On 17th May 2024, the huntsman of the Carmarthenshire-based Llandeilo Farmers Hunt, a foxhunt in Wales, was sentenced to 20 weeks prison, suspended for 2 years, 150 hours of unpaid work plus a £150 surcharge after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to several animals. However, he did not receive a disqualification from owning animals as anti-hunt campaigners were hoping for. 

According to the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HAS), when the RSPCA raided the huntsman’s property, they found five horses suffering from extreme neglect. All were severely underweight and suffering from lice infestations and rain scald. A Shetland pony weighed just 60 kg when rescued. Additionally, HAS reports that a foxhound was found to have prolapsed genitals and had to be treated with methadone.

In September 2023, the HSA broke the news that the Llandeilo Farmers Hunt had folded. Since then, there have been persistent rumours that the hunt would reform if the huntsman was acquitted, but now the chances of that happening are slim. 

A South Wales Hunt Saboteurs spokesperson commented, “We weren’t surprised when he was convicted of animal cruelty – we’ve seen his callous disregard for animal welfare whilst sabbing this now defunct hunt… We are relieved that this hunt has now folded.”

Fox hunting in South Wales is currently in decline, with several hunts closing one after another. The Llandeilo Farmers Hunt closed earlier in 2023 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.

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’.