Horrific attack on pet dog by hunt hounds
22 January 2013
Demand an end to hunters in Coillte forests
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A pet dog is fighting for its life after being attacked by a pack of foxhunting hounds. The sickening incident occurred while the dog was being brought for a walk in a Coillte forest in Carlow. ICABS has urged both the Gardai and Coillte to investigate and take action against those responsible.
Interviewed on CKLR Radio, the dog's owner described how the hunt hounds pulled the small terrier off its lead and proceeded to maul and tear it apart. The attack took place last Sunday 20th January at Bahana Woods, a public Coillte forest near St Mullins in Co Carlow.
CKLR reported that the hounds were from the Carlow Farmer Hunt and that a representative of the hunt "confirmed that the incident happened".
The dog's owner condemned foxhunting and questioned how anyone could consider it a sport.
ICABS is urging the Gardai to take action. We pointed to the Control of Dogs Act which makes it clear that dogs must be kept "under effectual control".
The time has come for Coillte to put in place a blanket ban on all hunters entering its property.
Please urgently contact Coillte and demand that they stop selling licences to hunters and making profits from the killing of defenceless animals and birds.
The Irish Forestry Board
Tel: +353 (0)1 201 11 11
Contact all your local TDs now and urge them to support a ban on foxhunting.
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Appeal to the Minister for Agriculture
Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for foxhunting from the new Animal Welfare Bill.
Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and ask them to back a ban on blood sports.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street,
An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen's Green,
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400
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