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Irish majority want foxhunt ban: latest opinion poll
20 April 2007

A major opinion poll carried out across the Irish Republic has shown that around two in three people here want foxhunting banned. The Millward Brown survey also found that nearly 70 per cent of the Irish public view foxhunting as cruel. The results confirm that most people in both rural and urban areas want the blood sport outlawed.

A total of 68 per cent of those surveyed expressed their view that foxhunting is cruel with 64 per cent saying they wanted to see foxhunting banned in Ireland. Just 19 per cent thought it should remain legal while 16 per cent replied that they didn't know.

The independent poll, conducted by Millward Brown Ulster on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, took place between 23rd January and 3rd February 2007. It involved 978 face-to-face interviews at 62 randomly selected sampling points throughout the Republic of Ireland. Sampling was quota controlled to ensure that the sample was representative in terms of sex, age, and socio-economic class, and all aspects of the research were conducted in conformance with the Code of Conduct of the Market Research Society.

Responding to the results which were released earlier this month, ICABS Campaign Director, Aideen Yourell stated: "It's no surprise that this latest opinion poll confirms the huge desire for this blood sport to be banned. Routinely trespassing on farmlands, damaging meadows and boundaries, dangerously scattering livestock and, of course, terrorising Ireland's favourite wild mammal, foxhunters have never been more unpopular among the public."

"We are confident that it's only a matter of time before this loathsome activity is banned in the Republic and we are continuing to press politicians to do the right thing and outlaw it sooner rather than later," she added.

ICABS has brought the survey results to the attention of all Irish TDs and Senators and renewed our appeal for blood sports to be finally made illegal.

Fox with bleeding head
A fox dug out of the ground during a hunt. The bleeding wound visible on the fox's head was caused by the bite of a hunt terrier. The majority of Irish people want to see this horrific animal cruelty finally outlawed.

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