Tuesday, 4 April 2006
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
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]
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.