So hunt saboteurs do what they can to save the animals who can't save themselves.
The grim reality, say hunt sabs, as they are colloquially known, is that these foxes are chased until totally exhausted, then torn apart alive, "suffering greatly from the thrill of this 'sport' as the hunters so love to call it," according to one hunt sab.
"Supporters of hunting defend it by claiming the animals they're hunting are pests and that letting a pack of dogs rip them apart is the 'quickest and kindest' way," a representative from Manchester Hunt Saboteurs, who calls himself John, told The Dodo. "Anyone who has seen or heard a fox being killed by hounds knows that to be a lie."
Hunt sabs often prefer to stay anonymous because, according to John, anti-hunt activists have been attacked in their own homes. Some have even suffered the nightmare of finding their pets killed by, they suspect, hunt supporters.
Sabs are often taunted and derided. In one video, a hunt saboteur filmed hunters taunting the group of sabs with the body of a dead goose, swinging the bird's neck and miming sex acts with the mangled bird.
In other videos, hunt sabs, donning dark hoodies and camouflage pants, simply walk the trail behind hunters, refusing to turn a blind eye.
In still others, violence breaks out.
Manchester Hunt Saboteurs