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Hunt hounds force traffic to standstill on busy Cork road
06 January 2017

Traffic was forced to a standstill in Cork after a pack of hunting hounds ran out on to a busy road in front of oncoming vehicles. Video footage taken during a St Stephen's Day hunt shows the dogs running back and forth across the 100 kilometre-per-hour stretch of the N20 Cork-Mallow road and narrowly avoiding being hit.

ICABS understands that one dog was subsequently struck and killed and that Gardai attended the scene.

Did you witness this incident? Can you identify the hunt in question? Please get in touch. ICABS will be pushing for the hunt to be prosecuted for what is a clear breach of the Control of Dogs Act.

This is the latest example of hunts coming on to public roads and posing danger to motorists. Along with the appalling animal cruelty involved in hunting, this threat to public safety presents yet another reason for the government to urgently ban this bloodsport.


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Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture to give wild animals the same protection that is given to domestic animals. Tell the Minister that since all animals are capable of suffering, all animals should be protected from cruelty. Demand the removal of an exemption for foxhunting from Ireland's Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
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Contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald and urge them to ban fox hunting.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD

An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
Tweet to: @FitzgeraldFrncs

Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government 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 contact all your local politicians and ask them to push for a ban on this bloodsport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too.

Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses

Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

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