The "Nauseating Nonsense" of foxhunters
4th December 2003
The following Letter to the Editor from ICABS spokesperson Aideen Yourell, appears in the Westmeath Examiner, dated 6th December 2003.
Accounting for the 'quarry'
If I had a Euro for every time an apologist for the Westmeath Foxhunters stated that they "hardly ever" kill a fox, I'd be a rich woman by now. This myth of the "harmless" foxhunters is constantly perpetuated to lull the public and even their own followers into a false sense of security about the real nature of their barbaric activities.
It seems that those who engage in and support animal cruelty can't handle the truth, and constantly turn a blind eye to the cruel reality of what the core aim of foxhunting is all about - killing foxes. No doubt, the response to this letter from those defenders of fox hunting will list all the benefits of foxhunting - cross country chasing, good "clean" fun out in the countryside, camaradarie, listening to the "music" of hounds and all the rest of the nauseating nonsense those of us who campaign against animal cruelty have to listen to year in and year out from these cowardly bullies who derive pleasure from terrorising and killing wild animals.
The fact of the matter is that foxhunting is about hounding down and killing foxes, and a day that a fox is not killed during a hunt is considered a "blank" or unsuccessful day for the hunt, but this was not the case recently for the Westmeath Foxhunters, as reported in the 'Hunt Diary' of the Farmers' Journal where it was stated that at a hunt which started in Bunbrosna and following a sharp 20 minutes towards Johnstown, "hounds accounted for their quarry above ground." If anybody has the stomach for it and wants to see a fox being "accounted for above ground", i.e. being torn apart by a pack of hounds, such a scene can be viewed in the Video Section of our website.
Take Action: Write a Letter to the Editor
Help highlight the cruelty of foxhunting. Please write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to expose the activities of those in your county who take pleasure in chasing and tearing wild animals apart.
Please also write to your local TDs and ask them to take political action to rid Ireland of foxhunting and all its cruelty. To find out the name of your local TDs, visit our Politicians page.
For more information about foxhunting, please visit our Ban Fox Hunting website at www.banbloodsports.com/foxhunting.