Stop publicising blood sports: appeal to Limerick websites
21 March 2007
Two Limerick-based websites have been asked to stop publicising blood sports in the county. Please join us in trying to convince the companies that suggesting animal cruelty as a tourist activity is inappropriate.
ICABS was disappointed to see that the visitlimerick.com and ballyhouracountry.com websites include information about blood sports.
Among the objectionable content on visitlimerick.com are names, addresses and contact phone numbers for hunts as well as an accommodation listing which offers to "provide information and arrange hire of horses, booking with local hunts".
The ballyhouracountry.com website, meanwhile, offers details about a coursing club as well as information about local hunting. "Fox hunting has a great tradition throughout Ballyhoura Country with the local population having a good knowledge and understanding of the sport," it states.
In a letter to the companies behind the websites, ICABS appealed for information about blood sports to be excluded.
"Hunting is no longer promoted or publicised by Shannon Development, Failte Ireland, East Coast and Midlands Tourism, etc due to the animal cruelty involved. We hope that you will follow their good example," we stated.
Please join us in appealing to visitlimerick.com and ballyhouracountry.com to stop publicising blood sports. If you are aware of any other websites in Limerick or around Ireland which include information about hunting or coursing, please send us the details today. Thank you.
To whom it concerns:
I am writing to appeal to you to please remove references to hunting and/or coursing from your website.
These activities are responsible for cruelty to Irish wildlife and are opposed by a majority of citizens. I think it is inappropriate to publicise such blood sports on your website or to present them as possible activities for tourists.
County Limerick has so many positive experiences to offer tourists from around Ireland and from abroad. I hope that any activity involving animal cruelty can be excluded from your site.
Thank you very much. I eagerly await your reply.