Hunting is Northern Ireland’s shame

On 5th May Northern Ireland will go to the polls to decide which candidates will become the next 90 MLAs for the seventh mandate of Stormont. In the weeks between now and then, candidates will be campaigning to secure votes by telling voters which issues are important to them, and what they are pledging to change should they get elected.

We know that animal welfare is important to the vast majority of the public, and while it’s not going to be right at the top of the priority list for prospective candidates it is important to voters to know where their candidates stand on key welfare issues, such as hunting with dogs.

As part of the League’s election campaign, we’re asking candidates to sign our pledge to support a ban on hunting with dogs. We’ve been delighted to see so many candidates come on board and publicly pledge their support.

Hunting is Northern Ireland’s shame. It is staggering that in this day and age people can legally allow packs of dogs to chase, terrorise and kill wild mammals with dogs. The time to change this is now. We know that 73% of people in Northern Ireland want the Assembly to revisit the issue after two failed attempts in recent years. So we need to make sure candidates know this.

You can see which candidates have pledged to support a ban on hunting here, and if your candidates haven’t taken the pledge, then take action today and ask them to do so. Let’s make these elections count for animals.

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