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To whom it concerns,

I read about the complaints to RTE over its "Hector Goes Hunting" program ( which presented hunt propaganda as fact and denied anti-hunting campaigners an opportunity to highlight the ugly reality of chasing and killing wildlife with packs of dogs.

There was a complete lack of balance in the 28th January program which RTE had shockingly billed as revolving around Hector in "the really rather beautiful world of hunting and shooting". 

The foxhunters were allowed free rein to put forward their case which Hector accepted completely. When assured by a hunter that "it's highly unlikely that a healthy fox ever gets caught by the hounds", Hector responded by saying "I didn't know that and I don't think the normal people out there know that". He later repeated this claim as a fact saying that "on most days the hunt goes out, they don't [kill a fox]" 

The reality is that the aim of hunting is to chase and kill foxes and those caught are torn apart by the pack of hounds. The hunters claim that hounds only attack sick and injured foxes (as if that somehow makes the horrific attack less terrible) but the truth is that hunters target the "healthy foxes" that can be pushed for up to three hours and so provide them with a long chase. When these exhausted foxes can run no more, they are mauled and disembowelled by the hounds. 

In the case of beagling (in which the Irish Hare is hunted) similar claims were made on the program, i.e. that no hares are killed. In one scene, Hector goes along with what the hunters are saying about the hounds merely following the scent and agreeing that "they never catch the hare, do they?". The facts are that, like in foxhunting, hares are indeed caught by the hounds are when they are caught, they are literally torn apart. 

Also, what was not mentioned at all during Hector's program was the use of the so-called terriermen, integral to the hunt, who are on hand to dig down to the fox when it takes refuge by going to ground. The terriers are used to flush out the fox, resulting in horrible injuries to both fox and terrier. 

I'm very disappointed that RTE allowed this biased program to be broadcast and denied anti-hunting campaigners a voice to counter the claims made by hunters. 
Instead, viewers were presented with a propaganda-filled version of hunting, far removed from the blood-soaked reality.


5 years ago

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5 years ago

all done Patrizia


animal photos

5 years ago

I've signed a part,the others I will sign later,thanks Patrizia.
Greed,greed,greed is what the rich people need.It's frightening.

5 years ago

Okey doke almost done just a few more to go through

5 years ago

June, I love your picture. I signed so many of these, I am not sure how many I signed. I sent emails about the fox hunting show that the moron did for RTE. What an idiot. The picture of the elephants that were poisoned is heartbreaking. That baby elephant trying to get his mother to respond to him. She can not because she is dead. That makes me want to cry for that baby and all of those elephants. I do not think that the baby survived. How could he? DAMN.

5 years ago

I found an article about the baby elephant. It is located here: He is called Joe and is fighting for his life. He is being cared for at the Lok Kawi Zoo since Jan 26. Here is a picture of him: Joe

5 years ago

All done.Very nice and cute photo June.
Thank you very much Jackie for sharing for the article of the baby elephant who lives.

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