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Killing Holidays in Sligo, Galway

Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by Glô! on the June 9th, 2009

“Conservation” Rangers organizing Hunting Holidays

“Conservation” rangers from the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) were found by the Sunday Times to be “involved in the organisation of killing holidays, even though they are prohibited from doing this under the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour.”

“Conservation” ranger Mark Byrne, whose NPWS region is North Galway circulated promotional material stating that he has brought killers to Galway to “stalk deer at a cost of between €150 and €700 each.” Killing permits are issued by the NPWS, but Byrne’s promotional circulations states that a killing licence is included in the package “suggesting a possible conflict of interest.”

Robert Lundy, a ranger who covered the Sligo West and who is a member of the Tubbercurry Gun Club is already accused by the NPWS of “compromising his position” and said in a letter to another killer that “there was no clear distinction between his [Lundy’s] role as an NPWS officer and whatever relationship he may have, in his personal capacity, as a member of the gun club.”


In a dispute between killers, Ahmed Salman, recalled that Lundy threatened to block his killing licence as it would “interfering with a commercial shoot for woodcock[s] that he [Lundy] was operating on the same lands.”

Lundy is also the contact given by a French tour operator, Orchape, for “tourist shooting in the northwest.”

So at least 2 “conservation” rangers are suspected or accused of using their position for their own personal gain at the expense of the animals they are meant to at least pretend to protect.

Both the National Association of Regional Game Clubs (NARGC) and the Department of Environment said they were aware that NPWS staff was involved in “commercial” killing.

Commercial killing by NPWS rangers is a conflict of interest and is not allowed as opposed to the allowed non commercial killing that is undertaken by the NPWS under the wayward disguise of

“conservation.”

The NPWS is under the remit of the Dept of Environment whose minister is John Gormley of the Green Party.

Minister Gormley has achieved little that has helped non human animals since his time in government. This is a chance to show he has an interest in this area. The guilty should be at least sacked. The only problem with this happening is that other “conservation” rangers will take their place.

A ban on wildlife killing would be a much more appropriate measure.

more info:

  • The Times
    Hunting holidays organised by conservation rangers are under investigation:Article.

  • NPWS details for Robert Lundy
    Website:www.noticenature.ie.

  • Tubbercurry Gun Club details for Robert Lundy
    Website:www.tubbercurry.net.

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