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Terence Flanagan, TD joins calls for end to deer hunt
23 October 2007

ICABS has thanked Fine Gael TD, Terence Flanagan, for becoming the latest politician to appeal for an end to the Ward Union carted deer hunt. "I support the Irish Council Against Blood Sports' call for the Ward Union hunt to be refused a licence," the Dublin North-East TD said in a letter to Minister John Gormley.

ICABS is very grateful for Deputy Flanagan's support. We are continuing to urge even more public representatives to demand an end to this cruel activity.

About Terence Flanagan, TD: Terence Flanagan, TD was elected to the 30th Dáil on May 24, 2007. He was appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Environment, with Special Responsibility for Housing in October 2007. As well as being a member of Young Fine Gael, Terence was a campaign worker for Dublin North-Central Fine Gael TD Richard Bruton for many years.He was a member of Dublin City Council, representing the people of the Artane Electoral Area, having been elected in 2004 on his first attempt, securing 2,594 votes.

Please respond urgently to our Action Alert below and ask your local TD to join the call for an end to carted deer hunting in Ireland. Send them a link to our 30 second video which exposes what happens during a typical Ward Union outing - Thank you.

Photos: carted deer hunting cruelty

Ward Union "deer handlers" wrestle the deer head-first into the ground at the end of a hunt. Animals are at great risk during this merciless move and at least one has been choked to death. Please help us to stop the Ward Union hunt by responding to our action alert below.

One of the Ward Union hunt's "deer handlers" prevents an exhausted and injured deer from escaping by grabbing hold of its mouth and ear. Another handler attempts to hide the head injury by holding his hand over it. This photo was taken at the end of a Ward Union hunt in County Meath.

Ward Union hunt members push the injured and panting deer back towards the deer cart at the end of a hunt.

Videos: Carted deer hunting cruelty

Ban the Ward Union Deer Hunt
Duration: 00:30
Carted deer hunting
Duration: 04:51


Please contact Environment Minister, John Gormley, and appeal to him to stop carted deer hunt cruelty by firmly refusing a licence to the Ward Union.

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 John Gormley
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Custom House, Dublin 1.

Tel: 01 888 2403.
Fax: 01 878 8640.

Dear Minister Gormley,

I wish to register my support for a total ban on the Ward Union carted deer hunt.

This hunt has been condemned not only by animal welfare groups but also by farmers, landowners, motorists, parents, householders and even hunters. Refusing the Ward Union a licence will be welcomed by a huge cross-section of people in Ireland and around the world. We all eagerly await your decision to ban this cruel blood sport.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,



Please contact your local TD and Senator and ask them to make an appeal to Minister Gormley on your behalf.

For the names of your TDs, please click on your county on the Irish Government website

Contact your TD at:
Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337889 (1890 DEPUTY).

For a list of Senators, please visit the Irish Government website

Contact your Senator at:
Seanad Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 732 623 (1890 SEANAD).

More information about carted deer hunting

Carted deer hunting: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition

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