sab holding this fox.”
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On Twitter, @sanjay-ahl wrote: "My heart breaks. Grown men in large numbers with hounds brutally killing wild animals in painful ways, causing suffering.
"This is not a civilised pastime. It has no place in 2021. Shame on the Government for being dishonest on this matter."
While @Fizza09 wrote: "Vile and deeply disturbing. It's against the law, so why are there no prosecutions?"
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Another user, @NippyByNature, commented: "Ripped apart alive by a pack of dogs, absolutely heartbreaking. All for the entertainment of rich people."
In the lead up to the traditional Boxing Day hunts, Labour demanded that trail hunts on public land be banned.
But the UK Government granted several licenses allowing them to go ahead, despite a growing swell of public bodies who wish to deny permission to allow them to happen on their land.
The Daily star has contacted both North London Hunt Saboteurs and Countryside Alliance for comment.
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