Shocking footage has revealed the moment a hunter threatened to “fuck kill” an animal protection activist by charging him on horseback.
A disturbing clip, shot during the Wynnstay Hunt near Malpas in Cheshire, shows an unnamed rider aggressively aiming his mount at 32-year-old Shaun Santa on Saturday (January 7).
On the tape, the rider could be heard saying, “F*ck off. It’s my fucking job. Don’t fucking do it anymore or I’ll fucking kill you – you hear me!”
Shaun, a volunteer with action group Cheshire Monitors, feared he would be ‘trampled’
when a huge foal trotted up to him as he tried to scare the dogs off the fox’s trail.
But he only realized that the rider made shocking verbal death threats after he later skimmed through the vulgar material.
Shaun said, “It was a bit of a panic. I tried to stay as calm as possible in the situation. Everything was happening very, very quickly.
“I thought I was going to be hit by a horse. I thought I would be trampled. He was approaching me very quickly. I had my hands stretched out in front of me.
“I didn’t even think about it. I was just in a bit of shock. It wasn’t until later that I thought, “I’m sure he’d say he’d kill me,” and I watched it again, and he did.
He added: “It was surprising that a hunter who had never said anything before or interacted with me suddenly exploded like that – I was like ‘Jesus, what the hell!’
Shaun said he was on duty as a “runner” with the Cheshire Monitors group when he was apprehended by a hunter just after 1pm on Saturday.
He said: “The dogs could smell.
“My job when I’m in the field is basically to stop them from obviously catching that fox and getting in between the hounds and the fox.
“I ran with the dogs, crossed a few fields, and then the dogs got to the hare. That’s when I said in the movie, “Leave it.”
“The hare jumped out and the dogs started chasing it and then that’s when it flipped over and rode on me and said it was going to kill me.”
Shaun, who was unharmed during the incident, said he was surprised the hunter reacted in such an aggressive manner.
He said: “We often experience these things in the field.
“They are advised not to interact with Sabs because they can basically incriminate themselves. I’ve been making Wynnstay for a while and he’s never said a word to me.
“So it was a bigger shock than anything else, the fact that he broke his pledge of silence.
“He’s obviously very annoyed with what I’m doing – I’m preventing him from hunting the way he wants.”
Wynnstay Hunt was contacted for comment.
Cheshire Police have been contacted for comment.