Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Foxhunting is "absolutely disgraceful"
20 November 2014
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is renewing its appeal to the government to put in place a ban on foxhunting. The call follows a Dail Eireann speech (Tuesday 18th November) by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in which he acknowledges that Ireland's cruel foxhunting is "absolutely disgraceful".
In foxhunting, foxes are disturbed from their habitats, chased across the countryside and torn apart by a pack of hounds. When the fox is too exhausted to run any further, the pursuing hounds close in and knock the animal off its feet before biting into its body and disembowelling it. Terriers are sent after foxes who try to escape underground - the dogs attack and corner the fox while the clay is dug away from above. Both animals are dragged out and the injured fox is brutally killed.
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is urging Enda Kenny to accept that it is time for this absolutely disgraceful activity to be banned in Ireland. We are also urging him to ban cruel hare coursing. In an email to ICABS in July 2003, Enda Kenny TD stated: "I am opposed to the practice of live hare coursing."
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