Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hunters in denial over cruelty

Published 25/03/2010 | 05:00

Listening to the RTE 'Frontline' debate on hunting (Monday, March 22), I was incredulous to hear one lifelong foxhunter claim that he could, "with hand on heart", say that he didn't believe hunted foxes were frightened by the experience.

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An apologist for stag hunting on the same programme claimed that the deer were well cared for and didn't suffer unduly as a result of this "rural pastime".

I know that the bloodsport fraternity is getting pretty desperate in the face of an upcoming government ban on carted stag hunting, but this claim makes one wonder if hunters are living in a parallel universe.

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