POLL: Should hunting with dogs be banned?

POLL: Should hunting with dogs be banned?

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An animal welfare charity has called for with dogs to be banned in .

The is calling on politicians to create new legislation that would ban hunting with dogs, with the Alliance Party planning to table a private members bill in the New Year.

It comes just weeks after shocking footage emerged of a being chased by a pack of dogs in Co Down.

Janice Watt, senior public affairs officer for the League Against Cruel Sports in Northern Ireland, said:“We look forward to the public and political parties across the spectrum supporting the move by the Alliance Party to ban the cruel blood sport of hunting with dogs.

“We live in hope that 2020 is the last year that the brutal activity of hunting with dogs remains legal in this country and we look forward to this blood sport being consigned to the history books.”

Alliance Party MLA John Blair will be announcing plans to table a private members bill in the New Year which will outlaw hunts from pursuing and tearing apart , hares and deer and will also prevent individuals setting terriers on wildlife.

An overwhelming majority of the public in Northern Ireland want hunting with dogs to be made illegal, according to polling commissioned by the League in October 2019.*

It showed 84% of people want the blood sport made illegal compared to only 8% who wanted it to remain legal with 8% who did not know.

Northern Ireland is now the only country within the UK that has not introduced a complete ban on fox, stag, and hunting – hunting with dogs was banned through the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act in 2002 and in England and Wales in 2005 under the Hunting Act.

Janice Watt, added: “We are hopeful that Northern Ireland will develop legislation that is stronger than that which exists in England, Scotland and Wales and which omits the loopholes and exemptions being exploited by hunts there, to carry on chasing and killing animals.

“Northern Ireland has the chance to develop the most effective legislation found anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and which ends cruel blood sports in Northern Ireland once and for all.”

This article was first published by Belfast Live on 26 December 2020. 


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Dona LaSchiava
Dona LaSchiava

AMEN george mira! It’s the damn 21st century! ALL non-subsistence hunting must be banned as well as any activity that betrays “Fair Chase” hunting ethics! The abysmal failure of today’s hunting community to eradicate the EVIL psychopaths heinously torturing our planet’s wildlife today is an abomination and must be remedied! “FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.” HUNTER ETHICS: “Fundamental to all hunting… Read more »

george mira

ALL nonsubsistence hunting must be banned, and lethal instruments separating user/hunter from intimate witnessing of the death they impose, also banned.
Then and only then can the psychopaths among us, who require permanent sequestration, be identified, and those not, taught that other life , EACH other life, has EQUAL validity and rights as their own.
Please also post an article on the fishing with explosives so popular in the southwest tropical Pacific.

Alec Swan
Alec Swan

Words, meaningless words from those who have no understanding of the balance which exists between hunter and hunted.
I’m not a murderer and if those who oppose what I do could look at and in to my world where I protect and conserve – and that our environment, or that around me and how the inhabitants, benefit from my input.

Peter Brennan
Peter Brennan

I also protect and conserve through my hunting. Mind if I come hunting you? I’m protecting and conserving the wildlife you would otherwise kill.

J Prowse
J Prowse

That’s a bs argument I hear from all of you fun killers. Leave wildlife alone. Scientists have studied this for years and killing is upsetting the eco-balance. There is plenty of literature to support this. Understanding psychology I will say this to you those who kill, enjoy it. First animals because they are vulnerable and can’t fight back. It’s a red flag in the DSM and one of the criteria for all serious psychiatric disorders.

Your name
Your name

Bunch of snowflakes. Smh.

juliette prowse
juliette prowse

If that’s what you call someone who has compassion for sentient beings count me in. You might do some introspection to find out why you enjoy killing.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

ALL hunting should be banned but this is especially disgusting