‘League condemns cruel stag hunting exposed this week in Co. Down’

Posted on March 8, 2013


Today (8th March), the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) posted an item on their web-site titled ‘League condemns cruel stag hunting exposed this week in Co. Down’.

‘… Following the investigative work of the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA), footage has been  captured of the County Down Hunt, releasing a deer from a trailer to be hunted through the Co. Down countryside near Katesbridge.

The practice of transporting a deer to a location to be hunted is known as ‘carting’, an illegal activity that hunts have long denied goes on in Northern Ireland. However this latest exposure is not the first time hunts have been suspected of this cruelty. In 2011 a trailer registered to the County Down Hunt was seized by police and the USPCA, when it was found to be carrying two live stags, which, it is believed, were about to be released and hunted.

Whilst the act of ‘carting’ a deer to a hunt location is illegal in Northern Ireland, the act of hunting with hounds is not. The League considers the hunting and killing of wild mammals with dogs to be outdated, cruel and unnecessary and is working in Northern Ireland to help secure a ban, to bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK.

The League Against Cruel Sports’ Northern Ireland Senior Public Affairs Officer, Mark McCormick said: “It is absolutely scandalous that in Northern Ireland animals can be hunted by a pack of dogs while over the water they are protected by law from this same cruelty in the name of sport. Hunting with hounds was banned in Scotland over ten years ago and banned in England and Wales in 2004. N. Ireland is lagging far behind the rest of the UK in eradicating this cruelty to animals which we have witnessed this week.

“Acts of cruelty such as dog fighting and badger baiting have long been outlawed here. So what is the difference between setting a pack of dogs on a badger to setting a pack of dogs on a deer? The answer is nothing; the act of cruelty is exactly the same except one is legal and one is not. Action needs to be taken to make cruelty history in Northern Ireland once and for all.”

The League was instrumental in the campaign to ban hunting wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales through the Hunting Act 2004, and campaigns to see Northern Ireland also ban this cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of sport.

On February 18th, the League released a new film to highlight the cruelty associated with hunting to coincide with the eight year anniversary of the historic Hunting Act 2004 England & Wales. The first footage of hunting you see in this film shows what takes place during a stag hunt, demonstrating the severity of the cruelty inflicted upon the stags that fall victim to cruel hunts. You can view this video here – http://vimeo.com/59663521 …’

Read the item, view image, and view video via a link at www.league.org.uk/news/1112/League-condemns-cruel-stag-hunting-exposed-this-week-in-Co–Down

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