Low level of interest in Ireland’s cruel greyhound industry

6 Dec

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Tesco Ireland has told the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that the greyhound racing Clubcard deal it scrapped last month had not been popular with customers.

In an email to ICABS, a Tesco spokersperson stated: “I can confirm that following consultation with the Irish Greyhound Board, this offer has concluded as a result of low levels of redemption since the beginning of 2016 and customer feedback.”

The decision to cancel the deal was announced after appeals from animal activists in Ireland and around the world who told Tesco about the appalling cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry, including dog injuries and deaths at tracks, the mutilation and dumping of dogs who aren’t quick enough to win, the blooding of dogs and the “disappearence” of thousands of greyhounds every year.

The revelation that the greyhound racing Clubcard deal had “low levels of redemption” is further evidence of the lack of interest in greyhound racing in Ireland. Greyhound industry statistics confirm this, with figures showing a 50 per cent drop in attendances at tracks in recent years and a massive 58 per cent fall in sponsorship.

It is clear that both the Irish public and Irish businesses are rejecting greyhound racing. It is time for the government to follow suit and stop propping up this cruel industry with millions of euros of taxpayers’ money (nearly a quarter of a billion euro to-date)

ACTION ALERT

Please sign and share our petition, urging the government to stop the funding

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Tell the Irish Government to stop wasting precious public funds on this dying industry.

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Email: michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
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Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Email: andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
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Don’t host “hare coursing awards”: Appeal to Charleville Park Hotel

1 Dec
Please join us in appealing to Charleville Park Hotel in County Cork to watch the latest videos of hare coursing cruelty and cancel plans to host the “coursing awards” next April.
At the sickening event, awards are given out for “coursing greyhound of the year” and “coursing bitch of the year”.
 
Latest video footage shows hares being terrorised, hit and severely mauled at coursing meetings around the country.
 
ACTION ALERT
Urge Charleville Park Hotel to show compassion for Irish wildlife and disassociate from cruel hare coursing.
 
Charleville Park Hotel,
Limerick Road,
Charleville, Co Cork.
 
Telephone +353 (0) 63 33700
 
Email info@charlevilleparkhotel.com
 
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Welcome to Ireland – The land of a thousand cruelties

18 Nov
Letter to the Editor in the Irish Indpendent highlights Ireland’s animal cruelty crisis.
 
Welcome to Ireland – The land of a thousand cruelties
Irish Independent, 18th November 2016
 
The seizure of almost 100 puppies in the UK that had been illegally shipped from Ireland again focuses attention on the sickening trade in ‘designer dogs’.
 
Not that it surprises me in the least that Ireland has earned the reputation among animal welfare groups of being the puppy farming capital of Europe.
 
We have a serious credibility problem as a nation when it comes to humane treatment of animals.
 
Yes, we have an animal welfare act, but a badly drafted one that has proved inadequate in tackling a whole range of issues: puppy farming thrives, availing of gaping loopholes in the act; feral cats have virtually no legal protection; badgers are snared and killed openly despite their “protected” status; and the legislation specifically exempts hare coursing from prohibition.
 
Instead of protecting hares – gentle, inoffensive creatures – from a practice banned in many jurisdictions, it protects the “sporting interests” of coursing clubs.
 
Whether it’s subjecting innocent puppies to the misery of vile breeding establishments or having hares mauled, terrorised and tossed about like broken toys, we seem to excel at turning sentient beings into tortured, traumatised or dead ones in the name of fun and greed.
 
It’s a wonder we don’t have a special government department or semi-state agency selling our contempt for animal welfare as a tourist attraction.
 
The slogan could be: Welcome to Ireland – The land of a thousand cruelties.
 
John Fitzgerald
Callan, Co Kilkenny

Hare Preservation Trust calls for ban on cruel hare coursing

16 Nov

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The UK’s Hare Preservation Trust has joined calls on Minister Heather Humphreys to stop licensing cruel hare coursing.

In a letter to the Minister this month, the Trust’s John Rimington BSc stated: “I would like to draw your attention to the true facts relating to hare coursing in Ireland, something those people who engage in this destructive activity desperately do not want you to hear. Although the dogs wear muzzles, this does not prevent the quarry hares from suffering crippling and sometimes fatal injuries caused by the vigorous buffeting, including being tossed into the air, which the hare endures when cornered by the pursuing dogs.  Broken bones and worse are inflicted by the aggressive dogs which are still trying to destroy the hare in spite of being handicapped by their muzzles.”

He went on to tell Minister Humphreys that injured hares have “no chance of being able to survive in the wild, even if subsequently set free by the event organisers” and that post-release hare deaths are not included in coursing mortality statistics.

Also highlighted was the threat to hares from “stress myopathy”. “Even if a hare appears to have escaped uninjured from the coursing event it may well subsequently die within hours or days in the wild from the little known effects of stress myopathy,” he stated. “The excessive adrenaline exertion entailed in trying to evade the relentless dogs (feared predators as far as the hare is concerned) forces lactic acid into the hare’s bloodstream causing a breakdown of body tissues, especially muscles, releasing chemicals which damage kidneys and, critically, the heart muscle. It then becomes an unpleasant and sometimes lingering death for the hare.”

“I hope that these sobering facts – and not the misleading propaganda emanating from the coursing lobby – will impress upon you that it is vital for the future survival prospects of the Irish hare that coursing is outlawed in Ireland, as it has been in the UK,” Mr Rimington added.

Find out more about the Hare Preservation Trust at
http://www.hare-preservation-trust.co.uk

Watch the latest video evidence of hare coursing cruelty

ACTION ALERT

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Ireland: Ban Cruel Hare Coursing
https://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

Save Irish hares from cruel coursing
https://www.change.org/p/save-irish-hares-from-cruel-coursing

Email “BAN HARE COURSING NOW” TO Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie

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Tel: +353 (0)1-631 3802 or (01) 631 3800 (Heather Humphreys)
Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020 (Enda Kenny)
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 (Michael Creed)

Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently push for a ban on hare coursing 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=32&disp=mem

Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Toyota urged to disassociate brand from greyhound racing

11 Nov

Toyota Ireland is being urged to act to stop its brand being associated with the cruel greyhound racing industry.

The call comes after it emerged that a “Main Toyota Dealer” in Cork is sponsoring a greyhound racing event at Curraheen Park track and offering a Toyota van as a prize.

The 3-race “Grandons Toyota Open stake” event started last month, with the final race tomorrow, Saturday 12th November.

On its website, sponsor Grandons Toyota Cork states: “Grandons Toyota is delighted to welcome a new partnership with Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium Cork, with the addition of a new 24 dog Mini Open Stake to the Cork racing calendar. The Grandons Toyota Mini Open will begin on Saturday 29th October and run over 3 weekends with the Final on Saturday 12th November. The overall winner of the competition will receive €3,500 in prizemoney.”

The company is also offering “a bonus prize of a new Toyota Proace Van” for the owner of any of the finalist dogs who break the track record. http://www.grandons.ie/pages/news/local-article/grandons-toyota-announce-sponsorship-of-the-mini-open-at-curraheen-park#sthash.8h63pCWw.dpuf

Announcing the races, Grandons Toyota tweeted: “Proud Sponsors @CorkDogs Mini Open 525, which gets under way on 29th Oct. #Toyota #greyhoundracing #curraheen” https://twitter.com/GrandonsToyota/status/788441605757931523

Promotional photos show a man in a Toyota car with a greyhound in the back seat, while another photo shows the greyhound standing next to the vehicle, wearing a jacket featuring Toyota logos.

In an email to Toyoto Ireland, ICABS stated: “We trust that given the massive international opposition to greyhound racing in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Italy, Australia and other countries, Toyota would not want to be in any way associated with this activity.”

We highlighted the cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry – deaths, injuries, greyhounds dumped and mutilated and the thousands of greyhounds who go “missing” every year because they are not fast enough to win. Also mentioned was the cruel and illegal blooding and doping of greyhounds.

Among the victims of the Irish greyhound industry are a former racing greyhound found emaciated last month with his bones protruding and infested with worms and fleas. Another dumped greyhound was discovered with her ears burned with acid (to obliterate identity tattoos) and her tail hacked off.

Toyota Ireland was also told about the shocking export of Irish greyhounds to countries with no animal protection. We pointed out that one of the greyhounds (Two Stone Tadgh) exported to a life of misery and certain death at the infamous Canidrome track in Macau earlier this year, last raced at Curraheen Park where he finished second last. The exports sparked major protests in Ireland and around the world.

According to the Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland, greyhounds are expected to live to 14 years on average but in the greyhound industry, the lifespan is just 3-4 years. Many of these dogs are either euthanised, abandoned or end up in local authority pounds. GRAI also notes that in 2014, it was reported that there were 717 injuries to greyhounds, arising from dogs skidding and crashing on the surfaces of tracks, and that that 3-4 dogs are euthanised at each operational racing track every Saturday.

ACTION ALERT

Join us in appealing to Toyota Ireland and Gandons Toyota Cork to show compassion for the dogs used and abused in the greyhound industry and disassociate from greyhound racing.

Grandons Toyota Cork
Sallybrook, Glanmire,
Co Cork

Email: customerservice@toyota.ie, reception@grandons.ie, sales@grandons.ie

Tel: +353 (0)1 4190200 (Toyota Ireland)  /  +353 (0)21 485 8300 (Grandons Toyota Cor)

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https://www.facebook.com/grandonstoyota/

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School urged to stop using greyhound as fundraiser

10 Nov

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A school in Kildare, Ireland is being urged to stop exposing pupils to the cruel greyhound industry and using a greyhound as a fundraiser.

Gaelscoil Chill Dara’s “Cu Abu” – a female greyhound – has been entered into six races since June, winning the first two and finishing just third or fourth in subsequent races.

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website Cu Abu is the school’s mascot, “providing an opportunity for learning about animal ownership and rearing, and helping the school’s fundraising efforts through prize money and a fundraising night at Newbridge Greyhound Stadium.”

The dog is sponsored by pro-coursing bus company Dublin Coach (which also has links to Cityscape Dublin Tours and Quick Park carpark near Dublin Airport – both of which offer greyhound race tickets).

In an email to school principal, Seán de Paor, ICABS stated: “Given that greyhound racing is a gambling industry which involves horrendous cruelty and killing, it is surprising that any school would deem it appropriate to expose pupils to it.”

“Are Gaelscoil Chill Dara pupils being taught about the thousands of greyhounds who go missing every year (because they are not quick enough to make money for unscrupulous owners) or the greyhounds dumped and killed when they fail to win races? Are they aware of the export of Irish greyhounds to China and other regions where no animal protection exists or the international campaigns aimed at securing a ban on greyhound racing due to the cruelty involved?”

Greyhound protection group, Pet Levrieri, has condemned the exploitation of the greyhound, saying in a statement: “All kids love a puppy but these young children would be shocked to know that their mascot could easily become one of the thousands of greyhounds injured, killed or perhaps worse exported to suffer shocking cruelty in a Chinese Canindrome – Cù Abu is lucky to get this far. Some puppies are killed in the name of ‘selective breeding’ before they even see a racetrack. Dogs who do become racers typically live in cages, often developing muzzle sores from rubbing their noses on the bars of their ‘home’.”

Among the victims of the Irish greyhound industry this year are an emaciated greyhound dumped in Tipperary with her ears burned with acid (to remove markings which would identify the owner) and the tip of her tail hacked off. Last month, an ex-racing greyhound with ribcage protruding and infested with fleas and worms was rescued in Galway. Earlier in the year, a pregnant greyhound was found brutally killed in a cemetery in Clonmel.

According to the Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland, greyhounds are expected to live to 14 years on average but in the greyhound industry, the lifespan is just 3-4 years. Many of these dogs are either euthanised, abandoned or end up in local authority pounds. GRAI also notes that in 2014, it was reported that there were 717 injuries to greyhounds, arising from dogs skidding and crashing on the surfaces of tracks, and that that 3-4 dogs are euthanised at each operational racing track every Saturday.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Gaelscoil Chill Dara and urge the school to disassociate from cruel greyhound racing and, instead of exploiting Cu Abu, allow her to retire to a loving home.

Principal Seán de Paor
Gaelscoil Chill Dara,
An Bóthar Glas,
An Currach,
Co Kildare

Phone: +353 (0)45 442300
Email: gscoilchilldara@eircom.net

Urge the Irish Government to stop handing out millions of euros to the greyhound industry and instead invest the money in schools and sports clubs. The greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euro since 2001, including 16 million in Budget 2017. As long as schools are being forced to fundraise, the government should not be squandering taxpayers’ money on a gambling industry.

Please sign and share our petition

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Given the ongoing fall in attendances at tracks, it is clear that the general public has little interest in greyhound racing. Tell the Irish Government to stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry.

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Email: michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
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Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Email: andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to @ADoyleTD

“Three Amigos” singer sponsors cruel hare coursing

10 Nov

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Shame on Three Amigos country and western singer Jimmy Buckley for sponsoring a hare coursing meeting in Galway today.

The fixtures booklet for the Galway & Oranmore coursing meeting shows that the “Derby Trial Stake” is “kindly sponsored by Jimmy Buckley of Jumeirah Kennels”.

According a notice on the Irish Greyhound Board website, Jimmy Buckley “runs his own kennels in Athenry and runs his dogs under the Jumeirah prefix.”

In the past, Jimmy Buckley has shamelessly declared his love of cruel hare coursing and greyhound racing. He is on record as saying: “I always loved [greyhound racing]. I always loved coursing. Been following it for many years. Something you can never get away from, thankfully. It’s a great escape from the music business. It’s great. I really enjoy it. It’s great to be here in Tubbercurry [hare coursing meeting] – a great meeting altogether.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja134fAgcec&feature=youtu.be

Buckley, who says his ambition is to “conquer the English country market”, is a solo singer and is also part of the Three Amigos group which is set to tour Ireland between December and February. He has also performed alongside Cavan singer and puppy farmer Eamon Jackson.

Please share this post and alert others to Jimmy Buckley’s support and sponsorship of cruel hare coursing.

ACTION ALERT

If you wish to leave feedback for Jimmy Buckley, the contact details are

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmybuckleymusic
Email: info@jimmybuckley.com
Text/Phone +353 (0)87 0667711 (Ireland) or +44 (0) 1948 667 689 (UK).

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