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Another season of terror begins
29 September 2006

The short summer reprieve is over for Ireland's wildlife and a new season of terror has begun.

Coursers are out with nets, snatching timid, vulnerable hares from the wild for use as live lures before greyhounds at coursing meetings.

In preparation for the upcoming foxhunting season, the foxhunters are now descending on earths to flush out young foxes for use as bait to train the inexperienced hounds to kill. This "cubbing" has been going on since August.

Meanwhile, the Ward Union are preparing for the start of their deer hunt season. With their horses and dogs, they will be hounding tame red deer around the Meath and North County Dublin countryside every Tuesday and Friday for the sheer fun of it!

These barbaric activities are made possible with licences from the Minister for the Environment - apart from foxhunting, which doesn't even require a licence.

It's hard to believe that this is the year 2006 and that our government not only turns a blind eye to this cruel abuse, but actually continues to facilitate it.

Please join us today in once again calling on Minister Dick Roche to call a halt to the cruelty and rid Ireland of blood sport abuse.


Please phone, fax and/or email Minister Dick Roche and urge him to show compassion for the deer and hares. Tell him that he is facilitating terrible animal cruelty by issuing coursing and deer hunting licences. Please also ask the Minister to amend the Wildlife Act to give protection to Ireland's persecuted fox population. Thank you.

Minister Dick Roche
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1

Tel: +353 (0)1-8882403
Fax: +353 (0)1-8788640

Please also contact your local TDs/Senators and urge them to work for an end to all blood sports.

Write to your TD at:
Dail Eireann, 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 at:

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