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Coming soon to cinemas: The Fox and the Child
20 February 2008

Described as a cross between a fable and a nature film, The Fox and the Child is the latest offering from Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet ("March of the Penguins"). This highly anticipated family drama follows the friendship between a 10-year-old girl and a wild red fox and the obstacles they have to overcome along the way.

The kind-hearted youngster, played by French actress Bertille Nol-Bruneau, becomes the fox's protective guardian as he faces continuous danger from hunters and animals.

Says director, Luc Jacquet: "This film is a fable that reflects the relationship man has with animals and nature. It is our hope to reveal the wonder of nature that surrounds us every day.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is very much looking forward to seeing The Fox and The Child . It will no doubt help to win many more friends for the red fox, one of Ireland's most persecuted species.

Distributed by Pathe International, the film is expected to reach Irish cinemas this Summer.

A scene from The Fox and the Child
A scene from The Fox and the Child, a spellbinding new movie from Pathe this Spring.

View the trailer

You can also view the trailer at www.pathe.co.uk (Click on "Coming Soon" and choose The Fox and The Child)

Download some cool desktop wallpaper images at: http://www.entertainmentwallpaper.com/movie/fox_the_child_the/index.html

Please help foxes by responding to our action alerts below.

ACTION ALERT 1

Please make a special appeal to Trevor Sargent TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture where new animal welfare legislation is currently being drafted. ICABS welcomed a statement from Minister Sargent last year in which he assured us that the new legislation will "ensure that the welfare of animals is properly protected". Please appeal to him to prioritise fox protection in the new act.

Trevor Sargent TD
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture
Email: tsargent@greenparty.ie
Tel: 01-6183465 (Dail)
Fax: 01-8900361

Dear Minister Sargent,

As one of the two thirds majority of Irish people who want foxhunting banned, I appeal to you to please ensure that foxes are afforded full protection from hunting groups in the new animal welfare legislation being drafted. Please do everything in your power to finally bring foxhunting to an end and protect foxes from this horrendous abuse.

Thank you. I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

ACTION ALERT 2

Urge the Minister for Agriculture to protect foxes and all wild creatures from unnecessary cruelty.

Minister Mary Coughlan
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
Email: mary.coughlan@oireachtas.ie

Dear Minister Coughlan,

I appeal to your sense of compassion to urgently intervene to save foxes from the barbarism of foxhunting. This blood sport is an abhorrent assault on our wildlife heritage and a complete ban is long overdue. Please ensure that Ireland's new animal welfare legislation includes protection for foxes.

Thank you. I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

ACTION ALERT 3

Please urgently appeal to your local politicians

Please join us in telling all of Ireland's TDs that it is now time to replace foxhunting with the humane alternative - drag hunting.

Drag hunting sees the hounds chasing an artificial lure instead of a live animal. This form of "hunting" is already practised successfully by a few groups in Ireland. In a modern and civilised country like Ireland, there should be no place for foxhunting, particularly when a transition to drag hunting would be simple.

Please stand up for the foxes so cruelly abused by hunting groups - write to all of your local politicians and ask them to act to secure a ban on foxhunting. If possible, get your friends, family and workmates to contact them too. We need as much help with this campaign as possible.

Write to your TD at:
Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Write to your Senator at:
Seanad Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 732 623.

For the names and contact details of politicians, please visit the Irish Government Website.

ACTION ALERT 4

Contact Ireland's forestry board, Coillte, and demand an end to foxhunting on its property.

Sample Letter (If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Mr. David Gunning
Chief Executive Officer
Coillte, The Irish Forestry Board
Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow

Email: pr@coillte.ie
Tel: 01-201 1111
Fax: 01-201 1199

Dear Mr Gunning,

As an Irish citizen, and thereby a shareholder in Coillte, I am writing to demand an end to foxhunting on Coillte property.

I understand that Coillte currently issues permits to a number of foxhunts to carry out blood sport activities in forests. Considering the appalling cruelty of foxhunting and the fact that a majority of Irish people want it outlawed, the time has come for Coillte to do the decent thing and make all of its property off limits to foxhunting groups.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

Video: The cruelty of foxhunting
(Duration: 06:27 minutes)

Video: Drag Hunting - The humane alternative

Photos: Fox hunting cruelty

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More information about blood sports

Foxhunting: Leaflet | Photos | Videos | Petition
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