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TV3's Pete the Vet expresses support for bloodsports ban
05 June 2015

Celebrity vet, Pete Wedderburn, has expressed his support for a ban on Ireland's cruel hare coursing and fox hunting. Mr Wedderburn, better known as "Pete the Vet", tweeted: "I would support your calls for a ban. Can see no justification for blood sports."

Pete has previously come out against carted deer hunting and criticised a 2011 pledge by Fine Gael to reverse the ban.

"There are nine words [in the Fine Gael manifesto] which I find a bit upsetting," compassionate Pete said at the time. "Those nine words are 'Fine Gael will reverse the ban on stag hunting'...It's one specific hunt where what they do is regarded across Europe as being something which is inhumane, cruel and belonging to two centuries ago, never mind last century and it should be stopped."

As well as being a practising vet, Pete Wedderburn is also a Telegraph columnist, author and the resident vet on TV3's Ireland AM programme.

A big thanks to Pete for expressing support for a bloodsports ban. Find out more about him at


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Contact the Taoiseach and Tanaiste. Ask them to show compassion for foxes and hares and ban hunting and coursing.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
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Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
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Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to replace foxhunting with the humane alternative - drag hunting.

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.

Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to express their opposition to this blood sport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too.

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