04 May 1998
Hunt criticised for shooting hounds
Animal protection groups were up in arms after six buckhounds made redundant after the closure of the countrys last fallow dear hunt were shot.
The RSPCA said it was “furious” that its offer of new homes for the animals had not been taken up by the New Forest Buckhounds, which had no further use for them when the Forestry Commission refused to licence the hunt for another season.
They were shot by John Stride, who ran the kennels in Lymington, Hampshire. He said the hounds put down were “too old” and “too unpredictable”. He was backed in his action by the Countryside Alliance.