Northern Irish Hunting Laws

What Is The Current Legislation On Fox Hunting In Northern Ireland 

Unfortunately, fox hunting along with hare and deer hunting in Northern Ireland remains completely legal, being the only part of the UK where this is the case.

Many people are completely unaware of this fact, with an Ipsos MORI survey undertaken in 2016 finding that 61% of people in Northern Ireland believed it was already illegal to hunt an animal using a dog; full findings of the research can be found here.

There have been several attempts to pass a bill to put similar restrictions on hunts alike to Welsh and English laws – the most recent hunting bill was rejected by the Northern-Irish Assembly in 2010. 

General public consensus in Norther Ireland is against fox hunting – with only 18% of the public thinking it should remain legal.

horses and hounds used to hunt foxes

Despite there being no ban on fox hunting in Northern Ireland, they have led the way in other forms of animal cruelty in comparison to Wales, Scotland and England, with a 5 year maximum sentence for animal cruelty.

Additionally, hare coursing is illegal, with a motion to outlaw the use of greyhounds to chase and kill Irish hares passing by 23 to 18 in 2010, this now makes it an offence to organise, participate in or attend a hare coursing event.

How Many Foxhunting Packs Are There In Ireland?

The Irish Master of Foxhound Association currently recognise 41 foxhunting packs in Ireland.

What Can I Do To Stop Hunting In Ireland?

Keep the pressure up, the League Against Cruel Sports are currently doing some great work in making progress towards fox hunting being banned in Ireland. Make your opinion known to your MP, share you views on social media and ask your friends and family to do the same; here are a few groups you may wish to follow: