Meath TD slammed for defending animal cruelty
19 September 2007
Fine Gael TD, Shane McEntee, has been criticised by ICABS for defending animal cruelty. Deputy McEntee has claimed that "hunting has a long and honourable tradition in County Meath" and is asking for a licence to be granted to the Ward Union hunt.
In a statement headed "Hands off Hunting", the Navan TD maintained that the controversial deer hunt "has built up an excellent relationship with farmers and the wider community across the county."
"I am calling on the Environment Minister, John Gormley to grant a licence to the Ward Union Hunt to hunt live stags," he said. "Any doubts about the future of the Ward Union Hunt should be removed. Meath would be a poorer place if the Ward Union Hunt was not allowed to hunt across its fields."
ICABS has strongly rejected Shane McEntee's pro-hunting claims and we have issued the following response.
It's hardly "honourable" to hound tame, defenceless deer around the countryside, leaving them exhausted and at high risk of injury, and even death. Department of Agriculture reports (obtained by this organisation under FOI) have revealed numerous disturbing incidents, including a deer hanging by its front leg on barbed wire, a deer which died of fractured ribs, a deer which died of a ruptured aortic aneurism brought on by the huge stress of the chase, a deer "accidentally" choked on capture, a deer, having run 8 miles in 90 minutes, with a lather of white foam around its muzzle, a deer which drowned in a quarry and a deer which dropped dead after desperately trying to escape over an 8ft wall.
ACTION ALERT 1
Please contact Minister John Gormley and ask him to refuse a carted deer hunting licence.
Minister John Gormley
Dear Minister Gormley,
I support the call by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports for you to refuse a licence to the Ward Union carted deer hunt.
The Green Party promised to ban blood sports when in government. I hope that you will take this opportunity to make history for Irish animals by refusing to licence these blood sports groups.
Thank you very much, Minister. I look forward to your positive response.
ACTION ALERT 2
Please contact your local TD and Senator and ask them to make an appeal to Minister Gormley on your behalf.
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ACTION ALERT 3
If you are one of Shane McEntee's County Meath constituents, make him aware of your views on the Ward Union. If you are a landowner, homeowner, motorist or parent who has in any way been negatively affected by the Ward Union, please point this out in your correspondence. Ask Deputy McEntee to stop defending the Ward Union hunt.
Shane McEntee, TD