The Caerphilly and District Hunt (CDH), one of the dozens of foxhunts in Wales that have continued hunting after the Hunting Act 2004 that bans foxhunting was enacted, has just announced that it is going to disband before the end of this hunting season, with the hunt’s final ever meet announced for the 6th January 2023, some 70 years after its formation. The dissolution of the hunt was unanimously agreed upon by members of the hunt at a recent EGM.

According to the Hunt Saboteurs Association which has documented the illegal activities of all the hunts in the UK and saved many foxes illegally hunted, “The rough and ready rural crime gang hunted the hills and valleys around Caerphilly, chasing foxes with impunity. Usually out in remote and unforgiving locations, they often did their killing away from public eyes. On one recent occasion they were spotted out with no less than ten quad bikes of terriermen, their intention to flout the Hunting Act clear. However, the group could rarely muster many riders, a fact clearly indicative towards their recent decision to disband.”

Fox hunting in South Wales is currently in decline, with several hunts closing one after another. The  Llandeilo Farmers Hunt closed earlier in the year and just a few months before the Miners Hunt changed to become a bloodhound pack, chasing a human runner with bloodhounds instead of a fox with foxhounds under the cover of the false alibi of trail hunting. In 2019, the Tredegar Farmers Hunt and the Glamorgan-based Ystrad Taf Fechan Hunt also ended their foxhunting activities.

A spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association commented: “The fantastic news that the Caerphilly and District will cease to exist beyond January 2024 is the latest in a long line of welcome stories of hunts across South Wales shutting up shop. Kudos to South Wales Hunt Saboteurs, who work tirelessly against these nasty organisations that blight the South Wales valleys and here’s to many more disbanding very soon.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.