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ICABS responds to Ruby Walsh's hunting statement
8 April 2010

ICABS has responded to a claim by jockey Ruby Walsh that going hunting is "the best way to learn to ride". Galloping after a pack of dogs as they push a frightened animal across the countryside would undoubtedly be viewed by most as the least desirable way to learn, we stated.

Quoted in the Irish Times of March 15, Mr Walsh went on to speak out against a ban on the Ward Union and to express fear that it could lead to a ban on other blood sports. “This is a bigger issue than stag-hunting and has to be stopped before it gathers momentum,” he said.

He told the Times that he "occasionally rode out with the Ward Union Hunt" and went fox-hunting in Limerick and Wexford.

"Ruby Walsh seems to be blinkered to the cruelty of hunting when he praises deplorable hunting as the the best way to learn to ride," ICABS stated in response. "Galloping after a pack of dogs as they push a frightened, desperate animal across the countryside would undoubtedly be viewed by most as the least desirable way to learn."

We added: "Mr Walsh expresses concern that a ban on blood sports would result in job losses but it's more likely that it would act as a major stimulant for the rural horse scene. Taking cruelty out of the equation and transitioning to drag hunting immediately opens cross-country equestrianism to the compassionate majority who value a clear conscience. Drag hunting is the future for hunting in Ireland."

Read the full Irish Times report:
Leading jockey says proposed ban on stag-hunting 'has to be stopped'


Please contact your local TDs today and encourage them to vote in favour of the upcoming legislation. Tell them that their attitude towards animal issues and their commitment to bringing animal cruelty to an end will be a major factor in your future voting decisions.

Why not also arrange a meeting with your local politicians to discuss your concerns about animal cruelty and encourage them to take action.

Address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

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Dear Deputy

I am writing to urge you to vote in favour of the upcoming legislation which will outlaw the Ward Union deerhunt.

The unacceptable suffering caused to animals by this hunt is clearly presented in a new Irish Council Against Blood Sports leaflet which can be viewed at

I also encourage you to watch the following ICABS videos which explicitly show the cruelty: and

Deputy, I am one of the majority of the electorate who abhor animal cruelty. I want to see the Ward Union banned. Please do the right thing and vote in favour of the legislation.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,



Please send "I support a ban on the Ward Union" to Environment Minister, John Gormley, and An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen - Send email now Ask all your friends, work colleagues, neighbours and family members who are against blood sports to support this action alert. Thank you.

The cruelty of carted deer hunting

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