Hunt clubs to protest
Hundreds of field sports supporters are expected to attend an emergency meeting of the Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) in Cork this week to protest against proposed regulation of hunting kennels.
Delegations from hunt clubs nationwide will convene at the Eire Og Pavilion in Ovens, Co Cork, at 8pm to demonstrate against hunt kennels being included in the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Bill 2009.
The bill aims to regulate dog breeding establishments, with a particular emphasis on outlawing so-called 'puppy farms' where large numbers of dogs are bred in substandard conditions for large profits.
The HAI has accused the minister of doing a U-turn and reneging on his promise to make hunt clubs exempt from the regulation.
"Minister Gormley is trying to hang hunting," said a HAI spokesman.
A spokesman for the Department of the Environment said the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Bill 2009 had not yet been finalised but was due to go before the Oireachtais in the autumn.