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Hounds run riot on Kilkenny farm…Landowner records dramatic hunt incursion!

John Fitzgerald
Kilkenny, Ireland

Jan 12, 2018 — Farmer Norman Daniels of Tullaroan County Kilkenny has suffered numerous incursions from hunts over the years. Hunts cause extensive to farm property nationwide and many landowners consider them a nuisance, and in some instances a grave threat, that they can ill afford

But this time (the incident happened over Christmas), Norman Daniels had a camcorder ready to record the type of hunt havoc landowners have to contend with on a weekly basis every season in Ireland.

His recording has just been uploaded to the facebook page of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) and can be seen by pressing on the link:

In an attached explanatory note ICABS states:

“…This latest video footage from County Kilkenny shows a pack of hounds clearly out of control in a farmyard. The farmer - who has long been plagued by local hunts - attempts to keep the hounds at bay by closing a gate but the dogs find a way through a hedge and stream on to the property.

“…As they scatter in all directions, he has an impossible task to get them all out. The hounds can be seen running across land, approaching cattle in an enclosure and defecating on the property, adding to concerns about the spread of disease.

“…This incident took place over the course of an hour. The hunters in charge of the dogs - seen earlier in the video walking past the farm - made no attempt whatsoever to retrieve their dogs during this time, even though they were in the vicinity. We understand that this clear breach of the Control of Dogs Act (which states that dogs must be kept under "effectual control") is being investigated by the Kilkenny Gardai.

“…This all demonstrates yet another good reason for hunting with hounds to be banned in Ireland. As well as the cruelty suffered by the foxes terrorised and killed by the dogs and the stress, incovnenience and loss experienced by landowners, hounds running across public roads are at risk of being hit by vehicles or causing accidents as motorists try to avoid them…”

This latest footage showing out of control hounds causing problems on farm property comes less than a fortnight after a pack of hunt hounds chased a foxing into a housing estate in Macroom, County Cork, killing the terrified animal in full view of shocked residents. And in the same week that British PM confirmed that a vote on bringing back foxhunting in the UK will not now be going ahead.

The video footage strengthens the case for a ban on fox hunting in Ireland.

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