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Actress Mary McEvoy: "I don't believe in hunting or shooting"
03 October 2014

Irish actress Mary McEvoy has spoken up for Irish animals, declaring that nature is important to her, she is not in favour of hunting or shooting and that she hates farmed animals being referred to as "units".

Speaking on RTE's John Murray radio show on Friday 3rd October, the former Glenroe star said she would never be seen with a [pro-bloodsports] RISE sticker on the back of her vehicle. "I don't believe in hunting, shooting, all that kind of stuff," she stated.

"I feel we miss the point if we ignore nature," she told listeners. "I believe in living in balance with nature and learning and working with it rather than dominating it. Modern farming methods are about domination rather than working with the soil. I feel the attitude we have to animals that give us food is so disrespectful."

Mary, who was a Department of Agriculture employee before breaking into acting, went on say that: "I hate the idea that we call our farm animals 'units'. They are living creatures and they die so we can live and I think we should take that a heck of a lot more seriously than we do. I'll probably end my days as a vegetarian."

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Simon Coveney, TD
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Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

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Department of the Taoiseach,
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Office of the Tanaiste
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Drag hunting sees the hounds chasing an artificial lure instead of a live animal. This form of "hunting" is already practised successfully by a few groups in Ireland. In a modern and civilised country like Ireland, there should be no place for foxhunting, particularly when a transition to drag hunting would be simple.

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