Prince Charles and hunting

31 Jul

In the lead-up to the introduction of a ban on foxhunting in England and Wales, the Daily Mail quoted Prince Charles as saying: ‘If the Labour government ever gets around to banning foxhunting, I might as well leave this country and spend the rest of my life skiing.” Quoted in the same report, Nottingham South MP Alan Simpson described the Prince’s threat to leave the country as a ‘generous offer’, adding ‘I have never known a monarch who would abdicate on behalf of a fox.’

“Prince Charles was photographed out shooting for the first time in years today…He was today spotted on a shooting party he was hosting on the Queen’s 24,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk. It is believed to be the first time he has been pictured with a gun on a pheasant shoot since December 2008 and it came in the week that his elder son, the Duke of Cambridge, attended the Tusk Trust conservation awards and highlighted the plight of endangered species shot by poachers in Africa.” The Express, Nov 29, 2014

“Hunting hypocrisy? Princes accused over wildlife initiative – As Prince Charles and Prince William take high-profile roles in a summit on the illegal trade in endangered animals, critics say their pleas are undermined by their own fondness for hunting…In a video message ahead of the summit, Prince Charles said: “Our profound belief is that humanity is less than humanity without the rest of creation. The destruction of these endangered species will dimish us all.” Channel 4 News, 12 February 2014

“[Prince Charles] and his partner, Camilla Parker Bowles, have defied criticism from field sport opponents by continuing to ride regularly with the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt, which meets a few miles from his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire. Princes William and Harry have hunted too.” The Scotsman, 22 September 2002

“Prince Charles had spoken again and again, whenever he met Irish people, of his wish to come to Ireland and of the insistence of his security advisers that he should not. He told [Albert] Reynolds so when he met him during the Edinburgh summit in 1993. As Reynolds describes the conversation, he said to the prince: ‘Sure what’s stoppin’ ya! You’re welcome to come hunting if you want to.'” (Extract from “The Robinson Biography”. published in The Sunday Times, 1st November, 1998.)

“While protection officer to the late Princess of Wales, I was present at most of the annual November shooting parties, hosted by Prince Charles at Sandringham House in Norfolk. The post-breakfast gathering of guests, dressed in their hunting finery would meet front of house to witness the Prince of Wales assign the “male gun” position and partner for the day’s shooting. A fleet of Range Rovers would be summoned and the shooting party driven to their places for the first shoot of the day…Whatever the weather, the beaters would drive the bred pheasants from their woodland home to a prepared unharvested patch of kale, just short of a high wooded copse. Once the royal party was in position, the beaters would slash at the kale, and hundreds of birds would rise to scale the trees ahead, only to be blasted to the ground. The sheer number of birds would blacken the sky, as they drifted to a slow death, many injured bouncing off of the roughly ploughed furrows, only to have their escape plan wrecked by excitable black royal labradors. The royal shooting obsession was something Princess Diana found repugnant. Requiring little or no skill, royal pheasant shoots are a pre-planned carnage of wildlife, bred specifically for slaughter.” The Guardian, 18 February 2014

“Kate Middleton and Prince Charles go hunting – Today the Queen’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate was the setting for Kate Middleton’s intimate weekend with Prince William – and the backdrop for the first public photograph of her with the man tipped to become her future father in law. Dressed in a camouflage jacket, dark jeans, leg warmers and gaiters over her boots, Miss Middleton could be seen at one point lying on the ground – seemingly to prepare the sights of her gun before shooting. With a pair of binoculars around her neck and a relaxed shooting position, she looked a veteran stalker. Prince Charles, wearing a waterproof coat, over a jacket and tie, and sporting plus fours, was standing just a few feet away from Miss Middleton apparently supervising the proceedings.” The Telegraph, 13 Oct 2007

“The League Against Cruel Sports has accused the Prince of Wales of using his sons to make a “political statement” after he took them hunting on the first day of the foxhunting season…The chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports, John Cooper, said: “Charles is engaging the practice of setting a pack of hounds on a wild animal for fun – but this is animal abuse in the name of tradition. He is out of touch with the British public who know that this cruel and barbaric pastime has no place in the 21st century.” BBC News, October 30, 1999

“The undercover film-makers from Viva! claim the calf was shot by a member of Beaufort Hunt. This was regularly attended by members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles and his sons William and Harry before the 2004 foxhunting ban. The calf’s corpse was later taken away to be fed to the hounds. The footage was secretly recorded by animal welfare activists who infiltrated a number of farms which supply milk to the confectionery industry.” from Farm that sells milk to Cadbury ‘shoots male calves to feed hunt hounds’, Daily Mail, October 7th, 2012

Success: Easons putting graphic hunting magazines out of reach of children

30 Jul


The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has thanked Easons for responding positively to our appeal and acting to move graphic hunting publications out of the reach of children.

In an email to ICABS, Easons Head of Marketing, Brendan Corbett stated: “We are currently in the process of moving such titles from our bottom shelves to shelving at a height out of reach for children. We will also set up a prompt at our cash registers that ask anyone purchasing such titles whether they are over 18 (as per anyone purchasing cigarettes).”

A big thumbs up to Easons for this tremendous response.

In an appeal to the company earlier this year, we expressed concerns about the bottom shelf placement of publications containing very graphic and violent images.

“Often these publications present images of dogs or wildlife on the covers, which could entice unsuspecting children to open and look through them,” we pointed out. “The horrific images inside – including bloodied carcasses of foxes, deer and birds hunted to their deaths – could prove very upsetting and traumatic.”

“These offensive publications glorifying violence and killing should not be accessible to minors,” we stressed, urging the company to move them to the top shelf or behind the counter and avoid selling them to under 18s.

Our petition urging Easons to act was signed by more than 1,000 people. A big thank you to everyone who signed!


Please contact Easons and thank the company for its positive response.

Conor Whelan,
Managing Director,
Eason & Son Ltd
40 Lower O Connell Street,
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0) 1 858 3800
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Senator Mary Moran in support of ban on Ireland’s cruel bloodsports

28 Jul


Another Irish politician comes out in favour of a ban on cruel bloodsports…

“I can assure you I do not support blood sports and am happy to have my name included in the list to ban such cruel sports.” Senator Mary Moran (Labour Party) in an email to ICABS, July 2015.


Join us in contacting Councillors, TDs, Senators, MEPs and urging them to push for a ban on bloodsports and all forms of animal cruelty. Find out the views of politicians at

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Bullfighters are “filthy barbaric scum”: Ricky Gervais

26 Jul

Ricky Gervais has condemned those involved in bullfighting as “filthy barbaric scum”.

After tweeting a link to the new ICABS anti-bullfighting petition to his 9 million followers, the actor-comedian asked “How the f— is torturing a bull to death entertainment?”

Our petition calls on Spanish Tourism to stop promoting bullfighting to holidaymakers. So far, it has been signed by over 6,000 people from around the world.

We set up the petition after learning that the Spanish Tourism website – translated into multiple languages – is telling tourists: “Come to Spain and discover the world of bullfighting – you are sure to have fun.” It is not only encouraging people to attend bullfights but to also participate in the barbarity, saying “there are many companies in Spain that prepare everything necessary for you to bullfight young cows and bulls”.

Please sign and share the petition now and help convince Spanish Tourism to stop promoting animal cruelty


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Shameful disrespect to Irish flag during Spanish bull abuse event

23 Jul

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Shameful disrespect to Irish flag during an animal cruelty session in Denia, Spain this month

This cruelty fest – the Bous a la Mar – sees individuals goading, kicking and hitting the bull and trying to lure him into the water of the harbour. In the past, bulls have drowned at this event, which is held annually to commemorate the Day of the Sacred Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (el Día de la Santísima a Sangre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo).

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Gull cull senators are bloodsports supporters

21 Jul

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The senators calling for a seagull cull are bloodsports supporters, ICABS can reveal.

Fianna Fail Senator Denis O’Donovan declared this week that the birds are “a nuisance and a pest” and should be killed.

“We should consider a cull of these vicious seabirds that are invading our towns,” he said, bizarrely comparing the creatures to “rabbits with Myxomatosis or a cow with mad cow disease”.

In 2010, O’Donovan voted against the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill after “meeting more than 150 people involved in coursing and gun clubs”.

Kerry Senator, Paul Coghlan has backed O’Donovan’s calls for seagulls to be killed. He too is a supporter of bloodsports.

The Fine Gael politician is on record as saying that cruel hare coursing is “well regulated”. Back in 2010, he also made it clear that he was “completely opposed” to the ban on stag hunting. Quoted in the Irish Times, he said: “It is a legitimate and worthwhile country pursuit. I cannot discern where cruelty is involved.”

Also demonising seagulls in the Seanad this week was the Labour Party’s Denis Landy – “I have a Jack Russell at home and I hope to God the seagulls do not get him because apparently they have killed terriers across England already,” he said.

Landy was slammed earlier this year for praising the organisers of Clonmel’s coursing cruelty festival and describing the chasing of live hares with greyhounds as “fantastic sport”. Speaking in Seanad Eireann, he stated: “I congratulate and commend all those involved in the running of the 90th national coursing meeting in Clonmel”

Student travel company removes list containing cruelty festivals

19 Jul

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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has thanked student travel company, USIT, for deleting a list of recommended European festivals which featured two animal cruelty events.

The “5 best festivals around Europe” list included the cruel Pamplona bullrun as well as Fetes de Bayonne – promoted as “the French version of the Running of the Bulls”. Both festivals involve chasing bulls through the streets and later torturing them to death in a bullring.

Responding to an ICABS appeal in which we highlighted the cruelty and public safety risks, USIT Travel stated: “We have now removed this post – apologies for any offence caused.”

We are now appealing to USIT to take the next step and remove these shameful events from its “festival extravaganza” holiday package – “a pass to access up to 23 of Europe’s most popular festivals”.


Please join us in thanking USIT for this positive step and urging the company to now remove Pamplona and Fetes de Bayonne from its “festival extravaganza” holiday package.

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