Beagles Stolen by animal activists
By a Special Correspondent
RIGHTS activists who stole twenty three and a half couple of Beagles
were slammed as grossly irresponsible and cruel by experts.
All but four of the entire 51-strong Wye College Beagles Hunt pack
were stolen by members of the Animal Liberation Front during a raid
on the hunts kennels in Wye, Kent during the early hours of
Friday morning. The ALF later admitted the theft and tried to claim
that the Beagles would be placed in safe, loving homes.
In reality, however, the hounds are far from likely to settle down
in domestic homes, being used to a diet of raw meat, lots of exercise
and being homed in a pack in kennels.
Nick Mays, OUR DOGS Chief Reporter was quoted by the Sunday
Telegraph on the theft, I would say that it is extremely cruel
to deprive them of the physical and mental stimulation they get from
exercising with the rest, said Mays.
It could even be dangerous for people. If you take a dog like
that which hasnt been housetrained and put it in a totally alien
environment, say a semi in Sydenham, it will first of all rip all
the furniture apart. It might even get so frustrated it bites a chunk
out of someone.
No matter how well-meaning they are, it would be well-nigh impossible
for the dog to adapt to their urban environment.
The Countryside Alliance joined in the condemnation of the dogs
theft, having repeatedly warned that if hunting were banned, the vast
majority of the 20,000 hunting hounds in Britain would have to be
destroyed because it will be impossible to find new homes for them.
It is cruel, stupid and alarming, said Jill Grieve of
the Countryside Alliance. They are not going to be kept on a
satin pillow and fed meaty chunks. They wont adapt. They will
be very distressed.
Dan Murphy, the joint master of the Wye Beagles Hunt, warned that
the hounds would cause havoc in a domestic environment.
People who think that they are getting a gentle Labrador or
Collie that will fall asleep in front of the fire are in for a big
shock. They are naive if they think that these hunting animals will
become cuddly pets.
Robin Page, presenter of the BBC TV series One Man and His Dog, was
also quoted in the Sunday Telegraph:
The Wye Beagles are working dogs, used to living, sleeping and
working as a pack. They have been living together since puppyhood
and they have bonds and relationships as members of that pack which
are now being forcibly broken, said Page. This is the
exact opposite of kindness to animals. A group of people
plugged into Walt Disney and Rolf Harris are showing how little they
The Wye Beagles Hunt were determined not to be beaten by the theft
of most of their pack and their hunt went ahead as planned last Saturday.
A neighbouring hunt lent around 20 hounds to join Leyland, Wayward,
Widgeon and Wilton, the four remaining Beagles.
The Beagles surged across the green fields around Dymchurch, searching
for the scent of a hare, cheered on by 100 hunt followers and supporters.
There were no saboteurs visible, although the police were taking no
chances, with several officers sitting in Land Rovers observing the
scene, ready to act at the first sign of trouble.
All of the stolen dogs have a tattoo in each ear, one side has the
initials WCB and the other ear bears the hounds
stud book number.
Anyone with any information pertaining to the theft of the hounds
should contact Frank Middleton, joint master of the Wye College Beagles
on: 01622 890275.