Help keep illegal glue traps out of Ireland

29 Aug


Glue traps for rodents are illegal in Ireland. Please help keep these cruel and inhumane traps out of the country. Visit your local hardware stores, discount shops, pet supply outlets, builder provider stores, etc to make sure that these illegal traps are not being sold. If you spot glue traps (also known as glue boards) for sale, please contact ICABS immediately with the details and we will pass them on to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Also, if you are aware of any company using glue traps, please get in touch with us now.

Glue traps are designed to catch mice and rats in a sticky base where they will suffer a slow, lingering death. Rodents caught in the traps frantically struggle to free themselves by pulling out their hair or biting off their own limbs. If they don’t die from these injuries or from suffocation due to their faces becoming stuck in the glue, they spend days dying from starvation and dehydration. Veterinary surgeons who have condemned the traps have confirmed that “there is much suffering by the entrapped animals – it is not a sudden or merciful death…Because all mammals have similar nervous systems, they are capable of experiencing the same type of pain and suffering.”

In the past, ICABS has reported numerous shops selling the traps and our efforts have led to their removal from sale in a number of retail outlets. Help us to ensure that glue traps remain off shop shelves.

Find out about other illegal traps in Ireland, e.g. Nooski traps, electronic traps, gin traps, etc


Appeal to the UK government to follow Ireland’s example and urgently introduce a ban on glue traps.

Please write now to:

Minister of State
Department of Environment, Farm and Rural Affairs
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JA


Sign a petition: European Parliament, ban glue traps from Europe

Appeal to Amazon to stop allowing the sale of glue traps on its website.

Email from: website
Tel: 0800 496 1081 or +44 (0)207 084 7911 (UK)

Email from: website
Tel: 00 1-206-266-2992 (USA)

(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Amazon,

I am writing to urge you to please show compassion and stop the sale of glue traps from your websites. Glue traps are incredibly cruel and cause much suffering to trapped creatures.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,


Section 42(f) of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2000

“Any person who imports into the State from outside the European Union, or has in his possession other than pursuant to, and in accordance with, a licence granted by the Minister in that behalf, or who in the course of his trade or business sells or offers for sale a trap, snare or net which pursuant to subsection (4) of this section is for the time being declared by the Minister to be a trap, snare or net to which this subsection applies shall be guilty of an offence.”

Glue trap cruelty: Quotes

“We are opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of any trap that causes suffering to animals, and are concerned about the use of glue traps against rodents because of the suffering they cause.” – RSPCA quoted in the Daily Mail, 3 August 2010.

“I walked in on a desperate, terrified mouse glued to the trap, struggling hopelessly for its life. Its legs were going as fast as they possibly could. And the harder it tried to escape, the more stuck it became. Its terror multiplied tenfold when it saw me…I never forgot that experience and I’ve been bitterly opposed to the sale and manufacture of glue traps ever since.” (from an article by George Shea, The Pet Gazette, October 2005)

“A 1983 test that evaluated the effectiveness of glue traps found that trapped mice struggling to free themselves would pull out their own hair, exposing bare, raw areas of skin. The mice broke or even bit off their own legs, and the glue caused their eyes to become badly irritated and scarred. After three to five hours in the glue traps, the mice defecated and urinated heavily because of their severe stress and fear, and quickly became covered with their own excrement. Animals whose faces become stuck in the glue slowly suffocate, and all trapped animals are subject to starvation and dehydration. It takes anywhere from three to five days for the mouse to finally die. This is nothing less than torture.” (from the “In Defense of Animals (USA)” website)

“I received a phone call from an upset woman who found a mouse stuck in a glue trap…She handed me the glue trap, with the small, frail mouse’s tiny feet and his bony body hopelessly stuck to the ghastly contraption. Some of his foot had been torn off (from struggling to free himself from the glue). One entire side of his face was stuck to the glue board. He was having difficulty breathing. It appeared that this poor mouse had been lingering in agony, stuck to this trap for days and was dehydrated, perhaps dying.” (Animals In Print Newsletter)

Health risks associated with glue traps

“We do not recommend using glue traps or live traps. These traps can scare mice that are caught live and cause them to urinate. Since their urine may contain germs, this may increase your risk of being exposed to diseases.” US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Even though they’re widely sold at many retailers, glue traps aren’t safe for consumers, either. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada caution against their use because animals who are trapped on these devices often void their bowels, potentially exposing anyone who handles the traps to hantavirus—a virus that can be fatal to humans.” from the PETA website.

“Manufacturers claim that glue boards are non-toxic, but there are causes for concern: Urine and feces from animals caught in glue boards can be a health concern. Handling a glue board in which a live animal is stuck exposes a person to the risk of being bitten.” Humane Society of the United States.

“Animals need to be protected” says Minister who facilitates Ireland’s worst cruelty

28 Aug

“Animals need to be respected and protected in Ireland,” declared Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney during a TV3 news report about a dog brutally attacked in Cork. A remarkably hollow and hypocritical statement from a politician who facilitates the country’s worst acts of cruelty.

Thanks to Minister Coveney’s refusal to ban foxhunting, foxes are terrorised across the countryside with packs of hounds and ripped apart when caught. Hares are netted and used as live bait for greyhounds, due to his failure to outlaw coursing. In 2013, he had an historic opportunity to save wildlife from bloodsports barbarity but instead, he moved to ensure that the cruelty continued. His Animal Health and Welfare Act contains an exemption for foxhunters and hare coursers which allows them to carry on without fear of prosecution.

He must also take some responsibility for the pain inflicted by terriermen – sadists who find fun in sending terriers underground to attack cornered foxes. Although initially condemning this bloody horror as “unacceptable”, the Minister later did a U-turn and announced he wouldn’t be banning it.

He also made it clear that he has no intention of banning fur farming. Every day, thousands of mink can be seen throwing themselves against the bars of their cages in futile attempts to get free. Rather than following other countries and phasing out this shameful industry, Simon Coveney presented a farcical code of practice which advises fur farmers to “be respectful of the mink”. Respectful as they pull the squealing creatures from the cages, gas them to death with carbon monoxide and tug the fur from their bones.

Despite being a “protected species”, badgers are victims too. Coveney and his Department are behind the cruel snaring of thousands of these animals as part of a failed TB Eradication scheme. The badgers struggle frantically in the snares until a Department operative arrives and, with the blessing of Minister Coveney, shoots them in the head.

Ireland’s animals certainly do need respect and protection. Primarily from a merciless Minister and his compassionless cohorts in government.


Contact Minister Simon Coveney today and urge him to remove exemptions for hare coursing and foxhunting from the Animal Health and Welfare Act. Urge him to immediately act to ban terrierwork, digging-out and fur farming and end his department’s shameful badger snaring scheme.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
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Death of anti-bloodsports councillor, Seamus O’Boyle

12 Aug

Seamus O’Boyle

ICABS is sad to learn of the untimely death of People Before Profit County Councillor, Seamus O’Boyle.

Seamus died suddenly yesterday at the age of 57 after suffering a suspected heart attack while driving in Sligo town.

Compassionate Seamus was among a growing list of politicians expressing opposition to Ireland’s cruel bloodsports. In a text message to ICABS in December, he stated: “I am against foxhunting and all bloodsports.”

A vocal anti-water charges campaigner, Cllr O’Boyle was elected to the council in 2014 and served as deputy mayor on the newly established Sligo Municipal District. He also served on the board of the Model, Sligo Harbour Advisory Committee, and the Regional Health Forum West.

Paying tribute, Sligo Municipal Mayor Thomas Healy stated: “He will be sadly missed by his community where he was loved and respected.”

Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach, Rosaleen O’Grady, described him as a “committed and hardworking representative for his community”, adding that he would be “sorely missed by his family and many friends”.

In a statement, People Before Profit praised him as “a working class hero”.

“His life was a testament to everything good in the human spirit,” they said. “Seamie had it hard growing up. He was born an orphan in the 1950s and spent many nights on the streets. For some people this start in life would understandably have been too much, but Seamie came to a political conclusion – life is not fair but it can be changed with courage, honesty and human decency. Seamie had all of these qualities in bucket loads.”

“We salute a fallen friend and comrade. The fight goes on for a fairer Ireland and Seamie will be there with us every step of the way. Rest in peace comrade – our future struggles will be made in your memory.”

ICABS extends sympathy to his family and friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Why tourists should avoid elephant rides and elephant shows

7 Aug

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Source: Save the Asian Elephants

Populations of Asian elephants have fallen from an estimated one million in the late 19th Century to scarcely 40,000 today. 30,000 of these exist in the wild (of which 60% in India) and around 10,000 are captive. This decline is mainly due to poaching for ivory, capture of wild elephants for use in tourist attractions and temples and loss of elephants’ natural habitat caused by expanding human activities. The Asian elephant is classified as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young. The captured juveniles are then ‘tamed’ by a process known as “Pajan”. The elephants are forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. They are beaten with rods, chains and bull-hooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails, often in front of their distressed mothers. The practice is designed to break their spirits and make them submissive to their owners for use in the tourism industry for activities such as elephant rides, elephant painting, etc. Many die from the brutality of the process. Many elephants are also deliberately blinded in one eye,either by gouging with a stick or by beating on the part of the head which causes blindness. This is supposedly to stop elephants being scared by traffic, and of course also to break their spirit.

The welfare of captured elephants is often poor. Many are chained for long periods so that they have very limited movement. In some cases the chains have spikes that can lead to severe wounds. Many are kept in isolation with few opportunities for normal social interaction; often there is insufficient shade, little or no veterinary care and inadequate, unhealthy diets. Injured and unfit elephants, including blind ones, are sometimes forced to work.

During festivals elephants may be forced to stand for hours in the heat without any protection from the sun. Often all four legs are shackled. The elephants have to endure the noise of firecrackers, ceremonial drumming and the loud noise of the crowd. There are many authoritative reports of elephants in Temples suffering severe cruelty.

Save the Asian Elephants (STAE) believe that most tourists are completely unaware that the elephants with which they are interacting have undergone such brutal treatment and that most people would not want to perpetuate this suffering if they were aware of it. STAE’s mission is to raise global awareness of this abuse in the hope that tourists and tourism companies will co-operate in this mission to eradicate the abuse – tourists by avoiding such venues and tourism companies by ceasing to offer such venues. That way, the venues will close and abused elephants will be released into sanctuaries to live out their days in peace.

What you can do

1. If you are visiting India, Thailand or other countries in South East Asia, please avoid all elephant venues which involve elephant interaction, and instead visit only “genuine” elephant sanctuaries or wildlife reserves where there is no such inter-action, many of which contain elephants rescued from such cruelty. (Please see for a list of “genuine” sanctuaries).

2. Please spread the message as far and wide as you can.

3. Please report to STAE any abuses you discover on your travels.

Save the Asian Elephants is a not for profit association of prominent professionals, experts and campaigners that informs public opinion on the brutal capture, beating, poaching and abuse for festivals and tourism of these wondrous but beleaguered creatures and the plunder of their habitat; and exerts influence on governments, politicians and the tourist industry to adopt solutions it advances.

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Prince Charles and hunting

31 Jul

In the lead-up to the introduction of a ban on foxhunting in England and Wales, the Daily Mail quoted Prince Charles as saying: ‘If the Labour government ever gets around to banning foxhunting, I might as well leave this country and spend the rest of my life skiing.” Quoted in the same report, Nottingham South MP Alan Simpson described the Prince’s threat to leave the country as a ‘generous offer’, adding ‘I have never known a monarch who would abdicate on behalf of a fox.’

“Prince Charles was photographed out shooting for the first time in years today…He was today spotted on a shooting party he was hosting on the Queen’s 24,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk. It is believed to be the first time he has been pictured with a gun on a pheasant shoot since December 2008 and it came in the week that his elder son, the Duke of Cambridge, attended the Tusk Trust conservation awards and highlighted the plight of endangered species shot by poachers in Africa.” The Express, Nov 29, 2014

“Hunting hypocrisy? Princes accused over wildlife initiative – As Prince Charles and Prince William take high-profile roles in a summit on the illegal trade in endangered animals, critics say their pleas are undermined by their own fondness for hunting…In a video message ahead of the summit, Prince Charles said: “Our profound belief is that humanity is less than humanity without the rest of creation. The destruction of these endangered species will dimish us all.” Channel 4 News, 12 February 2014

“[Prince Charles] and his partner, Camilla Parker Bowles, have defied criticism from field sport opponents by continuing to ride regularly with the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt, which meets a few miles from his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire. Princes William and Harry have hunted too.” The Scotsman, 22 September 2002

“Prince Charles had spoken again and again, whenever he met Irish people, of his wish to come to Ireland and of the insistence of his security advisers that he should not. He told [Albert] Reynolds so when he met him during the Edinburgh summit in 1993. As Reynolds describes the conversation, he said to the prince: ‘Sure what’s stoppin’ ya! You’re welcome to come hunting if you want to.'” (Extract from “The Robinson Biography”. published in The Sunday Times, 1st November, 1998.)

“While protection officer to the late Princess of Wales, I was present at most of the annual November shooting parties, hosted by Prince Charles at Sandringham House in Norfolk. The post-breakfast gathering of guests, dressed in their hunting finery would meet front of house to witness the Prince of Wales assign the “male gun” position and partner for the day’s shooting. A fleet of Range Rovers would be summoned and the shooting party driven to their places for the first shoot of the day…Whatever the weather, the beaters would drive the bred pheasants from their woodland home to a prepared unharvested patch of kale, just short of a high wooded copse. Once the royal party was in position, the beaters would slash at the kale, and hundreds of birds would rise to scale the trees ahead, only to be blasted to the ground. The sheer number of birds would blacken the sky, as they drifted to a slow death, many injured bouncing off of the roughly ploughed furrows, only to have their escape plan wrecked by excitable black royal labradors. The royal shooting obsession was something Princess Diana found repugnant. Requiring little or no skill, royal pheasant shoots are a pre-planned carnage of wildlife, bred specifically for slaughter.” The Guardian, 18 February 2014

“Kate Middleton and Prince Charles go hunting – Today the Queen’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate was the setting for Kate Middleton’s intimate weekend with Prince William – and the backdrop for the first public photograph of her with the man tipped to become her future father in law. Dressed in a camouflage jacket, dark jeans, leg warmers and gaiters over her boots, Miss Middleton could be seen at one point lying on the ground – seemingly to prepare the sights of her gun before shooting. With a pair of binoculars around her neck and a relaxed shooting position, she looked a veteran stalker. Prince Charles, wearing a waterproof coat, over a jacket and tie, and sporting plus fours, was standing just a few feet away from Miss Middleton apparently supervising the proceedings.” The Telegraph, 13 Oct 2007

“The League Against Cruel Sports has accused the Prince of Wales of using his sons to make a “political statement” after he took them hunting on the first day of the foxhunting season…The chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports, John Cooper, said: “Charles is engaging the practice of setting a pack of hounds on a wild animal for fun – but this is animal abuse in the name of tradition. He is out of touch with the British public who know that this cruel and barbaric pastime has no place in the 21st century.” BBC News, October 30, 1999

“The undercover film-makers from Viva! claim the calf was shot by a member of Beaufort Hunt. This was regularly attended by members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles and his sons William and Harry before the 2004 foxhunting ban. The calf’s corpse was later taken away to be fed to the hounds. The footage was secretly recorded by animal welfare activists who infiltrated a number of farms which supply milk to the confectionery industry.” from Farm that sells milk to Cadbury ‘shoots male calves to feed hunt hounds’, Daily Mail, October 7th, 2012

Success: Easons putting graphic hunting magazines out of reach of children

30 Jul


The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has thanked Easons for responding positively to our appeal and acting to move graphic hunting publications out of the reach of children.

In an email to ICABS, Easons Head of Marketing, Brendan Corbett stated: “We are currently in the process of moving such titles from our bottom shelves to shelving at a height out of reach for children. We will also set up a prompt at our cash registers that ask anyone purchasing such titles whether they are over 18 (as per anyone purchasing cigarettes).”

A big thumbs up to Easons for this tremendous response.

In an appeal to the company earlier this year, we expressed concerns about the bottom shelf placement of publications containing very graphic and violent images.

“Often these publications present images of dogs or wildlife on the covers, which could entice unsuspecting children to open and look through them,” we pointed out. “The horrific images inside – including bloodied carcasses of foxes, deer and birds hunted to their deaths – could prove very upsetting and traumatic.”

“These offensive publications glorifying violence and killing should not be accessible to minors,” we stressed, urging the company to move them to the top shelf or behind the counter and avoid selling them to under 18s.

Our petition urging Easons to act was signed by more than 1,000 people. A big thank you to everyone who signed!


Please contact Easons and thank the company for its positive response.

Conor Whelan,
Managing Director,
Eason & Son Ltd
40 Lower O Connell Street,
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0) 1 858 3800
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Senator Mary Moran in support of ban on Ireland’s cruel bloodsports

28 Jul


Another Irish politician comes out in favour of a ban on cruel bloodsports…

“I can assure you I do not support blood sports and am happy to have my name included in the list to ban such cruel sports.” Senator Mary Moran (Labour Party) in an email to ICABS, July 2015.


Join us in contacting Councillors, TDs, Senators, MEPs and urging them to push for a ban on bloodsports and all forms of animal cruelty. Find out the views of politicians at

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