Written answers

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Animal Welfare

9:00 pm

Tony Gregory (Dublin Central, Independent)
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Question 584: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, further to Parliamentary Question No. 205 of 23 March 2005, if there is an independent verification available to the Department to support the figures given in his reply that 20 or more hunting groups kill in total two to three hares in a month. [13053/06]

Photo of Dick RocheDick Roche (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The figures cited in reply to Question No. 205 of 23 March 2005 are based on information provided by the Irish Masters of Beagles Association on foot of a requirement of their annual licence. As no prior capture of hares from their natural habitat is involved in beagling, this activity has not raised significant conservation concerns. My Department has no evidence upon which to doubt the accuracy of the figures supplied.

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