Campaigns: Ban Mink Hunting

ICABS is calling for a ban on mink hunting, a blood sport which is not only cruel to mink but also results in huge disturbances to the protected otters which inhabit the same rivers.

Thanks to years of lobbying by ICABS and an EU Directive, otter hunting is now illegal in Ireland. However, to circumvent the ban, otter hunters simply started hunting mink instead. We have always maintained that since mink and otters inhabit the same stretches of river, any form of hunting will significantly disturb the now protected otter.

Mink hunters and hounds in river and on riverbank
On the trail of a mink: A hunter pokes the bank of a river with a stick as the hunt hounds rush forward.


Appeal to the Minister for Heritage to ban mink hunting. Tell the Minister that it's cruel to the mink and also causes massive disturbance to the protected otters who inhabit the same stretches of river.

Darragh O’Brien TD
Minister for Heritage
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893

Urge the Minister for Agriculture (responsible for animal welfare and the Protection of Animals Act), to intervene to ban mink hunting.

Charlie McConalogue TD
Minister for Agriculture
Tel: 01 618 3199 or 01 607 2000

Ask your local TDs to put pressure on the government to ban mink hunting. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs

Video: Mink Hunting

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