Archive for November, 2009

Six foot Irish Hare on the loose in Belfast…

League campaigners were out in force in Northern Ireland today to highlight tomorrow’s reinstatement of the temporary protection order for the Irish Hare.

Pictured outside Queens University, Belfast, is the League’s Northern Ireland Campaigner. Mary Friel, with the six foot hare.

Please visit the Northern Ireland pages of our website to find out why we want the Irish Hare to have permanent protection status, and email the NI Environment Minister, Edwin Poots MLA.

And if you’re interested in our work in Northern Ireland, you might want to consider joining our support groups at Queens University Belfast, and in the northern town of Coleraine. Email Mary Friel for further information.

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Temporary ban on coursing Irish hare reinstated

A temporary ban on coursing the Irish hare will be reintroduced in Northern Ireland tomorrow. The Special Protection Order prevents the killing, taking, sale or purchase of the Irish hare, but only at certain times of the year.

We have welcomed the reinstatement but warned that it fails to go far enough to adequately protect the Irish hare. The species has suffered significant decline over the last 30 years. This is attributed to, in part, by illegal hare coursing and poaching.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) currently has the opportunity to upgrade the protection status of the Irish hare from temporary to full permanent protection under the review of the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985. By granting permanent protection the animal would have full protection of the law to prevent it from being killed or taken from its natural environment. The League believes permanent protection, a more robust piece of legislation which brings higher penalties, would act as a stronger deterrent to individuals who may think of committing this wildlife crime.

Northern Ireland campaigner, Mary Friel said: “The League is deeply concerned that the current ban on coursing the Irish hare is only applicable at certain times of the year. We would urge the Department of the Environment to show its commitment to preventing wildlife crime by adopting long term, sustainable legislation to fully protect the Irish hare from cruelty in the name of ‘sport’.

League supporters joined by Harriet the Hare, will be staging a demonstration outside Queens University, Belfast on Monday 30 December to raise awareness of the cruelty of hare coursing.

Hare coursing would become legal in England and Wales again if the Hunting Act was repealed. Join our campaign to Keep Cruelty History.

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Don’t mess with Tia!

In yet another story of the havoc and distress caused by hunts, the Dorset Echo reported last week on how a hunt in their area has been accused of sinking to a new low after a man wearing a hunting outfit allegedly insulted a young girl by sticking his middle finger up at her, after she asked them to get their hounds out of her front garden.

The full story is here.

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Image of the Day – 16

When hunting hounds rampage through a farm, this is the damage they can cause. Repeal the Hunting Act, and this becomes even more common than it already is, causing not only horrific suffering for the livestock involved, but distress for the farmer too. Support our campaign to protect the Hunting Act: Keep Cruelty History.

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Quote of the year

Some things really make us chuckle down here at League HQ, but nothing more than the various apologists for Otis who, at various times, attempt to make one’s heart bleed for the bloodsports fanatic.

His father – ageing rocker Bryan Ferry – provides us with what must be our Quote of the Year in an interview for The Times. Speaking of his son Otis, he says:

“The poor lad just wants to live the traditional country life.”

They must be inhabiting some parallel universe where cruelty to animals can be justified on the basis of tradition. Bonkers!

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Image of the Day – 15

Not exactly the idyllic countryside scene most people would want to see on a Sunday. Please help us to Keep Cruelty History.

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Image of the Day – 14

As our Board of Trustees meets in London today for its bi-monthly meeting, an horrific reminder of why we do what we do: to prevent a return to this sadistic cruelty. Keep Cruelty History.

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