A Bill introduced on 16 November into the Northern Ireland Assembly to extend the UK ban on foxhunting to Northern Ireland has been attacked by Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI). The Bill, introduced by Green Party in Northern Ireland MLA Brian Wilson, would effectively prohibit all hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland.

Lyall Plant, CAI chief executive, said: ?Mr Wilson?s statement that ?hunting is not morally acceptable in a civilised society? clearly demonstrates his ignorance of the true role of hunting in wildlife management and animal welfare. Hunting with dogs can be regarded as ?natural? for both hound and quarry, and crucially does not involve the possibility of wounding.

?To deprive wildlife of the natural and most humane method of control is itself morally indefensible. Mr Wilson has moved the focus from the act of hunting to a blatant example of political prejudice that does nothing for the welfare or conservation of the species it claims to ?protect?.?

The rest of this article appears in 1st December issue of Shooting Times.

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