If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

Hunts killing off our precious heritage

IN this Christian and supposedly civilised country there will be widespread cruelty inflicted on wild animals over the Christmas holiday season.

This reaches a peak on St Stephen’s day, which is a traditional time for hunts meets and hare coursing events.

On this day, there will be an increased countrywide organised assault on our already hard-pressed wildlife by a minority of the population.

No Christmas respite is given to wildlife by bloodsports followers who ruthlessly violate them by their obscene actions. In a sense, bloodsports are a pursuit that allows human beings a holiday from being human.

The actions of the Irish hare coursing community have been well documented. Many hares will end their lives for the Christmas entertainment of people who are strangers to compassion and respect for life. The fox hunting community use the St Stephen’s day meets as a major public relations exercise. The public is shown the Christmas card image of fox hunting; red-coated riders throwing back glasses of hot port surrounded by packs of big lovable hounds who demand affection.

What is kept hidden is the sole reason for this gathering, that is to hunt down, terrorise and kill one of nature’s most harmless animals — the fox.

Fox hunting with packs of hounds is organised pre-mediated animal cruelty. There is no justification for it; be it on moral, economic or cultural grounds.

It is now time for our legislators to act to outlaw bloodsports. Our wildlife is part of our precious heritage. We keep it in trust for future generations.

John Tierney
Association of Hunt Saboteurs
Dublin 1

More in this Section

Readers' Blog: Forget rugby, it’s time to fund other, ‘smaller’ sports

Readers' Blog: What if growth was no longer needed?

Readers Blog: Halloween: When evil dresses itself up as fun

Readers Blog: Would the Taoiseach wear an Easter lily?


Breaking Stories

Al Porter has resigned from Today FM

Latest: Missing 15-year-old boy found safe and well

Gerry Adams is world's second longest serving party leader after Robert Mugabe

Gerry Adams says he understands how IRA victims feel

Lifestyle

A towering achievement: Exploring Irish castles and beautiful buildings

Books that belong on the gardener's bookshelf

The domestic flash of Francis Brennan

John Wilson touring with music made with Rory Gallagher in Taste

More From The Irish Examiner