Tell Ireland’s forestry board to stop profiting from killing

28 Jul

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on Ireland’s forestry board, Coillte, to stop selling licences to hunters to shoot defenceless forest creatures.

The licences Coillte are selling will allow hunters to target deer, birds and “other wild quarry species”. The animals that will be gunned down include both forest wildlife and creatures introduced to the forests and released as living targets for shooters.

In an email to Coillte CEO, David Gunning, ICABS said that it is saddening that the company is happy to boost its profits from wildlife destruction. “Coillte is owned by the Irish people, the majority of whom value our wildlife and would abhor killing for fun,” we stated. “We hope you will take this into consideration, end the killing and give protection to the defenceless forest creatures.”

On its website, Coillte says it respects “the traditional nature” of hunting and stalking. Ironically, in another section of the site, Coillte urges nature-loving visitors to the forests to “respect wildlife”, “avoid disturbing” animals and birds and avoid feeding wildlife as “our foods damage their health and leave them vulnerable to predators.”


Please urgently contact Coillte and demand that they stop selling licences to hunters and making profits from the killing of defenceless animals and birds.

David Gunning
CEO, Coillte
The Irish Forestry Board
Co Wicklow, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 201 11 11
Fax: +353 (0)1 201 11 99


(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter.)

Dear Mr Gunning,

I am writing to demand that Coillte stops selling licences to hunters to enter Coillte property to shoot and kill defenceless birds and animals.

It greatly saddens me that Coillte is happy to boost its revenue from the destruction of life. The animals that will be blasted to death are creatures currently living in the forests and those brought in for the specific purpose of being used as living targets for shooters.

These animals should be allowed to live free from persecution. Foxes, deer, rabbits and birds all add immeasurably to the public’s enjoyment of the forest experience. I find it unacceptable that Coillte is sacrificing them for profit.

Coillte is owned by the Irish people, the majority of whom would oppose the killing of animals for fun. I call on you to make our forests a safe haven for wildlife and immediately end the practice of inviting hunters in to destroy.

Thank you. I look forward to your prompt reply.

Yours sincerely,


Also contact your nearest Coillte regional office.

You can find their locations at

Will creatures in your local forests be shot and killed?

To see the areas around Ireland at which Coillte is inviting hunters in to kill, please click on the links: Birds | Deer

Find out more about the licences on the Coillte website.


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