Some of Ireland’s worst animal cruelty is currently taking place in the early hours of the morning in the depths of the countryside.
In the run-up to the start of another season of foxhunting, cruel hunters are taking their inexperienced hounds to fox earths to introduce them to the taste of fox blood.
Their merciless assault on our wildlife sees them surrounding the earths and flushing the resident foxes out into the open. The hunters then goad their hounds into attacking and killing the cubs. The youngsters are mauled, bitten and pulled apart by the hounds as part of a gruesome training exercise.
To do this to a living creature should be illegal in Ireland but our legislators have shamefully refused to ban foxhunting. They voted to ensure that an exemption for the bloodsport remained in the Animal Welfare Act and they rejected a proposed amendment which sought to make foxhunting an offence.
Cub hunting brutality is carried out not only to train foxhounds to kill but also to disperse foxes – parents and siblings of slaughtered cubs are scattered so that their wider distribution will later provide a larger hunting area.
The hunters like to refer to their barbarity as ‘Autumn hunting’ but their euphemism doesn’t disguise the fact that it’s one of Ireland’s nastiest acts of cruelty.
Please take action to help stop the cruelty. Respond now to the action alerts below.
Keep hunters off your land
If you are a landowner, make your land off-limits to hunters. Find out more about how to do this on our Farmers/Landowners Page – http://www.banbloodsports.com/farmers.htm
Encourage all land-owning friends and family members in the countryside to show compassion and make their land a haven for wildlife. If hunters are denied access to land, the wildlife will be spared the suffering of cubhunting and foxhunting.
If trespass occurs, contact the Gardai. Obtain photo/video evidence whenever possible.
Contact the Agriculture Minister now and demand that the exemption for foxhunting is removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012.
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald and urge them to ban fox hunting.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street,
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD
An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen’s Green
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
Tweet to: @FitzgeraldFrncs
Appeal to all Irish politicians
Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to replace foxhunting with the humane alternative – drag hunting.
Drag hunting sees the hounds chasing an artificial lure instead of a live animal. This form of “hunting” is already practised successfully by a few groups in Ireland. In a modern and civilised country like Ireland, there should be no place for foxhunting, particularly when a transition to drag hunting would be simple.
Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to express their opposition to this blood sport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too.
Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem
Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.
The cubhunting horror “I will never forget”
An ICABS supporter in Limerick recalls the horrors he witnessed at a cubhunt over 40 years ago. Shockingly, Irish foxes continue to suffer the same barbarism in 2016.
When I was a boy of 5 years old, I was taken to a cubbing. Even today, 43 years later, I can clearly recall the event.
The excitement of the men present. There were no women. The terror of the foxcubs. The frenzy of the dogs. The noise of the kill. Afterwards the mangled remains of the cubs, the entrails, the blood. Afterwards the shame of my father that he had attended this and worse, had brought his child to it. Even worse, it was on our farm. When my mother found out she was blind with rage. Blind with rage.
Many of those men are still alive. I remember one of them. He used foul language to one of the dogs because the dog was a coward. He only tore the cub when it was dead. He was afraid of being bitten while it was alive. When the show was over, the man took the dog away to kill it. He tied it to a stake. He was going to hit it with the spade that he had used to dig out the cubs.
My father stopped him and we got the dog as a pet. He was a little black and brown terrier called Tiny.
I will never forget. I will never forget.