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Video showing child 'playing' near mutilated deer joins battleground over hunting

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 06, 2013

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A still image from the video published by the League Against Cruel Sports

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The battleground over fox and stag hunting in the West involved children this week after anti-hunt monitors controversially published a video of a child “playing” near a mutilated deer that it claims had just been killed by a Somerset hunt.

Meanwhile, the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance took its campaign to educate youngsters about fox hunting into schools, by publishing a new document tailored “especially” for children who are engaging in classroom debates about the controversy.

League Against Cruel Sports monitors said they filmed the video footage of a hunt chasing a deer while they stood in their own sanctuary land on Exmoor at Baronsdown. The video, posted online, shows a deer being ‘herded’ by crowds of foot followers away from the league’s land.

Later images show a dead deer with its hooves removed, and what the monitors said was a “young unidentifiable child” seen “playing with a ball beside the dead animal”.

It claims the footage was taken on April 18. For years, hunts have bitterly complained about anti-hunt monitors filming them, and in particular filming young riders following the hunt, or children following on foot.

A spokesman for the league defended its decision to film the child. “The camera was fixed on a tripod and the child, which cannot be identified, wandered into view when playing around the dead, mutilated stag which was being filmed,” he said.

“The child was not tracked by the camera coming into view nor leaving. The investigators openly filmed the scene from a public footpath in clear view of hunt supporters.

“The league finds young children being exposed to blood sports of great concern.”

Meanwhile, the Countryside Alliance said it was actively encouraging school pupils to get its side of the argument on hunting. Executive chairman Barney White-Spunner, from Dorset, said: “We have numerous requests for material from young people taking part in school or college debates on hunting and so have tailored a new document especially for them.

“There is a real thirst for information; it is up to us to provide the facts so that informed debate, and a healthy interest in the countryside, can follow,” he added.

He said the 16-page document was designed for the latter years of primary education, through to early secondary school. “Let’s celebrate and support teachers who encourage their pupils to debate and learn about these issues,” he said.

“Important, too, to encourage the younger generation’s curiosity and interest in the countryside, wildlife and managing it.”

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  • Vimto11  |  December 18 2013, 12:52PM

    It is very telling that Mr Bradshaw cannot defend his ludicrous accusation against the LACS, so he keeps posting the same comment. Post away, no one's fooled by an obsessive. Looking forward to your next copy and paste.

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  • Libertarian  |  December 15 2013, 2:38PM

    It is very telling that LACS foot soldiers have decided to leave comments on this thread. LACS is clearly nervous about the media picking up on its decision to use footage of a three year old girl without the parents's consent. Ultimately LACS cruelty towards the parents of this child is the only newsworthy part of this story. The fact that a small child brought up in the country feels comfortable playing near a carcass is not news. Townies' children walk past the fresh meat counter at Tesco without being traumatised. Now LACS and their groupies are trying to say that LACS couldn't avoid filming the child or posting her image on the Internet. What a pathetic response from an organisation that is unable to admit when it has crossed the line. LACS should do the decent thing, take down the pictures of the child and stop filming

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  • NogSprockett  |  December 14 2013, 6:13AM

    Keep trying 'Libertarian.' You can't bring the LACS into disrepute by making false claims! It's a video, so the evidence is there for all to see. Whether the child was filmed deliberately is the twisted, desperate view by the unfortunates who support hunt wild animals with hounds. The fact here is that it is blatantly obvious that the child was not filmed on purpose. Is that something you can't quite grasp? Copy and paste to your heart's content Mr Bradshaw but you have failed again (as always.) Tragic for you, but rather amusing nonetheless!

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  • Libertarian  |  December 13 2013, 8:42PM

    It is very telling that LACS foot soldiers have decided to leave comments on this thread. LACS is clearly nervous about the media picking up on its decision to use footage of a three year old girl without the parents's consent. Ultimately LACS cruelty towards the parents of this child is the only newsworthy part of this story. The fact that a small child brought up in the country feels comfortable playing near a carcass is not news. Townies' children walk past the fresh meat counter at Tesco without being traumatised. Now LACS and their groupies are trying to say that LACS couldn't avoid filming the child or posting her image on the Internet. What a pathetic response from an organisation that is unable to admit when it has crossed the line. LACS should do the decent thing, take down the pictures of the child and stop filming

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  • Vimto11  |  December 13 2013, 8:41PM

    You may as well give up Giles Bradshaw (oh sorry 'Libertarian' as you like to call yourself here). You know as well as any sane person that the child in the video was not filmed deliberately. The child happened into view, and was NOT filmed on purpose. But you know that! It's blatantly obvious. You are just trying (and failing as usual) to slur the image of the anti hunt lobby, especially the LACS. Nice try, but why don't you do what the rest of us have already done and get a LIFE!?

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  • Vimto11  |  December 13 2013, 8:40PM

    LACS is clearly NOT 'nervous' about an attempted slur by a pro hunt obsessive stalker!

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  • Vimto11  |  December 13 2013, 8:38PM

    You may as well give up Giles Bradshaw (oh sorry 'Libertarian' as you like to call yourself here). You know as well as any sane person that the child in the video was not filmed deliberately. The child happened into view, and was NOT filmed on purpose. But you know that! It's blatantly obvious. You are just trying (and failing as usual) to slur the image of the anti hunt lobby, especially the LACS. Nice try, but why don't you do what the rest of us have already done and get a LIFE!?

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  • Libertarian  |  December 07 2013, 10:06AM

    It is very telling that LACS foot soldiers have decided to leave comments on this thread. LACS is clearly nervous about the media picking up on its decision to use footage of a three year old girl without the parents's consent. Ultimately LACS cruelty towards the parents of this child is the only newsworthy part of this story. The fact that a small child brought up in the country feels comfortable playing near a carcass is not news. Townies' children walk past the fresh meat counter at Tesco without being traumatised. Now LACS and their groupies are trying to say that LACS couldn't avoid filming the child or posting her image on the Internet. What a pathetic response from an organisation that is unable to admit when it has crossed the line. LACS should do the decent thing, take down the pictures of the child and stop filming

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  • pennyblack  |  December 02 2013, 1:32PM

    The Children Act (1998, 2004) is a piece of legislation which is in place to protect children. Children witnessing domestic abuse are protected by the act, as it is known that they are traumatised in many ways by it. Surely children who witness random killing of animals for fun by the adults around them are equally at risk? A child who witnesses violence is never going to grow into a balanced and healthy individual, we only have to study animal abusers to know this. So let's have some changes in the law to protect children from this kind of deviant behaviour.

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  • Kindanimal  |  December 02 2013, 10:15AM

    Good heavens - what on earth is wrong with Libertian? He talks of 'LACS foot soldiers' leaving comments under this article and then goes on to repeatedly post the same thing!! Unbelievable! Methnks this person needs to start taking his tablets again.

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