Traditionally hunts captured fox cubs and kept them in artificial earths (for example, old pipes) where they will be fed. This is to ensure that the hunt always has foxes to chase: if they can't find a fox "naturally," then the terrierman will be told to flush the captive foxes towards the hunt. We believed this practice was still going on, but getting video evidence of this taking place is extremely difficult, so this was a massive success for us.
This story blew out of the water any claim that hunting with dogs is "wildlife management." As our Head of Policy and Research, Dr. Toni Shephard pointed out to the media:
"Anyone seeing this footage can now see what a despicably false argument that is. Hunting with dogs is nothing to do with fox control. It is simply a cruel sport, nothing more - and now it is clear that it is even crueler than most people ever knew."
We notified the police, and they searched the barn and rescued the cubs. They were taken to an animal rescue center where they were treated for various conditions - unfortunately one didn't make it. But the rest were soon released into secret sanctuary locations where they recuperated before being released back into the wild, where they belong.