Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Parliamentary Question No. 134
To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if his Department's monitoring report found that the physiological stress of hunting led to the death of one deer in the 2001/02 season of the Ward Union Hunt; when and the location this occurred; and the details of all the circumstances involved in the death of this deer.
For written answer on Wednesday, 4th December, 2002.
The Minister for Agriculture and Food: (Joe Walsh)
My Department's monitoring of the welfare of deer hunted by the Ward Union Hunt Club is carried out on a spot check basis, at the request of the Minister for Environment and Local Government for the purpose of checking compliance with the self-regulating 'Hunting Code of Practice' as drawn up by that Department.
One of the findings in the report for the 2001/02 season is that a veterinary post mortem examination found that a re-captured deer died due to a ruptured aneurism.
Aneurism is a dilation of a blood vessel following weakening of its walls. The result is a pulsating sac, which is liable to rupture at any time although it may remain intact and be discovered only after death. The condition is not detectable prior to hunting. Aneurism may result from a congenital weakness of the blood vessel or from disease of its lining cells etc. When an aneurism is present there is potential for it to rupture either spontaneously or during or after exercise.