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Taoiseach’s remarks on Joan Burton protests lead to renewed call for ban on fox hunting

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Labour leader Joan Burton,TD ,Tanaiste  and  Minister for Social Protection

Labour leader Joan Burton,TD ,Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection

Labour leader Joan Burton,TD ,Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is facing renewed calls to ban fox hunting – after he made an analogy about the blood sport in the Dail yesterday.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has renewed its appeal for ban in light of the speech.

Mr Kenny told the Dail that protesters ‘descended’ on the Tanaiste’s car ‘like hounds after a fox’ -  and the actions were ‘absolutely disgraceful’.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports said it is now urging Enda Kenny to accept that it is time for a ban in Ireland.

The group says: "In foxhunting, foxes are disturbed from their habitats, chased across the countryside and torn apart by a pack of hounds.

"When the fox is too exhausted to run any further, the pursuing hounds close in and knock the animal off its feet before biting into its body and disembowelling it.

"Terriers are sent after foxes who try to escape underground - the dogs attack and corner the fox while the clay is dug away from above. Both animals are dragged out and the injured fox is brutally killed."

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