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Published on Nov 1, 2011
West Wales Anti Bloodsports were monitoring the Carmarthenshire Hunt in November 2010. The hunt are seen together at the start of the day with a group of gunmen at the Castle Inn, Llansteffan. The gunmen then position themselves around woods into which the huntsman (Anthony Owen) takes the hounds. Gunmen on a quad bike follow the huntsman out of a farm track and talk to him shortly before he directs the hounds into a patch of woodland. The hounds go immediately on cry, and shortly afterwards a shot is heard. Monitors rush to the area and see a gunmen kick a body of a fox into a hole in a riverbank. They call the police - it is only legal to use two hounds to flush a fox to guns, in order to prevent serious agricultural damage, and only with the express permission of the landowner. The Hunt Master Mike Watts rides up and tells monitors the land belongs to him and that they cannot go into the unfenced woodland - but he then rides off and is not seen all day by the monitors. A gunman is filmed leaving the scene at the same time as the hounds. Monitors then find the body of a fox which has been shot and had its intestines ripped out. The Carmarthenshire Hunt later claim they did not know the gunmen. If you want to help West Wales Anti Bloodsports put a stop to local hunts breaking the law, email firstname.lastname@example.org