Campaigners claim calves shot to feed hunt hounds
ANIMAL rights campaigners have claimed dairy calves only days old are being shot to feed hunt hounds.
Undercover footage by campaigners shows a young male being shot in the head.
Campaigners claim the calf is one of around 100,000 male dairy animals executed shortly after birth each year as there is no market for them.
The undercover film-makers from Viva! claim the calf was shot by a member of the Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire.
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The calf's corpse was later taken away to be fed to the hounds. The footage was secretly recorded by animal welfare activists who infiltrated a number of dairy farms.
Dairy cows must be impregnated yearly to produce milk for human consumption but many male calves are deemed surplus as demand for veal is limited.
Ian Farquhar, joint master of the Beaufort Hunt, said the hunt was "helping out the farming community" to deal with unwanted calves.
He said: "It is not a question of being cruel."