I applaud Belfast City Council for urging a ban on animal hunts
Congratulations to Belfast City Council for voting in favour of a motion urging a ban on hunting mammals with dogs and the equally cruel practice of snaring. It would be a proud step forward if the Executive were to enact such legislation.
It would end the nightmarish so-called sport in which a fox is hounded until exhaustion delivers it to the pack to be eviscerated, not to mention the practice of unearthing foxes that escape underground during a hunt. These animals are dragged to the surface with the aid of spades and terriers. Fox and terrier alike suffer and then the mangled live fox is tossed to the waiting hounds.
Snaring is an abomination, leaving animals struggling for hours or even days to break free, often suffering a lingering death.
In 2011 Northern Ireland banned hare coursing, and the prohibition of other forms of live animal baiting would be consistent with that. In the Republic we have a long way to go, with many blood sports still legal.
We hope Northern Ireland will set yet another shining example to us down here by dispatching cruel sports to where they belong: the dustbin of history.
Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports