Fox and hare will have their day
The promised ban on stag hunting in the programme for government represents a milestone along the road to abolition of all blood sports in Ireland.
Coupled with the restrictions on the operation of hunt kennels engendered by a section of the upcoming puppy-farm legislation, this move will greatly advance the cause of wildlife protection and prevention of cruelty to animals.
For decades, the majestic stag has had to run for its life from packs of hounds, mounted riders, and scores of hunt followers, racing behind in jeeps and motorbikes.
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