College students in Gloucestershire have been suspended and expelled after allegedly butchering a fox, a badger and a teacher’s cat in a sick competition to kill the biggest animal.
Police are currently investigating abuse claims at Hartpury College after extremely graphic videos of students slitting the throat of an innocent fox cub surfaced.
The clip was posted on Snapchat by a female first-year captioned “Got the fucker”.
Just a few days before, a second-year student had been photographed holding a dead cat by its tail.
What made matters worse was that the slain moggy belonged to two employees of the school. When they discovered it dead in a hedge, they assumed it’d been struck by a car.
The violence didn’t end with the fox cub. Rumour has it that badgers have also fallen victim to this depraved contest sold as a ‘initiation’ ritual.
Facebook users and Hartpury alumni have openly condemned the acts, with one woman saying:
We’ll wait for the next one while the students continue their competition for who can kill the biggest animal that the college are fully aware of.
Totally unacceptable. You have been given details of this sick game that the students are playing both by staff and students and have not supported any of your witnesses.
None of these individuals have had any real consequence and will go on to work in the animal industry. Really ashamed to have been associated with this college.
Not to mention that the owners of the cat in the first incident are both members of staff at the college and have had next to no support.
This case could have been prevented if action was taken and it had not been brushed under the carpet.
A spokesman for the college said the video of the fox cub being savaged was distressing and unacceptable.’
There have been suggestions that this incident is related to an earlier incident involving the death of a cat.
We can confirm that he student involved in the earlier incident has been expelled from the college.
At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the incidents are related. We continue to work with both the police and the RSPCA.
These incidents do not, in any way, reflect the behaviours and beliefs of the college, our students, staff and graduates.
Hartpury College has cancelled its Open Farm Sunday event scheduled for this weekend due to the controversy.