RISE! Rural Ireland Says Enough! supports the Ward Union Hunt in their efforts to resist the enactment of the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010, which was approved yesterday by the Government. This is the Bill to give effect to the ban on the Hunt contained in the Renegotiated Programme for Government concluded last year by Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.
RISE! brings together sixteen organisations representing 300,000 enthusiasts of traditional rural sports – hunting, coursing, shooting and angling. The campaign stands four square with the Ward Union Hunt.
The campaign is continuing to mobilise considerable public and political support for its objectives. We welcome the statement by Fine Gael that they oppose the Bill and will – if it is enacted – repeal it if they are in Government. We call on other political parties to give a similar commitment. In particular, we believe that Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators should not allow themselves to be sleepwalked into supporting a Bill that is a first step towards destroying our rural pastimes.