The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has responded to rumors surrounding his involvement in the banned sport of fox hunting, after receiving threats issued by hacktivist group Anonymous.
Fox hunting–the baiting and killing of foxes using horses and hound-dogs–has been outlawed in the UK since 2005, but it remains a source of debate, particularly given that the “sport” is often viewed as something the rich partake in, especially those aligned with the ruling Conservative government. As a result, fox hunting has become a byword for the rural England “toff,” and is often used as a metaphor for the supposed disregard the rich have for those less fortunate.
Flint’s involvement stems from the fact he keeps horses with a leader of the “hunt” in his home county of Essex, and rubs shoulders with hunt members at a pub he owns in the village of Pleshey. His supposed actions were addressed in a politically-charged video posted by Anonymous, who state that he “killed [a] deer, so now Anonymous will politically kill Keith” and seems more concerned with the socio-political aspect of Flint’s actions than whether any anti-hunting laws were broken.
While the threats of Anonymous are rarely to be taken seriously–the video un-ironically refers to The Prodigy as “anti-establishment”, a laughably clear sign they’ve missed the mark entirely–Flint has responded with a statement on the band’s Facebook page, which can be read below.
“In regards to a story going around about me right now – yes I live in Essex and have a couple of horses. I went riding with the local trail hunt, it was a ride out and NO ANIMALS WERE HUNTED OR KILLED. My conscience is clear, it wasn’t my thing and I won’t be going again.”
For the uninitiated, a trail hunt means the horses and dogs hunt an artificial scent, a practice that is perfectly legal.