Limerick veterinary surgeon sponsors hare coursing

27 Nov

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We’ve had a Dundalk vet sponsoring a hare coursing event (“Ancu Veterinary Hospital Oaks Trial Stake…kindly sponsored by vet Brian Jones”), a veterinary nurse acting as a judge at a coursing meeting (Orlaith Farrelly at Westmeath United coursing), an FBD Insurance ‘equine specialist’ vet (Ian Brassil) at a Clare foxhunt and a vet in Limerick (Tommy Kearney) claiming that coursers “hold the welfare of the Irish hare very close to their hearts”. Now, we can reveal another.

According to a booklet for a hare coursing meeting in County Limerick this month, “John Garrihy Treaty Veterinary Clinic Limerick” not only sponsored the Oaks Trial Stake coursing event but was also set to present a cup to the owner of the winning greyhound. The Treaty Veterinary Clinic outlines that “John has lectured extensively at University of Limerick, in particular on Canine Husbandry and Equine Science (B.Eq.Sc). He has been nominated on a number of occasions for the Stronghold Pet Care Award. His particular interest is in canine and feline medicine and the injuries of the racing greyhound.”

It’s absolutely outrageous that members of the veterinary profession are continuing to openly support and participate in activities which are known to cause suffering, injury and/or death to defenceless creatures.


Join us in once again urging the Veterinary Council of Ireland to act to end vet involvement in foxhunting and hare coursing.

Veterinary Council of Ireland
53 Lansdowne Road
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 668 4402

Ask John Garrihy Treaty Veterinary Clinic to stop sponsoring hare coursing.

John Garrihy
Treaty Veterinary Clinic
High Road, Thomondgate, Limerick
Tel: 061 328511
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Contact Ancu Veterinary Hospital and ask them to stop sponsoring cruel hare coursing.

Mobile: 087 2540999
Tel: 042 9321915 (Louth) or 028 30252000 (Newry)
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“I am in favour of a ban on Ireland’s cruel bloodsports” – Actor/Comedian Joe Rooney

26 Nov

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“I am in favour of a ban on Ireland’s cruel bloodsports” – Actor/Comedian Joe Rooney (Father Ted, Killinascully, Roy, RiRa)

A big thank you to popular actor and comedian, Joe Rooney, for his support.

Find out more about Joe Rooney at

Express your support for a ban on bloodsports by signing our petitions now

Listing for hare hunt and hunt ball removed from Evensi

19 Nov

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A notice about a hunt ball and a hare hunt has been removed from international events website, Evensi, after ICABS highlighted the appalling animal cruelty involved in hunting.

The listing for an upcoming Tara Harriers hunt ball in the Headfort Arms Hotel advertised tickets for both the hunt ball and “a day’s hunting”.

It stated: “This year we will be hosting a lawn meet in the fabulous Brittis Estate the morning of the ball. This will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy a days hunting in a wonderful setting, before getting on the glad rags for a brilliant nights craic. So now is the time to book your tickets for what promises to be a fantastic days hunting and a wonderful hunt ball that night.”

In a message to Italy-based Evensi, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports wrote: “In hunting, hares and foxes are chased by packs of hounds and when caught, they are torn to pieces. We appeal to Evensi to remove this listing for a day’s hunting in Meath, Ireland and disallow listings for any event that involves animal cruelty or killing.”

A posting for the event on the Tara Harriers Facebook page features an image of a hare in a tuxedo – a far cry from what a hare looks like when caught by hounds during a hunt. Hares are mauled, bitten and torn limb from limb by the dogs. “The hounds caught up with the hare and totally demolished it” is how one distraught eye-witness described the end of a hare hunt in County Dublin. “All that was left was a tiny piece of fur blowing in the breeze.”

Despite being a supposedly protected species, the Irish Hare may legally be persecuted by licensed hare coursers as well as by shooters and hunts with packs of hounds.

About Evensi: Evensi is a search engine dedicated to geo-located events. It currently lists over 35 million events all around the world. Find out more at


Complain to the Headfort Arms Hotel about its hosting of a hunt ball.

Headfort Arms Hotel,
Headfort Place,
Kells, Co. Meath,

Telephone: +353 (0) 46 927 4222
Tweet to: @Headfort
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Urge Minister Heather Humphreys to show compassion for the persecuted Irish Hare and end the hunting, coursing and shooting of the species.

Email “Save hares from hunting, shooting and coursing” to,,,,,
Tel: (01) 631 3802 or (01) 631 3800
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Tweet to Heather Humphreys: @HHumphreysFG

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Dear Minister Humphreys,

The Irish Hare is under severe pressure from hunters, shooters and coursers. Under licence from your Department, the creatures may be netted from the wild during seven months of the year for use as live bait for dogs in coursing. During six months of the year, your Department allows hares to be blasted to death by shooters who take pleasure in destroying our wildlife heritage. They are also chased by packs of hounds and torn apart.

Hares urgently need protection. I urge you to act to give permanent, year-round protection to this species.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,




O’Donnell’s crisp company sends best wishes to hare coursers

18 Nov

The company that produces hand-cooked Tipperary crisps has been blasted for conveying “best wishes” to hare coursers.

O’Donnell’s had an advert in a booklet for a coursing meeting last weekend in which was stated: “Best wishes to Clonmel & Kilsheelan and Clonmel Open Coursing Clubs from O’Donnell’s. Ed O’Donnell, Seskin Farm, Kilsheelan.”

“It is very surprising that in 2015, any company would choose to tarnish its image by associating with animal cruelty,” ICABS stated in a message to O’Donnell’s. “Particularly as hare coursing is an internationally condemned activity, is opposed by a majority of people in Ireland and is illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions (Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales).”

Hare coursing is one of Ireland’s worst forms of cruelty to animals – hares are snatched from the wild in nets, kept in captivity for weeks and used as live lures for greyhounds to chase. They suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives. Those hit by the dogs may be killed or suffer painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips. O’Donnell’s has been told that every coursing season, official monitoring documents reveal the hare injuries and deaths that occur.

“We are sure that the majority of O’Donnell’s customers in the Republic and Northern Ireland would disapprove of your association with hare coursing,” we added. “We appeal to your company to show compassion for the persecuted Irish hare and disassociate from coursing.”

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Complain to O’Donnell’s about the coursing booklet advert and the best wishes message to coursers. If their association with coursing would make you choose another crisp brand, point this out in your correspondence.

Ed O’Donnell
O’Donnell’s Crisps
Seskin Farm,
Kilsheelan, County Tipperary

Tel: +353 (0)52 613 9016
Mobile: 087 2558 142
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Video: It’s time for a ban on Ireland’s cruel hare coursing

Disgust at veterinary surgeon sponsoring cruel hare coursing

13 Nov


A Dundalk-based veterinary surgeon is shamefully sponsoring a hare coursing event this week.

The booklet for the Cavan/Dungannon hare coursing meeting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday features an advert for Ancu Veterinary Hospital. It states that the “Ancu Veterinary Hospital Oaks Trial Stake” is “kindly sponsored by Brian Jones”.

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The Ancu Veterinary Hospital has branches in Louth, Finglas and Newry. According to its website, veterinary surgeon Brian Jones – a track vet at Dundalk stadium – “has a keen interest in greyhound racing and can regularly be seen at Dundalk race track with his dogs”. Also featured on the site is “our list of coursing stud dogs”.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is absolutely disgusted that a veterinary surgeon and veterinary hospital would associate with one of Ireland’s worst forms of cruelty to animals in which hares are terrorised, injured and killed. The hares used as live bait for greyhounds are snatched from the wild, crammed into boxes, kept in captivity for weeks and eventually forced to run for their lives.

At last November’s Cavan/Dungannon coursing meeting, 3 hares were examined by a vet after being hit and/or mauled by greyhounds. Another hare died after it “hit a post while being reboxed for release”.

Coursers from Dungannon travel to Cavan to carry out their bloodsport due to the fact that hare coursing is illegal in Northern Ireland.

ICABS has renewed an appeal to the government to follow the example of Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and urgently ban hare coursing here.


Contact Brian Jones / Ancu Veterinary Hospital and ask them to stop sponsoring cruel hare coursing.

Mobile: 087 2540999

Tel: 042 9321915 (Louth) or 028 30252000 (Newry)

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Glanbia and Gain Animal Feeds associating with Ireland’s cruel hare coursing

11 Nov

Shame on Glanbia and Gain Animal Feeds for associating with Ireland’s cruel hare coursing.

“Gain dog food dominates at the national [hare coursing] meeting in Clonmel – Congratulations to the six Clonmel Champions for 2015… Six brilliant winners and we salute their owners, trainers and breeders” – a shameful statement currently displayed on the Gain website. It refers to the winning greyhounds at the 3-day coursing crueltyfest in Clonmel where hares were used as live bait for greyhounds to chase.

Gain – owned by dairy company Glanbia (Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Isopure, etc) – produces pet food for cats and dogs as well as feed for greyhounds and horses.

An advert for “Gain Dog Food/Glanbia Agribusiness” appeared in the booklet for the Clonmel coursing meeting in February. Last weekend, a prominent notice in the booklet for a hare coursing meet in Carlow stated: “Co. Carlow Coursing Club wish to thank Gain”.

Listing winning greyhounds at the Irish Coursing Derby as one of its success stories, Gain claims that coursing greyhounds “perform better on Gain than on any other food”.

In a message to the company, ICABS highlighted the animal cruelty involved in hare coursing.

“We are sure the majority of animal lovers who visited the Gain stand at ‘Ireland’s Family Pet Expo’ this month would be horrified to learn of Gain’s association with one of Ireland’s worst forms of cruelty to animals,” we stated.


Call on Gain/Glanbia to stop associating with Ireland’s cruel hare coursing.

Siobhan Talbot
Group Managing Director
Glanbia plc
Ring Road, Kilkenny, Ireland


Tel: +353 56 777 2200

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Tweet: @GlanbiaPlc @GainPetFood


Radisson Blu Hotel wishes “good luck” to hare coursers

6 Nov

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ICABS has expressed disappointment to the management of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick after the hotel wished “good luck” to hare coursers.

In a Radisson tweet posted in April, it was announced: “Tonight we host the ICC awards #goodluck #enjoy.”

The Irish Coursing Club’s awards took place following a coursing season which saw more suffering, injury and death to hares. The awards celebrated the dogs considered best at chasing live hares in coursing fields around the country.

In an email to the Radisson Blu, ICABS highlighted just some of the victims of coursing last season:

– At a meeting in Thurles, a hare was suffering a “large injury to the shoulder and front of one of the legs”.
– At Borrisoleigh, hares died in the paddock before the meeting started and four more died during the meeting.
– At the Doon meeting in Limerick, hares were “not in good condition” with many having sores on their feet.
– At Nenagh, among the captured hares were two young hares and two heavily pregnant hares.
– At Mallow, three hares were struck by greyhounds, one of which was mauled and had to be carried off the field.
– At a coursing meeting in Sligo, 9 hares were hit, 1 was euthanised by a vet and 4 others died

“Given the animal cruelty involved, it is surprising that the Radisson Blu not only hosted a coursing-related event but also wished the coursers good luck,” ICABS stated in a letter to the hotel chain. We asked them to show compassion for Irish wildlife and reject hare coursing.

Video footage showing the cruelty of coursing may be viewed on our Youtube channel at


Urge the Radisson Blu to stop hosting hare coursing-related events.

Radisson Blu Limerick
Ennis Road
Limerick, Ireland
Tel: (+353) 61 456200
Fax: (+353) 61 327418


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