Top-performing Facebook video publisher UNILAD released a documentary on YouTube on Friday which presents a critical look at hunting in Britain.
The 47-minute video - titled The Dark Side Of Britain: The Hunt - is the first instalment of a series of UNILAD original documentaries.
The film shines a light on the efforts of activists to intervene in fox hunting that, despite preventative laws, is still practiced in the area due to what is described in the film as a 'lack of clarity in the legislation'.
In one scene, Grampian Hunt Saboteur and Wildlife Professional Kevin Newell said: "I think everyone would be shocked if they knew what really went on in the countryside."
The film shows what appears to be activists being assaulted, a car window being smashed by a hunter - and foxes being ripped apart by dogs, while humans look on from horseback.
Newell said: "The violence already is horrendous down there - in England, in Wales."
He added that he still remembers the first time he saw a fox being torn apart by hunting dogs - and that she was a mother who'd been separated from her two cubs.
According to Chris Luffingham of the League Against Cruel Sports dogs are starved prior to the hunt, and those who don't 'take to the activity' are 'shot and disposed of' by hunters.
The hunters make a living by charging a subscription fee to those who wish to ride a horse alongside the hunt and bear witness to the violence.
Luffingham explained that, despite the fact that pest control is often used as justification for the hunt, foxes are in fact a 'self-regulating population'.
He also noted that, were they a pest, the fox hunt would not be an efficient method of dealing with the issue, as they feature a number of people on horseback, and an entire pack of dogs chasing a single fox for many hours.
Hunters attempt to justify the 'pest control' by the fact that foxes interfere with animal agriculture - the same reason given for the 'massacre' of kangaroos in Australia which was condemned in recent documentary Kangaroo The Movie.
Newell and other members of animal protection organization Grampian Hunt Saboteurs have faced considerable backlash for their efforts to protect the foxes from gruesome deaths.
Newell has received three convictions as a result of his work - but remains undeterred.
He said: "I simply don’t take the death of an animal lightly, and none of my colleagues do either."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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