Victory for Deer in Ireland

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© / PaulTessier

I don’t know much about sports. Ask me the score of the last football match, the name of a top rugby player or the rules of cricket and I won’t have a clue. Still, I know that a sport should be fair. There should always be a chance for the other team to win – otherwise there’s no point. By that definition, stag hunting (or any form of hunting for that matter) is not a sport. It’s torture masquerading as fun.

Fortunately, this barbaric “sport” has at last been made illegal in Ireland. The decision to ban the nation’s last remaining stag hunt, the Ward Union hunt, came shortly after PETA sent a letter to Ireland’s Labour Party letting it know exactly why the callous ritual has no place in modern Irish society.

Born and raised in captivity, the deer used in stag hunts are taken to unfamiliar terrain, where they are relentlessly pursued by hunters. Confused and terrified, they are chased over stone walls, barbed-wire fences, deep trenches and even through lakes and rivers. Their tongues hang out as a result of fatigue, and their eyes bulge with fear. Hunted to the point of complete and utter exhaustion, the animals are eventually cornered, wrestled to the ground and dragged to a cart – only to be used later for yet another senseless hunt.

Although hunters would have you believe that stag hunting is a gentle country pursuit, hunting is always a monstrously cruel practice. PETA applauds the Irish Parliament for realising that animals are not ours to use for “sport” and trusts that this victory will trigger a ban on other abhorrent practices – such as fox hunting and hare coursing – across the republic.


  • KT commented on August 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Excellent news!

  • John Carmody commented on August 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Thanks to all the Irish animal rights groups and the Green Party for making this victory happen. And thanks to everyone else who contacted the Labour Party in Ireland who done a u-turn and decided to lobby against the Ward Union ban legislation, a typical political stunt all for the sake of a few votes.

    Animal Rights Action Network

  • Caddie Hart commented on August 5, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Human beings are pathetic. Thank you to EVERYONE who helped made this happen – im grateful for people like you every single day!

  • Fran commented on August 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Yeah… sport uh
    it’s great but we’r still a long way

  • Victoria Rogers commented on August 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    thats great news but why oh why my counntry feel the need to hurt animals this i will never ever know

  • Lorena commented on August 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    YAY! Thank U Ireland! Now if only the US was smart to do the same. I am ashamed of the laws of the US. As rich and powerful as we are supposed to be, it doest make us any smarter. Here, Ireland banned this “sport”. In South America, there are certain places that have banned the use of animals in circuses. WTF is the US waiting for?

  • Suely M. de Souza Eloy commented on August 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm


  • Jasmine Chen commented on August 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaay. i love deer and right now, all the deer in the world are bouncing for joy!!!!!! thanks PETA.

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