212 Irish greyhounds killed for UCD veterinary students

29 Oct

Irish greyhounds have been sold to University College Dublin and dissected to teach anatomy to veterinary students, it has been revealed. A new report by the League Against Cruel Sports and GREY2K USA Worldwide presents copies of invoices which confirm the purchase of live dogs by UCD’s Veterinary College.

The authors of the report, entitled “The state of greyhound racing in Great Britiain – A mandate for change” express great concern about “University College Dublin’s continued practice of buying unwanted greyhounds and killing them specifically to use in veterinary anatomy studies”.

The report outlines that in response to an information request, “the University provided receipts dating from 2006 to 2013 demonstrating that it had purchased a total of 212 greyhounds, at the price of between €80 and €87 each, all from a racing greyhound owner named Seamus Dooley.”

Thirty-three dogs were purchased in 2013, the report reveals, adding that “the records make clear that all of the dogs were alive when purchased and killed by the University for the express purpose of teaching anatomy to veterinary students.”

“Most racing greyhounds are viewed as commodities whose usefulness ends when they no longer bring in prize money, either through career-ending injuries or natural decline,” Iain Blake-Lawson of the League Against Cruel Sports states in an introduction to the report. “After that, their life can go one of two ways: the lucky ones are adopted into loving homes and enjoy the creature comforts that every dog deserves. The rest – and no one knows how many dogs that currently is – are either killed (by a vet if they are fortunate) or shipped to Ireland where unwanted greyhounds are still sold for dissection. This needless killing must stop.”

Read the League Against Cruel Sports and GREY2K USA Worldwide report at

For more information, visit http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2014/oct/greyhound-industry-must-reform-or-face-ban

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Urgent: Ask MEPs to help end €129 million bullfighting subsidy

21 Oct

All Europeans are being urged to unite to banish bull fighting and its related forms of killing and torturing for fun. On Wednesday October 22nd the European Parliament will discuss its outrageous annual bullfighting industry subsidy of 129 million euros. The suffering bulls and horses used in such performances need your help.

Please join us in urging the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to act to stop the subsidies.

Sample Letter

Dear MEP,

I am one of the majority of EU citizens opposed to the cruel and barbaric practice of bullfighting. I find it entirely unacceptable that an estimated 129 million euros of EU funds are being given to those who breed bulls for this disgusting spectacle.

Act to stop this subsidization of animal cruelty. On Wednesday 22nd October, please vote in favour or MEP Bas Eickhout’s Amendment 6334.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely

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Email the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland MEPs

Click here to compose email

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Find email addresses for other countries at

http://www.stopfunkilling.eu/all-countries-email.htm

Please sign and share Bas Eickhout MEP’s petition to the European Parliament to end subsidies for breeding and raising bulls for bullfighting.

http://supportgreens.eu/bullfighting

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Cruelty Ireland – Hare Coursing

12 Sep

A hare is chased and severely mauled at a hare coursing meeting in Ireland. Proof that the muzzling of greyhounds does not eliminate the suffering from coursing.

Every year, thousands of hares are forcefully netted from the wild and used as live bait for greyhounds. Hares caught and hit by the muzzled dogs are likely to suffer painful internal injuries. Every coursing season, hares are injured and killed on coursing fields. Injuries include broken bones and dislocated hips. Please join our campaign for a ban on this disgusting cruelty which a majority in Irish people want banned.

ACTION ALERT

Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign a petition:

Stop Licensing Hare Coursing

https://www.change.org/p/minister-heather-humphreys-don-t-license-cruel-hare-coursing

Save Irish hares from cruel coursing

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/minister-simon-coveney-replace-hare-coursing-with-drag-coursing

Urge the Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and withdraw the coursing licence she issued.

Email “Stop the cruelty. Ban Hare Coursing” to Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie,ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie,taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie,joan.burton@oireachtas.ie,wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie,Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie

Phone the Minister’s Office: +353 (0)1 631 3800

Please Leave a comment Heather Humphreys’ Facebook page, asking her to show compassion for hares and revoke the licence https://www.facebook.com/heather.humphreysfg

Please appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to remove an exemption for hare coursing from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Email: Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1 607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Tweet “Ban Coursing” to @simoncoveney

Urgently contact Prime Minister An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ask him to back a ban on hare coursing.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1 619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie

Sad scene from an Irish fur farm

12 Sep

Mink desperately jumping against the bars of their cages at a fur farm in County Laois, Ireland on Saturday 5th July 2014. Please add your voice to the calls for an urgent ban on fur farming. On Ireland’s fur farms, over 200,000 animals are cruelly caged and gassed to death every year.

Email “Ban Fur Farming NOW” to
minister@agriculture.gov.ie,AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie,taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie,eamon.gilmore@oireachtas.ie
Tel: +353 1 607 2884

Video Footage: Philip Kiernan / ICABS

Sign and share the petition at

https://www.change.org/p/ban-fur-farming-in-ireland-please-sign-and-share-our-petition

Watch our new campaign video at

Petition: Ban fur farming in Ireland

3 Jul

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Please sign and share our petition which call on the Irish Government to ban fur farming.

Sign now at

https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-fur-farming-in-ireland-please-sign-and-share-our-petition

Over 200,000 mink are cruelly caged and gassed to death on Irish fur farms every year. After signing the petition, please spare a few minutes to support our action alert to the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

ACTION ALERT

Demand a ban on fur farming in Ireland. Email Simon Coveney now.

Email: Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie
CC: AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01 661 1013 and 021 437 4862

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Minister Coveney,

I support a total ban on fur farming and an immediate closure of Ireland’s fur farms.

In these hellholes, animals suffer a horrendous life of misery before being cruelly gassed to death. There is absolutely no justification for allowing this cruelty to continue.

Please ban fur farming now.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

Travelagent.ie thanked for deleting reference to bullfight

27 May

Travel agent and tour operator, Travelagent.ie, has been thanked by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports for removing a bullfighting reference from its website

Agreeing that bullfighting is “an extremely cruel and violent activity”, the Cork-based company deleted the reference to bullfights in Malaga.

A big thumbs up to Travelagent.ie for its compassionate move. Find out more about its travel arrangement services at http://www.travelagent.ie/

Travelagent.ie joins a growing list of companies which have responded positively to Irish Council Against Blood Sports appeals and removed references to bullfighting or bullrings. These include American Airlines, EasyJet, Jet2holidays, Marriott International, Hilton Hampton, Ebookers, Club Travel, Abbey Travel, Sunways, Low Cost Holidays.ie, Travel Department, Cancun Holidays Information Center, Co-op Travel, Ultimate Travel, No Fly Cruising, City Breaks 101, Original Travel, Escape Trips, Charter Travel, NY.T.Roma Hotel, Exclusive GP and Just Resorts.

Cassidy Travel thanked for removing bullfight reference

27 May

Irish travel company, Cassidy Travel, has been thanked by ICABS for removing a reference to bullfighting from its website.

Following an ICABS appeal in which we highlighted the cruelty of bullfighting, Cassidy Travel deleted “bullfights” from its Seville Holidays page.

The company’s response is a big help to our ongoing campaign to encourage holidaymakers to avoid visiting bullrings.

A big thumbs up to Cassidy Travel for its compassionate move. Find out more about its 200 destinations and 100,000 discounted hotels, apartments and villas at http://www.cassidytravel.ie

Cassidy Travel joins a growing list of companies which have responded positively to ICABS appeals and removed references to bullfighting or bullrings. These include American Airlines, EasyJet, Jet2holidays, Marriott International, Hilton Hampton, Ebookers, Club Travel, Abbey Travel, Sunways, Low Cost Holidays.ie, Travel Department, Cancun Holidays Information Center, Co-op Travel, Ultimate Travel, No Fly Cruising, City Breaks 101, Original Travel, Escape Trips, Charter Travel, NY.T.Roma Hotel, Exclusive GP, Just Resorts, IceLolly.com and Travelagent.ie.

ACTION ALERT

Join our appeal to other companies to remove bullfighting from their websites. Check out our latest anti-bullfighting Action Alerts at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln130720.htm

Sign our petition
Travel companies: Stop encouraging holidaymakers to visit bullfights

http://www.change.org/petitions/travel-companies-stop-encouraging-holidaymakers-to-visit-bullfights

If you choose to holiday in a bullfighting country (Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela), please do not visit bullfighting arenas or museums. Avoid purchasing any bullfight-related souvenirs. Join the international campaign against bullfighting. Please register your opposition to this horrific blood sport with the governments and political representatives of bullfighting countries as well as to the local Ambassadors.

Contact the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland (or the ambassador in your country) to register your opposition to bullfighting. Express your desire to see bullfighting banned throughout all of Spain.

The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Embassy of Spain
17A Merlyn Park, Dublin 4.

Email: emb.dublin@maec.es
Tel 1: +353 (0)1 2691640
Tel 2: +353 (0)1 2692597
Fax: +353 (0)1 269 1854

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