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Environment Minister does NOT support foxhunting
25 April 2007

Environment Minister, Dick Roche, has revealed that he does not support foxhunting. The minister made the statement in an email response to a member of the public.

"Neither you or anybody else will ever find any support from me for fox hunting," the minister stated emphatically.

ICABS has welcomed this revelation but we desperately want the Minister to use his power to bring foxhunting to an end.

"We implore you to amend the Wildlife Act to save foxes from the cruelty of hunting," we urged Minister Roche this week.

Reminding the minister of the cruelty of foxhunting, we outlined how foxes:

  • are chased by packs of hounds
  • suffer internal organ injuries as they're pushed to the limit
  • suffer underground as hunt terriers bite them and drag them back into the open
  • are mercilessly dug out of the ground by hunt terriermen and killed
  • die in the most horrific way by being knocked over by hounds and eviscerated

Photo of Minister Dick Roche alongside photo of four foxes


Contact Minister Roche and urge him to amend the Wildlife Act so that foxes are free to live safe from the cruel barbarity of foxhunting.

Sample Letter
(Please compose your own personal letter if possible. If you do not have time to do this, please send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

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

Dear Minister Roche,

I was pleased to learn that you are one of the majority of Irish people who do not support foxhunting.

In order for this horrendous activity to be banned in our country, we need people in power such as yourself to take action.

Please urgently do everything in your power to spare the foxes the cruelty of foxhunting. With a major opinion poll confirming that most of Ireland wants foxhunting outlawed, now is the ideal time to act.

Thank you. I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,



Please also contact your local TDs/Senators and urge them to put pressure on the government to ban blood sports in Ireland as has been done in the UK.

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.

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For the views of current TDs and Senators and for contact details of political parties, please visit our Politicians Page

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