Greyhound Racing Ireland claiming greyhound shamefully exported to Pakistan was “rehomed as pet”

24 Nov

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An Irish greyhound shamefully exported to a country with “DEPLORABLE” animal welfare was, Greyhound Racing Ireland is claiming, rehomed as a pet.

The 4-year-old greyhound, named Granard Swift, is one of numerous Irish greyhounds exported to Pakistan, a country which has been condemned for its appalling treatment of animals.

In January, Greyhound Awareness Cork revealed that Granard Swift had ended up in Pakistan. Ten months on, Greyhound Racing Ireland (formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) is continuing to claim on its website that the greyhound was “REHOMED-AS-PET”.

Details on the Greyhound Racing Ireland site show that while in Ireland, Granard Swift had €0 in prize money and that she was trialled three times at Limerick Stadium (headquarters of Greyhound Racing Ireland) on 9th May, 23 May and 11 September 2019. https://www.grireland.ie/results/greyhound-search/greyhound-details/?gid=Granard%20Swift

The Irish Coursing Club – which holds the greyhound stud book and profits from the registration of greyhounds used in racing – is also claiming that Granard Swift is “Rehomed-As-Pet”. It lists the dog’s county as “Tipperary”.

It is unclear what happened to Granard Swift after her final appearance at Limerick Stadium in September 2019 but three months later, a Facebook post by a coursing club in Pakistan confirmed that she wasn’t in Tipperary but instead was being used in cruel coursing 6,500 kilometres away.

The December 2019 Facebook post by Rajpur Coursing Club in Pakistan showed a photograph of the greyhound next to a trophy. It identified the greyhound as “Granard Swift, a fourth season bitch out of Adios Alonso and Granard Storm” and listed her owner as “Rajpur Kennels (Noon Group)”. It added that she was the winner of an “imported section” of Rajpur Coursing Club’s meeting on 16th December 2019.

The shocking revelation that a supposedly rehomed greyhound ended up in a country with little or no animal welfare legislation – casts further doubts on the credibility of the cruel greyhound industry’s rehoming figures.

ICABS has brought this to the attention of Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue and urged him to launch an investigation. “This is the latest in a long list of shameful revelations about the treatment of Irish dogs by the nasty greyhound ‘industry’ and must now prompt the government to suspend all funding to greyhound racing here and wind down what is an inherently cruel activity,” we told Minister McConalogue.

In 2017, as part of an appeal to stop greyhound exports to Pakistan, ICABS supplied the Department of Agriculture with a list of over 200 Irish-born greyhounds who had already ended up in Pakistan. Among them was Crafty Barrazo (records show that the breeder of Crafty Barrazo was former Irish Coursing Club president Brian Divilly). Sickening video footage showed this greyhound chasing a rabbit during a coursing meeting in Pakistan.

The Department of Agriculture was told about animal cruelty horrors in Pakistan, including stomach-churning footage posted on Facebook by a Pakistani national who was identified as the owner of greyhounds imported from Ireland. The footage showed a tethered pig suffering a sustained and brutal attack from two of his hunting dogs – https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1232955566819999/ With his leg tied to a post, the pig was unable to escape as the dogs bit into his underbelly and attempted to chew off his ears. A crowd of merciless bloodsport enthusiasts looked on as the doomed creature’s pain intensified.

Also brought to the Department of Agriculture’s attention was a statement from greyhound campaign group CAGED Nationwide which noted that: “greyhounds bred for the racing industry are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries like Pakistan where there are no welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death.”

Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection also condemned the exports, saying that a contact in Pakistan told her that it’s “dreadful for the dogs there, it’s always mega hot, there’s no animal protection laws, no rehoming programs and not many vets and the ones that are out there are hours away.” He told her he has seen greyhounds “starved to death at the end of their careers”.

At the time, then TD Tommy Broughan questioned the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture about the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan “where the animal welfare regime is deplorable”. He was told that “no greyhounds have been exported directly” – a clear attempt to sidestep the issue of indirect exports to the Asian country https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1349081845207370

ACTION ALERT

Contact all your local TDs and urge them to support the Social Democrats’ motion this Wednesday, 25 November. The motion calls on the government to phase out state funding for greyhound racing Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Find out more about the motion at https://www.facebook.com/HollyCairnsTD/posts/716318505656890

The motion is due to be debated on Wednesday morning at 10am. Watch the debate live at https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/dail-eireann-live/

“Stop all funding to cruel greyhound racing – Support the Social Democrats’ motion” – Email all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs to urge them to support the Social Democrats’ motion and bring greyhound racing funding to an end.

Fianna Fáil TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

Please sign and share the petitions

Stop the Export of Irish Greyhounds to Pakistan
https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-export-of-irish-greyhounds-to-pakistan

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

Stop handing over public money to the greyhound racing industry
https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/governments-going-to-the-dogs-give-to-the-services-in-need

Nearly 6,000 Greyhounds Were Killed Here Because They Were “Too Slow”
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/184/794/470/?TAP=1732

“Stop Greyhound Racing”
https://www.change.org/p/the-department-of-agriculture-stop-greyhound-racing

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

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

SEE ALSO

“Ireland to Pakistan: A one way ticket for greyhounds”: A report by Stefania Traini of Italian greyhound protection group, Pet Levrieri, highlights the numerous Irish greyhounds now in Pakistan https://www.petlevrieri.it/en/articles/ireland-to-pakistan-a-one-way-ticket-for-greyhounds/

A Pakistani national who owns greyhounds imported from Ireland has posted photographs of himself posing with a handgun and a machine gun.

A photograph of the president of the Irish Coursing Club posing next to a representative of a Pakistani greyhound kennel has been deleted from Facebook.

Urge TDs to back Social Democrats’ motion to stop greyhound racing funding

23 Nov

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This Wednesday, 25 November, the Social Democrats will present a motion in the Dail which calls on the government to scrap a €2.4 million increase in state funding to greyhound racing (bringing the total for 2021 to €19.2 million) and entirely phase out the grants which a majority want ended.

In the past two decades, the government has shamefully channelled more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money into the cruel and dying greyhound “industry”. A RED C opinion poll conducted last year found that two thirds of Irish citizens want the government to stop the funding (with just 16 per cent wanting it to continue).

“If you agree that our money should NOT be propping up a loss making industry that has clear animal welfare issues, please sign and share the petition and contact your TDs and ask them to support this motion,” Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns tweeted this week.

The “Stop handing over public money to the greyhound racing industry” petition can be signed at
https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/governments-going-to-the-dogs-give-to-the-services-in-need

The motion is due to be debated on Wednesday morning at 10am. Watch the debate at https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/dail-eireann-live/

As revealed in last year’s award-winning documentary, “RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives”, around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win races. There are also injuries and deaths at tracks. In the past six years alone, at least 1,959 greyhounds suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 652 were killed

ACTION ALERT

Contact all your local TDs and urge them to support the Social Democrats’ motion this Wednesday, 25 November. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Find out more about the motion at https://www.facebook.com/HollyCairnsTD/posts/716318505656890

“Stop all funding to cruel greyhound racing – Support the Social Democrats’ motion” – Email all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs to urge them to support the Social Democrats’ motion and bring greyhound racing funding to an end.

Fianna Fáil TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

Please sign and share the ICABS 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 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

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

Green Party and funding for cruel greyhound racing

22 Nov


The Green Party looks set to vote AGAINST a motion calling for an end to the massive state grants that are keeping cruel greyhound racing afloat. This despite the party’s animal welfare policy clearly stating: “The Green Party seeks to cease the use of state funding for greyhound racing”

https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy.pdf

Speaking on the Week in Politics today (22 Nov 2020), Green Party Senator and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Pippa Hackett defended the latest €2.4 million increase in funding for greyhound racing, which brings to €19.2 million the amount allocated for 2021.

She was questioned by programme presenter Áine Lawlor about a Social Democrats motion coming before the Dail this Wednesday which calls for a reversal of the increase and a phasing out of the state funding which two thirds of citizens want ended.

“You are in government now – will you be opposing it?” Áine Lawlor asked.

“Well, this particular funding – across the board there was Covid funding delivered across every sector because of reductions in attendances – particularly in the greyhound sector and indeed the horse racing sector and other sectors,” Senator Hackett replied. “This is a one-off measure. This is not a change in the baseline funding for the greyhound sector.”

Asked if she will “feel as if you’re going against your political nature in opposing [the bill]?”, she responded: “It’s a Green Party policy that we wouldn’t be supportive of public funds to the greyhound sector. But we are in government [and] we have government agreement to continue to support the sector but we will work with our government colleagues and animal welfare organisations to do what we can to improve it for the greyhound sector,” she added.

The public do not want the government to “improve it for the greyhound sector”. What’s wanted is an end to the funding which is propping up an activity responsible for the deaths of thousands of dogs every year. As revealed in last year’s award-winning RTE documentary, “RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives”, around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win races.

After the documentary was broadcast, the Green Party issued a statement to say: “Following the RTÉ Investigates programme, the Green Party are calling for taxpayers’ money to be redirected away from greyhound racing to animal welfare and environmental groups. The Greens are also calling for an immediate suspension of State funding to the Irish Greyhound Board as it is clear the organisation is incapable of managing the rogue element in the industry.”

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund has channelled €1,460,000,000 (€1.46 BILLION) of taxpayers’ money into horse and greyhound racing since 2001. For 2021, it has pledged not only €19.2 million for greyhound racing but also €76.8 million for horse racing.

Watch the full Week in Politics programme on the RTE Player
https://www.rte.ie/news/player/the-week-in-politics/2020/1122/

ACTION ALERT

Contact all your local TDs and urge them to support the Social Democrats’ motion this Wednesday, 25 November. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Find out more about the motion at https://www.facebook.com/HollyCairnsTD/posts/716318505656890

Get in touch with Green Party TDs and urge them to act in accordance with party policy and not oppose the Social Democrats’ motion.

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

Catherine Martin TD (Dublin Rathdown)
Green Party Deputy Leader and Minister for Culture and Heritage
Tel: (01) 618 3018
Email: catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Catherinemartingreen/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cathmartingreen

Malcolm Noonan TD (Carlow Kilkenny)
Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

Neasa Hourigan TD (Dublin Central)
Tel: (01) 618 3172
Email: neasa.hourigan@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @neasa_neasa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neasahourigangreen/

Deputy Joe O’Brien TD (Dublin Fingal)
Tel: 01 618 4114
Email: joe.obrien@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @joefingalgreen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joefingalgreen/

Patrick Costello TD (Dublin South Central)
Tel: (01) 618 3566
Email: patrick.costello@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @Costellop
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patrickcostellogreenparty

Francis Noel Duffy TD (Dublin South West)
Tel: (01) 618 4236
Email: francisnoel.duffy@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @FNDuffy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrancisNoelDuffy/

Roderic O’Gorman TD (Dublin West)
Tel: (01) 618 3222
Email: roderic.ogorman@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @rodericogorman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RodericOG/

Ossian Smyth TD (Dún Laoghaire)
Tel: (01) 618 3362
Email: ossian.smyth@greenparty.ie
Twitter: @smytho
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smythossian/

Brian Leddin TD (Limerick City)
Tel: (01) 618 3205
Email: brian.leddin@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @BrianLeddin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Leddin4Limerick/

Marc O’Cathasaigh TD (Waterford)
Tel: (01) 618 3223
Email: marc.ocathasaigh@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @MarcKC_Green
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ocathasaighmarc

Steven Matthews TD (Wicklow)
Tel: (01) 6183513
Email: steven.matthews@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: @stevensgreen1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevenmatthewsgreenparty/

Urge Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs to support the Social Democrats’ motion and bring greyhound racing funding to an end.

Fianna Fáil TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

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

Total: €1,169 Million (€1.169 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

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

Hare coursing should now follow fur farming into the dustbin of history

21 Nov

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Hares, like mink, don’t belong in captivity. Hare coursing should now follow fur farming into the dustbin of history – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Irish Times.

Fur farming and a mink cull
Letter, Irish Times, November 21st 2020

Sir, – While saddened by the prospect of a mink cull to prevent a worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic, I welcome the fact that this will hasten the demise of a cruel practice that should have been banned decades ago (“Department in talks with mink farms over plan to cull 120,000 animals”, News, November 19th).

Mink are not native to Ireland, and belong in the wide open countryside and the waterways; not cooped up in cages waiting to be dragged out after a few miserable months of confinement to be gassed.

Fur farming is one of those activities that have fallen victim to Covid-19 and it won’t be missed by anyone with even a scintilla of compassion for animals.

Another should be hare coursing. The season has been suspended until December 1st and more than 1,200 hares have been released from captivity in coursing compounds nationwide.

Those of us campaigning for wildlife protection believe that coursing should go the way of fur farming.

The hare is a solitary creature, unaccustomed to the conditions it finds itself in once captured: confined for several weeks in a paddock or compound with dozens of other hares. Captivity is itself deeply stressful and unnatural for the animal, and hares can literally die of fright when faced with aggressive manhandling by humans.

They don’t belong in cages, large or small, and being chased by dogs in a contrived environment with hundreds of gamblers gathered around is far removed from its natural setting, despite idiotic claims that this activity resonates with the workings of nature.

Hare coursing had no place in the 18th century let alone the 21st.

It should now follow fur farming into the dustbin of history.

Yours, etc,

JOHN FITZGERALD,
Callan, Co Kilkenny

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/fur-farming-and-a-mink-cull-1.4414986

ACTION ALERT

Hare coursing has been halted until at least the beginning of December due to Level 5 Covid19 restrictions. If you are aware of any hare coursing activities taking place in your area, contact the local Gardai – find contact details at https://www.garda.ie/en/Contact-Us/Station-Directory/ – and the NPWS – LoCall 1890 383 000 / Email: nature.conservation@chg.gov.ie

Join us in urging Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to make the licence suspension permanent and to dismiss any request for a licence extension.

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

Malcolm Noonan TD (Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban on coursing 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
Tweet to: 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 back a ban on cruel hare coursing.

Fianna Fail TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

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Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
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Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
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Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland
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Senator Joe O’Reilly pushing for extension for cruel pheasant shooting season

20 Nov

The Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, has said that he has “no plans to extend the hunting season for pheasant”. The Green Party TD was responding to Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly who is shamefully pushing for “an extension of the season for pheasant shooting until February 2021 to compensate for time lost during November 2020”.

Senator Joe O’Reilly is claiming that pheasant shooters, who were ordered to stop by Gardai, “acquiesced very patriotically”.

This despite the fact that the shooters criticised the government and the Gardai for curtailing their cruel activity and refusing to exempt them from Level 5 COVID19 restrictions – with a representative body even going to the High Court to seek a judicial review. In his Seanad speech on 10 November, Senator O’Reilly farcically praised the shooters, saying they “stayed at home and played their part in supporting the national effort to combat the deadly threat to our communities which is COVID19 ”.

The reality is that the shooters were forced to stay at home. They pestered the National Public Health Emergency Team and the Gardaí for “guidance and clarification” and were repeatedly told that their activities were not exempted under the nationwide restrictions.

In a statement, Gardaí made it clear that “under the current regulations (SI 448), sport shooting is prohibited”, “recreational hunting does not fall under any of the exemptions allowed for exercise or sporting events” and “recreational hunting does not come under any permissible exemptions for travel outside of the home.”

In his lengthy speech, Senator O’Reilly – who has in the past maintained that “people involved in the dog breeding industry have a great love of animals” and described foxhunters as “a wonderful group of people” – claimed that the health benefits of shooting birds is “well documented” and went on to praise shooters, saying they “control pest and predator species for farmers”.

The so-called “pests”, i.e. Irish wildlife including foxes, are gunned down by pheasant shooters, not to help farmers but to keep the creatures away from the birds they breed in captivity and release into the countryside to later blast out of the sky.

He outrageously suggested that if shooters are not allowed more time to kill the pheasants, it “may have an adverse effect on the welfare of pheasants” because it “may lead to an overabundance of adult pheasants” and there may not be sufficient food sources for them in the Spring.

He called on the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan (Green Party), to “favourably consider licensing the hunting of pen-reared pheasants” until the end of February “for environmental balancing purposes”.

Responding, Minister of State Noonan stated: “The current restrictions have impacted on all of us in one way or another. The restrictions have necessarily impacted on a range of sporting activities and this includes a number of outdoor activities such as hunting, whether it be shooting pheasant, duck, deer or other species. While my Department has a role in the conservation of protected species, the Department does not have a function in granting exemptions from compliance with public health regulations made in the context of Covid-19. Such exemptions are, of course, made on public health grounds.”

He told Senator O’Reilly that the Gardai have clarified that pheasant shooting is not permissible under level 5 restrictions and that the National Parks and Wildlife Service division of his Department also made it clear that “licences issued by the NPWS do not in any way confer exemptions in respect of compliance with public health guidelines”.

“I am conscious that most individuals who hunt pheasant do so for recreational purposes,” he added. “That point was well outlined by Senator O’Reilly. It would be my hope as, indeed, it would be the hope of most of us, that the success of the current level 5 restrictions in reducing the level of Covid-19 cases will continue and will allow the Government to ease restrictions next month. This may well see a return to pheasant shooting but, clearly, this will depend on the success achieved and the advice available to Government later during this current phase.”

He said that he has “no current plans to extend the hunting season for pheasant to the end of February 2021”.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Minister for Heritage Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan and appeal to them to refuse an extension to the season for cruel pheasant shooting.

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

Malcolm Noonan TD (Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

SEE ALSO:

Ex-shooter reveals the cruelty of pheasant shooting

Game hunters up in arms over restriction on activities
RTE News, 2 Nov 2020
https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/1102/1175490-pheasant-shooting-restrictions/

Kildare TD urged to stop pushing for extension to cruel pheasant shooting season

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MORE INFORMATION: Senator Joe O’Reilly and Animal Cruelty Issues

“Also central to my childhood was sport, by which I mean people going out to shoot in November, people going coursing or various forms of outdoor sport with beagles. Regardless of whether one likes it, the Ward Union Hunt is an integral part of rural society and rural life. The deer is not at risk in the physical sense… I am in favour of the Ward Union Hunt and have no quibbles about that.” Speaking as a Senator, Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 30 June 2010

“The people involved in the dog breeding industry have a great love of animals and a commercial interest in the maintenance of the highest standards.” Seanad debate, Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Committee Stage, 9 March 2010.

“I live beside a hunt known as the Drumlin Hounds in Cootehill. I am familiar with members of the hunt and know the dogs are well fed, cared for in an exemplary fashion and kept in the best possible conditions. Those involved in the hunt have an affection for their animals, are outdoors people and love sport…Next Friday week, I will attend a hunt ball in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon in the Minister of State’s constituency. I do so every year as the ball is an opportunity to meet a wonderful group of people from the Roscommon hunt who have a passion for what they do and love and care for their animals.” Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Committee Stage, 10 February 2010.

Kildare TD urged to stop pushing for extension to cruel pheasant shooting season

20 Nov

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Kildare TD, Patricia Ryan is being urged to stop pushing for an extension to the season for cruel pheasant shooting.

In a Dail Question this week, the Sinn Féin TD asked the Minister for Heritage “if he will extend the pheasant shooting season in view of the delay caused by the introduction of level 5 restrictions”

Responding, Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan TD (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party) stated: “It is not possible to be definitive about future public health developments at this time. There are no current plans to extend the hunting season for pheasants.” 

Patricia Ryan TD has been told about an interview from RTE’s Liveline in which pheasant shooting was described as “a very cruel pastime” by a former shooter and gun club chairman. He told listeners that “a high proportion of the birds are not killed” when shot and instead suffer agonising injuries.

“Yesterday, I came across a pheasant dragging its wings along the ground, unable to fly because somebody had shot it and not killed it,” he said. “Two days previously, I came across a pheasant with its entrails dragging along the ground and obviously in agony because somebody had shot it and not killed it.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpJHS5FDd-k

Pheasant shooters are also responsible for killing Irish wildlife including foxes who are gunned down to keep them away from the birds the shooters breed in captivity and release into the countryside to later blast out of the sky.

Under COVID19 Level 5 restrictions, pheasant shooting has been halted until at least the beginning of December. If you are aware of any pheasant shooting taking place in your area, contact the local Gardai and ask them to take action – find contact details at https://www.garda.ie/en/Contact-Us/Station-Directory/

ACTION ALERT

Urge Deputy Ryan to stop lobbying on behalf of pheasant shooters. Ask her where she stands on hare coursing and fox hunting.

Patricia Ryan TD
Tel: (01) 618 4305
Email: patricia.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/cllrPatriciaRyan975

Contact Minister for Heritage Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan and appeal to them to refuse an extension to the season for cruel pheasant shooting.

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

Malcolm Noonan TD (Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

SEE ALSO:

Ex-shooter reveals the cruelty of pheasant shooting
https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/569637200497210/

Game hunters up in arms over restriction on activities
RTE News, 2 Nov 2020
https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2020/1102/1175490-pheasant-shooting-restrictions/

Please support our campaign with a donation
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REVEALED: Fine Gael Cllr who defended Govt’s funding of greyhound racing worked with Irish Greyhound Board

19 Nov

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A Fine Gael Councillor who came on to the national airwaves on Wednesday morning to defend the government’s massive grants to greyhound racing, has previously held a “communications” position with the Irish Greyhound Board, it has emerged.

Cllr David McManus – Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council – was invited on to RTE Radio 1’s “Today With Claire Byrne” show and spoke in favour of the grants that two thirds of Irish citizens want ended.

Mr McManus – who expressed his support for the latest €19.2 million in funding – was introduced on to show as “Fine Gael Councillor who is [Deputy] Mayor of South County Dublin”.

However, it later came to light that Mr McManus previously worked with the Irish Greyhound Board. His LinkedIn page shows that he was in the communications position with the IGB between February 2017 and September 2018 https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcmanusdavid

Listeners to the show were not told about this connection when he was being introduced and he neglected to mention it when presenter Claire Byrne asked: “Are you a fan of greyhound racing? I’m just wondering why you are so invested”.

To this, he responded: “Well no, I go horse racing. I go greyhound racing…”

Listen to the show at https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/208115637515026
or https://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-claire-byrne/programmes/2020/1118/1178943-today-with-claire-byrne-wednesday-18-november-2020/?clipid=103539074#103539074

Also on the show was Holly Cairns TD (Cork South West) who highlighted the annual killing of around 6,000 greyhounds who are not fast enough. She described as “scandalous” the government’s continued funding of greyhound racing and dismissed as “factually incorrect” a claim by Cllr McManus that there are thousands of jobs in greyhound racing.

She later tweeted: “It was only afterwards I learned that Cllr McManus worked in Communications for the Irish Greyhound Board in 2017 and 2018. This should have been declared, especially when Claire Byrne asked him ‘Are you a fan of greyhound racing? I’m just wondering why you are so invested?’”

According to the Fine Gael website, “David McManus was elected as a Councillor for the Rathfarnham-Templeogue area on his first attempt in May 2019.” It states that he “has worked in the public and private sectors, in management and communications” but does not mention his position with the Irish Greyhound Board.

Along with the €19.2 million for greyhound racing, the government has shamefully allocated another €76.8 million for horse racing in 2021. If approved, it will bring to more than €1,460,000,000 (€1.46 Billion) the amount of taxpayers’ money handed over in the past two decades.

ACTION ALERT

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)1-640 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 €96 million of taxpayers’ money into the two gambling activities in 2021, bringing to more than €1.46 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 400,000 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.

Fianna Fáil TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

Please sign and share the petitions

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-racing

Nearly 6,000 Greyhounds Were Killed Here Because They Were “Too Slow”
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/184/794/470/?TAP=1732

Sign the DSPCA’s “Stop Greyhound Racing” petition at
https://www.change.org/p/the-department-of-agriculture-stop-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

Total: €1,169 Million (€1.169 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

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

 

Jack Chambers TD moves proposal to approve €96m grant for horse and greyhound racing

19 Nov

jack chambers horse and greyhound fund 2020 copy

A Fianna Fáil TD who last year called for action to be taken to stop greyhound racing cruelty has this week backed a €19.2 million government grant to Greyhound Racing Ireland.

In the Dail on Tuesday, Dublin West TD Jack Chambers moved a proposal “that Dáil Éireann approves the following Regulations in draft: Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2020” https://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2020-11-17a.247

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2020 are set to channel another €19.2 million into greyhound racing and €76.8 million into horse racing in 2021. If approved, the funding will bring to more than €1,460,000,000 (€1.46 Billion) the amount of taxpayers’ money handed over to the two gambling activities in the past two decades.

Jack Chambers is currently a Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip and at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht and sport

Last year, following the broadcast of RTE’s shocking Greyhounds Running For Their Lives documentary, he tweeted: ““#RTEInvestigates program revealed a shocking and shameful level of cruelty to animals in this country. Government must take action.” Watch the documentary at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

Five months after that, however, he voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2019 which granted another €16.8 million euros in state funding to greyhound racing.

He has also in the past voted AGAINST a proposed ban on cruel hare coursing.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Jack Chambers TD to stop supporting cruel greyhound racing and to back a ban on cruel hare coursing.

Jack Chambers TD
Tel: (01) 618 3754
Email: jack@jackchambers.ie
Twitter: @jackfchambers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackchambersff

Contact Fianna Fáil and party leader Micheal Martin and urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of Irish citizens who want hare coursing and foxhunting banned and funding to cruel greyhound racing stopped.

Fianna Fail Head Office
Áras de Valera
65-66 Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01 676 1551
Email: info@fiannafail.ie

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

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)1-640 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 €96 million of taxpayers’ money into the two gambling activities in 2021, bringing to more than €1.46 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 400,000 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.

Fianna Fáil TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

Please sign and share the petitions

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-racing

Nearly 6,000 Greyhounds Were Killed Here Because They Were “Too Slow”
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/184/794/470/?TAP=1732

Sign the DSPCA’s “Stop Greyhound Racing” petition at
https://www.change.org/p/the-department-of-agriculture-stop-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

Total: €1,169 Million (€1.169 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

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

“SCANDALOUS”: Holly Cairns TD condemns government’s funding of cruel greyhound racing

18 Nov

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns (Cork South West) has described as “scandalous” the government’s continued funding of cruel greyhound racing despite “overarching appalling standards of care and the loss-making nature of the industry”

The budget has allocated €19.2 million for greyhound racing in 2021 – that’s an increase of €2.4 million over last year’s figure.

Speaking on the Claire Byrne radio show on RTE Radio 1 this morning, Deputy Cairns – the Social Democrat’s Spokesperson for Agriculture and Disability – reminded listeners about the suffering and death inherent in greyhound racing.

“We all know from an RTE documentary called Running for Their lives, that 16,000 greyhounds are born here every year and the documentary found that 5,987 of those are killed because they fail to make qualification times or their performance has declined,” she stated. “So basically, the industry kills almost 6,000 dogs annually for not racing fast enough and our government funds it.”

She highlighted that greyhound racing is “a loss-making industry”, with attendance at tracks down by 55% between 2008 and 2018 and the combined loss for tracks between 2019 and 2022 predicted to be 30 million. Also noted was the results of a RED C opinion poll which found that a two thirds majority of Irish citizens want the government to stop funding greyhound racing, with only 16% in favour of the funding continuing.

“It is impossible to understand why government continues to fund it and has now increased its funding,” she commented. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic and we are constantly hearing that there just isn’t the funding for essential services like disability support services, refuge spaces for victims of domestic violence, supports for communities that are flooding time and time again – it is beyond infuriating to see where and how money IS being allocated.”.

Speaking in favour of the funding was David McManus who was introduced as “Fine Gael Councillor who is mayor of South County Dublin”. However, it later came to light that Mr McManus also previously worked with the Irish Greyhound Board. His LinkedIn page shows that he was in a “communications” position with the Irish Greyhound Board between February 2017 and September 2018 https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcmanusdavidListeners were not told about this connection when he was being introduced and he neglected to mention it when presenter Claire Byrne asked: “Are you a fan of greyhound racing? I’m just wondering why you are so invested”.

To this, he responded: “Well no, I go horse racing. I go greyhound racing. I am a member of Leopardstown Racecourse. I would have been at Cheltenham this year but it was cancelled due to Covid so I didn’t go. So that’s my background on this.”

Note: Cheltenham Festival was NOT cancelled this year. The organisers of the controversial 4-day horse racing event in March – which had a total attendance of 251,684 – were strongly criticised for proceeding. It is believed that the festival played a role in spreading coronavirus in the UK and also in Ireland, with racing fans travelling back and forth.

Cllr McManus was asked by Claire Byrne “how can you justify funding a loss making industry to the tune of over €19 million?”

“People will hear this – an extra over 2 million for greyhound racing [total €19.2m] when actually there are so many demands on the public purse,” she said. “It does seem like a strange thing for the government to do.”

Maintaining that “we have a proud history of horse racing and greyhound racing in this country for over a hundred years”, he said that the two gambling activities – which have received more than one and a quarter billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001 – are “not just sports, they are industries”.

His claim that there are thousands of jobs in greyhound racing was dismissed by Deputy Cairns as “factually incorrect”.

“The fact of the matter is that 850 staff are directly employed in the industry and 700 of those are part time.”

Asked if the government should also stop funding other sectors – including in the Arts that are not self-financing – she replied: “None of those sectors treat animals in the way this industry does. We’re talking about SIX THOUSAND dogs killed ANNUALLY for not running fast enough. It is absolutely outrageous the way these dogs are treated.”

“I think if you ask most taxpayers, they don’t want to see their tax money going into this,” she added.

ACTION ALERT

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)1-640 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 €96 million of taxpayers’ money into the two gambling activities in 2021, bringing to more than €1.46 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 400,000 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.

Fianna Fáil TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; Charlie.McConalogue@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

Fine Gael TDs

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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; leo.varadkar@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

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@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; 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

Labour Party TDs

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

Please sign and share the petitions

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-racing

Nearly 6,000 Greyhounds Were Killed Here Because They Were “Too Slow”
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/184/794/470/?TAP=1732

Sign the DSPCA’s “Stop Greyhound Racing” petition at
https://www.change.org/p/the-department-of-agriculture-stop-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

Total: €1,169 Million (€1.169 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

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

Paul Murphy calls on Taoiseach to urgently “shut the fur farms once and for all”

18 Nov

RISE/Solidarity TD, Paul Murphy, has called on Taoiseach Micheal Martin to urgently intervene to “shut the fur farms once and for all”.


In a Dail speech on 11 November, Deputy Murphy (Dublin South West) warned about the potential impact a mutated strain of COVID19, found on mink farms in Denmark, could have on the effectiveness of future vaccines.

“The conditions in which mink are held in horrific captivity mean that the virus spreads rapidly but also has the potential for mutation,” he stated. “Six countries around the world have seen outbreaks at mink farms. It seems that minks are particularly susceptible to the coronavirus.”

He noted that Veterinary Ireland has already called on the government to take pre-emptive action and urged the Taoiseach to shut down the fur farms “to ensure that they do not become hotspots here too”.

“Last year, after Solidarity-People Before Profit brought our Bill to ban fur farming, the government finally promised to do so but for months, when we put in parliamentary questions, we are told that the government is drafting the Bill to do so. We clearly can’t wait any longer,” he added.

In appeals to Taoiseach Micheal Martin and the Ministers for Health and Agriculture, ICABS has called for the fur farms to be immediately shut.

“It would be unforgivable if this course of action was not followed and a mutated version of the virus emerged in Ireland, causing further infections, deaths, lockdowns and a possible return to square one for those working to produce an effective vaccine,” we stated.

They were reminded that the government has already pledged to ban fur farming and that the closure of fur farms is inevitable so therefore, closing them down now would merely be a matter of speeding up this process.

Find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can protect yourself – https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in urging the government to shut down Ireland’s three remaining fur farms NOW and put in place the promised ban on fur farming.

Micheál Martin, Taoiseach
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, Tánaiste
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

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

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly
Tel: (01) 201 7300 or (01) 618 3041
Email: ministersoffice@health.gov.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DonnellyforWicklow
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DonnellyStephen

Charlie McConalogue
Minister for Agriculture
Tel: (01) 618 3199
Email: charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CharlieMcConalogue
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@McConalogue

Sign and share our petition
Ban fur farming in Ireland
https://www.change.org/p/ban-fur-farming-in-ireland

Please support our campaign with a donation
https://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports

SEE ALSO:

Coronavirus testing at Irish mink farms under way
https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/1109/1176939-coronavirus-mink/

COVID19 testing at Irish fur farms: Govt must shut them down

Letter: Government should roll out ban on fur farming

Mink screaming: Tell Irish Government to shut down fur farms

Jennifer Whitmore TD urges Taoiseach to “move immediately to ban fur farming in Ireland”