Disturbing video shows the moment a fox hunt steward simulates sex with a dead goose sparking a police investigation.
The worrying footage was captured by anti-hunt campaigners following the Atherstone Hunt in Ibstock, Leicestershire on Saturday.
It shows a boy – wearing a Hunt Stewards hoodie – taunting the campaigners with a dead Canada Goose.
The Atherstone Hunt has since described the footage – which is being investigated by police – as “appalling” and said the boy in the video is not a member of the hunt.
In sickening scenes, he can be seen swinging its neck around while being filmed before running towards the camerawoman.
The other stewards can be heard laughing loudly.
A woman on a horse – who appears to be a member of the hunt – can be seen watching and filming footage on her mobile phone.
The campaigner who captured the horrifying scenes – from West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs – says at one point: “It just shows the mentality you all have.”
Despite being filmed, the boy then simulates sex with the dead animal. He then says: “What name do you think I should call it?”
He then moves its mouth up and down, saying: “My name is Bob”.
Later in the footage he waves its wings towards the camera team, saying: “See you again”
Along with the other stewards, he was wearing a hoodie with the words “Hunt Stewards: We Eat Hunt Sabs for Breakfast”
Speaking to Mirror Online, a spokesman for the campaign group said the incident was “appalling”.
“It was completely shocking but the behaviour does not surprise me. A member of the hunt was there but does nothing about it and actually thought it was funny.
“I thought it was disgraceful behaviour towards the dead animal. I was just gobsmacked and later reported it to the police. We think the video speaks for itself as to the mentality of the Atherstone Hunt.”
The Atherstone Hunt has since issued a statement saying:
“The Atherstone Hunt would like to make it clear that they are sickened and disgusted by the appalling behaviour of an individual with a dead bird at a meet of the hunt at Ibstock on Saturday 19th September 2015.
“The individual concerned is not an employee or member of the hunt and has been informed by the hunt that he is not welcome to attend any hunt events in the future.”
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police confirmed police were looking into the video.
“Police were called yesterday by a member of the public reporting an incident involving a dead bird,” the spokesman said.
“The incident took place on Saturday 19 September at Overton Road, Ibstock.
“An appointment has been are to speak to the caller to ascertain further detail.”