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Saturday 23 February 2019

Hunt objectors protest outside Louth Hunt Ball

The AOHS staged a two-hour protest at the entrance to the hotel.They state that 30 protestors attended, while the hunt ball organisers claim that the gardai told them it was just 11. Security was tight at the hotel but Gardai reported a trouble-free event. Those attending the hunt ball had to pass protestors holding banners and posters calling for a ban on foxhu

Members of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs placed a peaceful picket on the Louth Hunt Ball held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on Saturday night last.

The AOHS staged a two-hour protest at the entrance to the hotel.

They state that 30 protestors attended, while the hunt ball organisers claim that the gardai told them it was just 11.

Security was tight at the hotel but Gardai reported a ‘trouble-free event’.

Those attending the hunt ball had to pass protestors holding banners and posters calling for a ban on foxhunting and all forms of hunting with dogs.

Bernie Wright, spokesperson, for the Association of Hunt Saboteurs said: ‘Hunt balls are a major fundraising effort and monies raised at these events help the keep the killing activities of the hunt going.’

Ms Wright went on to say that her organisation will be stepping up its ant-hunt campaign as the 2006/20067 hunting season gets underway.

She called on the Irish government to outlaw hunting and to increase animal protection legislation.

The Louth Hunt Ball is an annual event held to coincide with the annual Dublin Horse Show.

Gavin Duffy, who is a member of the Louth Hunt and also a director of the hunting umbrella body, the Hunting Association of Ireland, said that he was not surprised that the protest was described by the Gardai as a non-event.

‘After all of the media hype we were surprised that there was only 11 people on the protest and thanks to the gardai there was no contact between the protesors and the ball attendees.’

He went on to say that people who farm or hunt know more about animal welfare than anyone else.



‘You have to really love animals to go out at the crack of dawn on a winters’ morning to feed and muck out, or perhaps poultice an abscess on a leg, believe me!’





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