The Campaign for the Abolition of Terrier Work (CATW) exposes the cruelty of digging out foxes and the injuries also inflicted on terriers. We are seeking legislation in the UK and Ireland outlawing the use of terriers to terrorise animals underground. Terrierwork is one of the cruellest so called 'sports' and should be illegal in any civilised society.

Some of our photos and videos graphically illustrate the horror of foxhunting and terrier work. These may cause distress.

Cruelty to Foxes

Almost forty percent of all foxes killed during fox hunting are by terrier work. Apart from the pain of injuries from fighting underground, sometimes a dog entered may encounter a wild animal with its back to it, and therefore that dog will rip at the backside of the wild creature.

This cruelty can last for several hours, and there are accounts of foxes having parts of their back passage and abdomen ripped out while in this position.

There are also numerous references to foxes having their faces ripped off by the dog underground. We also have numerous evidence of dogs staying underground for a very long time to polish off (eat) so to speak the animal that they have killed underground. There have been stories told where the dog has eaten his fill and is too fat to escape up the tubes from where it came. So much for the often repeated lie that a fox either escapes or is almost instantly killed during foxhunting.