A group which encourages the killing of foxes, squirrels and birds has been given a 3,000 Euro “animal welfare” grant by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. That’s an increase of 600 Euro over last year’s figure and despite Minister Coveney being made aware of an Irish Red Grouse Association “Vermin Control Drive” aimed at killing foxes, crows, magpies and squirrels.
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Animal welfare grant given to group promoting killing of animals
A group which encourages the killing of foxes, squirrels and birds has been given a 2,400 Euro “animal welfare” grant by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
The Irish Red Grouse Association received the cash as part of 1.8 million euro in funding to “136 organisations involved in animal care and welfare services throughout the country”.
The Irish Red Grouse Association was formed in 2010 following a directive from pro-bloodsports group, Countryside Alliance Ireland to increase numbers of the game bird which is targeted by shooters during the open season of September 1st to 30th.
In December, as the Department of Agriculture issued a statement headed “Coveney awards funding to Animal Welfare Organisations”, the Countryside Alliance newsletter was reporting that “the Irish Red Grouse Association has launched a Vermin Control Drive for Spring 2014.”
Among the creatures that will be killed are foxes, grey crows, magpies and squirrels.
Replying to a Dail Question from Clare Daly TD, Minister Coveney defended the grant, saying the grouse group meets the criteria of the grant scheme.