Scotland: Major Changes In Foxhunting Due To Post Mortem.


We at SAV have looked into German hunting quite a lot in the past.  Please read the excellent info from Venus at the end of this post.  Here are a few links to some of our main articles from the past.  Sorry but many of the pictures are very bad – but that is the reality of hunting; and we make no apologies for showing animal abuse in such detail.  Almost all of the following contain distressing photos, many of which are from ‘D’ – our German investigator – SAV:





Dear Mark

Two things happened this week that will change the future of fox hunting in Scotland and, in turn, the rest of the UK. I wanted to share them with you because as a OneKind member, you’re helping make this happen.

On Sunday we released the horrific details as to how a fox had been killed by a Scottish hunt. On the 5th of November, a fox carcass was handed into Hessilhead Wildlife Hospital in Ayreshire. The fox had extensive injuries and Hessilhead were keen to establish the cause of death, so they contacted OneKind and we arranged for a post-mortem to be carried out by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services. As far as we know, this is the first time the carcass of a fox killed in this way has had a post mortem. This is what the pathologist concluded:

“The shotgun pellets appear to have missed the vital organs so in my opinion the shot was not instantly fatal and death will have been due to a combination of respiratory failure, blood loss and shock. This will have caused significant unnecessary suffering to the fox.”



For years the proponents of fox hunting have tried to claim that the death of a hunted fox is instantaneous. The fate of this poor animal shows what really happens, which is why we were delighted to see the story widely reported by the media, including the front page of the Times. You can read more about this horrific incident here

The following day, the Scottish Government published a landmark review of the fox hunting ‘ban’. OneKind has long considered the ban unfit for purpose, and we are delighted that the review confirms this.
The review was carried out by Lord Bonomy and it is a comprehensive analysis that lays bare the failures of the law. Scottish hunts have continued their activities after the ban by claiming that they offer a pest control service, which is permitted by the Act. Lord Bonomy notes there is evidence that this is a “decoy” for the continuation of traditional hunting. He also suggests the fox we had post-mortemed was by no means unique. Approximately 160 foxes are killed by hounds in Scotland each year.

Lord Bonomy made many recommendations to improve the law. It’s now over to the Scottish Government to close the loopholes in the Act and end fox hunting, as the Scottish Parliament intended. This will mean implementing all of Lord Bonomy’s recommendations, and more.  

For more on the Bonomy report, including a summary of the recommendations and our response to them, check out this blog.

Last Summer, when the SNP bravely announced that they would vote against weakening the Hunting Act in Westminster, Angus Robertson, the SNP leader in Westminster, and now deputy party leader said “We totally oppose foxhunting”. We will be working hard over the next year to make sure they deliver on this.

Thanks as ever for your support. Just let me know if you have any questions or comments on our work, or if you want to get more involved.




All photos from SAV archives (many via D).



The psychopaths who call themselves “hunters” in Germany are about 361,000. 0.4% of the population kill 5 million wild animals each year, creating a bloody reality in the forest, from which most people have no idea. 5 million animals every year – that is 13,700 every day, 570 per hour, almost ten animals per minute. Every six seconds, an animal is killed in Germany by the hands of a hunter.

The fox is the most hunted in Germany. In fact, there is no more a protection time for the fox.




600,000 foxes are shot in Germany every year! The three” hunters” reasons for this: rabies, fox-worm, exterminating important breeders (birds, etc ..) The rabies is eradicated and the probability of infecting by fox-worm t is far less than a 6 in the lottery. Foxes are not just carnivores, foxes eat everything. To this extent, foxes cannot eradicate any animal species.




But no one talks about animals that are endangered by extermination (lynx, wolf, badger …) for which the hunters alone are responsible.
So what are the real reasons for the fox hunt? From the various journals, we read: “Lust for reenactment and heritage,” “Waidmann’s joy to roll a fox in a shot-shot,” the “charm of the winter fox hunt” Hunting-Fever “and” Kick “, is what the hunter-psychopath experienced during the fatal shot. Our European neighbors Luxembourg is much more rational with the fox hunting. And forbade them. In Germany the huntsmen are composed of quite high strata. Lawyers, doctors, judges, city administration Officials are hunters.

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It is no wonder that trials against hunters always fall into the hands of the hunters In Germany there is a saying: “who is rich or hunters is always in the right”! Our opponents in the fight against hunting are, therefore, rich, influential persons who are protected by politics. But the majority of the population is in Germany against hunting.

Finally, I would like to say something that perhaps many do not know: 48% of the German forest is privately owned.

For a democratic, and otherwise progressive country in matters of animal welfare, I find it an absolute disgrace.



with my best regards for you and all