Green Party leader urged to back bill to ban cruel hare coursing

21 Apr

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD (who has in the past stated that he is “firmly opposed to hare coursing”) is being urged to pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s bill to ban coursing. The bill is expected back before the Dail later this year.

The Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy states: “The Green Party is opposed to all bloodsports and we will bring in legislation to end hare coursing, fox hunting, hare hunting and mink hunting”. However, last year, the party’s deputy leader, Catherine Martin TD stated that if government coalition partners Fianna Fail and Fine Gael vote against the Bill to ban coursing, then she would also vote against it “with the heaviest of hearts”.

This is unacceptable. The Green Party must act in accordance with its own policy on the issue and respect the wishes of the 77% majority who want coursing banned,

Deputy Murphy (RISE/Solidarity) introduced the Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill last September. Presenting the bill – which is co-signed by TDs Gino Kenny, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Brid Smith, Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly – Deputy Murphy condemned coursing as “a cruel, barbaric and outdated practice”.

“It has been banned across Britain and Northern Ireland and across all of the EU, apart from three countries, including Ireland,” he stated.

A ban on coursing is long overdue. Contact Eamon Ryan – and all Green Party TDs – and urge them to give their backing to the bill.

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

ACTION ALERT

Urge the Green Party to respect the wishes of the 77% majority who want coursing banned and pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s bill which aims to outlaw the cruel bloodsport. The bill is expected back before the Dail later this year.

View the Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy document

Click to access Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy.pdf

Contact Green Party TDs NOW

Email addresses for all 12 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

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; mos@housing.gov.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/

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/

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

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Horse suffers fatal injury at Tramore racecourse

20 Apr

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Another victim of horse racing: 11-year-old Irish horse Articulum lost his life at Tramore racecourse at the weekend.

The Racing Post reported that the horse “suffered a fatal injury after the last fence” during the race on Sunday (18 April 2021) https://racingpost.com/news/mullins-lands-treble-as-bapaume-books-punchestown-festival-spot/485192

Footage of the race shows the horse hitting the fence and limping on the other side, with the race commentator saying that the doomed horse “blundered and unseated [jockey] Kevin Brouder”. See race footage at https://www.facebook.com/AnimalWelfareWatch/videos/602424960717551/

Articulum was destroyed and the jockey was on another horse half an hour later in the next race at Tramore.

Irish horses are not only dying in Ireland but many also lose their lives in the UK. So far this year, at least 35 have died at UK races. In 2020, at least 61 Irish horses died at races there.

Animal Aid’s Race Horse Death Watch website shows that the victims include horses who collapsed and died and others who were destroyed after suffering broken legs https://www.horsedeathwatch.com/

ACTION ALERT

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

Since 2001, the Irish Government has granted €1,461,991,713 – €1.46 BILLION – of scarce public funds to horse and greyhound racing. That’s €1,169 million for horse racing and €292 million for greyhound racing. Much of the funding goes into prizemoney.

Contact Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to state funding to these two gambling activities which cause suffering and death to animals and damage Ireland’s international image. 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 any further funding to horse and greyhound racing.

The Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund has channelled €1,461,991,713 of scarce public funds into the gambling activities over 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.

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 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@oireachtas.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 petition

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

Irish Government grants to horse racing

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

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

If you need support for gambling addiction, please visit

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Irish horses killed during racing in the UK (2021)

Claud And Goldie (IRE), 18 April 2021, Ayr NH, Collapsed and Died After Race
Wetlands (IRE), 18 April 2021, Ayr NH, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Sweet Adare (IRE), 13 April 2021, Newton Abbot, Broke Hind Leg Pastern – Destroyed
Wargrave (IRE), 06 April 2021, Exeter, Hit Hurdle – Injured – Destroyed

Minella Tara (IRE), 27 March 2021, Newbury NH, Fell – Fractured Knee – Destroyed
Dubai Angel (IRE), 27 March 2021, Newbury NH, Fatally Injured
Time For Champers (IRE), 25 March 2021, Chepstow NH, Fell – Dead
Get Real (IRE), 22 March 2021, Kelso, Broke Foreleg before Jumping Fence – Destroyed
Hollymount Holly (IRE), 22 March 2021, Plumpton, Finished Race Lame – Destroyed
Let There Be Love (IRE), 20 March 2021, Newcastle NH, Collapsed and Died After Race
Stream Lady (IRE), 19 March 2021, Fakenham, Fell – Dead
Cristal Pallas Cat (IRE), 17 March 2021, Kempton AW, Injured Knee – Destroyed
Western Rambler (IRE), 16 March 2021, Sedgefield, Pulled Up – Injured Hind Leg – Destroyed
Coral Lad (IRE), 14 March 2021, Warwick NH, Pulled Up – Fatally Injured
Monsieur D Arque (IRE), 12 March 2021, Sandown NH, Injured at Water Jump – Destroyed
Boa Island (IRE), 08 March 2021, Wetherby, Pulled Up – Fatally Injured
Hoi Polloi (IRE), 05 March 2021, Newbury NH, Hit Hurdle – Injured – Destroyed
Pull Green (IRE), 02 March 2021, Catterick NH, Fell – Fatally Injured
Wudyastopasking (IRE), 01 March 2021, Plumpton, Broke Foreleg – Destroyed

The Conditional (IRE), 21 February 2021, Newbury NH, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Here Comes Johny (IRE), 21 February 2021, Market Rasen, Broke Near-HInd Leg after Jumping Hurdle – Destroyed
L Ami Serge (IRE), 20 February 2021, Ascot NH, Broke Hind Leg – Destroyed
Sevarano (IRE), 20 February 2021, Ascot NH, Fatal Heart Attack During Race
Rathhill (IRE), 19 February 2021, Kelso, Fell – Dead
West End Woody (IRE), 16 February 2021, Carlisle NH, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Cape Milano (IRE), 15 February 2021, Warwick NH, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Stay Humble (IRE), 06 February 2021, Musselburgh NH, Fell – Dead
Lord Halifax (IRE), 05 February 2021, Newcastle AW, Fatally Injured Close to the Finish
Shantaluze (IRE), 02 February 2021, Newcastle AW, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed

Embrace The Moment (IRE), 27 January 2021, Kempton AW, Pulled Up – Fatally Injured
Orphiuchus (IRE), 26 January 2021, Wolverhampton, Pulled Up – Fatally Injured
Glass Of Bubbles (IRE), 25 January 2021, Plumpton, Fell – Broke Neck – Dead
Kupa River (IRE), 25 January 2021, Chelmsford, Finished Race – Fatally Injured
Ann Maries Reject (IRE), 19 January 2021, Exeter, Slipped Up On Bend – Injured – Destroyed
Ardlethen (IRE), 16 January 2021, Warwick NH, Brought Down – Injured – Destroyed

Hertz website drops cruel greyhound racing

20 Apr

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Greyhound racing has been removed from the Hertz website after the car rental company was told about how racing hurts greyhounds.

Following an ICABS appeal, a page relating to Newbridge track was deleted from a Hertz+ section of the company’s website which lists tours and activities around the world.

In our appeal to Hertz, we stated: “The website presents a visit to Newbridge greyhound track as ‘a thrilling occasion that is uniquely Irish’ but we we wish to point out that Ireland’s national tourism bodies, Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, have both stopped promoting this activity – due to revelations about awful cruelty and killing and fears that it damages Ireland’s reputation as a tourist destination.”

Highlighted to Hertz was the fact that dogs suffer and die at Newbridge track. In recent years, at least 90 greyhounds suffered leg/hock/shoulder/muscle injuries there and 39 were killed by a track vet. At tracks around Ireland in the same period, at least 2,146 greyhounds suffered injuries and 715 were killed.

Also brought to the company’s attention was were the shocking revelations in RTE’s “Greyhounds running for their lives”. The documentary, which exposed the annual killing of thousands of greyhounds who don’t make the grade, contained horrifying scenes of greyhounds being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped into a skip.

A big THANK YOU to Hertz for following the many other companies which have rejected greyhound racing, including Air France (which removed Irish greyhound racing from 44 of its international websites), Toyota Ireland, Opel Ireland, Heineken Ireland/Murphy’s, Dublin Bus, Eir Sport, Tesco Ireland, Electric Ireland, Applegreen, Barry’s Tea, Hyde Irish Whiskey, Galway Crystal, FBD Insurance, Botanica International, Voucher Cloud, Permanent TSB, Maldron Hotels, Clayton Hotels, North Star Hotel Dublin, Metropole Hotel Cork, Treacy’s Hotel Waterford, Trip Indicator, In Your Pocket City Guides, Food For Thought (the official publication of the Restaurants Association of Ireland), etc.

Find out more about Hertz+ at
https://plus.hertz.com/

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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
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Stop supporting the cruel greyhound “industry”
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

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Irish Government must protect hares

19 Apr

irish govt must protect hares

Government must protect hares
Irish Examiner, 19 April 2021

The World Health Organization has called for an end to wildlife markets due to their role in spreading pathogens such as the coronavirus.

In 2019, RHD2, a new and deadlier strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, was confirmed in Ireland. Several rabbits and hares were discovered displaying fatal symptoms.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service stated that the virus is highly contagious. The government responded by suspending coursing.

But then the downside of human nature obtruded; as it often does in any contest between the wellbeing or conservation status of a species. A backlash forced the government to reverse the suspension. The disease continues to kill hares, with further outbreaks confirmed throughout 2020.

RHD2 does not pose a health risk to humans, but it could deprive us of a treasured part of our heritage. For a government including the Green Party to allow coursing while RHD2 is rampant is unconscionable.

John Fitzgerald
Callan, Co Kilkenny

ACTION ALERT

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

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

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 bloodsports.

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@oireachtas.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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Suffering and death at the centre of greyhound racing: Govt urged to stop funding

19 Apr

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In a letter published in the Sunday Independent, Greyhound Racing Ireland’s CEO claimed that it “has, as a core priority, the maintaining of animal welfare at the centre of the industry” (11 April 2021, https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/northern-ireland-and-the-road-to-violence-40299175.html)

What is actually at the centre of this deplorable “industry” is much suffering and death, based as it is on overbreeding dogs, choosing the fastest and getting rid of many of the rest.

RTE’s award-winning “Greyhounds Running for Their Lives” revealed that thousands of greyhounds are killed every year because they don’t make the grade.

A damning report commissioned by Greyhound Racing Ireland – which it attempted to bury – estimated, for example, that a total of 17,962 greyhounds were culled in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for “failure to produce qualifying times or desired entry level times” and “unacceptable decline in performance”.

There are many more victims at races around the country. In the past six years alone, 2,146 greyhounds sustained painful injuries, including broken legs, and 715 were destroyed by track vets. Others have collapsed and died with heart attacks.

Greyhound Racing Ireland is quick to quote rehoming stats but these only cover a fraction of the dogs exiting racing. Furthermore, there are doubts about the accuracy of its figures, given recent revelations that greyhounds listed as “rehomed” on the GRI website were, in reality, exported for use in racing and coursing in China and Pakistan, countries with little or no animal welfare where horrific cruelty occurs.

With plummeting track attendances, sponsors running a mile and growing calls on the government to scrap the grants that keep greyhound racing afloat, the time has come to stop the cruelty and killing and finally let greyhound racing die a death.


ACTION ALERT

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Since 2001, Greyhound Racing Ireland (formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) has been granted more than a QUARTER OF A BILLION EUROS, including €16.8 million for 2020 and another €19.2 million for 2021. This is unacceptable and must be stopped.

Please contact your local TDs and urge them to oppose this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

“Stop state funding to cruel greyhound racing” – Email 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@oireachtas.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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Tipperary County Council to probe pro-coursing councillor’s dog ads

19 Apr

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Tipperary County Council has launched an investigation after an Irish Mail on Sunday report last month revealed that pro-coursing councillor, Shane Lee “was selling pups in breach of animal welfare laws using his listed council phone number”.

“Tipperary County Council confirmed it has begun an internal investigation into independent councillor Shane Lee under the code of conduct for elected members of local authorities,” reporter Niamh Walsh outlined in a follow-up report in today’s Mail on Sunday. “Under the code, which is part of the Local Government Act 2001, councillors are prohibited from engaging in conduct that ‘bring the integrity of their office or of local government into disrepute’.”

According to the newspaper, it is understood that the council probe will “investigate Cllr Lee’s use of the mobile phone number listed on the council’s website to advertise the sale of the dogs”. It added that the council received complaints from members of the public “after our report revealed that Cllr Lee advertised dogs for sale on Facebook in breach of the 2019 Regulations on the Sale and Supply (advertising) of Pet Animals” and that complaints were also made to the Department of Agriculture and to the Standards of Public Office.

The ads – which appeared in a “Bushing and Ratting Terriers Ireland” Facebook group and which included Lee’s official county council mobile number – were for dogs including five Lakeland-cross terrier puppies at €1,000 each, a Jack Russell bitch “possibly in pup” for €450 and a bichon/shih-tzu-cross puppy for €800.

The Mail on Sunday pointed out that Cllr Lee’s advert “failed to display microchip numbers or the age, country of origin or Department of Agriculture Pet Register licence number on the advert”.

Legislation that came into force last year makes it an offence to advertise dogs without this information included in the ads.

Read the full report at
https://www.pressreader.com/search?query=councillor%20shane%20lee

See Also
Councillor on policing panel flouts dog rules
Unregistered seller found advertising pups online against 2019 law
Irish Mail on Sunday, 28 March 2021
https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/the-irish-mail-on-sunday/20210328/282230898478218

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PREVIOUSLY (21 July 2020)
https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3098215303627340&substory_index=0&id=463547953760768

An exported Irish greyhound rescued in Spain last year after she was forced to run next to a van for 18 miles, was previously owned by a Tipperary County Councillor, it has emerged. Councillor Shane Lee (Independent) – who is involved in greyhound racing and hare coursing – says he sold the dog in Ireland and did not send her to Spain.

The greyhound, named Coreys Joy, had been listed on the Irish Greyhound Board website as being owned by a son of Councillor Lee before this was changed to “exported”.

“The registered owner was in fact a child so the legal owner was Councillor Shane Lee of Tipperary,” greyhound campaign group Caged Nationwide outlined in a Facebook post. “I actually called Shane [and] he confirmed Joy was his dog but he sold her and didn’t send her to Spain.”

In November 2016, Radio Kerry reported that Coreys Joy was among the greyhounds being used at Rathkeale hare coursing meeting.

Responding to an email from ICABS, Councillor Lee stated: “the dog in question was sold in Ireland. I’ve never ever ever sent a dog to the country you mentioned.”

“My dogs get rehomed by the Haven Rescue in Roscrea Co Tipperary,” he commented. “This is a known fact. I encourage you to please contact the group which I’ve no doubt will vouch for all my dogs. Happy, healthy, friendly and well looked after, I may add.”

Not happy, healthy or well looked after was the greyhound named Coreys Joy when she was rescued in Spain. A disturbing video showed the dog at a vets collapsed and exhausted “after being made to run next to a van for 18 miles”. See video at https://youtu.be/GzpoK1iLcpU

Cllr Lee did not respond to a question asking if he had any comment to make about the suffering endured by Coreys Joy or if he “had any concerns about the export of greyhounds to Spain – a country where they are hung from trees and thrown down wells when they have outlived their usefulness.”

Kerry Lawrence of rescue group, Birmingham Greyhound Protection, expressed anger at how the greyhound was abused, saying “she was actually being dragged as she was struggling to run. You can see the state of her paws where she was dragged.”

The video was filmed 10 minutes after she was rescued.

“Someone in Spain rescued her as soon as the van stopped. She actually bit off a quarter of her own tongue while in the vets. She was covered in sores. She was in Spain over two years and was just passed around and treated like a breeding machine.” Read original post at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220127308165480&set=pcb.10220127370247032

In an update in May 2020, Kerry described the greyhound as being “completely broken mentally and physically”, adding that she just turned five years old “but you would think she is eleven plus”.

“She’s in horrific condition – her body is broken and she can only manage a 10-minute walk, she’s so stiff and sore. Her breathing isn’t great either and she has rotten top teeth,” Kerry said.

According to Birmingham Greyhound Protection, every year hundreds of Irish greyhounds are exported to Spain. They state that all of the Irish greyhounds they have rescued from Spain “have been underweight, with poor body condition and completely mentally broken”.

Previously highlighted was the case of Irish greyhound Josh (racing name “Daddys Cool”) who was also rescued from Spain. The dog was found in “an awful condition” and is believed to have suffered whippings.

Find out more about Birmingham Greyhound Protection and Caged Nationwide at
https://www.birminghamgreyhoundprotection.org/
https://www.cagednw.co.uk/

SEE ALSO

Shocking video footage has emerged showing an exported Irish greyhound collapsed exhausted in Spain “AFTER BEING MADE TO RUN NEXT TO A VAN FOR 18 MILES”
https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2574054792822384&id=463547953760768

Limerick Cup Draw Made For Rathkeale Coursing Meeting, Radio Kerry, 22nd November 2016
https://www.radiokerry.ie/limerick-cup-draw-made-for-rathkeale-coursing-meeting-2/

About Cllr Shane Lee (Independent, Tipperary County Council)

Shane Lee runs Shane Lee Chimneys which sponsored racing at Thurles greyhound stadium. According to the Thurles stadium Facebook page, “the Pat Lee Memorial A6/A7 525 yards Stake Semi Finals [Saturday, November 25th 2017] – kindly sponsored by the Lee Family & Shane Lee Chimneys”

On the Greyhound Data website, Shane Lee was listed as a contact for a “Save Our Tracks Monster Benefit Night” at Shelbourne Park on 13th September 2019.

Shane Lee is involved in hare coursing. A photo posted on his Facebook page in January 2020 shows him at a coursing meeting in Laois, along with the caption “Another little bit of success today with Brody’s dog in the Working Members at Borris-In-Ossory!! Happy kids this evening all round.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1704845696325185&set=pb.100003993129542.-2207520000..&type=3&theater

“I want to wish my brother Pat, Elaine & Family with the B&R syndicate with ‘Ballymeelish Nell’ the very best of luck in Clonmel [coursing] this weekend. Days, weeks, months of hard work that you have put into Nell lets hope ye get rewarded for it and no doubt we can expect a big run. Enjoy every moment of it guys & have a brilliant weekend. I also want to wish Noel ( Mousey ) Loughnane & family the very best of luck with both their dogs also. It’s brilliant to see Roscrea represented on the biggest weekend of the greyhound year at Clonmel.” from Cllr Shane Lee’s Facebook page, 9 February 2018.

Among the groups he “likes” on his Facebook page are foxhunts and hare coursing clubs, including Carlow Farmers Hunt, Kilmoganny Hunt, Ormond Hunt Foxhounds, East Galway Hunt, Roscommon Hunt, Kilflynn coursing club, Borris-In-Ossory & Rushall Coursing Club, Rajpur coursing club (Pakistan), Grallagh Harriers, Tipperary Foxhounds, Limerick Foxhounds and North Kilkenny Foxhounds.

Hunters shooting threatened birds – Minister urged to take action

16 Apr

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The Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan is being urged to remove threatened RED LIST bird species from an open season order which allows hunters to blast them to death.

Several “high conservation concern” birds which appear on the red list of threatened species are also included in the Open Seasons Order on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

“We implore you to please remove the red and amber listed birds from the Open Seasons Order,” ICABS stated in an appeal to Minister Noonan this week. “It is alarming and reckless that birds in these categories are among those listed on the NPWS website, allowing hunters to kill them at various times of the year.”

The Red List birds are highlighted in a disturbing new report published this week, entitled “Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 4: 2020–2026”. The report by Birdwatch Ireland and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds warns that many birds are in trouble in Ireland, with 54 species on the red list (“highest conservation concern”) and 79 other species on the amber list (some concerns for populations).

Commenting on the stark findings of the survey, report co-author Lesley Lewis of BirdWatch Ireland stated: “Sadly the results of this review only go to further show how great the biodiversity crisis is.”

Among the birds on the NPWS open season hunting list are Snipe and Scaup, species which have gone from amber conservation status to red, with breeding populations of snipe in Ireland now “in severe decline”. Despite this, hunters are free to shoot them out of the sky for five months of the year (between 1st September and 31st January). Other red listed species which may be shot during the same period are Pochard and Goldeneye (both have experienced severe declines in their wintering populations), Golden Plover and Shoveler.

Red listed Red Grouse, meanwhile, may be hunted anywhere in the state for the whole month of September, while red listed Woodcock, may be shot during the three month period, 1 November and 31 January.

Mallards (whose status has gone from green to amber) are also on the open season order, meaning they can be killed from 1st September to 31st January.

Other amber list birds on the kill list are Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Tufted Duck and Greylag Goose.

The Greylag Goose may be targeted by shooters from 1 September to 15 October (anywhere in the state) and between 16 October and 31 January on Lady’s Island, Wexford and in Gearagh East and West in County Cork.

“There is no justification for allowing birds – particularly birds of conservation concern – to be blasted out of the sky, purely to provide entertainment to those who get their kicks from killing,” we told Minister Noonan. “Please take this opportunity to give birds a break and reduce carnage in the countryside. The future of many species are depending on your positive action.”

Read the “Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 4: 2020–2026” report at

Click to access BOCCI-2020-2026.pdf

See the NPWS open season order at
https://www.npws.ie/legislation/irish-law/open-seasons-order

ACTION ALERT

Contact Minister Malcolm Noonan and urge him to ease the pressure on red and amber list birds by removing them from the open season order.

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

Trip Indicator removes greyhound racing from website

16 Apr

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A big THANK YOU to Trip Indicator for becoming the latest company to drop greyhound racing from its website.

The price comparison website for city attractions removed pages relating to Shelbourne Park and Newbridge greyhound tracks following an ICABS appeal in which we highlighted the cruelty and killing involved in greyhound racing.

Also highlighted was the fact that Irish tourism bodies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have stopped promoting greyhound racing due to fears that it damages Ireland’s image as a tourist destination. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/shane-ross-immoral-dog-racing-will-deter-tourists-982nwhwb9

Dogs suffer and die at Shelbourne Park and Newbridge tracks. At least 196 greyhounds suffered injuries at Shelbourne Park and 47 died or were killed by a track vet over the past six years alone, sickening Greyhound Racing Ireland statistics show. Among the victims were a greyhound who collapsed and died in December 2020 after suffering a “haemorrhage into the abdomen from a rupture of the aorta”, a greyhound who died of a heart attack after a race and another who was carried away bleeding with a leg bone “popped out”.

At Newbridge stadium during the same six year period, 90 greyhounds suffered injuries (including injured legs, hocks, shoulders, tendon/muscle, etc) and 39 were killed by a track vet.

Thousands more greyhounds are killed behind the scenes every year because they are not fast enough.

Thumbs up to Trip Indicator for its compassionate response. It is the latest company to reject greyhound racing, following Toyota Ireland, Opel Ireland, Heineken Ireland/Murphy’s, Dublin Bus, Eir Sport, Tesco Ireland, Electric Ireland, Applegreen, Barry’s Tea, Hyde Irish Whiskey, Galway Crystal, FBD Insurance, Botanica International, Voucher Cloud, Permanent TSB, Maldron Hotels, Clayton Hotels, North Star Hotel Dublin, Metropole Hotel Cork, Treacy’s Hotel Waterford, Tramore.ie, In Your Pocket City Guides, Food For Thought (the official publication of the Restaurants Association of Ireland), Air France (which removed Irish greyhound racing from 44 of its international websites), etc.

Bookmark the Trip Indicator website for lots of deals on sightseeing passes, tour tickets and airport transfers – https://www.tripindicator.com

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound “industry”
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

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Greyhound racing removed from Dublin and Belfast city guides

13 Apr

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A big THANK YOU to “In Your Pocket City Guides” for removing greyhound racing from its online Dublin and Belfast guides.

Following an ICABS appeal, pages relating to Shelbourne Park and Drumbo Park greyhound tracks were deleted.

In Your Pocket City Guides was told about the decision by tourism bodies Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to stop promoting greyhound racing due to fears that it damages Ireland’s image as a tourist destination.

Also highlighted was the suffering and deaths of greyhounds in racing, including the killing of thousands of dogs every year who are not fast enough to win races and the injuries and deaths of greyhounds at tracks.

Shelbourne Park is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for greyhound injuries and deaths. At least 196 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 47 died or were killed by a track vet over the past six years alone, sickening Greyhound Racing Ireland statistics show. Among the victims are a greyhound who collapsed and died in December 2020 after suffering a “haemorrhage into the abdomen from a rupture of the aorta”, a greyhound who died of a heart attack after a race and another who was carried away bleeding with a leg bone “popped out”.

Thumbs up to In Your Pocket City Guides for its compassionate response. It is the latest to reject greyhound racing, following Toyota Ireland, Opel Ireland, Heineken Ireland/Murphy’s, Dublin Bus, Eir Sport, Tesco Ireland, Electric Ireland, Applegreen, Barry’s Tea, Hyde Irish Whiskey, Galway Crystal, FBD Insurance, Botanica International, Voucher Cloud, Permanent TSB, Maldron Hotels, Clayton Hotels, North Star Hotel Dublin, Metropole Hotel Cork, Treacy’s Hotel Waterford, Tramore.ie, Food For Thought (the official publication of the Restaurants Association of Ireland), Air France (which removed Irish greyhound racing from 44 of its international websites), etc.

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Green Party urged to back bill to ban cruel hare coursing

13 Apr

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Join us in urging the Green Party to support Paul Murphy TD’s bill which aims to outlaw cruel hare coursing in Ireland. The bill is expected back before the Dail later this year.

The Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy states: “The Green Party is opposed to all bloodsports and we will bring in legislation to end hare coursing, fox hunting, hare hunting and mink hunting”. However, last year, the party’s deputy leader, Catherine Martin TD stated that if government coalition partners Fianna Fail and Fine Gael vote against the Bill to ban coursing, then she would also vote against it “with the heaviest of hearts”.

This is unacceptable. The Green Party must act in accordance with its own policy on the issue and respect the wishes of the 77% majority who want coursing banned,

Deputy Murphy (RISE/Solidarity) introduced the Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill last September. Presenting the bill – which is co-signed by TDs Gino Kenny, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Brid Smith, Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly – Deputy Murphy condemned coursing as “a cruel, barbaric and outdated practice”.

“It has been banned across Britain and Northern Ireland and across all of the EU, apart from three countries, including Ireland,” he stated.

A ban on coursing is long overdue. Contact Green Party TDs – and all your local TDs – today and urge them to give their backing to the bill.

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland


ACTION ALERT

Urge the Green Party to respect the wishes of the 77% majority who want coursing banned and pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s bill which aims to outlaw the cruel bloodsport. The bill is expected back before the Dail later this year.

View the Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy document

Click to access Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy.pdf

Contact Green Party TDs NOW

Email addresses for all 12 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

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; mos@housing.gov.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/

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/

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Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
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