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It's time for Ireland to ban horrific fox baiting

Even in the midst of the worst winter storm in three decades, there is no respite for Ireland's persecuted wildlife. Foxes struggling to survive the harsh conditions - desperately seeking food, water and shelter - are also having to contend with merciless bloodsport enthusiasts. Sickening video footage has emerged this week showing youngsters in County Waterford engaging in cruel fox baiting. Fox baiting involves bringing terriers to a fox earth and sending them underground to corner and attack the fox. The earth is then dug away from above and the fox is pulled out. It is carried out by individuals and 'terriermen' attached to registered foxhunts. Usually, the terrified and injured fox is attacked and killed when dragged back out into the open but in this instance, the animal is thrown away and runs for her life. In a comment posted on Facebook, the hunter says: "No point killing your own sport". This footage was apparently filmed in County Waterford and uploaded this week to a hunting page. An accompanying photo shows the smiling hunters holding up the bloodied fox and terrier, along with the comments: "Good day out. Game little bitch", "She'l make a good one, 5th dig. Next year's bitch" and "Now ya said it. Plenty comeing threw for next year is well". The handle of a shovel can also be seen in the image. It is to Ireland's shame that this appalling treatment of our wildlife remains legal. In January, responding to a Dail Question from Clare Daly TD, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan condemned the digging out of foxes as "deplorable". She went on to incorrectly refer to fox baiting and digging out as "illegal activities", saying the National Parks and Wildlife Service "investigate reports of breaches of legislation, including illegal snaring or digging out of badgers and foxes". Sadly, the reality is that, unlike badger baiting, fox baiting remains legal under current legislation. In March 2013, 108 TDs (including current Taoiseach/Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney) shamefully rejected a proposed amendment to the Animal Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw digging-out, terrierwork, foxhunting and other acts of cruelty to animals. Scroll down to find out which TDs supported and rejected the amendment put forward by Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan and Clare Daly. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is bringing this latest horrendous footage to the attention of Minister Madigan, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed (who has responsibility for animal welfare) and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and DEMANDING A LONG OVERDUE BAN ON THIS BARBARITY. ACTION ALERT Please join us in contacting Ministers Madigan and Creed and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and urging them to outlaw fox baiting, digging out and terrierwork. Josepha Madigan TD Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Tel: +353 (0)1 631 3800 Email: Leave a comment on Facebook: Tweet to: @josephamadigan Michael Creed TD Minister for Agriculture Department of Agriculture Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Email: Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510. Leave a comment on Facebook: Tweet to: @creedcnw An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Department of the Taoiseach, Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2 Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020 Email:, Tweet to: @campaignforLeo Leave a comment on Facebook: A proposed amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw fox hunting, terrierwork, digging out, ferreting, badger culling and the use of animals in circus performances was defeated in Dail Eireann in March 2013. The 13 TDs who voted in support of the amendment: Boyd Barrett, Richard. Broughan, Thomas P. Collins, Joan. Daly, Clare. Donnelly, Stephen S. Grealish, Noel. Higgins, Joe. McGrath, Finian. Murphy, Catherine. Nulty, Patrick. O'Sullivan, Maureen. Shortall, Róisín. Wallace, Mick. The 108 TDs who shamefully voted against the amendment. Bannon, James. Barry, Tom. Breen, Pat. Bruton, Richard. Burton, Joan. Butler, Ray. Buttimer, Jerry. Byrne, Catherine. Byrne, Eric. Calleary, Dara. Carey, Joe. Colreavy, Michael. Conaghan, Michael. Conlan, Seán. Connaughton, Paul J. Coonan, Noel. Costello, Joe. Coveney, Simon. Creighton, Lucinda. Crowe, Seán. Daly, Jim. Deenihan, Jimmy. Deering, Pat. Doherty, Pearse. Doherty, Regina. Donohoe, Paschal. Dowds, Robert. Doyle, Andrew. Durkan, Bernard J. Ellis, Dessie. Farrell, Alan. Feighan, Frank. Ferris, Anne. Ferris, Martin. Fitzgerald, Frances. Fitzpatrick, Peter. Flanagan, Terence. Griffin, Brendan. Harrington, Noel. Harris, Simon. Hayes, Tom. Healy, Seamus. Healy-Rae, Michael. Heydon, Martin. Hogan, Phil. Howlin, Brendan. Humphreys, Heather. Humphreys, Kevin. Kehoe, Paul. Kelly, Alan. Kenny, Enda. Kenny, Seán. Kitt, Michael P. Kyne, Seán. Lawlor, Anthony. Lowry, Michael. Lynch, Ciarán. Lynch, Kathleen. Lyons, John. Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig. Maloney, Eamonn. McConalogue, Charlie. McDonald, Mary Lou. McGinley, Dinny. McGrath, Mattie. McGrath, Michael. McGuinness, John. McLellan, Sandra. McLoughlin, Tony. McNamara, Michael. Mitchell, Olivia. Mitchell O'Connor, Mary. Mulherin, Michelle. Murphy, Dara. Nash, Gerald. Neville, Dan. Nolan, Derek. Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín. Ó Cuív, Éamon. Ó Fearghaíl, Seán. Ó Ríordáin, Aodhán. Ó Snodaigh, Aengus. O'Brien, Jonathan. O'Donnell, Kieran. O'Donovan, Patrick. O'Dowd, Fergus. O'Mahony, John. O'Reilly, Joe. O'Sullivan, Jan. Perry, John. Phelan, Ann. Phelan, John Paul. Pringle, Thomas. Rabbitte, Pat. Reilly, James. Ring, Michael. Ryan, Brendan. Spring, Arthur. Stagg, Emmet. Stanley, Brian. Stanton, David. Timmins, Billy. Twomey, Liam. Varadkar, Leo. Wall, Jack. Walsh, Brian. White, Alex.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports
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