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Jack Charlton and cruel mink hunting
09 June 2015

Jack Charlton is in the news this month, having received a standing ovation before the Ireland-England match at Lansdowne Road. A former footballer and manager, Charlton is famous for his involvement in sport. What's lesser known is his shameful past involvement in the cruel bloodsport of mink hunting.

This video, narrated by Charlton, shows him participating in a mink hunt in England at which a mink desperately climbs a tree in an attempt to escape the pack of hounds.

The sickening footage shows Charlton smiling up at the cornered mink who is moments from death. Hunters can be heard laughing as the mink runs along the branches.

"There's no escape now for it," Charlton says. "It will either be shaken down from the tree and killed by the hounds or a gun will be borrowed from a farm and it'll be shot."

As he looks on, a member of the hunt climbs the tree and shakes the animal out of the branches. It falls into the water and is torn apart by the hounds.

Jack Charlton's participation in mink hunting is also exposed in the book "Outfoxed" by Mike Huskisson. A photo shows "hunting fanatic" Charlton at a 1982 hunt helping a terrierman dig for a mink. You can read the book at

Mink hunting is now illegal in the UK but continues in Ireland. Find out more about the cruelty of mink hunting and our campaign to get it banned.


Appeal to the Minister for Arts & Heritage to ban mink hunting. Tell the Minister that it's cruel to the mink and also causes disturbance to the protected otters who inhabit the same stretches of river.

Minister Heather Humphreys
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 631 3800

Urge the Agriculture Minister (responsible for animal welfare and the Protection of Animals Act), to intervene to ban mink hunting.

Minister for Agriculture
Dept of Agriculture
Kildare Street
Dublin, Ireland

Tel: 00353 (0)1 607 2000
LoCall 1890 200510
Fax: 00353 (0)1 661 1013

Ask your local TD(s) and Senator(s) to put pressure on the government to replace mink hunting with drag hunting. For contact details, visit our Politicians Page

Video: Mink Hunting

Outfoxed by Mike Huskisson

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