By Carmarthen Journal | February 12, 2014
By Rebecca Jones
MORE than 7,200 people have signed an online petition calling for a Towy Valley hunt group to be investigated and prosecuted for allegedly breaching UK hunt laws.
The petition on Change UK, which was set up by Action Aid for Animals, has so far seen 7,272 people sign it.
The online campaign claims that the incidents of alleged animal cruelty took place on February 1, after a ridden hunt was cancelled for a hunt on foot to take place because of extreme weather conditions.
Action Aid for Animals, a UK registered charity based in Staffordshire, said they were notified of the "atrocity" by the hunt group by an eyewitness on the same day it happened.
A spokeswoman for the group said: "Time again we see hunting groups around the UK basically doing what they wish, reports are made time and again yet hardly any reach the courts doorstep, we must ask why this is the case? "Whether someone breaks into a house, steals a car or hunts foxes with packs of dogs and encourages them to kill that animal they all are breaching the law of the United Kingdom."
She added: "These people must be made accountable for their actions, these peoples influence over politics and law must be stopped both on a local and national level.
"There are numerous arguments on both sides of the fence from the Hunters and the Animal rights groups."
A spokesman for Llandeilo Farmers’ Hunt group said: "The persons in the photos had no official position within Llandeilo Farmers’ Hunt."
The spokesman also said one of the men in the photograph had been incorrectly publicly named as Gwynfe councillor Colin Evans.
Now Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed it is investigating the allegation of unlawful hunting in Carmarthenshire.
A police spokeswoman said: "Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that an investigation is underway into allegation of unlawful hunting in the east of Carmarthenshire.
"This is alleged to have happened on Saturday, February 1."
Any witnesses to the incident are being urged to contact officers on 101.
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