Hunters shoot exhausted stag after 3-hour pursuit with dogs

A stag was “chased for sport” for three hours by horseriders and hounds before being shot while it stood exhausted yards away, a video shot by anti-hunt campaigners has revealed.

The campaigners said that the video was “the clearest we have ever seen” of a hunt ending and said that it showed the Hunting Act needed strengthening.

The Quantock Staghounds were tracked for three hours as they chased the stag across the Somerset countryside.

The animal came to a standstill at a fence line in a farmer’s field, where one of the huntsmen dismounted and approached on foot.

The hunter got within yards of the stag before shooting it with a rifle and then slitting its throat.

A group of at least eight hunters joined