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Disgust at Hector's pro-hunting propaganda
29 January 2013

ICABS has complained to RTE over its "Hector Goes Hunting" programme which presented hunt propaganda as fact and denied anti-hunting campaigners an opportunity to highlight the ugly reality of chasing and killing wildlife with packs of dogs.

If you wish to watch the programme, you can see it online at

There was a complete lack of balance in the 28th January programme which RTE had shockingly billed as revolving around Hector in "the really rather beautiful world of hunting and shooting".

The foxhunters were allowed free rein to put forward their case which Hector accepted completely. When assured by a hunter that "it's highly unlikely that a healthy fox ever gets caught by the hounds", Hector responded by saying "I didn't know that and I don't think the normal people out there know that". He later repeated this claim as a fact saying that "on most days the hunt goes out, they don't [kill a fox]"

The reality is that the aim of hunting is to chase and kill foxes and those caught are torn apart by the pack of hounds. The hunters claim that hounds only attack sick and injured foxes (as if that somehow makes the horrific attack less terrible) but the truth is that hunters target the "healthy foxes" that can be pushed for up to three hours and so provide them with a long chase. When these exhausted foxes can run no more, they are mauled and disembowelled by the hounds.

In the case of beagling (in which the Irish Hare is hunted) similar claims were made on the programme, i.e. that no hares are killed. In one scene, Hector goes along with what the hunters are saying about the hounds merely following the scent and agreeing that "they never catch the hare, do they?". The facts are that, like in foxhunting, hares are indeed caught by the hounds are when they are caught, they are literally torn apart.

Also, what was not mentioned at all during Hector's programme was the use of the so-called terriermen, integral to the hunt, who are on hand to dig down to the fox when it takes refuge by going to ground. The terriers are used to flush out the fox, resulting in horrible injuries to both fox and terrier.

ICABS is disappointed that RTE allowed this biased programme to be broadcast and denied anti-hunting campaigners a voice to counter the claims made by hunters. Instead, viewers were presented with a propaganda-filled version of hunting, far removed from the blood-soaked reality.

Read the "Hector Goes Hunting" ICABS report

A fox running for its life during the "Hector Goes Hunting" programme on RTE.

"The folks I met on this little adventure were ordinary decent men and women and they were open and honest and generous to a fault...If I had the magic power to get rid of this whole [hunting] controversy, get rid of the lot, would I wave my magic wand and do it? No." Hector on "Hector Goes Hunting", RTE, January 28th, 2013.

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