Hunters must be hobbled
Madam -- I must applaud Fiona O'Connell defending herself so effectively against the ignorance and arrogance of those who promote the killing of defenceless animals as "sport" or "traditional pastimes"! The Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) should be hunted through the courts with charges of cruelty to animals. If a private citizen were found inflicting the same atrocities upon animals as those in the HAI do, he or she would be prosecuted. As Oscar Wilde put it: "The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable." The unspeakable in this context are those who hunt foxes.
Fox hunting is unnecessary, it is not effective and it is cruel. It not only affects the fox that is hunted, but it often leaves young foxes alone in their dens to die of starvation when parent foxes do not return. Foxes do not kill newborn lambs. Foxes only take already dead lambs. Only a few enjoy this blood sport. It would not harm the rural economy if hunting were banned.
It's time for all forms of cruelty to be abolished, it's time for the legislature to get some backbone and it's high time for foxhunters' high horses to be hobbled.