A video has emerged which seems to show a huntsman beating a hunt protester with a whip.
Anti-fox hunting group Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs (CHS), which posted the video on
The clip shows a a man on horseback dressed in hunting pink confronting a male demonstrator who stands in the way of the horse.
The protester seems to try to stand in the way of the rider and the two collide and an altercation ensues.
The huntsman is seen raising his whip hand above his head as the protester remonstrates
The man standing raises his hands over his head and the man on horseback brings his hand, holding the whip, down
Several times the man on foot gets in the path of the man on horse and the two seem to come to blows
The protester holds his hand up as if to stop or to fend off the horse and rider, but the huntsman continues to try to pass the would-be saboteur or push him aside.
The man on horseback bring his whip hand up over his head and brings the implement down towards the protester several times, visibly striking him twice, as the standing man raises his hands above his head.
The huntsman then gallops off amid the sound of barking hounds and hunting horns.
In a statement on its Facebook page, CHS said it saved a fox which it alleged was being pursued by the hunters.
Sabs wrote: ‘We called off the the hounds yesterday with Cheshire Against Blood Sports as they were in full cry and in pursuit of a suspected bagged fox [a fox cornered in woodland]. We saw the fox to safety’
There is no evidence an animal was being chased in defiance of the 2005 Hunting Act. MailOnline has approached the organisers of the Cheshire Forest Hunt for comment.
The rider in the video, the group claimed, ‘couldn’t contain his anger and violently attacked our sab [saboteur] with his horse and his whip’.
‘This is the reality of what we have to deal with when we spoil the bloodlust of these violent individuals,’ it added.
A protester who witnessed the incident told The Independent: ‘He began to ride into him and hit him with his whip. Being on top of a horse, and also using the animal as a weapon, our saboteur had very little chance of defending himself.’
CHS said it called police three times, but officers failed to respond.
The Independent reported a Cheshire Police spokesman said: ‘An investigation into the allegations is continuing and officers are continuing to speak to those involved and are reviewing footage to establish the circumstances.’
MailOnline has approached Cheshire Police for comment.
The hunting of foxes with hounds was banned under the terms of the Hunting Act, but remains legal if the dogs are following a scent trail laid down artificially.