USPCA Statement - Hunting Bill Debate Outcome

Following debate in the Assembly this afternoon [Monday 6th of December], the proposed Bill to ban hunting wild mammals with dogs, fell - rejected by 45 MLAs. 

USPCA Chief Executive, Brendan Mullan, said,

“We are very disappointed with the outcome of the debate on the Hunting Bill in the Assembly this afternoon. This result is contrary to the views of the public as outlined in the consultation response and in previous public opinion polls. Hunting wild mammals with dogs is sadistic and cruel and has no place in an advanced and compassionate society. We are staggered that half of our political representatives do not hold this view and encourage members of the public to reflect on whether their views have been appropriately represented on this issue.”