Ireland’s cruel cubhunting horror must be outlawed

14 Sep


More and more cubs are suffering horrific cruelty around Ireland this month as barbaric cubhunting continues. In the run-up to the start of another season of foxhunting, hunters surround earths in the early hours after dawn and flush the resident foxes out into the open. They then goad their hounds into attacking and killing the cubs. The doomed youngsters are mauled, bitten and pulled apart by the dogs.

This merciless brutality is carried out to introduce new hounds to the taste of fox blood and to disperse foxes – parents and siblings of targeted cubs are scattered so that their wider distribution will later provide a wider hunting area for the enjoyment of hunters.

The hunters like to refer to their shameful barbarity as ‘Autumn hunting’ but their euphemism doesn’t disguise the fact that it’s one of Ireland’s nastiest acts of animal cruelty.

To do this to an animal should be illegal in Ireland but our legislators have so far refused to ban foxhunting. They disgracefully voted to ensure that an exemption for the bloodsport remained in the Animal Health and “Welfare” Act and they rejected a proposed amendment which sought to make foxhunting an offence.

This recreational animal cruelty is totally unacceptable in modern Ireland. Please join us in contacting the government and demanding a long overdue ban on foxhunting.

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Contact Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and demand a ban on cub hunting, foxhunting and all bloodsports.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Tweet to: @campaignforLeo

Please sign and share our petition – Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now

Contact the Agriculture Minister now and demand that the exemption for foxhunting is removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to ban foxhunting. Contact all your local TDs and urge them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses

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.

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 – 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.

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