Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has rejected the latest call for a ban on cruel foxhunting.
The Irish Times has reported that, instead of having the courage to ban one of Ireland’s worst forms of animal cruelty, the Minister is going down the route of contacting hunt clubs about a voluntary code of conduct – a move which will do absolutely nothing to eliminate the cruelty from a bloodsport which is inherently cruel.
Condemning foxhunting as “extremely cruel”, ICABS president Maureen O’Sullivan TD urged Minister Coveney to remove the exemption for fox-hunting from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
She referred to an incident in which a fox was recently hunted by 37 hounds for over 13 miles.
Minister Coveney’s response was that he would not get into a debate on “whether or not we should have fox-hunting in Ireland”. Perhaps because he knows that, in trying to defend the indefensible, it’s one debate he would be sure to lose.
Coveney’s Animal Health and Welfare Act includes exemptions for foxhunting and hare coursing. They had to be specifically exempted by the pro-bloodsports government because the cruelty involved would otherwise leave hunters and coursers open to prosecution. The Minister’s refusal to do the right thing means foxes will continue to be chased to exhaustion by packs of hounds and torn apart when caught. Those foxes who try to escape underground will continue to be attacked by terriers and dug out of the ground to be brutally killed.
Read the Irish Times report and respond to the action alert below
Appeal to Simon Coveney to remove exemptions for fox hunting and hare coursing from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
Urge Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and revoke the coursing licence she issued.
Email “Stop the cruelty. Revoke the hare coursing licence” to Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie
Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ask him to back a ban on hare coursing.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street,
Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently push for a ban on hare coursing and all bloodsports. Tell them you are one of the majority who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate and back a ban.
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