USIT urged to remove cruel bullrun from “Festival Extravaganza” package

3 Jul

Student travel company, USIT, is promoting the cruel running of the bulls event in Pamplona, Spain as one of the “5 best festivals around Europe this summer”.

USIT is also selling a “Festival Extravaganza” package which includes “a pass to access up to 23 of Europe’s most popular festivals [including Running of the Bulls – Pamplona].

In an appeal to the company, ICABS highlighted the cruelty and killing associated with this shameful event.

The terrified bulls are forced to run through the streets among the jeering and noisy crowds towards the bullring where they are tortured to death for “entertainment”. Sadly, because of USIT’s promotion, many young Irish people are likely to partake in this horror-fest, where bovines are subjected to this barbarism.

ACTION ALERT

Please contact USIT and urge the company to remove Pamplona from its Festival Extravaganza package and from its list of top European festivals.

Email: info@usit.ie
Tel: 01-6021906
Tweet to: @UsitTravel
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UsitTravel

Video: The cruelty of Pamplona Bullrun

Ask Stoke Travel to stop organising trips to cruel Pamplona bullrun

3 Jul

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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is urging Stoke Travel to stop organising trips from London to the cruel Pamplona bullrun.

“This event involves cruelty and killing,” we stated in an appeal to the Barcelona-based company. “During the bullrun, the taunted bulls are at risk of suffering painful bruises/broken bones from slipping on the streets. Electric shock prods and sticks may also be used to prompt the animals to run. After the bullrun, all the bulls are brutally tortured to death in the local bullring.”

We also pointed out the severe danger to those participating (with over a dozen human fatalities recorded to-date), saying it is most inappropriate for a travel company to bring tourists to such an event.

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in urging Stoke Travel to show compassion for the animals and remove bullrunning/bullfighting from its itineraries.

Email: info@stoketravel.com,hollie@stoketravel.com,nichole@stoketravel.com
Tweet to: @StokeTravel
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stoketravel?fref=nf
Tel: +34 931 067 942 (Spain)

VIDEO: The hideous cruelty of the Pamplona bullrun / bullfighting
(Narrated by Emmerdale actress, Gemma Atkinson)

“Boycott the Bullrings” Demonstration

2 Jul

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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports will hold a “Boycott the Bullrings” demonstration at Dublin Airport on Friday, July 10th, from 12 midday to 3pm, to appeal to those flying to Spain/France/Portugal, etc to boycott bullfighting.

We will be along the road into Departures with our anti-bullfighting placards and information leaflets, alerting holidaymakers to the cruelty of bullfighting and appealing to them to boycott the bullrings. If you can spare an hour of your time, we would be so glad of your support. Placards will be provided.

As part of our ongoing campaign, we are continually appealing to tourism agencies here and abroad not to promote bullfighting, and have been very successful in recent years. The following companies have responded positively to ICABS appeals and removed references to bullfighting or bullrings from their websites – American Airlines, EasyJet, Jet2holidays, Marriott International, Hilton Hampton, Ebookers, Club Travel, Abbey Travel, Sunways, Low Cost Holidays.ie, Travel Department, Cancun Holidays Information Center, Co-op Travel, Ultimate Travel, No Fly Cruising, City Breaks 101, Original Travel, Escape Trips, Charter Travel, NY.T.Roma Hotel, Exclusive GP, Just Resorts, IceLolly.com, Burleigh Travel, Abercrombie & Kent, Holiday Transfers, Iglu Cruise, Oliver’s Travel’s, StagWeb, Joe Walsh Tours, Budget Travel, Osprey Holidays, AlphaRooms.com, Hays Travel, Le Boat, Holiday Hypermarket, Pack Your Bags and Euroventure.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on Friday July 10th from 12 midday.

“Boycott the Bullrings” Demonstration

Date: Friday, July 10th
Time: 12 midday to 3pm
Location: Along the road into Departures, Dublin Airport
SatNav co-ordinates: 53°25’24.8″N 6°13’52.1″W  OR  53.423557, -6.231148
See location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/REnqw

Call to ban foxhunting in European Union

24 Jun

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Call to ban foxhunting in European Union
Letter to the Editor, Westmeath Topic, 25 June 2015

Dear Editor,

A petition on the Care 2 website calls on the European Parliament and Commission to ban fox hunting throughout the European Union. The petition is worthy of our support, because Ireland permits this cruel and indefensible bloodsport. It serves no purpose, apart from giving pleasure to riders and hunt followers, while causing immense suffering to the animals.

Fox hunting has nothing to do with pest control, and hunts ensure a plentiful supply of foxes for the next season. Instead of seeking the quickest, most humane means of dispatching a fox, the hunt will pursue each animal for miles, until its lungs give out and exhaustion delivers it to the pack to be torn apart. If the fox goes to ground, it is dug out and thrown to the waiting pack.

I hope that Irish citizens who back the protection of our wildlife heritage will sign the Care 2 petition. Current EU legislation allows member states to draft their own laws in relation to blood sports. The petition calls for a legally binding EU-wide prohibition on fox hunting.

If this can be achieved, other cruel practices, such as bull fighting and hare coursing, may follow it into the dustbin of history.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co Kilkenny

Please sign and share the petition : Ask the European Parliament to outlaw Fox hunting with dogs in Europe http://www.thepetitionsite.com/155/421/388/ask-the-european-parliament-to-outlaw-fox-hunting-with-dogs-in-europe/

Sinn Fein politicians in favour of bloodsports ban

16 Jun

Sinn Fein TDs

Sean Crowe, TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin South West): “I find [blood ‘sports’] to be a loathsome practice and the argument that they are in some manner a necessary part of traditional, rural life insulting to the intelligence. I would be delighted to support any and all legislation, which restricts, or bans these ‘sports’.”

Caoimhghin O Caolain, TD (Sinn Fein, Cavan Monaghan): “I am totally opposed to live hare coursing.”

Aengus O Snodaigh, TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin South Central): On 24th March 2009, Aengus O Snodaigh, TD asked the Minister for Agriculture “if in the context of his responsibility for animal welfare and the legal protection of animals from cruelty, he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting”. On 10th March, 2009, he asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government “if he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting”.

Sinn Fein councillors

Cllr Chris Andrews (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council) In 2010, Chris Andrews TD voted in favour of the ban on carted deer hunting.

Cllr Janice Boylan (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council)
“My personal stance is yes, I would favour a ban on this animal cruelty [hare coursing and foxhunting].” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr John Brady (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council)
“As an animal lover and someone that works continuously on animal welfare issues, I totally oppose all forms of ‘blood sports’. I think the practice of killing or maiming animals for someone’s enjoyment is wrong and should not be even considered as a sport.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Breda Brennan (Sinn Fein, Waterford City and County Council)
“I personally am against blood sports and animal cruelty of any kind.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council)
“Yes I am in favour of a ban on blood sports” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Sorca Clarke (Sinn Fein, Westmeath County Council)
“I would support a ban on blood sports, completely against any form of animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Rose Conway-Walsh (Sinn Fein, Mayo County Council)
“Yes [add me to the list of Sinn Fein politicians in favour of a ban on bloodsports]” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Reada Cronin (Sinn Fein, Kildare County Council)
“I cannot understand why they’re called ‘sports’. I would support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Stephen Cunningham (Sinn Fein, Cork City Council) I would like to confirm that I am against blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting.” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Chris Curran (Sinn Fein, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council) “No brainer! Cruelty against Animals in such form is wrong” in response to an ICABS tweet asking “Cllr Curran – What is your stance on animal cruelty? Are you in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and foxhunting?” In November 2014, he voted against a council motion which described urban foxes as a “problem” and which called for action to be taken to deal with them.

Cllr Ide Cussen (Sinn Fein, Kildare County Council)
“I deplore all abuse of animals and cruelty to animals.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Una Darcy (Sinn Fein, Westmeath County Council) “Sinn Fein is opposed to cruelty to animals and supported the Animal Welfare Act in its passage through the Oireachtas.” from a email to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Maire Devine (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council)
“Tá [add me to the list of Sinn Fein politicians in favour of a ban on bloodsports]” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Gary Doherty (Sinn Fein, Donegal County Council)
“I am opposed to any form of blood sports and any activity which perpetuates undue and inhumane cruelty to animals.” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Liam Doherty (Sinn Fein, Donegal County Council) “I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting with dogs but I [believe] that the fox population needs to be controlled in some way preferably by shooting them which I think is the most humane way.” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

Cllr Paul Donnelly (Sinn Fein, Fingal County Council)
“I am opposed to blood “sports” and I find that term offensive. I would fully support a ban on these activities.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Daithí Doolan (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council)
“Blood ‘sports’ are unacceptable & indefensible. I have been against blood ‘sports’ since I was a child. They always struck me as being terribly terribly cruel! I wish you well in campaigning to get them banned. Adh mór.” from a message posted on ICABS blog, June 2015.

Cllr Louise Dunne (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council) “I would be happy to support a motion [in favour of a ban on bloodsports].” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Brendan Ferron (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council) “I am totally opposed to blood ‘sports’ including hare coursing and hunting and would support a ban.” from a tweet to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein, Kilkenny County Council) “I think like most people, I deplore the abuse of animals and cruelty to animals. It is something that is quite a passionate issue for many of our members locally and I think of it as an issue which deserves more airtime in our national and local discourse. Sinn Fein has opposed all bloodsports in Ireland and some of our members even went as far as stopping a hunt in Westmeath several years ago. Their position filled me with great pride and I have always tried my best to remain consistent in that view. A big issue in Kilkenny in the mistreatment of horses on the roads by some members of the community. That situation is abhorrent and can not continue. Should I be elected to Kilkenny County Council, it would be a great disappointment to me if the issue of animal welfare locally was still as prominent an issue at the end of the council term. I have always considered it an idea to create a register of animal abusers to make it more difficult for offenders to continue to own animals. I know that would only be the start of tackling the wider problem.” from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Jennifer Green (Sinn Fein, Louth County Council)
“I’m against the consumption of any type of animal, blood sports or animal cruelty.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Thomas Healy (Sinn Fein, Sligo County Council) “I am against all forms of cruelty to animals.” from a tweet to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr John Hearne (Sinn Fein, Waterford City and County Council) “I’m against all forms of animal cruelty. I banned with a motion all circus animals from council property and I’m in the process of passing a by-law to ban sulky racing off the roads…I voted against [a pro-coursing motion]. I believe if people want to entertain themselves it should not involve stressing animals.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Sarah Holland (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council) “Most definitely in favour of a ban” from a tweet to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Nicola Lawless (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council) “Yes I would be in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and fox hunting. I am against animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy (Sinn Fein, Cork County Council) “I’m against bloodsports and I’m a supporter of well known Cobh animal rights group, ARK.” from a text message to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Mike McKee (Sinn Fein, Clare County Council) “Always was and always will be in favour of a complete ban [on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Michael Mulligan (Sinn Fein, Roscommon County Council) “With you all the way – total ban on bloodsports.” from a comment left on the ICABS Facebook page, May 2014.

Cllr Aidan Mullins (Sinn Fein, Laois County Council) “Personally I am against fox hunting and hare coursing.” from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Emma Murphy (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council) “I’m 100% against animal cruelty in any form & would support a ban on blood sports.” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Criona Ni Dhalaigh (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council) “I am against any form of animal cruelty and abhor foxhunting and hare coursing.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Daire Ní Laoi (Sinn Fein, Fingal County Council) “I am totally opposed to blood sports & very much in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from a tweet to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Sorcha Nic Cormaic (Sinn Fein, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council) In November 2014, she voted against a council motion which described urban foxes as a “problem” and which called for action to be taken to deal with them.

Cllr Shane O’Brien (Sinn Fein, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council) In November 2014, he voted against a council motion which described urban foxes as a “problem” and which called for action to be taken to deal with them.

Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh (Sinn Fein, Limerick City and County Council) “I am against any form of animal cruelty, that leads to the suffering of animals.” from a tweet to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Cathal O’Conchúir (Sinn Fein, Galway City Council)
“I am totally opposed to hunting of animals for sport.” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Ciaran O’Moore (Sinn Fein, Dublin City Council) “Yes I would like a ban on all blood sports” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Melissa O’Neill (Sinn Fein, Kilkenny County Council)
“I am against any form of animal cruelty and would welcome and support this ban [on foxhunting and hare coursing].” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Martin O’Reilly (Sinn Fein, Offaly County Council) “I am opposed to hare coursing and fox hunting.” in a call to ICABS, February 2015

Cllr Malachy Quinn (Sinn Fein, Fingal County Council) “I am in favour [of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Therese Ruane (Sinn Fein, Mayo County Council)
“I am totally opposed to blood sports and to animal cruelty of any kind.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy (Sinn Fein, Limerick City and County Council) “I am in favour of any ban on animal cruelty that does not treat innocent animals with respect” from a tweet to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Natalie Treacy (Sinn Fein, Fingal County Council)
“I am against any form of animal cruelty, and would be in total favour of a ban on bloodsports.” from a message left on ICABS blog, June 2015.

Campaign Quote: Killing of foxes and cubs

5 Jun

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Campaign Quote: “You should shoot the parents first and then wait for the cubs to come out [of their earth]. They will hang around the mother. Cruel but effective.” from an Irish wildlife shooting forum relating to the killing of foxes and cubs – Boards.ie, May 2015.

Irish badgers are being culled in horrific circumstances: Renewed call for end to cull

26 May

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Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent) has renewed a call on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to cancel his department’s cruel badger cull. The cull, part of a failed TB Eradication Scheme, has involved the inhumane snaring and killing of an estimated 100,000 badgers to-date.

In a 14 May 2015 parliamentary exchange, Deputy O’Sullivan refers to a 4-year study which has found that badgers actively avoid fields of cattle and buildings containing cattle.

“Is there not a good justifiable reason to suspend the culling of badgers,” Maureen asks Minister Coveney.

You can watch the full Dail exchange at

Some of the points made by Maureen O’Sullivan:

Badgers are culled in most horrific circumstances. We have seen badgers caught in the trap where they are shot. Poison has been laid. Slurry has been left in some of the traps in order to further intensify the cruelty. This is being carried out under licences issued by the Department.

80% of the badgers being culled are perfectly healthy animals

This cull of badgers has been called slaughter masquerading as science

There is a need for a more holistic approach to bovine TB rather than blaming the badger for everything.

ACTION ALERTS

Sign our petition – Ireland: Stop badger snaring cruelty NOW
https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/irish-agriculture-minister-simon-coveney-stop-badger-snaring-cruelty-now

Demand an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring of thousands of badgers.

Minister Simon Coveney
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: minister@agriculture.gov.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Please write to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Remind them that the Wildlife Act, for which they are responsible, lists the badger as a protected species. Demand that they stop licensing the snaring and killing of thousands of badgers as part of a cruel and discredited TB eradication scheme.

Minister Heather Humphreys
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Email: Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie,ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie,nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Tel: (01) 631 3804
Fax: (01) 661 1201

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