Shocking footage showing a pack of hounds killing a fox on Boxing Day is being investigated by police.
The video has emerged as crowds of supporters have turned out for the annual Boxing Day hunts across the UK.
The footage was allegedly filmed in Devon and has caused many to call on the government to strengthen legislation banning hunting with hounds.
Devon County Hunt Saboteurs say the footage was captured during the Eggesford Hunt at Place Farm, on the edge of Okehampton, according to DevonLive.
A spokesman said: "When our sab team arrived the fox was barely alive, with its guts hanging out, and died in the arms of a young female saboteur."
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "Today we have been made aware of an incident near Okehampton on Boxing Day involving allegations of offences against the Hunting Act.
"The matter is being investigated and police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.
"We would encourage witnesses to any offences to share unedited footage and images with us, and to be prepared to give statements to allow us to investigate any allegation of criminality.
"We are aware of the sensitivities and the high-emotions that are linked to these incidents.
"All allegations connected with hunts are assessed and investigated appropriately and we work with our communities who have an interest in hunt activity as part of routine policing.
"We wish to reassure the public that we will act impartially and promptly to any incident reported to us, and would urge anyone with relevant information to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101."
Ahead of the hunts, shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman said an incoming Labour government would review penalties under the Hunting Act 2004 to ensure it is an effective deterrent.
It would include a consultation on the introduction of custodial sentences, bringing it in line with the penalties for other wildlife crimes.
Ms Hayman said they would also consider measures to prevent the exploitation of "loopholes" in the legislation, which covers England and Wales.
It could include the introduction of a new "recklessness" clause to prevent trail or drag hunts being used as cover for the illegal hunting of wild mammals.
Ms Hayman said they would also look at removing an exemption for the use of dogs underground to protect game birds as it risks fights between hounds and wild animals.
"Labour’s 2004 Hunting Act was a key milestone in banning this cruel blood sport, but since then new practices have developed to exploit loopholes in the legislation," she said.
"While Theresa May proposed scrapping the Hunting Act all together, Labour is today calling time on those who defy the law by announcing several measures that would clampdown on illegal hunting.
"Labour is the true party of animal welfare. These new proposals form part of the next chapter in striving to ensure our laws and regulations on animal welfare are up to date and fit for purpose."
Grove and Rufford Hunt chairman Nick Alexander criticised Labour’s plans, saying there is more to prioritise in the world than beefing up hunting legislation.
He spoke as the hunt returned to Bawtry, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, a year after it was refused permission to meet in the centre of the town following the convictions of three people for hunting offences.
Of Labour’s plans he said: "It’s not welcome. It just seems a bit bizarre that there’s lots of other things going on in the world at this time and, if that’s the priority, then someone needs to have a word."
Standing among the crowds, he added: "Look at all this. This is the real truth of the matter. Hunting is very much part of England – old England and modern England. And we’re here to stay."
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