Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Ban these vile blood sports

THERE has been a huge outcry against the killing of a giraffe at Copenhagen zoo and the feeding of its carcass to lions while people looked on.

I share the revulsion. But forgive my cynical reaction when a caller to a radio programme said this wouldn't happen here.

In fact, the Danes – overall – treat animals far better than we do. They don't, for example, allow live hare coursing, where animals are set up as bait to be terrorised by salivating dogs.

There is no justification for hare coursing – apart from the need some people feel to inflict pain and terror on a dumb animal.

We should be brought into line with all the countries, including Denmark, that have banned this cruel and cowardly blood sport.

JOHN FITZGERALD

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

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