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Hunting mag highlights carnage in Irish countryside

An article in a hardcore British hunting magazine has revealed the carnage being caused in the Irish countryside. The account of lamping, terrierwork and ferreting exposes the suffering being inflicted on wildlife and the desperate need for our inadequate animal welfare legislation to be expanded to protect foxes from bloodsports.

The Ireland-based hunter behind the Earth Dog Running Dog article recounts a terrierwork session which ended in a fox being caught and killed as it ran for its life.

"One morning that springs to mind is when out with the terriers we came across a small earth that was situated along a ditch," he writes. "Blue [a lurcher] was showing interest around it and we also noticed fresh fox droppings only five yards or so away from one of the entrances. So without wasting any time, my terrier was entered and could be heard sounding just seconds after entering. Blue was going mad with excitement, bouncing from one hole to the other, listening to the sounds underneath. I was standing on top of the ditch so I had a view of both sides if anything was to bolt...and that's what happened."

"The fox bolted and ran along the side of the ditch but Blue was hot on his tail and nailed a fine dog fox," he adds. "I was fairly happy going home that evening as both my dogs worked well as a team..."

In relation to lamping, the article outlines that in addition to being used to catch hundreds of rabbits, the lurcher was also brought out to cruelly catch foxes - "In his second season on the lamp, I introduced him to mister fox. He showed great interest in them putting in some fine strikes after a long twisting chase. I only took ten foxes with him on the lamp that season...As soon as September comes around, we will be out with the terriers, ferrets and out on the lamp as much as possible. He will get plenty of opportunities to shine...he is not a world beater of a dog but he suits me and gives me good sport and I'm pretty sure that's all the matters."

Other creatures persecuted were those living on local bog land - "every time I come here during the hunting season, I always let the lurcher run loose as it is good sport watching him hunt up and get a chase and maybe a kill for himself."

The report ends by noting that "this article is from Ireland - the Hunting Act outlaws much of this activity in the UK" - a reminder of the shameful refusal by the Irish Government to protect our wildlife from this vile abuse.


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Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
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Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
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Dear Minister,

I support the Irish Council Against Blood Sports' call on you to urgently outlaw both digging out and terrierwork. These horrendous acts of cruelty are carried out by sadistic individuals and also by merciless foxhunting groups (when terrified foxes try to find refuge underground). There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for this shameful animal abuse and it must be stopped.

Please make it an offence NOW to dig out any animal or send terriers below ground to catch and attack animals under any circumstances. I also call on you to outlaw the use of packs of hounds to harass, attack, injure and/or kill any animal.

Thank you, Minister. I look forward to your positive response.

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