Birds and wildlife habitats

Dear Editor,

I notice a Government website lauds the signing into law by Minister Jimmy Deenihan of an EU Directive that aims to protect certain birds and wildlife habitats.

The new law will also, according to the press release, address the problem posed by invasive species that threaten to destroy the habitats of native flora and fauna.

While any initiative to enhance protection of our wildlife heritage must be welcomed, I cannot but be struck by the fact that this is same minister who has authorised the commencement (on October 1st ) of another season of enclosed live hare coursing.

It seems the humble hare must continue to serve as a political football, a plaything as much of vote-conscious politicians in certain rural districts as of the hyped-up dogs unleashed to chase and terrorize this iconic for so-called ‘sport’.

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