National Parks and Wildlife Service asked to remove hunting links
6 August 2010
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has been asked by ICABS to remove links to hunting licence forms from the homepage of its website http://www.npws.ie/en/ The links are to application forms for "Hunting Fauna in State-Owned Foreshore" and "Capture/Kill Protected Wild Animals for Educational or Scientific Purposes".
In our correspondence to the body, we commented that the links act as an advertisement for hunting and killing and possibly as an encouragement to apply.
"Given that the NPWS's primary role is to conserve wildlife and to engender in the public a respect for fauna, we believe it is inappropriate for links relating to the hunting, capturing and killing of animals to be on permanent, prominent display on the front page of your site," we stated.
|The hunting-related links on the NPWS website. ICABS is asking for them to be removed from prominent display on its homepage.|
Ask the NPWS to stop prominently presenting links to hunting forms on its homepage
National Parks & Wildlife Service
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The NPWS's primary role is to conserve wildlife and to engender in the public a respect for fauna. On this basis, I believe it is inappropriate for links relating to the hunting, capturing and killing of animals to be on permanent, prominent display on the front page of your site. I urge you to relocate these links and replace them with links to literature about how people can help conserve our country's wildlife.