Fox hunting, animal rights and vaccine inequalities

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Animals have never had rights: it’s official

OUR problem dates back to the rise of the animal rights movement in the 1970s. This absurdly titled movement spawned the criminal and environmentally disastrous activities of an army of urban sociopaths, cranks and thought policemen, which reached its peak and then fortunately declined during the first decade of this century.

But the damage they have caused is a lasting legacy that is not limited to the environment, but also the establishment of a mindset of collective ignorance among the urban population.

Based on the absurdly anthropomorphic claim that animals have rights here in Ireland, these guys have opposed rearing mink for their fur and released hundreds of them. One of these predators swam to an offshore island and killed two hundred breeding seabirds (the entire colony) in one night. They are now out of control.

In a protest against alleged animal cruelty, these narks once dropped hundreds of bedbugs on a road to injure foxhounds ahead of a fox hunt in County Antrim.

And another protest against the hare race was attended by two men who had previously been convicted of sectarian murder. And the false notion that animals have rights led to the emergence of the Cats Protection League and a significant increase in the number of cat homes.

This has led to a cataclysmic decline in our local wild birds over the past thirty years, and there is now no safe place for ground-nesting species to raise their chicks. Eighty percent of them have disappeared and are threatened with extinction.

And since the decline of hunting and dog fighting, dogs have lost their value. They are not properly controlled and are now a serious health and safety problem. And every year, somewhere in Britain or Ireland, at least one child is mutilated to death by the family’s canine pet. And the real problem behind this Stormont bill is not the cruelty endured by the prey being pursued by the dog, and certainly not motivated by public health and safety concerns, environmental control, or the safety of children. . But it’s nothing more than a condescending and judgmental rebuke that the dog owner enjoys the experience.

Don’t they really know that since life crawled out of the sea and colonized the land in the Devonian 400 million years ago, not a single herbivore has had a happy death?

Jack Duffin, Belfast

Oscar Wilde had plenty of money when it came to hunting foxes

THESE politicians who voted against the fox hunting bill must surely know that while they are sleeping off their Christmas indulgence, the preparations to hunt and kill the animals in the most vile way possible begin.

Fox hunting, deer hunting and all the other horrors that are inflicted on vulnerable and utterly defenseless animals remain a stain on any landscape, but the two big parties here have given the green light to keep it going. . Hunting is not a “sporting” day, it is a deadly chase game in which the fox or any other unfortunate creature that the hunters decide to chase is chased until exhaustion, before being mutilated. dead or shredded to shreds.

The perpetuated myth that dogs are trained to kill with a single bite on the back of the neck is just that.

Numerous post-mortem examinations carried out on foxes show that the animal died from a deep trauma inflicted by multiple dog bites, other such investigations show that many animals are eviscerated during the day ” athletic “.

Those involved in this totally unethical endeavor defend their continuation with outdated and defunct arguments such as, the slain fox is the most unfortunate aspect of our dawn, killing foxes is vermin control, the fox escapes to live another day, hunting kills old weak and crippled foxes.

To hunt foxes with dogs is to kill. In cases where the fox should escape underground, hunters will send burrows to flush it out, in other cases they will deploy their personnel to pre-hunt and block any means of escape; why are we often treated at the obscene sight of a hunter holding a dismembered fox as a trophy, if they regard his death as an unfortunate consequence of their day of fun?

The pest control argument was dismissed by a Westminster inquiry into hunting with dogs. Perhaps on this subject, those who persist with this argument could explain why they too breed foxes, and attract foxes by building artificial land?

Their reasoning for killing old and weak foxes might sound touching, but it’s as fabricated as all the other offerings. A hunting dog will pick up any scent while hunting, it will not distinguish between old, sick or young and healthy.

Unlike those who hunt these animals to death for some incomprehensible kind of gratuity, a fox of any age will only hunt to eat.

When Oscar Wilde described those attending these disgusting gatherings as “the unspeakable” it was about the money. I wonder what word he would use to describe those who gave them carte blanche to continue?

Nuala Perry, Belfast 13

Vaccine inequality must end

As we come to the end of another difficult year, the goal at home this Christmas is to provide people with a booster vaccine to protect themselves against Covid, and in particular the new strain Omicron.

As richer countries step up their Covid-19 vaccine booster programs, people in the world’s poorest countries are still hardly protected.

The most recent figures from the WHO show that 66% of people in high-income countries have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, compared to only 9% in low-income countries. The African Center for Disease Control says that in many countries on the continent, including where Trócaire works, vaccination rates hover around 1%. This inequity is a shocking injustice.

The emergence of the Omicron variant of the Covid virus has highlighted how very limited access to vaccines in low-income countries means more mutations will inevitably appear. Vaccine inequality is the root of global health and economic crises. UK, Ireland and other European states must support an intellectual property waiver on Covid vaccines at the World Trade Organization.

The exemption would temporarily lift patents and copyrights on Covid-19 treatments and vaccines that would dramatically increase their production. It is the long-term sustainable solution to this global crisis. We will need vaccines and treatments for several years to come and to respond to new variants as they emerge. Pharmaceutical companies currently have too much power and control over where Covid-19 vaccines are produced and at what cost. The profit made by vaccine manufacturers is astronomical. Do we care more about profit than about human lives? The impact of vaccine inequity is striking. Tens of thousands of people still die every week. Billions of people still do not have access to a life-saving vaccine. New variations are likely to undermine immunization programs and put us all at risk.

As we look forward to 2022, we must remember that no one is safe until all of us are. The science is clear: The fairest and most effective way to end this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to Covid-19 vaccines.

Yours faithfully,

Siobhan Hanley,

Trocaire, Belfast

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