A positive day in Northern Ireland

Yesterday, the League’s Chief Executive, Douglas Batchelor, led a party from the League Against Cruel Sports to the Stormont assembly to give evidence to a committee there on why the manufacture, sale and use of snares should be ended.

Douglas reports back that the mood was upbeat and, whilst it’s clear that we are a long way from a straight victory, Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are clearly open – as MSPs have been in Scotland – to exploring ways in which needless animal suffering in snares can be brought to an end.

We will keep supporters updated of developments. In the meantime, you can watch some of the news coverage here, here and here.

Whilst Douglas and team were in Belfast, other staff were busy in Westminster yesterday. We met with seven MPs, all committed to keeping the Hunting Act on the statute book and doing all they can to ensure we Keep Cruelty History. From that meeting we went to another meeting, this time with government officials, working equally hard to uphold and enforce the Hunting Act, which approaches its fifth birthday later this month.

A productive and promising day, all around.

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    It may be worth adding here that John Fitzgerald, who is campaigning today, has been fighting heroically in his native Ireland for many years. He and his supporters deserve the support of every right-thinking person who has the welfare of hares and other wild animals at heart. His book, ‘Bad Hare Days,’ is reviewed on Amazon at –


    – and I have said that he should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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