Victimisation of Foxes in the UK

Victimisation of Foxes by British Trappers

Red Fox

Recently, an investigation conducted by the HIT (Hunt Investigation Team) and others around reports of yet more acts of cruelty against foxes, beyond the usual barbarism of fox hunting, revealed a shocking animal abuse cottage industry in West Wales and exposed Britain’s deranged fox mutilator, David Sneade.

Having received a report from a member of the public, the HIT investigators travelled to Pembrokeshire, in West Wales, where they uncovered a large scale fox fur operation run by a very sick individual by the name of David Sneade, who lives at Maes Morfa, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales. This man has been exploiting a loophole in the law, that allows the trapping of certain wild animals using snare traps, to kill, in the most inhumane and painful fashion possible, very large numbers of wild foxes. 

Sometimes he just lets them slowly die in the snare. On other occasions, having left them to suffer in agony for a significant period of time, he returns to them, and, having taken some photos or videos of the suffering animals, then proceeds to subject the animals to a slow and extremely painful death, typically crushing their internal organs under his boots and sometimes beating them with a piece of wood. He then skins them, often using their own brains to tan the hide. He has posted numerous images on the web, including his public Facebook, depicting him surrounded by hundreds of corpses. From HIT, we obtain the following quote from a witness:

“I still feel traumatised after witnessing Sneade’s cruelty. I saw a snared fox being dragged out of hedge and on another occasion a freshly skinned fox carcass disregarded beneath a hedge on the road side. I feel like I was feeling all the pain and suffering these beautiful wild animals went through. I still can’t get the horrific images out of my head. It’s been very difficult knowing this cruelty would continue again and again.”

Britain's Deranged Fox Mutilator
David Sneade crushing a fox to death. Source: HIT

When questioned by the BBC, he stated that his purpose, in committing these terrible acts of animal abuse, is “environmental management”, as he subscribes to a strange belief system, according to which it is necessary to kill foxes on a regular basis, lest their populations rise to the point of ecological crisis. Of course, the BBC has shown itself to have a very strong anti-vegan, anti-animal-rights, pro-cruelty bias in recent times, and, accordingly, instead of challenging David Sneade, they merely interviewed him and took a look around his workshop-cum-torture-den in the Welsh countryside, as though they were filming an episode of Countryfile. Likewise, in their tweet, they state that “Animal rights activists say he is causing suffering, but he says he is acting legally”. Once again, we see why the BBC’s existential crisis doesn’t really bother anyone but the BBC. They don’t follow established practices in relation to journalistic ethics and impartiality. Nor do they bother with basic logic. Contrasting illegality and abuse sets up a pernicious false dichotomy.

David Sneade
Animal abuser David Sneade, posing with murdered foxes

He is clearly acting with extreme cruelty toward these animals, and, furthermore, seems to be enjoying the experience. He has claimed that the pelts are typically sold to Sweden for £15 each.

The RSPCA was quoted in the press as showing its support for a ban on all snare trap usage in the UK. However, the organisation does not seem to have made any attempt to set this in motion, and was noticeably silent on the issue of this particular animal abuser. Likewise, the organisation seems to be avoiding both the issue of the fur trade in the UK, and the issue of protecting wild animals such as the red fox from being hunted and violated.

During his BBC Wales interview, this odious animal torturer, claimed he would not stop violating animals in this way until he was “in a box”. One immediately starts to seriously wonder how long we will have to wait for such a development.