A bloodied female hunt saboteur was hospitalised following a furious clash with a male opponent as she tried to monitor an event.
Footage filmed by fellow saboteurs shows the woman having an angry row with the unidentified man in a field, before she was pushed down onto a muddy track.
Seconds later the hunt supporter appears to slap or swipe at her face – leaving her with cuts which required hospital treatment.
A woman the monitors claim to be the hunt master then claims the victim is ‘not a woman’ before branding her a ‘monster’.
The West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs (WMHS) said the incident involving the Warwickshire Hunt members on Thursday in the village of Birdingbury, near Rugby, is now being investigated by county police.
The hunt supporter appeared to slap or swipe at the saboteur’s face, leaving her with cuts
The bloodied female hunt saboteur was left with a cut eye which needed hospital treatment
The five minute video – which was recorded by a male saboteur – starts with the woman confronting a man on horseback, who tells her that he is hunting rabbits.
Shortly afterwards, a man in a brown fleece approaches them and says: ‘You’re not welcome here. Get gone, now.’
As the cameraman stumbles, the angry men then can be seen approaching the woman, and dramatic still images appear to show him slapping her across the face.
The furious man then shouts ‘you do what you want, now get out’, as he pushes the female saboteur – wearing a white jumper – to the ground.
Lying on the muddy footpath, she can then be heard saying to her radio ‘I have just been assaulted. I’ve just be slapped in the face.’
The woman, with a cut above the eyelid, then gets up and tells the man ‘so you hit women?’ to which he responds ‘you can hit me, if you want’.
The West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs had a furious row with this man, dressed in a brown jumper
After an angry row the man in the brown fleece shoved the saboteur onto the muddy path
The footage then cuts to the pair talking to another man sitting in a car, who apologises to the woman and admits: ‘That shouldn’t have happened.’
The female then approaches a car full of well-dressed men and women, who are asked about the alleged assault.
It was at that point the alleged victim is told ‘you’re not a woman’.
When asked what the saboteur is, the lady bluntly responds: ‘A monster.’
This man sitting in his car apologised to the woman and said: ‘That shouldn’t have happened’
This woman told the female saboteur she was ‘not a woman’ but a ‘monster’
A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: ‘We were concerned that the hunt were hunting a fox and that the hounds were heading towards a busy main road.
‘Suddenly two hunt supporters approach us and start shouting aggressively before attacking us.
‘It shows what type of people fox hunters are that they think it acceptable for men to attack women, punch them and then shove them over from behind.’
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, added: ‘Fox hunting, by its very nature, is a violent activity and it is only a short leap from using violence towards animals to using violence against people.
‘This was a completely unprovoked attack.
‘Fox hunting is a breeding ground for normalising violence with some very questionable attitudes towards women. We ask the question: ‘who are the real monsters here?”
The Warwickshire Hunt describes itself as a ‘friendly organisation’ on its website, and promises that visitors ‘will always be assured of the three Ws – a Warm Warwickshire Welcome.’
The hunt currently has six joint masters, including three women.
A spokesman for the group said: ‘The Warwickshire Hunt acts within the law to comply with the Hunting Act 2004.
‘The Hunt does not condone any form of violence, even when faced with extreme provocation, personal harassment and other serial offences.’
Warwickshire Police did not return requests for comment last night.
Leicestershire Police are investigating that incident.
Last month a furious farmer drove his quad bike at the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs and threw a flurry of punches in a shocking attack.
The video was filmed during the hunt near the Leicestershire village of Ratcliffe Culey.