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The Bill that will ban carted deer hunting
20 April 2010

Environment Minister, John Gormley, has today published the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 which will "ban the practice of stag hunting with a pack of hounds". The publication of the bill marks a historic day in the campaign against blood sports in Ireland. Please contact your local TDs now and encourage them to vote in favour of the Bill.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010


Please send "I support a ban on the Ward Union" to Environment Minister, John Gormley, and An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen - Send email now Ask all your friends, work colleagues, neighbours and family members who are against blood sports to support this action alert. Thank you.


Please contact your local TDs today and encourage them to vote in favour of the upcoming legislation. Tell them that their attitude towards animal issues and their commitment to bringing animal cruelty to an end will be a major factor in your voting decision.

Why not also arrange a meeting with your local politicians to discuss your concerns about animal cruelty and encourage them to take action.

Address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Find out the names of your TDs and their email addresses

Dear Deputy

I am writing to urge you to vote in favour of the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 which will outlaw the Ward Union deerhunt.

The unacceptable suffering caused to animals by this hunt is clearly presented in a new Irish Council Against Blood Sports leaflet which can be viewed at

I also encourage you to watch the following ICABS videos which explicitly show the cruelty: and

Deputy, I am one of the majority of the electorate who abhor animal cruelty. I want to see the Ward Union banned. Please do the right thing and vote in favour of the legislation.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,


Statement from Minister Gormley / Department of the Environment

Gormley Publishes Bill to Ban Deer Hunting with Dogs


Mr. John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government today (20 April) published the Bill to prohibit deer hunting with packs of dogs.

The renewed Programme for Government included a commitment to bring forward legislation to ban the practice of deer hunting with packs of dogs.    The Minister said, "I am pleased that I am in a position to implement another commitment in the renewed Programme for Government, in this instance to ban the practice of deer hunting with packs of hounds.   The Government has decided that this particular hunting practice should cease for animal welfare and public safety reasons."     The Minister added that a large proportion of the Irish public considers that this activity is no longer acceptable anymore.

The Minister said that the purpose of the Bill was to ban the practice of deer hunting with hounds and to increase the maximum fines for wildlife related offences.    "I want to emphasise, despite much comment to the contrary, that this legislation will have no implications for other country pursuits such as fox-hunting, hare-hunting, hare coursing or deer stalking."

The Minister proposes to present the Bill to the Dáil shortly with the intention that it will be enacted before the summer recess. 

“I look forward to an informed, structured debate in the Dail and Seanad on this Bill.  I also look forward to the opportunity to dispel many of the inaccuracies and incorrect claims that have been made in recent weeks about  this legislation,” ended Minister Gormley.


Section 4 provides for increased penalties for offences under the Wildlife Acts. Maximum fines are being increased such that on summary conviction the maximum fine is increased to €1,000 from £500 for a first offence, to €2,000 from £1,000 for a second offence and to €5,000 from £1,500 for a third or subsequent offence. The maximum fine for conviction on indictment is increased to €100,000 from £50,000. These fines were last increased in 2000. There are no changes in maximum times of imprisonment terms.

These are;
A first offence €1,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
A second offence €2,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.
A third or subsequent offence €5,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.
On indictment €100,000 and/or imprisonment  for a term not exceeding 2 years.

The Cruelty of Carted Deer Hunting

The cruelty of carted deer hunting

A selection of images showing the cruelty of carted deer hunting.
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Videos: Carted deer hunting cruelty

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