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Stag forced to swim across Boyne to escape hunters
01 January 2009

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A stag being pursued by the Ward Union hunt was forced to swim across the River Boyne in a desperate bid to escape, the Irish Times has reported. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is renewing its call on Environment Minister John Gormley (Green Party) to withdraw the 5½ month licence he issued to this cruel hunt and to refuse future licences.

According to the Times report, the stag went into the river near Navan during a hunt last Tuesday (December 30th). The chase involved "50 huntsmen and huntswomen on horseback, in addition to some Ward Union staff...and a pack of hounds".

You can read the full Irish Times report, and see a photograph of the stag, by clicking on the link below:
Stag escapes from Meath hunters by swimming river

See also: Revealed: The deerhunting licence granted by Minister John Gormley


Express your disappointment to Minister Gormley at his decision to issue yet another licence to the Ward Union. Restate your opposition to cruel carted deer hunting and urge him to stop licensing this, and other, blood sports.

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

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

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

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