“Something will have to be done quickly if the hare is to survive”: John B Keane

21 Apr

john b keane warning about irish hares

Irish playwright and novelist John B Keane warned about coursing’s devastating impact on the Irish Hare in a column published 45 years ago, it has emerged.

In the column, reproduced in the Limerick Leader this week, he warned that coursing clubs are driving the Irish hare to extinction.

“There can be no doubt that the hare population of Ireland is seriously on the decline and the way things are going there won’t be any left in the end of another decade,” John wrote in the November 1973 article.

He refers to areas which “once abounded in hares” and were “once alive with hares but now they are as rare in these places as grouse”.

“The reason for the decline in the hare population in North Kerry and East Limerick is obvious,” he wrote. “In this area there is a concentration of major coursing meetings every winter and for these, hundreds of hares are required annually. Naturally, the hares had to disappear.”

“Something will have to be done quickly if the hare is to survive,” he concluded.

Shamefully, over 45 years after this was written, coursing clubs are free to persecute the Irish Hare, despite fears that the species is in trouble, with dwindling numbers.

Hare coursing (branded by John B Keane as “the most controversial of all diversions”) is licensed by Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is responsible for major interference with the species during seven months of the year (August to February). Thousands of hares are snatched from the wild in nets, held in captivity for months, manhandled, fed an unnatural diet and eventually forced to run for their lives from pairs of greyhounds. Every coursing season, hares are injured and killed on coursing fields and those who survive the ordeal are at risk of later dying as a result of stress-related capture myopathy.

Hares are not only under threat from cruel coursers but also from shooters and hunters with packs of hounds. According to the National Parks and Wildlife Service website, the permitted “hunting period” for the Irish Hare runs from “the 26th day of September in each year and ending on the 28th day of February in the year immediately following that year.” The “manner of hunting” is “shooting with firearms; coursing at regulated coursing matches; hunting with packs of beagles and harriers.”

Earlier this month, we highlighted a Mooney Goes Wild show on RTE Radio which focused on the translocation of hares from Dublin Airport to areas around Ireland where they are “becoming extinct”. Programme presenter Derek Mooney told listeners that while hares are thriving at Dublin Airport, “their numbers elsewhere around the country are dwindling”. Speaking on the show, ecologist Dr Karina Dingerkus said that “over the last 50 years, numbers have declined significantly.”

She said that the National Parks and Wildlife Service have commissioned Queen’s University Belfast to carry out a hare survey this year and next to get a population estimate. “We know that hare populations do fluctuate naturally but we don’t know by how much,” Dr Dingerkus stated. “We certainly know that numbers have declined.”

Later in the programme, she added: “We don’t see very many…Certainly over the past 50 years, we know numbers have dropped dramatically…they’re in trouble…we do know that they have been dropping over a long period of time.” Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan noted that “there is an overall trend over the past number of years and that trend is downwards.”

This latest acknowledgement that the Irish Hare is in trouble with numbers having “dropped dramatically” should set alarm bells ringing in Minister Madigan’s office and at the NPWS. They should learn from what happened to the curlew, a bird now on the brink of extinction in Ireland.

It wasn’t until 2012, when its numbers had plummeted by up to 96%, that a long overdue ban on curlew shooting was finally put in place.

ACTION ALERT

It is now more clear than ever that the Irish Hare must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to demand an immediate ban on hare coursing, hare shooting and hare hunting.

Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800

John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242

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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Demand for hares
by John B Keane
Limerick Leader, November 24, 1973

This is a time of year when there is unprecedented demand for live hares. There are many ways of catching live hares. are hunters use nets and they use powerful torches at night but despite these methods there is still a scarcity.

The hares, of course, are used in the most controversial of all diversions, none other than greyhound coursing. They are at present fetching as much as £5 per head.

We will not go into the rights and wrongs of coursing just now. The question I will pose is this: are hares declining in physique?

Have the best specimens been eliminated over the years so that now only the íochtars, as it were, are left? Most West Limerick and North Kerry clubs go to Galway for their hares, although there was a time when Lyreacrompane was the Mecca of all known hare trappers.

There can be no doubt that the hare population of Ireland is seriously on the decline and the way things are going there won’t be any left in the end of another decade.

The late Dan Paddy Andy, the famous Lyreacrompane matchmaker, was a great warrant to direct hunters and trappers after all kinds of game.

Sometimes, he would accompany the hunters and since he was bad in the sight he would often call at a neighbouring house to ask if there were any hares in the area.

His favourite approach was to knock at the door of the house.

The knock would always be answered by a woman. Dan would always ask the same question:

“Any hares in your quarter, missus?”

In Dan’s young day, hundreds of fowlers from a wide area would converge on the vast expanse of Lyre Bog when the shooting season opened.

Amongst these fowlers were many priests. One day, a local priest was hosting an American monsignor. Both were dressed in the usual fowlers’ garb, and Dan had no knowing that they were priests.

They called at his house and were offered tea, which they refused. Finally the local man asked Dan if there was any game in the district.

“Oh by God,” said Dan, “ you came to the right spot, my man.”

So saying, he led the monsignor and the priest along the roadway for a spell. When he came to the junction he pointed towards a nearby hill.

“There’s a cottage up there,” Dan told them, “and there’s a widow there after coming home from England and she’s game to the tail.”

Still all of this has little to do with the problem of the disappearing hare. Dirha Bog and Derk near Duagh and the whole hinterland of Abbeyfeale, Listowel and Newcastle once abounded in hares. These were a very powerful breed, stockier and stronger than the hares of Galway and Mayo although not as fleet.

Places like Clounleharde and Ballygiltenane, Carraigkerry and Turrarree were once alive with hares but now they are as rare in these places as grouse.

The reason for the decline in the hare population in North Kerry and East Limerick is obvious. In this area there is a concentration of major coursing meetings every winter and for these hundreds of hares are required annually. Naturally, the hares had to disappear.

For instance, the number of nationally known coursing meetings in the area almost passes belief. We start with Glin, one of the foremost meetings in the land.

Then we have Abbeyfeale, Newcastle, Rathkeale, Listowel, Abbeydorney, Ballyduff, Causeway, Tralee, Castleisland and Lixn

aw, to mention but some. At no point is there a distance of more than forty miles between any two of these meetings. The number of hares required boggles the imagination.

Something will have to be done quickly if the hare is to survive.

The late, great John B Keane was a Leader columnist for more than 30 years. This column first appeared in our edition of November 24, 1973

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/john-b-keane/308715/feel-sorry-for-the-poison-pen-letter-writer-not-angry.html

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Tralee primary school told fundraiser at greyhound track is highly inappropriate

11 Apr

A primary school in Kerry has been told that exposing children to a gambling environment by fundraising at a greyhound track is highly inappropriate.

Tralee Today is reporting this week that Irish school, Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, is preparing for a ‘Night At The Dogs’ to raise money to pay for computer tablets.

A photograph shows school children, parents, teachers and the principal posing next to a greyhound and the manager of Tralee track – http://traleetoday.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gaelscoil-Dogs-2.jpg

In an email to Principal Cait Ui Chonchuir today, ICABS stated: “We urge your school to please reject greyhound racing as a fundraising method. No school should associate with an industry in which dogs are injured, mutilated, dumped, drugged and killed. We also believe it is highly inappropriate to introduce children to what is a gambling environment.”

We told Ms Ui Chonchuir that in the past three years alone, over a thousand greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were destroyed by track vets.

“This includes 63 injuries reported at Tralee greyhound track and 35 dogs killed,” we added. “Witnessing dogs writhing in agony and crying out in pain would surely prove upsetting to those attending your fundraiser.”

Read the Tralee Today report at
http://traleetoday.ie/gaelscoil-mhic-easmainn-prepares-for-fundraising-night-at-the-dogs/

ACTION ALERT

Join us in appealing to the school to choose an alternative fundraising venue.

Cait Ui Chonchuir
Principal
Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn
Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: (066) 712 1394
Email: caituichonchuir@hotmail.com, gaelscoilmhiceasmainn@gmail.com
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Urge the Minister for Education to intervene to advise schools about the inappropriateness of fundraising at greyhound tracks and exposing impressionable youngsters to gambling.

Richard Bruton TD
Minister for Education and Skills
Marlborough Street, Dublin 1
Tel: +353 (0)1 6183103
Email: richard_bruton@education.gov.ie, minister@education.gov.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RichardBrutonTD

Contact the Minister for Children and urge her to intervene to stop the Irish Greyhound Board targeting children.

Katherine Zappone, TD
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4
Phone: 085 2196189 OR 01 647 3000
Email: Katherine.Zappone@oireachtas.ie
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Irish greyhound “hit over the head with a spade”

11 Apr
An Irish greyhound who got “hit over the head with a spade” when found to be too slow for racing has appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
 
Broadcast on 3rd April, the programme featured Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection who spoke about the many victims of greyhound racing, including the dogs injured and killed.
 
“The question is asked – what happens to the ones who don’t make the track?,” she told viewers. “Eli, who is here now, didn’t make the grade. He actually got hit over the head with a spade in Ireland.”
 
The Good Morning Britain’s “Ban Greyhound Racing?” discussion also featured John McCririck who ridiculously claimed that the greyhound breed would die out if racing was banned. Horse racing pundit McCririck has previously worked as a “hare coursing correspondent” and attended Clonmel’s coursing cruelty festival.
 
His support for greyhound racing comes despite sickening statistics recently released by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain revealing that 4,837 greyhound injuries were recorded in 2017, with 257 dogs destroyed at tracks. The statistics also show that 1,003 greyhounds died upon retirement last year. As reported in The Times of March 15th, “333 dogs were killed because it was deemed too expensive to treat them or they had a poor prognosis [and] at least 348 dogs were destroyed because they could not be rehomed”.
 
It is likely that many of these dead dogs were from Ireland. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, has stated that “80 per cent of the greyhounds in the UK are exported from Ireland”.
 
During 2017 in Ireland, 357 greyhounds suffered injuries at races and 124 were reported destroyed by track vets. These deaths are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg. An estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing here each year, presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.
 
Being hit over the head with a spade is just one of the horrific fates awaiting greyhounds. As highlighted by Limerick Animal Welfare on RTE’s Prime Time last year, “They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We’ve had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned.”
 
Watch the full Good Morning Britain segment at
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
 
Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. 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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RTE sports pundit, Ger Loughnane, filmed hunting hares

11 Apr
An exhausted hare slowly hops through a gateway in the County Clare countryside. He looks almost depleted but his survival instinct, and the sound of howling hounds in the distance, drives him forward. This may be his last day of life.
The hounds are owned by Ger Loughnane, a former manager of the Clare hurling team and pundit on RTE television sports programmes. He has gone from the sport of hurling to one of the most unsporting of activities – harrier hunting.
 
This hunting involves taking a pack of hounds out to chase down and kill defenceless hares.
 
Shortly after the hare splashes through a puddle and makes his way across the road, the pack of around 20 dogs arrive. They don’t take long in picking up the scent and resuming their pursuit.
 
There are not only concerns in this rural area about the plight of persecuted wildlife but also about public safety.
 
Earlier in the day, the woman who filmed the hare also witnessed hounds from the same pack jumping out of a ditch onto a public road in front of her car and running along a narrow country lane.
 
Meeting Ger Loughnane on the road, she calls out the window that “these dogs are out of control and a menace” but he denies it, claiming the hounds are under “perfect control”.
 
“They’re not under perfect control,” she responds. “I’ve been watching them for the last half an hour and there was no sign of you.”
 
The Irish Examiner has previously highlighted Loughnane’s hunting activities, revealing that he takes his pack of hounds “up the mountain to stretch their legs [and] at this time of year, he’ll hunt by foot with them two or three times a week, from about 10 in the morning until dark.” In an interview with the newspaper, he said he is “as addicted to it as I ever was to hurling”.
 
While, it’s not known what happened to the hare in this footage, we do know the typical fate of hares caught by packs of harrier hounds. They are savaged by the dogs and torn to pieces. An individual who witnessed such a kill previously told ICABS what she witnessed: “A hare came running down the road. I didn’t realise what was happening for a moment until a pack of hounds appeared from round the corner. I got out of the car to try and do something but the hounds had caught up with the hare and totally demolished it. All that was left was a tiny piece of fur blowing in the breeze.”
 
ACTION ALERT
 
A ban on harrier hunting and all forms of hunting with packs of hounds is long overdue in Ireland. Please join us in contacting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and demanding a ban.
 
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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Please contact all your local politicians and urge them to push for a ban on hare hunting, fox hunting and all bloodsports. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too.
 
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.
 
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Greyhound industry targeting children

6 Apr

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The dying greyhound industry is shamefully targeting youngsters as part of a desperate attempt to stay afloat.

Despite being gambling venues where dogs can be heard crying out in agony when they suffer injuries, tracks are increasingly trying to lure kids in with offers of toy vouchers, free meals and colouring competitions.

In its latest 5-year strategic plan, the Irish Greyhound Board stresses the importance of “encouragement of the younger generation as spectators and regular attendees at greyhound race meetings” and on its website highlights that “children under 18 are welcomed during racing under the supervision of an adult”.

On the “Go Greyhound Racing” site, the IGB encourages parents to introduce their children to racing, saying “going greyhound racing is something totally different, especially if your children haven’t done anything like it before. It gives them something new to look forward to and perhaps even a new hobby to embrace.”

The industry is also trying to attract youngsters to tracks via primary school and GAA club fundraisers and by offering free meals to children who hold their communion and confirmation parties at a track. There is also the offer of “a €5 Toy Store Voucher for the Communion/Confirmation Child” and “Communion/Confirmation child’s name in the race programme”.

Among the tracks presenting greyhound racing as “family-friendly” is Mullingar stadium – the worst in Ireland for greyhound injuries.

On its webpage, it states: “Greyhound racing is one of those rare occasions that all the family can enjoy together. And the fact that the races take place every twelve minutes or so means that children, in particular, have plenty to keep them interested – the kids can…have a ball watching the action”.

Last year, a total of 357 greyhounds suffered injuries and 124 were destroyed at tracks around Ireland. Mullingar track ranked as the worst for injuries, with 71 dogs reported injured. Children watching “the action” are likely to have seen dogs falling and sustaining injuries to legs, wrists, shoulders, backs, tails, muscles and toes. Mullingar track also stands as the second worst in Ireland for greyhound deaths, with the figures showing that 16 greyhounds were “put to sleep by a vet” there in 2017.

Encouraging children to attend at Easter, the track held a colouring competition with the message: “Calling all kids – show us your artist talent & you could be a winner…Colour in our cartoon greyhound [and] come visit us on Easter Sunday to enter your finished masterpiece”.

A colouring competition was also organised at Limerick Greyhound Stadium – headquarters of the Irish Greyhound Board and the track where the most greyhounds were destroyed last year. Out of 46 greyhounds who suffered injuries there, 41 per cent (19) were put to sleep by a track vet.

This week, Limerick Animal Welfare highlighted on its Facebook page how “the Irish Greyhound Board are offering free colouring competitions for young children and free Easter treats if they attend the race nights at the Limerick greyhound track this weekend”. Many expressed disgust, with comments including “hard to know how much lower IGB can go in trying to buy a future audience – disgraceful that a state subsidised body can get away with doing this” and “targeting children with dog killing, abuse, drugging and gambling – as classless as you’d expect from dog racers. They must be desperate to stoop so low.”

ACTION ALERT

Join us in contacting the Minister for Children and urging her to intervene to stop this semi-state gambling industry targeting children.

Katherine Zappone, TD
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4

Phone: 085 2196189 OR 01 647 3000
Email: Katherine.Zappone@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatherineZappone/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KZapponeTD

 

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

 

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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Barry’s Tea set to continue sponsoring greyhound racing

6 Apr

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Barry’s Tea has apparently ignored calls for it to stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry and is set to sponsor more racing this summer.

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, one of the events at Cork’s Curraheen Park track this June will be the “Barrys Tea Open 750”

Barry’s Tea is one of the greyhound industry’s biggest supporters, having sponsored races at Curraheen Park for years. The 2017 Barry’s Tea Open 750 race offered over €9,000 in prize money while in 2016, more than €8,000 was on offer. After the race last June, Barry’s Tea director, Tony Barry, was photographed presenting a trophy to the owner of the winning greyhound.

In continuing to sponsor greyhound racing, Barry’s Tea is disregarding the animal cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry, including injuries and deaths at tracks and the dumping and killing of greyhounds no longer considered quick enough to win.

In the past three years alone, over a thousand greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were destroyed by track vets. This includes 69 injuries reported at Curraheen Park and 23 dogs destroyed.

Meanwhile, at least 2,649 greyhounds have been destroyed in Irish pounds in the past eight years. In addition, thousands of greyhounds go missing each year, presumed killed when found to be too slow. One Irish trainer remarked online: “I’ve seen dogs being shot. It has to be done as there’s too many of them to rehome.” A former chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board meanwhile admitted on Cork’s 96 FM that he believes it is “absolutely” okay for thousands of dogs to be killed and that racing couldn’t exist without the destruction of dogs.

Some of the industry’s horrors were highlighted on RTE’s Prime Time last year – Limerick Animal Welfare’s Marion Fitzgibbon told viewers: “We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We’ve had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIUkAGa708s

Thumbs down to Barry’s Tea for disregarding the suffering and killing in greyhound racing and ignoring appeals to end its sponsorship.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Barry’s Tea to stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Barry’s Tea,
Kinsale Road, Cork, Ireland
Tel: +353 21 491 5000
Email: info@barrystea.ie
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OTHER COMPANIES SUPPORTING GREYHOUND RACING
https://www.igb.ie/racing/features-and-classics/

BANK OF IRELAND FINANCE
COMERFORD CAKES
IRISH INDEPENDENT
TRACYS HOTEL WATERFORD
KERRY GROUP
KASCO
GAIN FEEDS
RED MILLS
DUBLIN COACH / QUICKPARK.IE
BEST CAR PARKS
TEXACLOTH
THURLES FRESH MILK
FLAHERTY MARKETS GALWAY
HEALTHCARE & TRANSPORT SERVICES
BOYLESPORTS
LADBROKES

Dublin Montessori and crèche urged to say NO to cruel greyhound industry

30 Mar

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A Montessori in Dublin is being urged to say “NO” to greyhound racing. According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, one of the races at Shelbourne Park track on 24th March was “The Sharavogue Montessori School A1 525”.

In an appeal this week, ICABS told management of the Glenageary-based Montessori, Crèche and Junior School about the suffering of dogs in greyhound racing.

“The greyhound industry is inherently cruel with dogs injured, illegally doped, mutilated, dumped and killed,” we stated. “In 2017, at least 357 greyhounds suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland, with 124 dogs destroyed. At Shelbourne Park, 21 greyhounds sustained injuries and 10 were put to sleep. We hope you will show compassion for the dogs and disassociate from greyhound racing.”

Rathfarnham’s Parkside Childcare Montessori and crèche was also listed on the IGB website in connection to another race on the same night, i.e. “The Parkside Childcare A1 525”.

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in appealing to Sharavogue Montessori and Parkside Childcare to say NO to the cruel greyhound industry.

Sharavogue Montessori
Phone: 01-2858546
Email: info@sharavogue.ie

Parkside Childcare
Tel: 01 4938226
Email: info@parksidechildcare.ie
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