Just over 3 in 5 participants (61%) think that it is illegal to hunt an animal using a dog in Northern Ireland, 29% think it is legal and 10% do not know.
When asked if it should remain legal to hunt deer, rabbits, foxes or hares with dogs in Northern Ireland, only 4% think it should remain legal to hunt deer using dogs in Northern Ireland, 19% think it should remain legal for rabbits, 18% think it should remain legal for foxes and 12% think it should remain legal for hares. 71% of participants think that it should be legal to hunt with dogs for none of the animals mentioned. Finally participants were asked if they feel that the use of snares by gamekeepers and farmers to trap foxes and rabbits should remain legal or be made illegal in Northern Ireland, 17% feel it should remain legal, 74% feel it should be illegal and 9% do not know.
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,009 adults in Northern Ireland aged 16+. Interviews were carried out face-to-face, in home, using CAPI (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing Laptops), as part of the Ipsos MORI Northern Ireland Omnibus. Fieldwork was conducted between 16th August and 2nd September 2015. The results have been weighted to reflect the known profile of the adult population.