Recent newspaper reports suggested that frontman has taken up banned sport
The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint has responded to reports that he has taken up the controversial sport of fox hunting, saying his “conscience is clear”.
Newspaper reports recently claimed that Flint has “embarked on a new life as a country gent and been spotted riding out with his local hunt” in Essex. He is said to have invested in several hunting horses with a source telling the Mail that his “enthusiasm for the sport is the talk of Essex hunting circles.”
Flint has subsequently confirmed the reports but stated that while he did go riding with a trail hunt, no animals were killed and that he feels his conscience is clear.
The message was posted on the group’s Facebook page and reads: “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, so my conscience is clear, it wasn’t my thing and I won’t be going again.”
Late last year Sport Minister Tracey Crouch declared that “fox-hunting is a pursuit from the past” that should be “consigned to history”. The sport was banned in the UK in 2005. Flint was targeted by Anonymous following the initial reports of his involvement with hunters.
Away from music, Flint owns 18th-century style pub The Leather Bottle in Essex. The pub was purchased and renovated in 2014. He declined to comment when approached by the Mail regarding the fox hunting reports.
The Prodigy released their latest album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ in 2015.
Despite their continued success, The Prodigy recently claimed that their 25 year-strong career could be drawing to a close, discussing the possibility of retirement for the first time.