Images posted on social media of illegal hunting and the killing of wild deer, also known as ‘deer poaching’ formed part of a major investigation into a court case.
The content was reported to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland by a local hunter.
On this particular occasion, the deer in question were hunted down by dogs in September of 2014 and January 2015, caused unnecessary suffering.
A total of three men, Keith O’Dwyer, Dean Murphy and Jamie Regan, pleaded guilty at Clonmel Circuit Court, receiving a two-year suspended sentence.
All three parties were told to pay €1,000 each to animal welfare organisations within a period of the next nine months.
This investigation arose out of Operation Bambi, which launched bank in 2013, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.
This campaign which aims to tackle the increase in the illegal killing of wild deer has been described as being ‘hugely successful to date’, according to the association.
Speaking with That’s Farming, Damien Hannigan, National Secretary of Wild Deer Association of Ireland said:
"Our Association welcomes the outcome of this case and would urge the general public and farming community to continue to report any suspected incidents of deer poaching to their local Garda station. Deer poaching, in particular with the use of dogs, is one of the worst forms of wildlife crime in Ireland." Damien explained on behalf of the Association.
"Unlike our members, legitimate and licensed deer stalkers, who manage Ireland's wild deer at sustainable levels to reduce impacts on farmland and habitat within the designated culling from September to February. Deer poaching or the illegal killing of deer does not form any part of deer management, it’s a crime that takes place at night putting people who live in rural Ireland and livestock at risk of injury or death. It causes deer to spread into new areas bringing them into conflict with landowners and motorists." He added.
Footage, which is of a distressing nature, has been provided to us courtesy of Wild Deer Association of Ireland.