The director of the UK’s Campaign for the Abolition of Terrierwork has noted that in his organisation’s 10 years of collating animal cruelty, “the cruellest pictures and videos have come from Ireland.”
In an appeal to Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney to ban digging-out and terrierwork, Director Peter Merton highlighted the growth of terriermen traffic between the UK and Ireland.
“A number of times, RSPCA officers have been stationed at ferry ports watching known criminal figures involved in terrierwork move backwards and forwards between Britain and Ireland to meet up with other known men and share their passion for digging out and terrierwork,” he stated. “This puts a huge pressure on Britain’s Wildlife Crime experts as the movement between the two countries grows.”
He added: “You must also take note that men involved in using terriers underground become bored with their soft target (fox) and move on to other activities which range from badger digging to dog fighting.”
Find out more about the Campaign for the Abolition of Terrierwork at http://www.diggingout.org
ICABS is renewing its call on Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney to ban digging-out and terrierwork. Please scroll down to support our action alert.
Please contact the Minister for Agriculture and demand an end to digging out and terrierwork.
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
CC: email@example.com (An Taoiseach)
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
I support the Irish Council Against Blood Sports’ call on you to urgently outlaw both digging out and terrierwork. These horrendous acts of cruelty are carried out by sadistic individuals and also by merciless foxhunting groups (when terrified foxes try to find refuge underground). There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for this shameful animal abuse and it must be stopped.
Please make it an offence NOW to dig out any animal or send terriers below ground to catch and attack animals under any circumstances. I also call on you to outlaw the use of packs of hounds to harass, attack, injure and/or kill any animal.
Thank you, Minister. I look forward to your positive response.
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