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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty withdraws cover to hunting group
11 February 2022

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty has withdrawn from an insurance scheme for those involved in cruel fox hunting, hare coursing, shooting, dog racing and terrierwork in Ireland.

As highlighted by ICABS last month, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty - which is part of the Allianz Group - had been providing insurance to “Country Sports Ireland”. We are happy to learn that AGCS has withdrawn this insurance and that it would “not be inviting renewal of these policies from 31 January 2022”.

“Last year, another company within the Allianz Group [Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty] took the decision to withdraw cover they were providing to an organisation involved in hunt activities in Ireland, which took effect in January 2022,” an Allianz representative told us today, adding “Allianz Ireland has not been involved in insuring anything to do with activities of this kind.”

A new notice on the Country Sports Ireland website now states: “Please note insurance benefits apply to members domiciled in the UK only. We are currently unable to provide any insurance benefits for members domiciled in the Republic of Ireland and have therefore suspended taking membership payments from ROI based members until new insurance arrangements are secured.”

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined our appeal to Allianz.

Allianz Ireland - also part of the Allianz Group - has stressed that it “does not provide insurance to organisations involved in hunt activities in Ireland” and that “as the longest operating pet insurance provider in the Irish market, Allianz Ireland are committed to animal welfare and have longstanding relationships with many welfare groups and vets for almost 20 years.”

We thank Allianz for its positive response and Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty for taking the decision to withdraw cover to those involved in bloodsports in Ireland.

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The AXA insurance company has also been recently thanked for confirming that “AXA Ireland and AXA UK do not provide insurance to fox hunting associations”.

Many hunts around Ireland had been halted up until recently due to difficulties in obtaining insurance, following the withdrawal of Liberty Mutual from the market. However, last week, Minister of State at the Department of Finance Sean Fleming TD (Fianna Fail, Laois-Offaly) said he was “pleased to announce that the insurance issue that affected the hunt clubs, point-to-point races and pony clubs throughout the country has now been satisfactorily resolved.”

Deputy Fleming - who was criticised for his statement in support of hunting - went on to thank Horse Sport Ireland, Horse Racing Ireland, the insurance industry and “the hunt clubs themselves” all of which, he said, “came together to come up with a solution”. It is currently unknown which insurance company is involved.


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