The Irish Council Against Blood Sports responds to “Carlow horsemen celebrate 200 years of fox hunting” report in Carlow Nationalist…
Instead of celebrating 200 years of foxhunting (The Nationalist, 27th January 2015), members of the Carlow Farmers Hunt should be hanging their heads in shame.
The suffering caused to wildlife over two centuries of this disgusting bloodsport is unimaginable – generations of foxes forced to run for miles across fields, ditches and rivers and when too exhausted to save themselves, torn asunder by packs of hounds. Those deriving pleasure from this organised agony are indeed “the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable”.
The hunt’s boast that it has a connection to an individual “credited with killing the last wild Irish wolf” further demonstrates how utterly crass and outdated it is. Nowadays, the idea of hunting a creature to extinction – as the wolf, sea eagle and golden eagle were in Ireland – is considered wholly contemptible.
At least, some acknowledgement is given in your report to hunting’s shameful position during the Irish Famine. While thousands lay starving across the country, these merciless hunters – their bellies bloated with food and drink – galloped by on their expensive horses with about as much sympathy as they hold for the fox as it gasps its last pained breath.
The Cork Southern Reporter of 13th March 1847 best presented the shocking contrast: “The sound of the huntsman’s horn and the yelping pack mingle in terrible discordance with the groans of the dying parent and the cries of children perishing for lack of food.”
Hunters’ appetite for destruction is now as it was then, with foxes continuing to run desperately for their lives towards bloody ends. Most would agree that those with such a disregard for life should be rejected in modern Ireland and their barbarity finally consigned to the dustbin of history.
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