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Stop offering foxhunting internship

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A job to kill for: Department of Social Protection shamefully continuing to list JobBridge internship for the position of 'First Whipper In' with a Waterford foxhunt.

Given the appalling and barbaric cruelty involved in foxhunting, it is entirely unacceptable that the Department of Social Protection is facilitating and subsidising a foxhunt to the tune of €52.50 per week.

Many citizens will be astounded and appalled that their hard earned tax euros are going to fund this horrific animal cruelty, which involves hounding a fox for hours across countryside. If the fox is caught overground, it is torn apart by the pack, and if it does manage to go to earth, terriermen will dig it out, using terriers to fight the fox underground, resulting in horrific injuries to both dog and fox.

It is outrageous that the Department of Social Protection is subsidising animal cruelty. We call on the acting Minister for Social Welfare, Joan Burton, to intervene to have Waterford Foxhounds excluded from the JobBridge scheme. By approving the Waterford Foxhounds for the scheme, Social Protection are in effect condoning and promoting the barbaric bloodsport of foxhunting, and encouraging an unemployed person to become immersed in animal cruelty.

According to the description on the JobBridge website: "The intern will gain practical experience in all aspects of venery, hound management, horse management, country preservation and preparation and veterinary care. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following hound management, whipping in, etiquette. On completion the intern will have attained skills in whipping in and will be positioned well to take up a position in hunt service as a whipper in and continue their training to take up the role of a professional huntsman...Skills Requirements: Appititude [sic] to learn, a passion for hounds and strong horseman skills."


Tell Minister Leo Varadkar and the Department of Social Protection to immediately exclude animal cruelty groups from its JobBridge scheme.

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