Four joint hunt masters and two workers have been suspended over allegations
a vixen and two cubs were moved from an earth in breach of hunting
Members of the hunt are alleged to have moved cubs
An investigation has been launched into allegations of misconduct at the
Cottesmore Hunt after pictures were taken by an animal welfare group.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said its investigators filmed
a member of the hunt placing two cubs in an artificial earth at Cheseldyne
The allegations come as the anti-hunt campaign tries to amend the Hunting Bill to introduce a total ban.
A spokesman for the Cottesmore Hunt said the alleged incident had
taken place in March, but IFAW had held back the complaint until now.
He confirmed that four joint masters and two members of staff had been
suspended while an investigation was carried out.
He also said the masters were totally unaware of the alleged breach of the rules of the
Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA).
Dean Jones, who carries out general labouring duties for the hunt, and his
manager, Neil Coleman, were suspended.
The four suspended joint masters are businessmen David Manning and Nicholas
Wright, bloodstock agent Charles Gordon Watson and farmer Roger Dungworth.
They will appear before a formal hearing of the MFHA next Wednesday in London.