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Paolo Nutini "in no way supports fox hunting or any other type of blood sports"
14 February 2013

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has welcomed a statement from popular Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini, in which it is confirmed that he does not support bloodsports. ICABS contacted the star after he was photographed at a hunt ball in Westmeath while in Ireland recording.

The statement, published on Facebook, stresses that Paolo Nutini "in no way supports fox hunting or any other type of animal blood sports" and that he "doesn't endorse the hunting of any animal".

In relation to his presence at the hunt ball, it is stated that that he "was not fully aware of the nature of this party".

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is very happy that Paolo's stance has been clarified and that he stands with the majority of Irish people who are opposed to foxhunting.

After learning that Paolo was photographed at a Westmeath Hunt ball, we sent him information about some of the victims of this hunting group - including a fox that was chased by hounds into the freezing water of a canal - and the gruesome practice of digging out foxes and cutting off their tongues and tails. We also told him about a 2007 investigation into the Westmeath Hunt after a landowner alleged that during a hunt, he saw a rope being tied to the leg of a fox which was then pulled out of the ground and "fed alive to the dogs".

We have thanked Paolo for expressing his anti-hunting position.


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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.

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An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
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Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
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80 St. Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2.
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