Protesters take aim at 'trophy hunting' trips to the Kingdom

Kerry is being turned into a “trophy hunting destination” as two European companies now offer holiday packages to hunt stag and goats in ...

Kerry is being turned into a “trophy hunting destination” as two European companies now offer holiday packages to hunt stag and goats in the Kingdom.

A Danish and Scottish company are now selling holiday packages to European hunters. Scotsport UK is offering three- and five-day packages providing visitors with “exciting hunting on sika stag and wild goat in beautiful County Kerry in south west Ireland”.

It states on the company’s website that “hunters will usually get a good opportunity to shoot an average two to three sika stags during three to five days’ hunting”, at a cost of €850 for three days of hunting.

Ted Cronin, founder of the Kerry-based Party for Animal Welfare, is now organising a series of protests over the hunting parties travelling into Ireland, having established where they begin their hunts in Kenmare.

“It is making Ireland into a trophy hunting destination. You see it in Africa and America, now it is happening down in Kerry with stag and deer. These companies have only cropped up recently and unfortunately people are coming. It’s barbaric,” he said.

Scotsport UK, as well as Danish firm Diana Hunting, both publish photographs of hunters posing with guns and dead deer and goats on their websites. In one photograph on Scotsport’s website, a hunter is depicted holding the antlers of a dead deer.

According to the Danish company’s website, a seven-day hunting stay in Kerry costs €2,595. It offers “two stalking sessions” per day for hunting stag and wild goat. It describes the experience, saying: “As a hunter you will experience incredibly beautiful countryside with rugged mountains and huge forests in Co Kerry, in the south western corner of the world’s most hospitable country.”

It is not illegal to hunt stag and deer in Kerry once the relevant licences are obtained. Mr Cronin, who plans to register the Party for Animal Welfare as a political party, said he and others are determined to deter hunters from travelling from overseas to hunt in Kerry.

“Unfortunately, it is getting more popular. Because of lockdown, it has reduced a bit. This is not what we want Kerry on the map for. The photos on their websites are horrific,” he said.

Mr Cronin is planning a series of protests when the next hunting party arrives to Co Kerry.

“The plan is to protest. We will walk out with them and prevent them from hunting, to put them off. It will be a peaceful protest. We do not need these people in Kerry. It brings a bad reputation to Kerry. This county is known for its beautiful mountains and lakes. It’s a peaceful county. Trophy hunting causes damage to our tourism.”

Sunday Independent

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