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Renewed call for ban on hunting with hounds
05 February 2013

ICABS President, Maureen O'Sullivan TD, has renewed a call on the Minister for Agriculture to put in place a ban on hunting with packs of hounds. The appeal follows an horrific attack on a pet dog by a pack of hunting hounds in a Coillte forest.

In her Dail question to Minister Simon Coveney, Deputy O'Sullivan referred to the attack at Bahana Woods in Carlow and stated that there is "clear and present danger posed by hunting dogs to domestic animals, livestock and pets". Read Maureen's Dail Question below and the reply in which Minister Coveney tries to differentiate between attacks on pets and equally horrendous attacks on wildlife.

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

Question 171 - Answered on 30th January, 2013

Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent):

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in view of the recent attack on, and mauling of, a family pet by hounds of a County Carlow based hunt and in view of the clear and present danger posed by hunting dogs to domestic animals, livestock, pets and so on, if he will ban all hunting of wild animals with packs of dogs in the countryside.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael):

I understand that this matter is currently being investigated by An Garda Siochana under the Control of Dogs Act 1986.

In regard to the hunting of animals generally, this is a separate and distinct matter from the present case. The Animal Health and Welfare Bill makes provision for lawful hunting unless a animal is released in a injured, mutilated or exhausted condition.

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Read our report - When Hunts Attack Pets


Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture

Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for foxhunting from the new Animal Welfare Bill.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

The time has come for Coillte to put in place a blanket ban on all hunters entering its property.

Sign Our Petition Now

Please urgently contact Coillte and demand that they stop selling licences to hunters and making profits from the killing of defenceless animals and birds.

David Gunning
CEO, Coillte
The Irish Forestry Board
Co Wicklow

Tel: +353 (0)1 201 11 11

Contact all your local TDs now and urge them to support a ban on hunting with hounds.

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Find out the names of your TDs and their email addresses.

If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and ask them to back a ban on blood sports.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400

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