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Hunters’ protest ‘will not change anything’

Last update - Thursday, April 8, 2010, 13:02 By Metro Éireann

One hopes that the cleaning staff of Waterford City Council used extra-strong agents to wipe the stench of animal abusers from the city’s quayside following last weekend’s pro-hunting march.

It was a sad day for Waterford when Ireland’s animal abuse community came to town. Of course they have the right to protest, but in more progressive countries that have outlawed hunting with hounds, they would have been classified as lawbreakers.
The hunters’ protest will not change anything. The march towards banning blood sports will continue.
The Green Party are to be welcomed in bringing forward progressive animal welfare legislation which will see the regulation of commercial puppy farming in Ireland, the banning of deer hunting with hounds, and the introduction of an Animal Health and Welfare Bill.
Perhaps this good work can be summed up in a quote from the film Taxi Driver: “Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”

John Tierney
Association of Hunt Saboteurs

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