Insurance costs posing major threat to future of foxhunting

22 Oct

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It has emerged that Liberty Mutual insurance company has withdrawn from the “Irish hunting insurance sector” in a move seen as posing a major threat to the future of foxhunts around Ireland.

The Irish Field has reported that a growing number of personal injury claims against hunts and the associated settlement costs and legal fees “has pushed the only liability insurer to withdraw from the Irish market”. It revealed that Liberty Mutual has informed brokers that it won’t be renewing existing policies.

Reacting to the development, John D Lyons of Goggin Insurances, Balbriggan (“who has hunted for over 40 years”) commented in the 23 July 2021 report that “the hunting community could put an end to the sport they love if this trend continues” and that “the biggest threat to hunting is not the Green Party or anti-hunt saboteurs but hunting people themselves”.

It’s not only the hunt clubs that hunt members are suing; they are also suing the landowners who foolishly allow them access to their land.

Reference was made to a case of a hunter who fell off a horse during a hunt, broke a bone in his foot and later initiated a €70,000 personal injury claim against the owner of the land on which the injury occurred. A stark warning to landowners who continue to welcome hunts on to their property.

A follow-up report in the Irish Field of 10 September 2021 described hunting as “a high-risk sport, which involves the potential of serious bodily injury including disability, paralysis and even death”.

John D Lyons of Goggin Insurances was quoted as saying: “We spend a minimum of six weeks getting our hunters fit, but many of us are overweight, unfit and unable to cross country safely. It’s our responsibility to ensure we are properly mounted, physically fit before heading out for four or five hours jumping ditches, stone walls, wire and gates. A couple of whiskeys at the meet is not the ideal preparation for the dangers that lie ahead.”

While Liberty Mutual has withdrawn, other companies are shamefully continuing to offer cover to hunts. Among them is Wexford-based Patrona Underwriting Limited who say that they have developed equestrian liability cover to “protect commercial operations in the equestrian sector”, adding “we can tailor individual policies to meet the needs of a number of equine related businesses such as…hunt clubs”

A Hunt Liability Proposal form downloadable from the Patrona website, and which carries the Howden broker logo, asks for the name of the hunt, “what prey do you hunt”, a “brief description of your hunt country (ie. terrain and any major motorways etc)”. https://www.patrona.ie/Documents/Equestrian_Liability/V20210101_Hunt%20Proposal%20Form.pdf

Patrona is offering Public Liability Insurance to hunts which “provides cover for a claim against you in respect of bodily injury to third parties or damage to third party property” and Employers Liability Insurance which “provides cover against bodily injury to persons employed by you, happening during the course of their employment.”

The Hunt Liability Proposal form shamefully refers to hunting as a “sport” – “hunting as a sport is the hunting of prey in its wild and natural state with a pack of registered hounds” – and acknowledges that its cover is for an activity which causes animals to run for their lives.

In a list of hunt participant disclaimers, it states: “I fully understand that the very nature of hunting means I will face the unknown and that the hunt cannot foresee WHERE THE PREY MAY RUN”.

The list of disclaimers which “all hunt participants” must agree to, includes:

“I fully understand that hunting involves risks and danger of serious bodily injury and / or death”

“Hunting involves an inherent risk, there is a strong possibility you will fall, it is recommended you have your own adequate Personal Accident Insurance cover in place”

“Be careful in fields with livestock, go very slowly through them or around them to prevent disturbing them”

“Drinking alcohol or being under the influence of drugs while hunting is strictly forbidden”

ACTION ALERT

Keep hunters off your land. For more information, visit
http://www.banbloodsports.com/farmers.htm

Join us in urging Patrona to end its hunt liability insurance.

Patrona Underwriting Limited
The Bushels, Cornmarket, Wexford
Tel: 053 91 80300
Email: info@patrona.ie

A RED C opinion poll, commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, shows that a 77% majority agree that the government should ban foxhunting. The poll found that just 12 per cent disagree with a ban on foxhunting. Tell politicians to respect the wishes of the majority and ban foxhunting.

Contact the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party to tell them that you want fox hunting and all bloodsports banned.

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD

Alan Kelly TD
Leader, Labour Party
Tel: 067 34190
Email: alan.kelly@oir.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alankellytd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alankellylabour

Contact all your local TDs and urge them to push for a ban on foxhunting and all bloodsports. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=33&disp=mem

Sign and share our “Ban Blood Sports in Ireland” petition
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

SEE ALSO

Fox hunting faces “very uncertain and challenging future” in Ireland https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/fox-hunting-faces-very-uncertain-and-challenging-future-in-ireland/

Insurance claims cause major threat to hunting community
https://www.theirishfield.ie/horse-sense-insurance-claims-cause-major-threat-to-hunting-community-636541/

Why is it hard for hunts to get insurance cover?
https://www.theirishfield.ie/hunting-why-is-it-hard-for-hunts-to-get-insurance-cover-646491/

Hares running for their lives on Friday/Saturday/Sunday as cruel coursing continues

21 Oct

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Hares will be running for their lives again this Friday, Saturday and Sunday as cruel coursing continues at the Ballinagar, Charleville/Mallow, Miltown-Malbay and Castleisland meets.

The bloodsport has been facilitated by licences from Department of Heritage Ministers Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail) and Malcolm Noonan (Green Party).

With the licences – which are valid up to the end of February 2022 – coursers have been netting thousands of hares from the countryside for use as live bait for greyhounds to chase.

This assault on the Irish Hare species has been greenlighted despite the inherent animal cruelty and the majority view in Ireland that coursing should be banned.

Last year, Minister O’Brien acknowledged that “hares are a protected species and are better off being in the wild rather than being held in captivity in large groups [in coursing compounds]” but went on to dismiss appeals to refuse the coursing licences. The office of Minister of State Malcolm Noonan, meanwhile, insisted that there are no plans to revoke the licences. Minister of State, Malcolm Noonan has previously condemned coursing as a “cruel practice”, saying the appalling treatment of hares “highlights a shocking disregard for the welfare of the animals”. “We all want to see hare coursing ended,” he said.

Hares suffer at all stages of coursing – during capture, while held captive for weeks or months in compounds and at the coursing meetings where they can be seen desperately running as a merciless mob cheer the greyhounds on and gamble on which dog will force the hare to change direction first.

“All hares suffer fear and stress and every coursing season, hare injuries and deaths occur,” we stated in our appeal to Ministers O’Brien and Noonan. “Among the injuries documented are broken back, spinal injury, broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.”

Coursing is set to continue despite fears relating to RHD2, the highly contagious virus that can spread easily between hares and which, Minister O’Brien’s predecessor warned, could wipe out the Irish Hare species. Hares affected by the virus suffer the most horrendous death, with swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth.

“The National Parks and Wildlife Service division of your department has made it clear that ‘the catching of hares in nets, their transportation in boxes and the collection and holding of hares in confined areas can all be considered to increase the risk of disease spread’,” we reminded Ministers O’Brien and Noonan. “The NPWS went on to state that ‘if one infected animal is found in netting for a coursing meeting then the entire capture would need to be put down.’”

Coursing is due to take place at Kilflynn and Liscannor this weekend and at meets around the country over the following 23 weeks up until 27th February 2022. At Liscannor last year, 4 hares were caught and pinned to the ground by greyhounds. Among the hares released afterwards was one who “was observed to have a dislocated or otherwise injured leg – its back right leg was splayed out to the side and it moved more awkwardly than the other hares”.

See copies of the coursing licences at
https://www.npws.ie/licencesandconsents/hare-coursing

ACTION ALERT

Urge Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to REVOKE the coursing licences and give Irish Hares the proper protection they deserve.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893
Email: minister@housing.gov.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarraghOBrienTD
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DarraghOBrienTD

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 618 3148 OR (01) 618 3156
Email: mos@housing.gov.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9% disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to pledge support for the upcoming Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020.

Email Fianna Fail TDs

micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie; jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; jack@jackchambers.ie; anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie; eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie; james.lawless@oireachtas.ie; sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie; sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie; barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie; willie.odea@oireachtas.ie; niall.collins@oireachtas.ie; Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie; dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie; thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie; marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie; jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie; mary.butler@oireachtas.ie; james.browne@oireachtas.ie; jennifer.murnaneoconnor@oireachtas.ie; cathal.crowe@oireachtas.ie; james.oconnor@oireachtas.ie; padraig.osullivan@oireachtas.ie; christopher.osullivan@oireachtas.ie; paul.mcauliffe@oireachtas.ie; john.lahart@oireachtas.ie; cormac@cormacdevlin.ie; normafoley1@eircom.net; joe.flaherty@oireachtas.ie; Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie

Email Fine Gael TDs

leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; JohnPaul.Phelan@oireachtas.ie; Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie; joe.carey@oireachtas.ie; david.stanton@oir.ie; colm.burke@oireachtas.ie; michael.creed@oireachtas.ie; Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie; joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie; richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie; Paschal.Donohoe@oireachtas.ie; Alan.Farrell@oireachtas.ie; emer.higgins@oireachtas.ie; neale.richmond@oireachtas.ie; josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie; colm.brophy@oireachtas.ie; jennifer.carrollmacneill@oireachtas.ie; Ciaran.Cannon@oireachtas.ie; hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie; Brendan.Griffin@oireachtas.ie; bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie; Martin.Heydon@oireachtas.ie; charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie; kieran.odonnell@oireachtas.ie; Patrick.O’Donovan@oireachtas.ie; peter.burke@oireachtas.ie; fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie; alan.dillon@oireachtas.ie; michael.ring@oireachtas.ie; helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie; damien.english@oireachtas.ie; frank.feighan@oireachtas.ie; paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie; Simon.Harris@oireachtas.ie

Email Green Party TDs

Eamon.Ryan@greenparty.ie; catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie; patrick.costello@oireachtas.ie; francisnoel.duffy@oireachtas.ie; neasa.hourigan@oireachtas.ie; brian.leddin@oireachtas.ie; steven.matthews@oireachtas.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie; joe.obrien@oireachtas.ie; marc.ocathasaigh@oireachtas.ie; roderic.ogorman@oireachtas.ie; ossian.smyth@oireachtas.ie

Email Sinn Fein TDs

MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; john.brady@oireachtas.ie; pat.buckley@oireachtas.ie; Sean.Crowe@oireachtas.ie; david.cullinane@oireachtas.ie; Pearse.Doherty@oireachtas.ie; dessie.ellis@oir.ie; kathleen.funchion@oireachtas.ie; martinkennysf@gmail.com; denise.mitchell@oireachtas.ie; imelda.munster@oireachtas.ie; eoin.obroin@oireachtas.ie; donnchadh.olaoghaire@oireachtas.ie; aengus.osnodaigh@oireachtas.ie; louiseoreillysf@gmail.com; maurice.quinlivan@oireachtas.ie; Brian.Stanley@oireachtas.ie; mark.ward@oireachtas.ie; chris.andrews@oireachtas.ie; martin.browne@oireachtas.ie; matt.carthy@oireachtas.ie; sorca.clarke@oireachtas.ie; roseconwaywalsh@eircom.net; reada.cronin@oireachtas.ie; pa.daly@oireachtas.ie; paul.donnelly@oireachtas.ie; mairead.farrell@oireachtas.ie; thomas.gould@oireachtas.ie; johnny.guirke@oireachtas.ie; claire.kerrane@oireachtas.ie; padraig.maclochlainn@oir.ie; johnny.mythen@oireachtas.ie; ruairi.omurchu@oireachtas.ie; darren.orourke@oireachtas.ie; patriciaryan975@gmail.com; pauline.tully@oireachtas.ie; vwynne@gmail.com

Email Labour Party TDs

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Please sign and share the petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
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Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
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“Obvious concerns around animal welfare”: Green Party MEP condemns pig export plan

21 Oct

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Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan has condemned the plan to export thousands of Irish pigs to China. The shameful plan, announced last month by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue and Minister of State Martin Heydon TD, would see pigs being flown thousands of miles to a country where horrific animal cruelty occurs, including burying pigs alive and burning them to death.

“I support protests to stop the live export of breeding pigs to China going ahead,” Grace O’Sullivan tweeted yesterday as a protest took place outside Dail Eireann calling for the export plan to be scrapped. “Pigs are sensitive, intelligent creatures that should not be put through the trauma of extended periods of travel to a country with a poor record on animal welfare.”

A statement from the office of Grace O’Sullivan added: “Grace, as a member of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, and a close supporter of the special Committee on Animals in Transit (ANIT), is at one with your concerns at plans to export thousands of Irish pigs to China. Grace joins her Greens/EFA colleague, Chair of ANIT, Tilly Metz MEP, in condemning this with obvious concerns around animal welfare…These beautiful animals should not be exported to a country that does not have a strong record in terms of animal welfare. As an ecologist and climate activist Grace is also concerned at the ecological impacts involved in transporting live animals around the globe.”

Thank you to Grace O’Sullivan MEP for calling for the exports to be stopped. She has this week been announced as the 2021 “rising star” in an influence index of MEPs. She jumped 84 places to enter the top five of the BCW Brussels / VoteWatch Europe ranking which measures the political and social influence of MEPs on Green policy issues.

The pig export plan was previously slammed by Luxembourg Greens MEP Tilly Metz who commented: “Flying pigs from Ireland to China is definitely not the way forward: neither for animal welfare nor for the climate. I’m frankly appalled that the Irish Minister for Agriculture would proudly support this absurd new market outlet.”

Olga Kikou of Compassion in World Farming EU added that she is “deeply troubled” by the deal which will lead to “significant welfare issues”.

“It is insane to promote sending animals halfway across the world and generating markets for exports outside the EU, just for the sake of financial profit,” she said. “This productivist model makes sustainability talks go down the drain, completely neglecting both environmental issues and animal welfare concerns.”

Paul Murphy TD (Solidarity-People Before Profit) has asked the Minister to “halt plans to export live Irish pigs to China given the cruelty involved in live export”.

The ISPCA has also called on the Agriculture Minister to reconsider and has expressed “grave concerns for the welfare of any Irish pigs in China, a country where equivalent animal welfare standards to Ireland do not exist”.

“The ISPCA feels that, apart from the obvious animal welfare and ethical considerations, such exports damage Ireland’s international reputation,” the society stated. “The development comes three months after the UK announced plans to become the first European country to end live exports.”

ACTION ALERT

Contact Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue NOW and demand that he scraps the plan to export Irish pigs to China.

Charlie McConalogue
Minister for Agriculture
Tel: 01 618 3199 or 01 607 2000
Email: minister@agriculture.gov.ie; charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CharlieMcConalogue
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@McConalogue

Contact the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party and demand a halt to the plan to export Irish pigs to China.

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie; info@greenparty.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

SEE ALSO

Paul Murphy TD asks Minister to halt plans to export Irish pigs to China

Ireland’s decision to export live pigs, sheepmeat to China sparks backlash

Ireland’s decision to export live pigs, sheepmeat to China sparks backlash

Ireland criticised for trade deal that allows live pigs to be exported to China
https://www.buzz.ie/news/irish-news/ireland-criticised-trade-deal-allows-25088849

“From an animal welfare perspective it is appalling”
Plan to export Irish pigs to China condemned in Irish Times Letter

The Irish Government is disgracefully pushing for the export of pigs to China – a country where animals are beaten, bludgeoned and boiled alive.

PIGS ARE BEING BURIED ALIVE IN CHINA https://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2018/09/pigs-are-being-buried-alive-in-china

“I am against coursing”: Kildare Councillor, Noel Connolly

20 Oct

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“I am personally against coursing and will advocate for that position”: Thank you to Kildare County Councillor Noel Connolly (Sinn Féin) for becoming the latest politician to express support for a ban on cruel coursing.

Cllr Connolly joins a growing list of Councillors/TDs/Senators who want bloodsports banned, including other members of Kildare County Council:

Cllr Anne Breen (Labour Party, Kildare County Council)
“I am very much against foxhunting and hare coursing…and would fully support your stance.”

Cllr Aoife Breslin (Labour Party, Kildare County Council)
“I can confirm that I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.”

Cllr Bill Clear (Social Democrats, Kildare County Council)
“It is our party policy to ban hare coursing. I am from Tipperary and was at a few of the meetings as a child and the cruelty still stays with me. I am in favour of a ban.”

“Watching Prime Time on greyhound racing and coursing. Bord na gCon shouldn’t get a penny more of taxpayers’ money until the industry is cleaned up. They have lost total control.”

Cllr Ide Cussen (Independent, Kildare County Council)
“I deplore all abuse of animals and cruelty to animals.”

Cllr Ciara Galvin (Labour Party, Kildare County Council)
“I am not in favour of blood sports”

Cllr Nuala Killeen (Social Democrats, Kildare County Council)
“More than happy to support [the campaign for a ban on hare coursing]”

Cllr Mark Leigh (Labour Party, Kildare County Council)
“Absolutely against hare coursing and foxhunting”

Cllr Seamie Moore (Independent, Kildare County Council)
“I am against hare coursing”

Cllr Joe Neville (Fine Gael, Kildare County Council)
“Absolutely.” In response to an ICABS tweet – “We hope you favour a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing which are forms of cruelty to animals”

Cllr Chris Pender (Social Democrats, Kildare County Council)
“I’m 100% banning…hare coursing. I can assure you of that” Tweet from Cllr Chris Pender, July 28, 2020

“Greyhound racing. It’s an abhorrent industry.”

“It’s hard to comprehend how Government can justify propping up a loss-making industry with such well-documented animal rights abuses. Every year 6,000 greyhounds are culled due to overbreeding associated with greyhound racing. https://bit.ly/2UUCBmw #DefundGreyhoundRacing” Tweet from Cllr Pender, Nov 24, 2020.

Find out the views of other politicians at
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/politicians-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

Sinn Féin: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing

Victims of Ireland’s cruel hare coursing

ACTION ALERT

Urge Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to REVOKE the coursing licences and give Irish Hares the proper protection they deserve.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893
Email: minister@housing.gov.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarraghOBrienTD
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DarraghOBrienTD

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 618 3148 OR (01) 618 3156
Email: mos@housing.gov.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9% disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to pledge support for the upcoming Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020.

Email Fianna Fail TDs

micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie; jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; jack@jackchambers.ie; anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie; eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie; james.lawless@oireachtas.ie; sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie; sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie; barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie; willie.odea@oireachtas.ie; niall.collins@oireachtas.ie; Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie; dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie; thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie; marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie; jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie; mary.butler@oireachtas.ie; james.browne@oireachtas.ie; jennifer.murnaneoconnor@oireachtas.ie; cathal.crowe@oireachtas.ie; james.oconnor@oireachtas.ie; padraig.osullivan@oireachtas.ie; christopher.osullivan@oireachtas.ie; paul.mcauliffe@oireachtas.ie; john.lahart@oireachtas.ie; cormac@cormacdevlin.ie; normafoley1@eircom.net; joe.flaherty@oireachtas.ie; Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie

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Please sign and share the petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
https://www.change.org/p/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

Two Irish horses killed on Saturday at UK racecourse

20 Oct

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Two Irish horses lost their lives on Saturday at Market Rasen Racecourse in England.

4-year-old horse Hoorayforhannah died after suffering a fatal injury during a 2.5 mile/10 obstacle race on Saturday (16 October 2021).

Also dead is 5-year-old Irish horse “At Poets Cross” who was destroyed when he suffered an injury after jumping a hurdle during 2-mile race at the same racecourse.

Their deaths bring to at least 81 the number of Irish horses killed at races in the UK so far this year. In 2020, at least 61 Irish horses died at races there.

Animal Aid has recorded 2,308 on-course deaths in the UK since 2007, many of them Irish horses.

“No other sport comes close to matching racing’s attrition rate – If it did, a ban would quickly be imposed,” the group has stated. “Approximately one in every 42 horses who starts a season’s racing will have perished by the end of it. They will have died as a result of a racecourse or training injury, or they will be killed after being judged to be no longer financially viable.”

Find out more about the horse deaths at http://www.horsedeathwatch.com

Horses are dying in Ireland too. There were 30 racecourse deaths this year up to 11th May, with more since.

The deaths are the latest in a growing list of racing fatalities. Sickening Horse Racing Ireland statistics, obtained by Paul Murphy TD, show that a total of 1,166 horses have lost their lives at races in Ireland since 2012.

870 of these fatalities occurred at racecourses and 296 at point-to-point races organised by foxhunts. [Note: These figures do not include the horses killed in training or those who do not make the grade and are destroyed behind-the-scenes].

Horse Racing Ireland revealed the fatality figures further to a Dail Question from Deputy Paul Murphy (RISE / Solidarity / People Before Profit) to the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue.

The taxpayer-funded body revealed the method of killing to be either lethal injection or a bullet in the head.

“The clinical vets can assess injured horses and in hopeless situations, on humane grounds, the horse is put to sleep using either lethal injection with Somulose or a free bullet administered by an experienced vet,” a Horse Racing Ireland spokesperson stated.

The revelations about high levels of deaths at races follow the emergence of statistics confirming that thousands of race horses have been slaughtered in Ireland.

In reply to a Dail Question from Paul Murphy TD in March, Minister Charlie McConalogue provided figures which show that from 2016 to 2020, a total of 12,074 thoroughbred horses were slaughtered at Department of Agriculture-approved facilities.

Horse racing at Irish racecourses and at point-to-point events (major fundraisers for foxhunting groups) is supported by massive amounts of taxpayers’ money via the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund. Since 2001, Horse Racing Ireland has received €1,169,000,000 (€1.169 Billion). This includes a €76.8 million grant for 2021. Much of the money handed over to HRI ends up as prize money in the pockets of wealthy horse owners and trainers.

ACTION ALERT

Don’t bet on horse racing or attend horse racing events.

Since 2001, the Irish Government has granted more than €1.5 Billion of scarce public funds to horse and greyhound racing. That’s €1,240 million for horse racing and €309 million for greyhound racing.

Contact Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to state funding to these two gambling activities which cause much suffering and death to animals. Tell them to redirect the funds to the many deserving charities, health/homeless/environmental groups, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc crying out for funding.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Tel: 01 6045810
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please write your own personal letter)

Dear Deputy,

I am writing to urge you to please oppose further funding to horse and greyhound racing.

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations are set to channel another €88 million of taxpayers’ money into the gambling activities in 2022, bringing to more than €1.5 Billion the amount handed over in the past two decades.

Much of the money given to horse racing ends up as prize money in the pockets of wealthy horse owners and trainers, while the funding for greyhound racing continues despite revelations about obscene cruelty and killing and calls for a ban.

If you saw the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, you will understand why there should be absolutely no support given to this shameful industry. The programme revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win. We were shown horrifying scenes of greyhounds being delivered to knackeries to be shot in the head. One dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The programme also highlighted the illegal practice of doping dogs to make them run faster or slower to influence the outcomes of races. Also shown were greyhounds with their ears chopped off or burned with acid (to remove identity tattoos before being dumped) and the hellholes that await Irish greyhounds exported to China and Pakistan.

The Irish public is shocked and disgusted at the revelations, which have sparked multiple protests outside tracks.

A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and Greyhound Action Ireland shows that two out of every three Irish adults want the government to stop funding greyhound racing [66% Agree, 16% Disagree, 18% Don’t Know] Petitions urging the government to stop the funding have attracted over 410,000 signatures.

It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE that scarce public funds have been pumped into horse and greyhound racing. It is time for this to be stopped and for the money to be redirected to the many deserving charities, health/homeless/environmental groups, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc crying out for funding.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Address]

Email the letter to all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs.

Email Fianna Fail TDs

micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie; jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; jack@jackchambers.ie; anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie; eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie; james.lawless@oireachtas.ie; sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie; sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie; barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie; willie.odea@oireachtas.ie; niall.collins@oireachtas.ie; Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie; dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie; thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie; marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie; jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie; mary.butler@oireachtas.ie; james.browne@oireachtas.ie; jennifer.murnaneoconnor@oireachtas.ie; cathal.crowe@oireachtas.ie; james.oconnor@oireachtas.ie; padraig.osullivan@oireachtas.ie; christopher.osullivan@oireachtas.ie; paul.mcauliffe@oireachtas.ie; john.lahart@oireachtas.ie; cormac@cormacdevlin.ie; normafoley1@eircom.net; joe.flaherty@oireachtas.ie; Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie

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Email Labour Party TDs

brendan.howlin@oireachtas.ie; sean.sherlock@oireachtas.ie; aodhan.oriordain@oireachtas.ie; duncan.smith@oireachtas.ie; gerald.nash@oireachtas.ie; Alan.Kelly@oireachtas.ie; ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie

Please sign and share the petition

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

Irish Government grants to horse racing

2001 €47,110,330
2002 €54,452,651
2003 €51,348,800
2004 €53,531,200
2005 €54,680,000
2006 €56,047,000
2007 €58,539,000
2008 €61,028,800
2009 €54,502,000
2010 €47,411,200
2011 €45,830,000
2012 €45,032,000
2013 €44,016,000
2014 €43,376,000
2015 €54,400,000
2016 €59,200,000
2017 €64,000,000
2018 €64,000,000
2019 €67,200,000
2020 €67,200,000
2021 €76,800,000
2022 €70,400,000

Total: €1,240,104,981 / €1,240 million / €1.24 billion

Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000
2020 €16,800,000
2021 €19,200,000
2022 €17,600,000

Total: €309,966,146 / €309 million / €0.309 billion

Source: Department of Agriculture

Horse deaths at Irish racecourses.

2021: 30 (Up to 11 May)
2020: 65
2019: 102
2018: 111
2017: 88
2016: 83
2015: 89
2014: 99
2013: 121
2012: 82

Horse deaths at foxhunt-organised point-to-point races

2020/2021: 28 (*Season to date)
2019/2020: 13
2018/2019: 38
2017/2018: 28
2016/2017: 32
2015/2016: 36
2014/2015: 30
2013/2014: 42
2012/2013: 49

Thoroughbred horses slaughtered in Ireland

2020: 1,549
2019: 2,218
2018: 2,526
2017: 2,829
2016: 2,952

Continued state funding to greyhound racing “beggars belief”

18 Oct

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns has again spoken out against the government’s continued funding of cruel greyhound racing, saying that the decision to grant another €17.6 million for 2022 “beggars belief”.

Speaking on Newstalk Radio’s Breakfast show on 14 October 2021, she stated “We are all aware of the overarching appalling standards of care and the loss-making nature of the industry. It’s impossible to understand why the government keeps funding it.”

She pointed out that while greyhound racing – which is responsible for the killing of thousands of greyhounds ever year – is to receive €17.6 million, animal welfare groups were allocated just €1.5 million in the budget – “less than 10 per cent of what greyhound racing gets”.

“I think you’re broadly speaking correct. Most people do not support this happening,” programme presenter Ciara Kelly commented.

“You’re right,” Deputy Cairns responded. “A 2019 RED C poll revealed that only 16% of the population agree with the state funding it. We know that attendance at tracks has fallen by 55% between 2008 and 2018. That is because of the overarching appalling standards of care. And then the combined loss for tracks between 2019 and 2022 is predicted to be €30 million. So I am constantly trying to figure out how is this the case, why is this the case, why would the government fund this?”

She said it was “unbelievable” that Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour want the funding to continue, despite the fact that “the vast majority of the population don’t want it funded”.

Listen to the full interview at
https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-newstalk-breakfast/greyhound-racing-is-receiving-more-funds-from-budget-despite-calls-to-defund-it

ACTION ALERT

The latest €17.6 million for greyhound racing (+€70.4 million for horse racing) will be voted on in November or December. Please contact your TDs and urge them to oppose the funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Contact Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to state funding to horse racing and greyhound racing. Tell them to redirect the funds to the many deserving charities, health/homeless/environmental groups, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc crying out for funding.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Tel: 01 6045810
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please write your own personal letter)

Dear Deputy,

I am writing to urge you to please oppose further funding to horse and greyhound racing.

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations are set to channel another €88 million of taxpayers’ money into the gambling activities in 2022, bringing to more than €1.5 Billion the amount handed over in the past two decades.

Much of the money given to horse racing ends up as prize money in the pockets of wealthy horse owners and trainers, while the funding for greyhound racing continues despite revelations about obscene cruelty and killing and calls for a ban.

If you saw the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, you will understand why there should be absolutely no support given to this shameful industry. The programme revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win. We were shown horrifying scenes of greyhounds being delivered to knackeries to be shot in the head. One dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The programme also highlighted the illegal practice of doping dogs to make them run faster or slower to influence the outcomes of races. Also shown were greyhounds with their ears chopped off or burned with acid (to remove identity tattoos before being dumped) and the hellholes that await Irish greyhounds exported to China and Pakistan.

The Irish public is shocked and disgusted at the revelations, which have sparked multiple protests outside tracks.

A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and Greyhound Action Ireland shows that two out of every three Irish adults want the government to stop funding greyhound racing [66% Agree, 16% Disagree, 18% Don’t Know] Petitions urging the government to stop the funding have attracted over 410,000 signatures.

It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE that scarce public funds have been pumped into horse and greyhound racing. It is time for this to be stopped and for the money to be redirected to the many deserving charities, health/homeless/environmental groups, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc crying out for funding.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Address]

Email the letter to all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs.

Email Fianna Fail TDs

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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

Irish Government grants to horse racing

2001 €47,110,330
2002 €54,452,651
2003 €51,348,800
2004 €53,531,200
2005 €54,680,000
2006 €56,047,000
2007 €58,539,000
2008 €61,028,800
2009 €54,502,000
2010 €47,411,200
2011 €45,830,000
2012 €45,032,000
2013 €44,016,000
2014 €43,376,000
2015 €54,400,000
2016 €59,200,000
2017 €64,000,000
2018 €64,000,000
2019 €67,200,000
2020 €67,200,000
2021 €76,800,000
2022 €70,400,000

Total: €1,240,104,981 / €1,240 million / €1.24 billion

Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000
2020 €16,800,000
2021 €19,200,000
2022 €17,600,000

Total: €309,966,146 / €309 million / €0.309 billion

Source: Department of Agriculture

UK MP Amess a dedicated supporter of animal rights campaigns

18 Oct

david amess fox League Against Cruel Sports

“David Amess’s murder has robbed humanity of a decent man, but if animals could speak they too might lament his tragic passing” – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Irish Independent…

UK MP Amess a dedicated supporter of animal rights campaigns
Irish Independent: Oct 18th 2021

David Amess’s murder has robbed humanity of a decent man, but if animals could speak they too might lament his tragic passing.

He was a long-time supporter of campaigns to ease the plight of non-humans. His tireless advocacy for the sentient beings that share this planet with us recalled the life of our own Richard Martin (Humanity Dick), the 19th-century MP for Galway whose efforts led to the world’s first laws to protect animals.

Mr Amess highlighted the cruelty of puppy farming, fur farming and badger culling and in 1988 he championed a bill that banned the inhumane tethering of horses, donkeys and mules.

As a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, he helped to raise awareness of the suffering caused to animals for human amusement. He spoke out against hare coursing decades before it was finally banned in Britain in 2004. In 1998 he sponsored a parliamentary motion that ripped apart the pathetic arguments in favour of the practice, and made a passionate plea of behalf of the gentlest creature in the countryside.

He consistently opposed foxhunting too even when many other Tory MPs supported it and rode to hounds themselves.

Our own politicians could take a cue from this worthy parliamentarian by taking a stand for the animals and backing campaigns to end organised cruelty dressed up as “sport”.

RIP David Amess MP, a man who walked in the footsteps of St Francis.

John Fitzgerald
Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports
Callan, Co Kilkenny

Sinn Féin support for a ban on cruel bloodsports

17 Oct

A list of some of the Sinn Féin politicians who have indicated that they are opposed to bloodsports. ICABS is urging more politicians from the party to come out in support of a ban on Ireland’s cruel hare coursing and foxhunting. 

Sinn Fein TDs

Chris Andrews TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin Bay South)
In 2010, Chris Andrews TD voted in favour of the ban on carted deer hunting.

“It is inherently unfair that a person who bets on soccer, rugby or boxing makes a contribution to Horse Racing Ireland but not to the sports in question. This practice discriminates against other sports, much in need of funding.” Chris Andrews TD, Dail debate, 18 November 2010.

John Brady TD (Sinn Fein, Wicklow)

“Hare coursing needs to be banned. Wicklow Sinn Fein brought forward a motion at a recent Ard Fheis calling on the party [to] support the banning of hare coursing. It was debated at the Ard Fheis, however it was narrowly defeated. We are going to go at it again as I believe there is an appetite now to change the policy” John Brady TD, Comment on Facebook, 6th February 2020).

“As an animal lover and someone that works continuously on animal welfare issues, I totally oppose all forms of ‘blood sports’. I think the practice of killing or maiming animals for someone’s enjoyment is wrong and should not be even considered as a sport.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Sorca Clarke TD (Sinn Fein, Longford-Westmeath)
“I would support a ban on blood sports, completely against any form of animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Rose Conway-Walsh TD (Sinn Fein, Mayo)
“Yes [add me to the list of Sinn Fein politicians in favour of a ban on bloodsports]” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Réada Cronin TD (Sinn Fein, Kildare North)
“I cannot understand why they’re called ‘sports’. I would support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Sean Crowe, TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin South West)
“I find [blood ‘sports’] to be a loathsome practice and the argument that they are in some manner a necessary part of traditional, rural life insulting to the intelligence. I would be delighted to support any and all legislation, which restricts, or bans these ‘sports’.”

Paul Donnelly TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin West)
“I am opposed to blood “sports” and I find that term offensive. I would fully support a ban on these activities.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Kathleen Funchion TD (Sinn Fein, Carlow-Kilkenny)
“I think like most people, I deplore the abuse of animals and cruelty to animals. It is something that is quite a passionate issue for many of our members locally and I think of it as an issue which deserves more airtime in our national and local discourse. Sinn Fein has opposed all bloodsports in Ireland and some of our members even went as far as stopping a hunt in Westmeath several years ago. Their position filled me with great pride and I have always tried my best to remain consistent in that view. A big issue in Kilkenny in the mistreatment of horses on the roads by some members of the community. That situation is abhorrent and can not continue. Should I be elected to Kilkenny County Council, it would be a great disappointment to me if the issue of animal welfare locally was still as prominent an issue at the end of the council term. I have always considered it an idea to create a register of animal abusers to make it more difficult for offenders to continue to own animals. I know that would only be the start of tackling the wider problem.” from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Johnny Guirke TD (Sinn Féin, Meath West)
“Sinn Féin recognise that there are valid concerns regarding animal welfare in the Greyhound sector, with many particularly concerned about overbreeding. We believe that government has a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing and welfare of greyhounds involved in the industry. Sinn Féin do not support the government’s proposal to increase funding to the Greyhound sector by €2.4million next year.” from an email to ICABS, November 2020.

Mary Lou McDonald TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin Central)
“Sinn Fein is opposed to foxhunting and we will vote in favour of a ban at the next opportunity.” (from an email to ICABS, February 2020).

Aengus O Snodaigh, TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin South Central)
On 24th March 2009, Aengus O Snodaigh, TD asked the Minister for Agriculture “if in the context of his responsibility for animal welfare and the legal protection of animals from cruelty, he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting”. On 10th March, 2009, he asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government “if he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting”.

Pauline Tully TD (Sinn Féin, Cavan-Monaghan)
In February 2020, Deputy Tully told a constituent that she is “personally against hare coursing”.

Sinn Fein Senators / Greyhound Racing

Senator Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein)
Senator Paul Gavan (Sinn Féin)
Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile (Sinn Féin)
Senator Fintan Warfield (Sinn Fein)
In November 2020, Sinn Fein Senators were thanked for voting against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2020 which granted another €96 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing for 2021, i.e. €76.8 for horse racing and €19.2 million for greyhound racing.

Sinn Fein MEP

Chris MacManus MEP (Sinn Féin)
In January 2020, Cllr MacManus supported a motion tabled by Cllr Gino O’Boyle which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) shamefully voted against it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Sinn Fein councillors

Cllr Janice Boylan (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council)
“My personal stance is yes, I would favour a ban on this animal cruelty [hare coursing and foxhunting].” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Breda Brennan (Sinn Fein, Waterford City and County Council)
“I personally am against blood sports and animal cruelty of any kind.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Noel Connolly (Sinn Féin, Kildare County Council)
“I am personally against coursing and will advocate for that position” – Cllr Noel Connolly, in an email to ICABS, October 2021.

Cllr Colm Carthy (Sinn Fein, Monaghan County Council)
“I am opposed to hare coursing. I would like to see a ban on all blood sports.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Maire Devine (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council)
“Tá [add me to the list of Sinn Fein politicians in favour of a ban on bloodsports]” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Gary Doherty (Sinn Fein, Donegal County Council)
“I am opposed to any form of blood sports and any activity which perpetuates undue and inhumane cruelty to animals.” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Liam Doherty (Sinn Fein, Donegal County Council)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting with dogs but I [believe] that the fox population needs to be controlled in some way preferably by shooting them which I think is the most humane way.” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

Cllr Daithí Doolan (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council)
“Blood ‘sports’ are unacceptable & indefensible. I have been against blood ‘sports’ since I was a child. They always struck me as being terribly terribly cruel! I wish you well in campaigning to get them banned. Adh mór.” from a message posted on ICABS blog, June 2015.

Cllr Louise Dunne (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council)
“I would be happy to support a motion [in favour of a ban on bloodsports].” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Tom Forde (Sinn Féin, Wexford County Council)
“I support a ban [on hare coursing] and hope that it becomes a reality soon” Cllr Tom Forde (Email to ICABS, September 2020).

Cllr Thomas Healy (Sinn Fein, Sligo County Council)
“I am against all forms of cruelty to animals.” from a tweet to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr John Hearne (Sinn Fein, Waterford City and County Council)
“I’m against all forms of animal cruelty. I banned with a motion all circus animals from council property and I’m in the process of passing a by-law to ban sulky racing off the roads…I voted against [a pro-coursing motion]. I believe if people want to entertain themselves it should not involve stressing animals.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Michael Mulligan (Sinn Fein, Roscommon County Council)
“With you all the way – total ban on bloodsports.” from a comment left on the ICABS Facebook page, May 2014.

Cllr Aidan Mullins (Sinn Fein, Laois County Council)
“Personally I am against fox hunting and hare coursing.” from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Natalie Treacy (Sinn Fein, Fingal County Council)
“I am against any form of animal cruelty, and would be in total favour of a ban on bloodsports.” from a message left on ICABS blog, June 2015.

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in urging the party to back a ban on hare coursing, foxhunting and all bloodsports, in line with the majority view that these cruel activities must be outlawed.

Sinn Féin, 44 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
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Mary Lou McDonald TD
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Dear Sinn Fein,

I am one of the majority of Irish citizens who want hare coursing and foxhunting outlawed. I urge your party to back a ban on this deplorable animal cruelty.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

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RIP Sir David Amess – MP and animal rights campaigner

15 Oct

david amess

RIP Sir David Amess MP – an animal rights campaigner and patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation who has sadly died today after a knife attack in Essex.

A Member of Parliament for the Southend West constituency, David was totally opposed to bloodsports and consistently voted to ban fox hunting and hare coursing – cruel activities that were both subsequently outlawed in the UK.

In 1998, he sponsored a parliamentary motion which “notes that hare coursing is a cruel and barbaric activity which often leads to an agonising death for a hare that has been caught, and becomes a living rope in a tug of war between two greyhounds; the brown hare is a native species in decline; and believes that there can be no justification for the continuation of this cruel sport.”

More recently in 2018, he spoke out against the continuation of illegal hare coursing and posed for a photograph holding a sign which read “I support stamping out hare coursing”.

He also lent his support to campaigns to stop puppy farming, fur farming and fur imports, badger culling, the import and export of shark fins, ear cropping and “the import of young puppies for sale in harsh conditions”.

He also campaigned for an end to live exports – “exporting live animals is cruel – it needs to stop” – and condemned the cruelty and killing in greyhound racing. He highlighted that “the life of a racing greyhound is still filled with abuse, neglect and early death” and added: “It is shocking that so many greyhounds die every year through injury or being deemed surplus to requirements by the industry, and many more live in inhumane conditions throughout their racing life”

In 1988 he championed a bill that banned the tethering of horses, donkeys and mules in conditions that cause them suffering.

Last month, a statement published on his website detailed his support for a ban on animal testing.

“Throughout Sir David’s 38 years as a Member of Parliament he has consistently championed for an improvement to animal rights and animal welfare,” the statement outlined. “As a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation and working with many local and national animal charities, Sir David calls for medical research to be modernised and for the outdated method of animal testing to be banned.”

“I am delighted with the recent announcement that pet theft will be made a new criminal offence. We are a nation of animal lovers and we do lead the world in aspects of animal welfare, but more needs to be done,” he commented. “ I do hope the Government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare is robustly implemented and constantly reviewed for updates and changes. Animals are sentient beings and we should not experiment or test on them. This needs to stop.”

In a parliament speech in 2019, he recalled some of his many impressive efforts for animals – “Throughout my parliamentary life, I have done everything I can to improve the welfare of animals and the environment in which we live. In so many ways, the quality of a nation should be judged by how it treats animals. To give a taster, I got on to the statute book the Protection against Cruel Tethering Act 1988, to protect horses, ponies and donkeys from being cruelly tethered. Together with Ann Widdecombe, in 2002 I introduced the Endangered Species (Illegal Trade) Bill. We led campaigns against live animal exports, the badger cull, animal experimentation, dog meat, the fur trade, netting and the killing of songbirds throughout the Mediterranean. Legislation is all very well, but it is the enforcement that I am particularly concerned about. My honourable friend James Cartlidge mentioned hare coursing. I was appalled that in Essex more than 500 cases of illegal hare coursing were reported in 2017. However, I am glad that, with consistent action from rural police forces across the country that are taking the crime seriously, there has been an impressive reduction in offences.”

He also noted that when he was first elected to Parliament, “only four or five colleagues on the Conservative Benches were against foxhunting” but years later, “I think that now in excess of 60 Conservative Members of Parliament would be very much against foxhunting”.

Referring to the continued illegal persecution of wildlife, despite a ban on fox and deer hunting with hounds in the UK, he stated: “Nobody should be above the law, and those who continue in the inhumane killing of foxes and stags under the cover of trail hunting should be prosecuted. We will never end wildlife crime in this country unless our laws are robust enough to deal with those who willingly allow such unnecessary cruelty.”

Three weeks ago, he called for a debate on ending cruelty to animals. “World Animal Day is on 4 October this year and it is a chance for us all to celebrate the improvements we have made in animal welfare, but we must also acknowledge that there is still work to be done,” he stated.

At the beginning of this month, during the Conservative Party Conference, he called for an end to “many cruel practices such as the export of live animals and farrowing crates, which over the years has caused immense suffering to our animals”

In a statement today, the RSPCA praised his tireless work for animals, acknowledging that “over the last 38 years as an MP, he’s achieved an enormous amount for animals, which we will never forget.”

Sir David Amess MP (1952-2021). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

TDs Paul Murphy and Holly Cairns denounce Govt’s latest €17.6m grant to greyhound racing

15 Oct

Paul Murphy and Holly Cairns denounce grant to greyhound racing copy

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has described as “scandalous” the government’s continued funding of cruel, dog-killing greyhound racing.

Greyhound Racing Ireland has been allocated €17.6 million more in Budget 2022, bringing to €309 million the amount it has received since 2001.

“That is tax payers’ money, public money, going towards a sport that has animal cruelty at the heart of it,” Deputy Murphy told the Times.

Responding to a statement from Greyhound Racing Ireland that some of the money would go towards animal welfare initiatives, he said that this was “like putting a plaster on a massive wound”.

“Funnelling public money towards something that the public has largely expressed discontent and anger towards shows the government is out of touch,” he added.

The Times report, headed “Anger at government funds given to ‘cruel’ greyhound industry”, also quoted Holly Cairns TD as saying: “We are aware of the overarching appalling standards of care and the loss-making nature of the industry. It is impossible to understand why the government continues to fund this and has now increased funding.”

She noted the attempts to use jobs as a justification for the funding but pointed out that “if that is the government’s concern, then invest that same money in job creation measures targeted at rural areas.”
She pointed out that while greyhound racing – which is responsible for the killing of thousands of greyhounds ever year – is to receive €17.6 million for 2022, animal welfare groups were allocated just €1.5 million in the budget.

Read the full Times report by Sonja Tutty at
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/7d2b7836-2c34-11ec-a548-f9bb1ebf6985

ACTION ALERT

The latest €17.6 million for greyhound racing (+€70.4 million for horse racing) will be voted on in November or December. Please contact your TDs and urge them to oppose the funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Contact Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to state funding to horse racing and greyhound racing. Tell them to redirect the funds to the many deserving charities, health/homeless/environmental groups, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc crying out for funding.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Tel: 01 6045810
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
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Dear Deputy,

I am writing to urge you to please oppose further funding to horse and greyhound racing.

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations are set to channel another €88 million of taxpayers’ money into the gambling activities in 2022, bringing to more than €1.5 Billion the amount handed over in the past two decades.

Much of the money given to horse racing ends up as prize money in the pockets of wealthy horse owners and trainers, while the funding for greyhound racing continues despite revelations about obscene cruelty and killing and calls for a ban.

If you saw the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, you will understand why there should be absolutely no support given to this shameful industry. The programme revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win. We were shown horrifying scenes of greyhounds being delivered to knackeries to be shot in the head. One dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The programme also highlighted the illegal practice of doping dogs to make them run faster or slower to influence the outcomes of races. Also shown were greyhounds with their ears chopped off or burned with acid (to remove identity tattoos before being dumped) and the hellholes that await Irish greyhounds exported to China and Pakistan.

The Irish public is shocked and disgusted at the revelations, which have sparked multiple protests outside tracks.

A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and Greyhound Action Ireland shows that two out of every three Irish adults want the government to stop funding greyhound racing [66% Agree, 16% Disagree, 18% Don’t Know] Petitions urging the government to stop the funding have attracted over 410,000 signatures.

It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE that scarce public funds have been pumped into horse and greyhound racing. It is time for this to be stopped and for the money to be redirected to the many deserving charities, health/homeless/environmental groups, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc crying out for funding.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Address]

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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

Irish Government grants to horse racing

2001 €47,110,330
2002 €54,452,651
2003 €51,348,800
2004 €53,531,200
2005 €54,680,000
2006 €56,047,000
2007 €58,539,000
2008 €61,028,800
2009 €54,502,000
2010 €47,411,200
2011 €45,830,000
2012 €45,032,000
2013 €44,016,000
2014 €43,376,000
2015 €54,400,000
2016 €59,200,000
2017 €64,000,000
2018 €64,000,000
2019 €67,200,000
2020 €67,200,000
2021 €76,800,000
2022 €70,400,000

Total: €1,240,104,981 / €1,240 million / €1.24 billion

Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000
2020 €16,800,000
2021 €19,200,000
2022 €17,600,000

Total: €309,966,146 / €309 million / €0.309 billion

Source: Department of Agriculture