ARE HUNTERS TURNING THEIR CHILDREN INTO BLOOD JUNKIES by CIARAN LONG November 10, 2004
As we come into another Fox and Stag hunting season, I can't help but think back to the last season and wonder if the Board of Education have included Bloodsports in the school curriculum. I have regularly witnessed many children participating in hunts throughout the country, even though it was clearly not a public or a school holiday. Surely it would be more beneficial to a child's intellectual well-being to follow the same educational system that a normal well-adjusted child would follow in order to become a normal upstanding member of society in later life, rather than turning into the violent blood junkies that certain members of society have become
Hunters lies disclosed yet again. 7th December 2005
Countryside Alliance fails ASA truth test
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled today (December 7) that the Countryside Alliance (CA) made untruthful and unsubstantiated claims in its attempt to promote the alleged benefits of game shooting.
In its recently published glossy brochure, On the Front Foot, the CA falsely claimed that a shooting school in Berkshire had raised £1 million for good causes in 2004.
Annual hunt meeting draws 500 protestors.
Irish Examiner 27-12-2005 by Ciaran Murphy
THE Association of Hunt Saboteurs and BadgerWatch Ireland yesterday urged the Government to follow Britain's example and introduce legislation to ban all forms of hunting with dogs. annual St Stephen's Day hunt meeting in Tramore, Co Waterford.
Some protest groups have warned that the sabotaging of activities will be stepped up at hunting events during the holiday period.THE Association of Hunt Saboteurs and BadgerWatch Ireland yesterday urged the Government to follow Britain's example and introduce legislation to ban all forms of hunting with dogs.The call came after an anti-bloodsports protest at the annual St Stephen's Day hunt meeting in Tramore, Co Waterford.
Some protest groups have warned that the sabotaging of activities will be stepped up at hunting events during the holiday period.
The street between the Majestic Hotel and Splashworld Leisure Centre was lined with those supporting and opposing the hunt, as hounds, followed by members of the Waterford Foxhounds, left for a day's hunting at midday yesterday.
More than 500 people were present during an official annual protest, which first commenced in 1989. Approximately 30 protestors holding placards blew on whistles as the hunt started to the sound of numerous bugles.
The Hunting Act in Britain allows techniques such as drag hunting to take place, where dogs are set off on the trail of a scent laid approximately 20 minutes in advance by a rider dragging a lure
Criticising the hunt, the national coordinator with BadgerWatch Ireland, Bernie Barrett, said: "We want to highlight the abuse and make people think about what goes on behind the postcard picture setting of fox hunting."
She said foxes were intelligent and sentient creatures who feel pain and fear.
Campaign director with the Association of Hunt Saboteurs, John Tierney, said hunting with hounds was a brutal activity and existed "solely for pleasure and entertainment".
Blood Sports pledge must be honoured
June 6th 2007 Lower Coyne Street,
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Amidst all the weighty wheeling and dealing in the corridors of power aimed at producing a new government, politicians may overlook the plight of a brutally oppressed and voiceless minority.
I refer to the victims of coursing clubs, foxhunts, and the country’s only stag hunt. The Green Party included in its election manifesto a very clear commitment to seeking a ban on such cruel sports should it find itself in government. Animal welfare campaigners hope that this manifesto pledge can be honoured.
I am not suggesting that the hare that is snatched from its home in the countryside and then forced to run for its life from hyped up greyhounds should take precedence over the need to maintain our thriving Celtic Tiger economy.
Nor would I dare to suggest that concern about the pain and suffering inflicted by the rich and famous on our majestic stags ought to divert precious government time and resources from the urgent business of running the country.
Hare coursing, fox hunting and stag hunting can be swiftly obliterated from our green (and soon to be greener?) island by an aptly worded Wildlife Protection Bill. No adverse economic consequences worth mentioning would ensue from such a move.
A ban on hare coursing only means replacing the live hare with a mechanical lure, a viable and humane innovation already undertaken by Australia’s greyhound industry. The advent of drag coursing could then open up the sport to people in Ireland (more than 70% according to the most recent opinion poll) who at present abhor the cruelty that inevitably accompanies the use of live hares in the sport.Action to protect the Irish hare is doubly urgent as the state-run Parks and Wildlife Service now classifies the animal as an endangered species, as does the Red Data Book on Irish flora and fauna.
Likewise, drag hunting could replace the “pursuit of the uneatable by the unspeakable”, as it has in Britain since the baiting ban.
Thomas Moore, in his classic work Utopia, envisioned a near to prefect society in which, among other enlightened reforms, the cruel killing of animals for fun would be outlawed.This country under a Fianna Fail led government with a Green Party input would be no Utopia, as no society will ever be perfect. But the incoming Coalition could strike a decisive blow for our threatened and abused wildlife heritage…by declaring Ireland a blood sport-free zone.
(Campaign for the Abolition
of Cruel Sports)
Animal lovers in at death for top hunt ball
ANIMAL campaigners last night claimed they had reduced one of the brightest events in Ireland's social calendar to a shadow of its former glory.
The prestigious Ward Union Hunt Ball has been picketed for years by the Save our Stags organisation, who want to see stag hunting banned.
More than 50 animal welfare activists protested outside Jury's Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Friday night where this year's ball was taking place.
Bernie Wright, a spokesperson for Save our Stags, said numbers going to the ball had fallen dramatically over the years.
He added: "I think they are getting the message that they are a small minority, less than 170, and that number is getting smaller all the time.
"They used to get all kinds of celebrities going to the ball, but now few want to be associated with something like stag hunting."
Prominent figures who are associated with the Ward Union Hunt include Joe Bruton, brother of the Fine Gael leader, John Bruton.
THE HORSES.I Independent.
Saturday June 17 2006
*Haughey liked to project himself as the Squire of Abbeyville
, frequently riding to hounds with the local hunt in the full regalia of the old ascendancy.
Shortly after moving into Abbeyville, He began acquiring racehorses to fill his new stables, and bought a stud farm in Co Meath in 1968. The following year, he introduced new tax-free benefits for stud farms. His horse, Flashing Steel, won the 1995 Irish Grand National.
Shock as stag eludes capture by jumping onto roof in Garristown! Fingal Independent.
Wednesday January 18 2006
A STAG is on the loose in rural Fingal after evading capture from a pack of hounds and mounted horses by legging it up the main street in Garristown and leaping off a shop roof!The Irish Red Deer was being pursued by up to 60 mounted members of the Ward Union Hunt after being set free near Palmerstown last Friday, January 13.
By Donncha MacRaghnaill
A STAG is on the loose in rural Fingal after evading capture from a pack of hounds and mounted horses by legging it up the main street in Garristown and leaping off a shop roof! The Irish Red Deer was being pursued by up to 60 mounted members of the Ward Union Hunt after being set free near Palmerstown last Friday, January 13. Chairperson of the Ward Union Hunt, Oliver Russell said the de-antlered deer ’took a fairly circuitous route and came in the back of Adamstown’.
‘It arrived in Garristown near the football pitch and went down the main road,’ Mr Russell said. While Mr Russell was not there, he said he understood the deer then leaped over a wall and landed on a roof. ‘He jumped a wall but there was a drop in the ground the far side and he landed on a low roof,’ he said, saying it was probably at the back of Gough’s shop. ‘He jumped off and skedaddled away ending up beyond the graveyard,’ Mr Russell said.
‘It’s not unusual for a deer to end up on the road but it is unusual to end up on a roof but there is no talk of damage to the roof or to the deer, it was seen heading on,’ he said.Mr Russell emphasised that the hunt was licensed under the Wildlife Act and the stags remain unharmed, while an officer from the Department of the Environment is on hand to ensure that is the case.The hunters will now have to wait a month before giving chase to the deer again.
Minister Gormley given evidence of breaches of the Wildlife act
|Written by John Fitzgerald, PRO Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports |
|Monday, 03 September 2007 |
|With Minister for the Environment John Gormley expected to decide this week whether or not to grant a license permitting a new coursing season, Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports (CACS) has today contacted all government ministers and members of Dail Eireann, enclosing details concerning a list of coursing events at which horrific cruelty to captive hares occurred and was observed by State apointed Wildlife Rangers. This evidence of cruelty and/or breaches of the Wildlife Act was obtained only within the past week (after many requests) by an animal welfare group under the Freedom of Information Act. It relates to twenty-three coursing meets of the season that ended in February of this year. |
The rangers employed by the Wildlife Service who attended the events in question were all professional, highly trained neutral observers whose reports carry considerable weight.
They saw hares being struck, mauled, and knocked about by greyhounds, hares dying in agony from injuries sustained, illegal re-coursing of hares, and other cruel abuses.
We challenge any member of Dail Eireann to review these reports, all of which can be verified by contacting the Wildlife Service, and then still deny that hare coursing amounts to a breathtaking act of barbarism.Replacing the live hare in coursing with a mechanical lure could easily eliminate this cruelty. Drag coursing provides a viable and humane alternative, as it did in Australia when live coursing was banned in that country.
We hope that Minister Gormley will not yield to pressure from the powerful Fianna Fail pro-hare coursing lobby.
We know that a hard core of FF deputies are screaming for the special license authorising the nationwide netting of hares…They want coursing clubs to be given the green light to organise another season of what those rangers (quoted below) witnessed…another six month round of terror, torment, and agonising death...all for a cheap thrill and a flutter on the dogs.Fianna Fail TDs from coursing blackspot counties are lobbying the Minister to grant the license, thus abandoning the official Green Party policy of seeking a total ban on hare coursing. The Greens’ election manifesto contained an explicit commitment to such a ban.Read more on: animal cruelty, John Gormley,