Ganly Walters asked to remove foxhunting from property listings
29 January 2014
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on real estate company Ganly Walters to stop including references to foxhunting in its property listings.
The company, which previously assured ICABS in 2004 and 2007 that hunting would be kept out of listings, has been contacted this week in relation to a number of property descriptions.
One property is described as being "within easy reach of the Louth Foxhounds, The Meath Foxhounds and the Ward Union Hunt" while another states "for those keen on hunting there are a choice of local packs within easy reach". Those considering buying a 1.8 million Euro estate in Cork are told that "there are a choice of local packs including the Muskerry Foxhounds, the Carberry and Duhallow Foxhounds."
"Given the horrific cruelty to animals involved in hunting, we implore you to show compassion and stop using the proximity of hunts as a selling point for properties," ICABS stated in an email to Managing Director Robert Ganly. "As highlighted previously, foxes suffer a terrible fate in foxhunting. They are chased to exhaustion by a pack of hounds and torn apart. There is no escape either for foxes that try to find refuge underground in a drain or earth. Terriers are sent after them to corner and attack before hunters use shovels to dig them out and kill them."
The company has also been told that the presence of hunting in listings is likely to prove off-putting to many potential clients.
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Ganly Walters re-establishes anti-hunt policy
15 February 2007
The Managing Director of international property consultants, Ganly Walters, has told ICABS that the company has re-established its policy of keeping foxhunt references out of marketing material.
Paul McDowell was responding to a letter from ICABS in which we queried the company's current policy on the issue. This was prompted by the appearance of hunt references in a number of property listings on the Ganly Walters website.
Mr McDowell explained that "the company has grown in recent years with new personnel who may not have been aware of our policy" and added that "this policy has now been re-established."
The company originally announced its anti-hunt policy following an ICABS appeal in 2004. Quoted in the Sunday Times at the time, a company agent said: "The anti-blood sports people highlighted the issue for us and so we decided to have a rethink on it. Whether we like it or not, the anti-foxhunting lobby has grown stronger and we came to the conclusion that many more people would be offended today by references to foxhunting. It seemed to make sense to rectify the situation."
ICABS is delighted that Ganly Walters has assured us that this policy remains in place and we look forward to seeing all hunt references being removed from their website.