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BBC highlights UK hunters in Ireland
12 January 2006

Hunting with hounds was banned in the UK last year. A BBC Radio 4 programme to be broadcast this week will focus on the foxhunters who have moved to Ireland to join hunts here.

The half-hour long programme, entitled Hibernia Hunting, will be broadcast on Friday, 13th January, 2006 at 11am.

BBC Radio 4 can be found at 92-95FM or 198LW. You can also listen live online at

If you miss the programme, you can listen to it at a later time by clicking on the following link: Hibernia Hunting.

 Terrified and injured fox being held up by foxhunter
This terrified and injured fox was dug out of the ground by a fox hunt in County Cork. After being attacked by a hunt terrier, the fox was put into a sack and later thrown to the hounds which savaged it to death. More images showing foxhunt cruelty can be viewed from our gallery page.

Action Items

Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, to give wild animals the same protection that is given to domestic animals. Tell the Minister that since all animals are capable of suffering, all animals should be protected from cruelty. Urge her to amend the Protection of Animals Act so that foxes and all wild creatures are protected from cruelty.

Minister Mary Coughlan
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 01-6072000
Lo-call 1890-200510

Appeal to the Environment Minister

Please contact Minister Dick Roche who has responsibility for the Wildlife Act. Urge him to amend the Wildlife Act so that foxes are given full protection from the cruelty of hunting with hounds.

Minister Dick Roche
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1
Tel: 01-8882403
Fax: 01-8788640

Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to replace foxhunting with the humane alternative - drag hunting.

Drag hunting sees the hounds chasing an artificial lure instead of a live animal. This form of "hunting" is already practised successfully by a few groups in Ireland. In a modern and civilised country like Ireland, there should be no place for foxhunting, particularly when a transition to drag hunting would be simple.

We need your help to convince the government that it is time to ban foxhunting. Please write to all of your local politicians and ask them to express their opposition to this blood sport. If possible, get your friends, family and workmates to contact them too.

Write to your TD at:
Dáil Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Write to your Senator at:
Seanad Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 732 623.

For the names and contact details of politicians, please visit the Irish Government Website.

Photos & Video: Foxhunting Cruelty

For photos and video of foxhunting cruelty, please visit our Photo Gallery and Video Gallery.

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