Deer hunt licensed for 2005-06 season
21 September 2005
Despite appeals from Ireland and all over the world, the Environment Minister, Dick Roche, has issued another licence to the Ward Union Deer hunt. The licence will allow the hunt to continue chasing domesticated, captive-bred deer across the countryside of Meath and North County Dublin.
ICABS is very disappointed at the Minister's granting of this latest licence. We feel it is entirely inappropriate for him to issue a licence under the Wildlife Act as this piece of legislation deals exclusively with wild animals. The deer chased by the Ward Union can not be described as wild because they are bred and kept in captivity.
Please join us in appealing to Minister Roche to revoke this licence immediately and give a commitment that no further licences will be issued.
Please write to Minister Dick Roche to express your disappointment at the licensing of another year of carted deer hunting. Urge him to give a commitment that this will be the last ever year of carted deer hunting in Ireland.
Minister Dick Roche
Tel: +353 (0)1-8882403
Dear Minister Roche,
I am writing to express my great disappointment at the news that you have granted another licence to the Ward Union Deer Hunt.
As you are aware, a 1997 Department of Agriculture report was damning of this hunt and described many aspects of the hunt as inhumane. It stated:
"The transportation of the stags in the cart is inhumane in its manner and in the design of the cart. The enlargement of the stags is inhumane in that they are ejected suddenly into a strange environment and alone. A stag which has been hunted previously appears, before the hunt starts, to be distressed and aware that he is about to be hunted again. Stags being hunted appear to be terrified of the hounds. A stag is aware when he is being hunted and continues to flee even when the hounds are far behind. Stags are sometimes wounded or injured during hunts by physical incidents or by the hounds. Stags are terrified by people and motor vehicles during the hunt. Stags are apparently distressed and exhausted towards the end of hunts and will hide and lie down at this stage. At the end of the hunt the fact that a man can catch and hold him would seem to be adequate evidence of physical exhaustion by the stag. The handling of the stag when taken at the end of a hunt must be terrifying and stressful to the animal."
Why has the Department of the Environment issued another licence for an activity which has been described as inhumane? Why was the hunt given a licence under the Wildlife Act when the deer used are not wildlife? And why have you ignored senior National Parks and Wildlife Service officials who have advised that the licence application should be rejected.
I implore you to revoke this licence and to give a commitment that no further licence applications will be considered.
The Ward Union licence and its conditions
Licence No. 1/2005
The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, by this licence authorises Oliver Russell, Palmerstown, Oldtown, Co. Dublin, Master/Person in charge of the Ward Union Hunt Club to hunt deer with that pack subject to the conditions specified hereunder. The authority given by this licence extends to all members of the said Ward Union Hunt Club.
The Licensee shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Minister, and the Minister for Agriculture and Food, their successors, employees, agents and assigns against all actions, claims demands and costs in respect of any such losses, injuries, accidents or damage arising from the monitoring operation undertaken in accordance with this licence. A copy of the calendar of hunt with assembly points shall be submitted to the Minister in advance.
Dated this ___ day of ___2005.
Note: This licence does not authorise any person to enter on any land without the permission of the owner or the occupier.
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