Deaf Enterprises urged to stop greyhound track fundraising

24 Jan

Cork’s “Deaf Enterprises” is being urged to reject greyhound racing as a fundraising method.

The organisation which provides training and employment to Cork’s Deaf community has organised a “night at the dogs” event for this Saturday at Curraheen Park – a track where 18 greyhounds suffered injuries and six were destroyed last year. The illegal Class a drug, cocaine, has also been found in greyhounds raced at Curraheen Park.

“We hope your organisation will show compassion for the dogs and choose an alternative fundraising venue,” ICABS stated in an email to Deaf Enterprises.

Track fundraisers directly support the cruel greyhound industry (through ticket commissions, and food and drink sales and gambling on the night).

There is much suffering in the greyhound industry. As well as the dogs injured, doped and killed at tracks, an estimated 10,000 greyhounds disappear in Ireland each year – most likely destroyed when they are found to be not fast enough to win races and make money for owners. A former chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board 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.

Among the many victims of the greyhound industry are an emaciated greyhound dumped in Tipperary with her ears burned with acid (to remove markings which would identify the owner), an ex-racing greyhound with ribcage protruding and infested with fleas and worms rescued in Galway and three “severely underweight” greyhounds registered with the Irish Greyhound Board suffering with lesions and pressure sores.

Due to a growing awareness about the animal cruelty and illegal doping of dogs, the Irish public is increasingly rejecting greyhound racing – evident in a 50 per cent fall in track attendance in recent years and a 58 per cent drop in sponsorship.


Urge Deaf Enterprises to reject greyhound track fundraiser and choose an alternative venue for its fundraiser.

Deaf Enterprises
2A Sundrive Park,
Ballinlough Road, Cork
Tel: (021) 429 4111

See also:

“Six reasons to say NO to greyhound racing”

“Why you should say NO to greyhound track fundraisers”


Over 2,000 deer shot in Kerry during 2017

23 Jan

More than 2,000 deer were shot dead in County Kerry last year, newly released figures have revealed. 45 red deer were killed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service…

Over 2,000 deer shot in Kerry during 2017
The Kerryman Newspaper, 20th January 2018

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has told The Kerryman that more than 2,000 deer were shot in Kerry by licensed hunters during the 2016/17 hunting season, with 45 red deer culled in Killarney National Park by National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff between January and March of last year.

The Department explained that the cull of 34 female and 11 male deer took place following a survey and report on the park’s deer population in late 2016.

According to a spokesperson, a cull was necessary to protect the ecology of the park, with particular focus on lowland herds. The current population of Red deer in the park is about 700, and another cull is expected in 2018 pending an upcoming submission to Minister Josepha Madigan.

“There is a significant challenge in attempting to balance the demands of agriculture, forestry and conservation with the need to ensure that deer populations occupying the same land resources are managed at sustainable levels, and in a responsible and ethical manner,” a Department spokesperson told The Kerryman. “Where deer species are increasing in range and numbers, depending on the annual count and instances of damage caused by deer to habitats – especially woodland – culls need to be carried out”.

“Deer have the potential to impact significantly on woodlands, including the iconic yew, oak and also wet woodlands within the Park (e.g. by bark stripping of mature trees and preventing regeneration).

“Culls . are in the best interest of the deer herds and of the National Park. They are conducted in accordance with best husbandry practice and in full conformity with scientific and agricultural guidelines.”

Norway bans fur farming. Will Ireland be next?

18 Jan

There are renewed calls on the Irish Government to ban fur farming as Norway this week announces a total ban.

Norway’s government has pledged to shut down all of the country’s 250-300 fur farms by 2025, becoming the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming.

Meanwhile in Ireland, where just three fur farms remain, the government has so far refused to take action to end this vile industry. in which mink are permanently caged and gassed to death for their fur. Please join us in renewing an appeal to Minister Michael Creed and the Irish Government to ban fur farming.

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Demand a ban on fur farming in Ireland. Contact Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed now.

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Calor Gas urged to disassociate from greyhound racing

18 Jan


Calor Gas is being urged to disassociate from the cruel greyhound industry. At Northern Ireland’s Drumbo Park track on 12th January, the greyhound races included “Calor Gas Domestic Installer’s Race 335”, “Calor Gas for your Total Home Energy Race 525” and “Calor Gas introduces Bio LPG 2018 Race 335” –

In an appeal to the company, ICABS stated: “It is very surprising that, after all the latest media revelations [e.g. RTE Prime Time, Drive Time, Claire Byrne Live, etc] about cruelty, drugging and killing of greyhounds that any company would choose to align itself with this industry…We hope Calor Ireland will show compassion for the dogs and fully disassociate from greyhound racing. ”


Contact Calor Gas and urge the company to disassociate from greyhound racing.

Tel: 1850 812 450 or 01 450 5000 (Republic of Ireland)
Tel: 028 9045 5588 (Northern Ireland)
Tweet to: @calorireland

Hare coursers intimidated and threatened ICABS observer

7 Jan

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Hare coursers intimidated and threatened an Irish Council Against Blood Sports observer who was videoing hares being used as live bait for greyhounds on the GAA pitch right next to Millstreet Town Park, Co. Cork, yesterday.

The coursers claimed that they had jurisdiction over the public park, and that filming their cruel animal abuse was prohibited. The Gardai were called to the scene, and they confirmed that photography was indeed permissible in a public place, but the coursers insisted that the Gardai were wrong, and continued to harass and prevent the ICABS observer from filming.

Hare coursers clearly don’t want evidence of their barbarity publicised, and will resort to intimidation, thuggery and violence. ICABS observers have been assaulted, had a camera snatched, and last October, a balaclava-clad thug tried to sieze a camera as we were filming from the public road a distance from a coursing meeting at Ballinagar, Co. Offaly.

“Hare coursing taking place in any venue in this country in this day and age is absolutely shocking, but to see timid, defenceless hares running for their lives in front of greyhounds on a GAA pitch is shameful,” said Aideen Yourell, spokesperson, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, who added that obviously the Millstreet GAA condone and endorse this animal abuse, which send out a dreadful message to its members, players and supporters.


Please join us in a fresh appeal to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Irish Government to put in place a permanent ban on hare coursing.

Email “Stop the cruelty – Ban hare coursing NOW” to,,

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
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Contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand an immediate withdrawal of the current coursing licence.

Josepha Madigan TD
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
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Vet Council “would not take issue with” vet sponsoring greyhound racing

6 Jan

The Veterinary Council of Ireland has said that it “would not take issue with” a vet who is sponsoring greyhound racing at one of the country’s worst tracks for dog injuries.

ICABS recently brought to the Vet Council’s attention a veterinary clinic that is sponsoring greyhound races in Dundalk and Lifford.

Ancu Veterinary Clinic, with offices in Dundalk, Dublin and Newry, is listed on the Irish Greyhound Board website as the sponsor of several races, including the “An Cú Veterinary A3 525 Final” in December with prizes totally nearly €4,000.

In our correspondence to the Veterinary Council, we pointed to shocking Irish Greyhound Board statistics showing that in the first 10 months of this year – 283 greyhounds were injured at tracks around Ireland, with 96 destroyed. Among the worst tracks in the country for injuries is the Dundalk track where 40 dogs suffered injuries and 9 were destroyed – see

Do you consider it appropriate for a veterinary clinic to sponsor an activity in which animals suffer and are killed? That’s the question we put to the Veterinary Council of Ireland.

Their response was: “The Council would not take issue with a veterinary practitioner sponsoring an event as long as it complies with the Code of Standards for Advertising, Promotional and Direct Marketing, which is enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland and does not bring the veterinary profession into disrepute. The activities mentioned in your email are legal in the State and the Council does not restrict registered persons from participating in any legal activity.”

If you agree with us that vets should not be sponsoring greyhound racing, please join us in contacting the Veterinary Council now.

Aideen Neylon,
Professional Standards Manager
Veterinary Council of Ireland
53 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Telephone: +353 (0)1 668 4402

Contact Ancu Veterinary Clinic and ask them to stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Ancu Veterinary Clinic
Seafield Road
Blackrock, Louth, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)42 932 1915
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Cara Projects reject greyhound track fundraising

5 Jan

A big thank you to Cara Projects for becoming the latest charity to reject greyhound track fundraising.

The Irish charity, which provides support to disadvantaged mothers and children in Kenya, has told the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that it will be asking its volunteers not to organise fundraisers at greyhound tracks.

The charity was responding to an ICABS appeal prompted by a recent greyhound track fundraiser which was held to raise money for local Cara volunteers. In our appeal, we highlighted the cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry.

Stressing that Cara “do not organise any functions at greyhound tracks” and that the fundraiser in question was independently organised by a volunteer, a spokesperson for Cara Projects commented: “We will ask at the next meeting of all volunteers in early January that this method of fundraising would not be used by volunteers in future.”

We are very grateful to Cara Projects for this compassionate response.

To find out more about Cara Projects and how you can help, please visit