BREAKING NEWS: 104-year-old foxhunt has “ceased to exist”

4 Nov

Kilmoganny 104-year-old foxhunt has “ceased to exist” copy

A fox hunt which has been terrorising and killing foxes for over a century has finally shut down.

The Kilmoganny Foxhounds, based in Counties Kilkenny and Tipperary, has reportedly gone out of business due to a “huge increase in insurance costs”.

The Irish Field publication is reporting that the hunt has “ceased to exist” after “a huge increase in running costs left the club with no other option but to disband”.

According to the report, the hunt’s chairman “spoke with no little emotion on the loss of the hunt and the gaping hole it will leave in the rural life of South Kilkenny”.

The hunt, which was affiliated to the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association, included a pack of 60 hounds which were kept in kennels at Castletown Cox Estate in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. It targeted unfortunate foxes twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays in “South Kilkenny and south of the River Anner”.

The hunt is laughably described in the Irish Field as “very sporting” but there is nothing sporting about foxhunting. A pack of dozens of trained hounds are released to chase a fox across the countryside until the animal becomes so exhausted, he can no longer stay ahead. At this point, the hounds close in and the fox is knocked to the ground, bitten, disembowelled and pulled asunder. All for the amusement a mob of heartless hunters who follow on foot or horseback to watch the dogs terrorising their prey.

Fox hunting is completely unacceptable in modern Ireland and a majority in both rural and urban areas want it stopped. A RED C opinion poll, commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, found that 77% agree that the government should BAN FOX HUNTING. The 2019 poll showed that just 12% disagree with a ban. Please respond to our action alert below and join calls for a long overdue ban.

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