Great news – the Llandeilo Farmers Hunt has folded! The hunt, based in Carmarthenshire, made the announcement in late August, citing ‘financial pressures’ and changes in ‘land use’ – i.e. landowners are finally turning their backs on this bloodsport.
What the hunt didn’t mention, however, and what certainly helped quicken their demise, was the numerous hits from South Wales Hunt Saboteurs. The Llandeilo Farmers were definitely having difficulty with landowners, as last season the sab group even witnessed huntsman Greg Baker being evicted from a piece of land by an irate landowner after his hounds were chasing sheep. Enthusiasm for fox hunting with the pack seemed ultra-low too, with sabs counting just six riders out at one recent meet.
Although traditionally a hotbed of bloodsports activity, foxhound packs are falling like dominoes in South Wales. In 2019, the news came in that the Tredegar Farmers Hunt had disbanded and the following year saw the Glamorgan-based Ystrad Taf Fechan Hunt calling it day.
Infamous animal abuse solicitor Clive Rees’ Banwen Miners Hunt made the switch to hunting the ‘clean boot’ (the scent of a human runner) in 2022 after becoming a bloodhound pack. This was due to sustained pressure from South Wales sabs and the fallout from the Hunting Office webinars which caused Natural Resources Wales to ban hunting on its land.
An HSA spokesperson commented:
“It’s hard to keep up with just how many hunts are now disbanding. In every corner of the UK, fox hunting is struggling. After decades of sabotaging these lowlifes it’s so heartening to see them fall, one by one.”
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