Video footage has caught the shocking moment a group of hounds from a fox hunt appears to chase after a calf.
The dogs, which were part of High Peak Hunt, were running a trail in Hurdlow, near Buxton, when they entered a field close to the High Peak Trail, which was housing a herd of cows.
Video footage taken by Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs and Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs on Wednesday, November 4, appears to show the dogs running after a cow and a calf.
Members of the hunt confirmed that they have been in contact with the farmer to ensure the welfare of the cow and calf.
In a post on Facebook, which has been shared thousands of times, Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs released the footage of the incident.
In the video, the cow gets away, but the calf continues to be pursued by the hounds, before being forced to jump over a wall.
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The chase is brought to an end when a member of the hunt, who was on a horse, arrived in the field to stop the dogs.
A spokesperson for the High Peak Hunt said the incident was “highly unusual”.
The spokesperson said: “Following a highly unusual incident that took place on November 4, in which some young hounds became distracted while carrying out lawful trail hunting activities, the High Peak Hunt can confirm that the hunt staff stopped the hounds as soon as possible and that they have never experienced anything of this nature in the past.
“Throughout the hunting day, the hounds are constantly distracted by the activities of the hunt saboteurs who have a history of shouting or blowing hunting horns and spraying unknown substances around the hounds in order to distract them.
“Our professional hunt staff, who devote their lives to their hounds, take pride in the education of the hounds which includes introducing them to animals, children and other hazards that they might encounter during the hunting day.
“The hunt can confirm that they have been in contact with the farmer to ensure the welfare of the cow and calf, and will, of course, take steps to ensure they avoid any possibility of a recurrence.”
Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs said they rejected any insinuation they had caused the incident, saying they were “nowhere near” the hunt when it took place.