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 (top right) rush forward.

 ACTION ALERT 

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

Minister Heather Humphreys
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie
Tel: (01) 631 3800

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

Minister for Agriculture
Dept of Agriculture
Kildare Street
Dublin, Ireland

Email: minister@agriculture.gov.ie
Tel: 00353 (0)1 607 2000
LoCall 1890 200510
Fax: 00353 (0)1 661 1013

3. Ask your local TD(s) and Senator(s) to put pressure on the government to replace mink hunting with drag hunting. For contact details, visit our Politicians Page

Video: Mink Hunting

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