Gavin Duffy’s presidential bid highlights cruel bloodsports

20 Oct

Thanks to Gavin Duffy’s presidential bid, cruel hunting and coursing are being subjected to the full glare of public attention. He may unwittingly have brought closer the day when Ireland can say goodbye and good riddance to these barbaric practises – Read John Fitzgerald’s blog in today’s Irish Examiner…

Readers’ Blog: Duffy shines light on ‘rural pursuits’
Irish Examiner, Saturday, October 20, 2018

I agree with those who say that the presidential election is a scandalous waste of money, given that the position of president is largely ceremonial and of little consequence. However as a campaigner against blood sports I’m delighted with Gavin Duffy’s involvement because his candidacy has helped to shine a light on these so-called “rural pursuits”.

Mr Duffy is entitled is entitled to his view that “field sports”, the euphemism for fox hunting, stag hunting, and hare coursing, are healthy forms of outdoor entertainment, but anyone who takes a closer and objective look at them would have to concede that they involve immense and unacceptable suffering for the animals that find themselves on the receiving end of the “sport”.

Even the nastiest and meanest jibes that have been tossed about during the presidential election campaign seem puny beside the spectacle of a cornered stag, collapsed from exhaustion, its tongue steaming, blood pouring from wounds inflicted in the course of a lengthy chase… and the hounds closing in.

Or the penultimate scene of a fox-hunt: When this wild dog has the skin ripped from its bones in a frenzy of bloodlust, prior to the severing of its brush (tail) to serve as a trophy.

Or the pain endured by a hare that is mauled or forcibly struck, or tossed into the air, on a mud-spattered coursing field.

Thanks to Gavin Duffy’s presidential bid, these activities are being subjected to the full glare of public attention. So well done to Gavin. He may, however unwittingly, have brought closer the day when Ireland can say goodbye and good riddance to these barbaric practices.

John Fitzgerald
Callan, Co Kilkenny

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/yourview/readers-blog-duffy-shines-light-on-rural-pursuits-876937.html

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€16.8 million: Government increases funding to cruel and dying greyhound industry

10 Oct
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Despite the plummeting attendance and major financial losses at greyhound tracks and the appalling suffering and killing of dogs, the Irish Government has decided to INCREASE funding to the dying greyhound industry. It has been announced that the Irish Greyhound Board is to receive €16.8 million of taxpayers’ money in 2019 – an increase of €800,000 over last year’s sum and the equivalent of over €323,000 every single week of the year.
 
The announcement comes just days after it was confirmed in the media that the €23 million paid out by the government for the purchase of the closed Harold’s Cross stadium was nearly double the €12 million it was valued at by estate agents (Savills) working for the greyhound board.
 
The Times (Ireland Edition) reported this week that IGB directors had expressed “disappointment” at Savills’ €12 million valuation. One month later, the government’s own Valuation Office presented a value of €23 million.
 
The €23 million exceeded the IGG’s crippling debt of €21.3 million. Members of the Public Accounts Committee described the sale as a government bailout for the debt-ridden greyhound board.
 
Since 2001, the greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. It’s time for this squandering of scarce public funds to stop. Please help by contacting your local TDs and urging them to vote against the latest funding.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
In December, TDs will have an opportunity to vote on the payment of this latest grant via the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2019. It is vital that you contact your local TDs and demand that they vote against it. Find TD contact details at http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp
 
Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks.
 
Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com Encourage your local animal protection groups to join calls for an end to greyhound racing, given the cruelty and killing involved.
 
Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry and instead direct the money to charities, community groups, animal rescue centres and other deserving causes. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
 
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Blood sports demean humanity and bring shame to our species

10 Oct

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Blood sports, apart from the suffering they cause to innocent animals, demean humanity and bring shame to our species – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Irish Examiner

Blood sports can harm humans too
Irish Examiner, 10 October 2018

The tragic death of a woman during a cruel bull running “festival” in Southern France on Saturday should serve as another reminder that blood sports are good for neither man nor beast. A few weeks earlier, four people were badly gored in Pamplona, Spain, when they failed to outrun the pursuing bulls.

The bulls used in these entertainments are tortured to death in the rings afterwards. First they are beaten over the kidneys to weaken them and have Vaseline rubbed into their eyes to impair vision. They are then repeatedly stabbed with razor sharp lances by costumed horse riders.

The bullfight ends following a prolonged swashbuckling performance by the matador, who plunges his ceremonial sword between the bull’s shoulder blades, even as the animal bleeds from the many wounds inflicted and the lances dangle from its heaving, exhausted body. Occasionally, matadors are gored, and some have died in the ring.

We have our own blood sport in Ireland, but hares, unlike bulls, are gentle timid creatures. They never fight back…just run for their lives. They don’t resist their human tormenters even when they are manhandled by them in captivity, prior to being mauled, pummeled, and tossed about by the dogs.

Blood sports, apart from the suffering they cause to innocent animals, demean humanity and bring shame to our species. It’s time for us all to say NO to the recreational torture of animals.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co Kilkenny

https://www.irishexaminer.com

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ACTION ALERT

With warnings from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the species must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.

Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
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John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
Email: john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie

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Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.

In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.

Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

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Department of the Taoiseach,
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Prohibited substances found in greyhounds at Shelbourne Park, Mullingar, Thurles and Dundalk tracks

9 Oct

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The latest “Adverse Analytical Findings” published by the Irish Greyhound Board show that prohibited substances are continuing to be detected in greyhounds at tracks around the country.

 
According to the IGB report, prohibited substances were found in samples taken from dogs at Shelbourne Park, Mullingar, Thurles and Dundalk tracks.
 
On 18 August at Shelbourne Park stadium in Dublin, Flufenamic Acid was detected in Greenisle Hades who finished fifth in the Round 1 Heat 15 “2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby” race.
 
That same day at Thurles track, Ibuprofen was found in 2-year old greyhound Caitlynsvictoria. It was her third appearance at the track and she hasn’t been raced since.
 
On 26 August, Propranolol was detected in a sample taken from a greyhound at Mullingar track and on 15th August, Carprofen in a dog raced at Dundalk stadium.
See below for more details…
 
Adverse Analytical Findings received from Bord na gCon Approved Laboratories
 
Shelbourne Park – 18 August 2018
Prohibited Substance: Flufenamic Acid
Greyhound: Greenisle Hades
Owner/Trainer/Agent: Mr Sean Mulcahy
 
Thurles – 18 August 2018
Prohibited Substance: Ibuprofen
Greyhound: Caitlynsvictoria
Owner/Trainer/Agent: Mr Joseph Fahey
 
Mullingar – 26 August 2018
Prohibited Substance: Propranolol
Greyhound: Micklem Faith
Owner/Trainer/Agent: Mrs Ingrid Swan-Doonan
 
Dundalk – 15 August 2018
Prohibited Substance: Carprofen
Greyhound: Armagh Tornado
Owner/Trainer/Agent: Mr Shea Campbell
 
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks.
 
Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com
 
The greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001 (including €16 million for 2018). Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry and instead direct the money to charities, community groups, animal rescue centres and other deserving causes. Email “Stop funding the greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
 
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Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
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Miraculous recovery for fox found with 25 gunshot pellets in her body

9 Oct

 

A fox is making a miraculous recovery after being targeted by cruel shooters in County Louth.

The young vixen was discovered “curled up and not moving” and when rushed to a local vets, was found to have over 25 gunshot pellets embedded in her body.

“The fox was extremely thin and did not want to do very much but sleep and eat,” according to Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Unit which is currently caring for her. “She was X-rayed at Botanic vets and to our absolute horror, it was discovered she had over 25 gunshot pellets all over her body. How the poor vixen escaped with her life is not known but she is likely to have been in this state for a week or so.”

“Thankfully no major organs have been affected,” a statement from the wildlife unit adds. “She is doing well and is eating all around her. She is on medication daily and we will monitor her progress over the following few months.” https://www.facebook.com/Wildlifeunitkildare/photos/pcb.1962651337088873/1962639190423421/?type=3&theater

There is widespread disgust at the shooting of this defenceless creature – one of countless victims of hunters and shooters around the country.

“Vermin are the humans who shot her,” one person remarked on Facebook, while others commented: “This is horrific. The cold-hearted cruelty is beyond the scope of a normal mind”, “heartbreaking and unbelievably cruel and nasty” and “the people that did this should go into prison”.

Another noted that “night after night these beautiful animals are ‘lamped’ and shot for fun and by day, they are hunted and torn apart by dogs as a sport sanctioned by our government”.

Foxes not only have to contend with shooters but also cruel foxhunters. Disturbed from their habitats, they are terrorised for miles across the countryside by the hunters and their packs of hounds. When caught, the foxes are knocked off their feet, bitten, savaged and ripped apart. Foxes who try to escape underground are attacked by hunt terriers, dug out with spades and brutally killed. It’s time for this shameful persecution of foxes to end. Please help by responding to the action alert below.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and urge him to ban fox hunting.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Contact the Agriculture Minister now and demand that an exemption for foxhunting is removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to ban foxhunting. Contact all your local TDs and urge them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem

Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Keep hunters off your land

If you are a landowner, make your land off-limits to hunters. Find out more about how to do this on our Farmers/Landowners Page – http://www.banbloodsports.com/farmers.htm Encourage all land-owning friends and family members in the countryside to show compassion and make their land a haven for wildlife. If hunters are denied access to land, the wildlife will be saved from suffering.

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“Ban Fox Hunts” banner over N17 in Galway

6 Oct

 

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A “Ban Fox Hunts” banner was spotted this week on display over the N17 in County Galway.

Photos of the banner were posted on the Facebook page of Galway Hunt Saboteurs who commented in a statement: “When will this outdated bloodsport be banned? Can you also believe foxes are not protected by law here? Which means that cubbing season here is legal, same with digging out. These animals are in constant threat Is this what we want? Our beautiful land destroyed with the blood of the innocent? Join the fight for wildlife.” https://www.facebook.com/GalwayHuntSaboteurs/posts/1911497185824246?notif_id=1538759826312938

Cubbing, or cub hunting, involves hunters surrounding a fox covert and goading their dogs into attacking the defenceless cubs who try to escape. This brutal practice is aimed at introducing inexperienced hounds to the taste of fox blood – the doomed cubs are mauled, bitten and pulled apart by the dogs. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/1851478824967667

During the foxhunting season, foxes are disturbed from their habitats, chased to exhaustion and when caught, they are torn apart by the pack. Foxes who desperately try to find refuge below ground are attacked by hunt terriers, dug out and brutally killed.

A ban on this shameful bloodsport which causes so much suffering and death is long overdue in Ireland. Please join local groups around the country in protesting against hunts and respond to the action alert below.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and demand a ban on cub hunting, foxhunting and all bloodsports.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Please sign and share our petition – Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
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Contact the Agriculture Minister now and demand that an exemption for foxhunting is removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
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Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to ban foxhunting. Contact all your local TDs and urge them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem

Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Keep hunters off your land

If you are a landowner, make your land off-limits to hunters. Find out more about how to do this on our Farmers/Landowners Page – http://www.banbloodsports.com/farmers.htm Encourage all land-owning friends and family members in the countryside to show compassion and make their land a haven for wildlife. If hunters are denied access to land, the wildlife will be spared the suffering of cubhunting and foxhunting.

Ireland’s cruel hare coursing continues this weekend

4 Oct
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Hares will once again be running for their lives tomorrow and over the weekend as Ireland’s cruel coursing continues.
 
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dozens of hares will be terrorised by unleashed dogs at a coursing meeting in Glin, Co Limerick.
 
At the Glin coursing grounds last year, three hares were hit by greyhounds during coursing and trials. One of the hares was pinned to the ground and examined for injuries by a vet. In a report, the coursing club’s vet maintained that the captured hares – cruelly snatched from the wild, manhandled, kept in unnatural captivity and forced to desperately run up a field from pairs of dogs – were “receiving appropriate care and attention”.
 
In a previous year at Glin, pregnant hares who gave birth were among the hares held captive – according to a National Parks and Wildlife Service document obtained by ICABS, five leverets were born in the “escape” area of the Glin coursing compound.
 
The NPWS report says that the rangers were unable to identify the mothers of the leverets and so they “organised care for and release of the 5 leverets”. Pregnant hares giving birth at a bloodsport venue adds to concerns about the plight of hares used in this shameful activity. There are not only fears for the welfare of leverets born in captivity but also those left orphaned in the wild when their mothers are cruelly netted for use in coursing. These vulnerable, dependent creatures are almost certainly doomed to die without their mothers.
 
Records show that at past Glin coursing meetings, hares have “required assistance” (a euphemism for hares being struck and mauled by the dogs) and killed. ICABS members who monitored a Glin coursing meet witnessed hares mauled into the ground and a greyhound suffering a broken leg.
 
Also this weekend, cruel coursing will take place at Ennis Clarecastle in County Clare. A total of 59 hares were captured for last year’s Ennis Clarecastle coursing meeting. Three hares were hit and pinned to the ground by the dogs – two died from their injuries and a third injured hare was destroyed by the coursing club vet. At the 2016 meet, 5 hares were hit by the muzzled dogs and one was examined for injuries. Here too, pregnant hares were among the captured hares.
 
The previous year, a ranger report confirmed that on the first day of coursing, 5 hares were struck by dogs, 3 were injured, 1 died due to injury and 2 were put down because of injuries. In 2011, there were 8 fatalities at Ennis Clarecastle – on day 1, 5 hares were hit, with 3 later dying; on day 2, 7 hares were hit, 2 killed, 4 injured, 1 put down and 2 died from injuries.
 
Coursing continues thanks to a licence from Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service – who have disregarded a warning from a leading ecologist that the Irish Hare is “in trouble” with numbers declining. Between now and February 24th 2019, thousands of hares will be subjected to coursing cruelty. All will suffer fear and stress and the hares hit and mauled are at risk of sustaining painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips; some will die from their injuries or be destroyed by vets.
 
Shame on the Irish Government for disregarding the cruelty of coursing and the suffering and death of hares and allowing this appalling activity to continue. Coursing is illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions – Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales – but with an exemption for coursing inserted into the Animal Health and Welfare Act, coursers are currently not liable for prosecution for their animal cruelty. It is time for this to change. Please respond to our action alerts below and sign/share the petitions. Thank you.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
With warnings from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the species must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.
 
Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan
 
John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
Email: john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie
 
VIDEOS
 
See the cruelty of hare coursing on our Youtube channel
 
SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)
 
Dear Minister,
 
I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.
 
In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.
 
I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.
 
Thank you.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
[Name/Location]
 
 
The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.
 
Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.
 
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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