A notice about a hunt ball and a hare hunt has been removed from international events website, Evensi, after ICABS highlighted the appalling animal cruelty involved in hunting.
The listing for an upcoming Tara Harriers hunt ball in the Headfort Arms Hotel advertised tickets for both the hunt ball and “a day’s hunting”.
It stated: “This year we will be hosting a lawn meet in the fabulous Brittis Estate the morning of the ball. This will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy a days hunting in a wonderful setting, before getting on the glad rags for a brilliant nights craic. So now is the time to book your tickets for what promises to be a fantastic days hunting and a wonderful hunt ball that night.”
In a message to Italy-based Evensi, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports wrote: “In hunting, hares and foxes are chased by packs of hounds and when caught, they are torn to pieces. We appeal to Evensi to remove this listing for a day’s hunting in Meath, Ireland and disallow listings for any event that involves animal cruelty or killing.”
A posting for the event on the Tara Harriers Facebook page features an image of a hare in a tuxedo – a far cry from what a hare looks like when caught by hounds during a hunt. Hares are mauled, bitten and torn limb from limb by the dogs. “The hounds caught up with the hare and totally demolished it” is how one distraught eye-witness described the end of a hare hunt in County Dublin. “All that was left was a tiny piece of fur blowing in the breeze.”
Despite being a supposedly protected species, the Irish Hare may legally be persecuted by licensed hare coursers as well as by shooters and hunts with packs of hounds.
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Complain to the Headfort Arms Hotel about its hosting of a hunt ball.
Headfort Arms Hotel,
Kells, Co. Meath,
Urge Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and end the hunting, coursing and shooting of the species.
Email “Save hares from hunting, shooting and coursing” to Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie
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(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)
Dear Minister Humphreys,
The Irish Hare is under severe pressure from hunters, shooters and coursers. Under licence from your Department, the creatures may be netted from the wild during seven months of the year for use as live bait for dogs in coursing. During six months of the year, your Department allows hares to be blasted to death by shooters who take pleasure in destroying our wildlife heritage. They are also chased by packs of hounds and torn apart.
Hares urgently need protection. I urge you to act to give permanent, year-round protection to this species.