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Opening on August 8th: The Fox and the Child
01 August 2008

The wait is nearly over! Opening next Friday, August 8th, The Fox and the Child is the latest offering from Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet ("March of the Penguins"). Narrated by five-time Academy Award-nominated actress, Kate Winslet, this highly anticipated family drama follows the friendship between a 10-year-old girl and a wild red fox and is described as a cross between a fable and a nature film.

The kind-hearted youngster, played by French actress Bertille NoŽl-Bruneau, becomes the fox's 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.Ē

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 even more friends for the red fox, one of Ireland's most loved, but also most persecuted, species.

Distributed by Pathe International, the film opens on Friday, 8th of August 2008.

A scene from The Fox and the Child

A scene from The Fox and the Child

A scene from The Fox and the Child

Scenes from The Fox and the Child, a spellbinding new movie starring Bertille NoŽl-Bruneau and narrated by Kate Winslet.

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If you love foxes, please help Ireland's 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.

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

Minister Brendan Smith
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Email: minister@agriculture.gov.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Dear Minister Smith,

I am one of the majority of Irish people who want foxhunting banned. Please ensure that the Animal Health and Welfare Bill prohibits the chasing of foxes with packs of hounds and the associated foxhunting cruelty of terrierwork, digging out and earthstopping. Foxhunting is an abhorrent assault on our wildlife heritage and a complete ban is long overdue. Thank you. I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

ACTION ALERT 3

Call on Environment Minister, John Gormley, to amend the Wildlife Act to give foxes the protection they desperately need.

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

Minister John Gormley
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Custom House, Dublin 1.
Email: minister@environ.ie
Tel: 01 888 2403.
Fax: 01 878 8640.

Dear Minister Gormley,

I am writing to appeal to you to amend the Wildlife Act so that foxes are protected from the terrible cruelty of foxhunting. Foxhunting is one of Ireland's worst blood sports; it is totally unacceptable that our wildlife legislation is failing to save foxes from the horrific injuries and deaths they suffer during hunts.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

ACTION ALERT 4

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 5

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]

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