“The implications of this outbreak are huge. It would be a farce if hunting was allowed to continue while bovine TB is rife.” – the response of the League Against Cruel Sports’ CEO Eduardo Goncalves to news that a fox hunt in the UK has killed off 25 of its own hounds after a bovine TB outbreak http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/top-torys-fox-hunt-kills-9982581
This shocking report from the UK should be a wake-up call for farmers here in Ireland who foolishly continue to allow hunters on to their land.
For years, ICABS has been highlighting the biosecurity risks associated with hunting in which dozens of hunters on horseback, along with packs of hounds, terrorise wildlife across miles of countryside and through multiple farmlands. We urge landowners to keep hunters out, not only due to the obscene cruelty involved in hunting but also because to the damage caused to their farmland, boundary fences and ditches and the risk of disease spread.
Instead of scapegoating the “protected” badger (which actually avoids fields of cows) in a failed bovine TB eradication scheme, Minister Michael Creed and the Department of Agriculture should turn its attention to the fox and hare hunts operating in TB blackspots.
With the animal cruelty, the damage done to Ireland’s international reputation and the negative impact on farming interests, the Irish Government should not hestitate to ban this appalling bloodsport.
Sign our petitions
“Ban Blood Sports in Ireland” petition
Ireland: Stop badger snaring cruelty NOW
Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture to remove of an exemption for foxhunting from Ireland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act.
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Tweet to: @creedcnw
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, Dublin 2
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An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
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 push for a ban on 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.
Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.