Blood Sport declaration fails in European Parliament
A Written Declaration to the EU Parliament in support of blood sports, issued by Avril Doyle and three other MEPs last October, has fallen far short of gaining majority support in the European Parliament.
Only 40 out of a total of 600 MEPs signed this declaration calling for recognition of, and the rights of citizens to engage in, what was euphemistically termed "country sports" and "traditional rural pursuits".
ICABS is disappointed that Avril Doyle deemed it fit to call for support and recognition from the EU Parliament for such barbaric and outdated activities as live hare coursing, stag hunting and foxhunting. We are also saddened that she was joined in this call by two other female MEPs, Noora Kauppi (Finland) and Danielle Ducarme (France). Also sponsoring this declaration was Roger Helmer from the U.K.
Only one other Irish MEP - Niall Andrews - signed in support of the declaration. Following a plea from ICABS, Mr Andrews (pictured above right) has advised us that he will now be withdrawing his name from the list.
Wording of declaration issued to European Parliament
for entry in the register
pursuant to Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure
by the following Members: Helmer, Kauppi, Ducarme and Doyle
on country sports
The European Parliament
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