Owner of greyhound who tested positive is commended by IGB Control Committee

21 Feb

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The owner of a greyhound who tested positive for a PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE has been commended by the Irish Greyhound Board’s Control Committee for his “excellent level of co-operation”.

The substance, Naproxen, was detected in the greyhound at Galway Stadium, with the owner being fined just €200.

The greyhound, named Grahams Star, finished last in the “GAIN INTERTRACK CHALLENGE ROUND 6″ – one of a series of races sponsored by Glanbia’s GAIN brand. Glanbia has ignored calls for it to stop supporting cruel greyhound racing, even after the shocking RTE Investigates documentary revealed that 6,000 greyhounds are mercilessly killed every year because they are too slow to win races.

As revealed in the Irish Greyhound Board’s February 2020 “Adverse Analytical Findings” report, “Naproxen returned from a urine sample obtained from the greyhound Grahams Star at Galway Greyhound Stadium on the 31st of July, 2019.”

The IGB report states: “Mr Brian Johnson [Ballybane, Co. Galway], registered owner/trainer of the greyhound Grahams Star appeared before the Committee. Mr. Pat Herbert, Head of Regulation, Bord na gCon, represented Bord na gCon in this matter. The Control Committee, having considered all of the evidence in this matter was satisfied the case presented by Bord na gCon was proven. The Control Committee noted the explanation tendered by Mr. Johnson that he administered two Paracetamol tablets and one Vimovo tablet to the greyhound four days prior to the race in question as he thought the greyhound may have sustained an injury. Mr. Johnson also stated he was unaware the tablets contained a prohibited substance and he was of the belief that the substance involved would have cleared the greyhound’s system within the four day period prior to the race in question.”

Johnson was fined €200, but not before the IGB Control Committee commended him for his “excellent level of co-operation”.

3-year-old Grahams Star has been raced at Galway, Shelbourne Park, Limerick, Curraheen Park and Dundalk stadiums, with total prize money to-date of over €5,000.

He is the latest in a growing list of greyhounds testing positive for prohibited substances at tracks around Ireland.

Previous IGB “Adverse Analytical Findings” reports show that…

– Carprofen was detected in greyhound Looney Mctoe at Shelbourne Park on 19 November 2019. On the night, the 2-year-old dog finished third in the “Barking Buzz A6/A7 525 Semi-Final” race.

– The active ingredient in Viagra was detected in a greyhound at Limerick stadium during the summer. Sildenafil, was found in greyhound Makingtherunning according to the Irish Greyhound Board’s November 2019 “Adverse Analytical Findings” report. The detection was made at Limerick stadium on 24th August 2019 after the greyhound finished third in the “Bet Into Shelbourne Park S7 Lower 350” race. https://youtu.be/tuRD_iQ4CFw

– Amphetamine was found in a urine sample taken from greyhound Night Time Mammy at Newbridge track on 31 May 2019. The IGB website shows that the greyhound finished first in the “Troy Electrical & NTSC Tri Distance A3/4 Final” race, with winnings of €1,600. Appearing before the Control Committee, the greyhound’s owner, Donal Brennan, “stated at the outset that he was taking full responsibility for the adverse analytical finding”. He was fined just €500.

– Acepromazine was found in a sample taken from greyhound Confey Bay at Mullingar stadium on 16th February 2019. The greyhound was “an extremely nervous and ‘hyperactive’ greyhound” and a tablet, containing the prohibited substance, was given to the greyhound “to calm her down”. The owner/trainer was fined just €300 and the €50 prize money was forfeited.

– Acetaminophen and Codeine were found in a sample taken from greyhound Our Ellas Prince at Shelbourne Park stadium on 25th June 2019. “The Control Committee noted that [owner] Mr Houston stated in his evidence that he had administered Paracetamol tablets to the greyhound as pain relief medication. He was unaware at the time that Paracetamol was a prohibited substance…The Control Committee accepted the explanation tendered by Mr Houston and the Committee was satisfied Mr Houston did not administer the medication to the greyhound to enhance the greyhounds [sic] performance. Having taken all the circumstances into consideration, including the excellent level of co-operation received from Mr Houston, the Control Committee decided not to impose a fine on Mr Houston. The prize money of €255 won by the greyhound Our Ellas Prince in the event in question is forfeited.”

Ibuprofen has also been found in samples taken from greyhounds in the past year. The Control Committee noted that “Ibuprofen is a therapeutic human medication which is not licenced [sic] for canine veterinary use”.

– Ibuprofen was found in a sample taken from greyhound Finnery Loch at Lifford stadium on 16th March 2019. The owner, from whom there was a “lack of co-operation” was fined just €300

– Ibuprofen was found in a sample taken from greyhound Slippy Ned at Tralee stadium on 29th March 2019. The owner was fined just €200 and the €200 prize money was forfeited.

– Ibuprofen was found in a sample taken from greyhound Beaming Rainbow at Dundalk stadium on 16th March 2019. The owner was fined just €200 and “the prize money of €50 won by the greyhound Beaming Rainbow in the event in question is forfeited”. According to the IGB website, the prize money for Beaming Rainbow at the race was not €50 but €0.00.

– Ibuprofen was found in a sample taken from greyhound Some Ginger at Dundalk stadium on 8th February 2019. According to owner Adrian Markey, “the greyhound was being treated for a muscle injury with Ibuprofen Gel the week before the race. On changing the greyhound’s bedding the week after the race, Mr Markey said he found a tube of Ibuprofen Gel that the greyhound had chewed on unknown to Mr Markey”. The owner was fined just €200.

– Ibuprofen was also found in a sample taken from greyhound Cricket Field at Dundalk stadium on 12th July 2019. The greyhound finished last in the “Fanfruit Ltd Open 600” race. The owner was fined just €200.

Propranolol – a “serious substance that has the potential to slow a greyhound down” was found in greyhound Yesterdays News who finished last in the “Tote Trio Pool 525” race at Tralee Greyhound Stadium on the 22nd September, 2019.

– Naproxen detected in a urine sample taken from greyhound Grahams Star at Galway Stadium on 31st July 2019

For more details about these and other detections, read the reports at https://www.igb.ie/Resource/adverse-analytical-findings/
SEE ALSO

A “serious substance that has the potential to slow a greyhound down” has been found in a greyhound who finished last in a race at Tralee stadium

The trainer of a greyhound who tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine three times in 2017 has “no case to answer” – that’s according to the Irish Greyhound Board’s Control Committee which has just published its latest findings

A greyhound trainer fined £3,000 after two of his dogs tested positive for COCAINE, received a reference from an Irish greyhound trainer and breeder who is helping him “start a new life in Ireland”.

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to greyhound racing – don’t attend races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds has been approved for greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, greyhound racing has received more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Please contact your local TDs and demand that they stop this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33
Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Constituency Office
137 Evergreen Road,
Turner’s Cross, Cork
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
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SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please write your own personal letter)

Dear Deputy,

I am writing to urge you to please stop supporting the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations.

The regulations will channel another €84 million of taxpayers’ money into the horse and greyhound racing gambling industries in 2020, bringing to more than one and a quarter billion euros the amount handed over since 2001.

Much of the money given to horse racing ends up as prize money in the pockets of wealthy horse owners and trainers, while the funding for greyhound racing continues despite plummeting attendance at tracks due to shocking revelations about cruelty and killing.

If you saw the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, you will understand why there should be absolutely no support given to this shameful industry. The programme revealed that 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win. We were shown horrifying scenes of greyhounds being delivered to knackeries to be shot in the head. One dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The programme also highlighted the illegal practice in the greyhound industry of doping dogs to make them run faster or slower to influence the outcomes of races. Also shown were greyhounds with their ears chopped off or burned with acid (to remove identity tattoos before being dumped) and the hellholes that await Irish greyhounds exported to China and Pakistan.

The Irish public is shocked and disgusted at the revelations, which have sparked multiple, ongoing protests outside tracks and calls for a ban on greyhound racing.

A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and Greyhound Action Ireland shows that two out of every three Irish adults agree that the government should stop funding greyhound racing [66% Agree, 16% Disagree, 18% Don’t Know, Of those stating an opinion, 80% of these agree that the Irish Government should stop funding greyhound racing while 20% disagree.] An opinion poll conducted by TheJournal.ie also found that an 80 per cent majority want the government to permanently end the grants. Petitions urging the government to stop the funding have been signed over 300,000 times.

It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE that scarce public funds have been pumped into these gambling industries. It is time for this to be stopped and for the money to be redirected to the many deserving causes crying out for funding.

Please stop supporting the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Address]

Join us in urging Swiss travel agent, Clubilis (Email: info@clubilis.com / Tel: +41 22 7317700) to remove greyhound racing (“courses de levriers”) from its Ireland tour itinerary https://www.clubilis.com/voyages-sorties/grand-tour-dirlande-du-16-au-27-juillet-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3aTGC6l-8JagsS68AvWIuPOsOCdUNgo0MymZXHyl6-10-iw5an_bMhJfc

Urge Viator’s CEO Barrie Seidenberg (Email: barrie@viator.com) to remove greyhound racing from the company’s website. Describing greyhound racing as “a slice of traditional entertainment”, it is currently selling tickets to Shelbourne Park and to the Newbridge and Drumbo Park tracks.

Urge discounts website, Groupon, to scrap its greyhound racing offers – Please sign and share the petitions. Don’t use Groupon until it stops promoting greyhound racing.
https://www.change.org/p/groupon-uk-groupon-scrap-your-greyhound-racing-discounts
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/336/797/911/groupon-stop-promoting-the-greyhound-racing-industry/

Urge Glanbia/Gain to stop supporting cruel greyhound racing.

Jim Bergin
CEO, Glanbia
Glanbia House,
Kilkenny, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)56-777 2200
Email: corporatecomms@glanbia.com, info@gainanimalnutrition.com
Tweet to: @GlanbiaPlc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GAINpetnutrition/
Please sign and share petitions

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Investigation after four-lane sulky race on N7 motorway

21 Feb

 

Investigation after four-lane sulky race on N7 motorway
RTE News – Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

An investigation is under way after a sulky race took up four lanes of a motorway in Co Dublin at the weekend.

Video footage on social media shows two horses and carts travelling at speed down the inbound lane of the N7 motorway in Citywest.

Gardaí say they are aware of the video and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said it is appalled by the footage of two horses in a sulky race on the N7.

Video of the events, purportedly to have at the weekend, has been shared on social media.

It shows two sulkies racing on the motorway surrounded by cars and vans.

Today, Brian Gillen from the DSPCA said the situation was very serious from an animal welfare point of view.

He said horses running on such hard surfaces at speed could easily result in a slip, which ultimately could mean they would have to be put down.

He also said it was a societal problem and said more facilities and training needed to be provided for those who want to race.

RTÉ News spoke to a 28-year-old man, who did not want to be identified, who said he was one of those who took part.

He said the race lasted around four minutes and took place at around 7.40am on Sunday. He also said that particular stretch was a popular spot for sulky racing.

The man said his horse was being well looked after and was minded and was in perfect health afterwards.

Asked about the potential harm that could have been caused, he said maybe it was dangerous but that was the sport.

He said he grew up in the sport and did not race in tracks because he did not have a licence.

The Road Safety Authority has said the the behaviour was irresponsible and said it put people’s lives at risk. Gardaí said they were investigating the incident.

Additional reporting Conor Hunt

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2020/0220/1116496-sulky-race/

“This beautiful creature didn’t make it”: Another victim of cruel fox hunting

21 Feb

 

There are renewed calls for a ban on barbaric foxhunting after a fox who was chased for hours by a foxhunt died of exhaustion.

Kitten Cottage Animal Sanctuary in County Cavan posted photos online of the unfortunate fox after he was taken in, saying “please keep your fingers crossed for this beautiful creature.”

Sadly, they later reported that “this beautiful creature didn’t make it through the night…The exhaustion got the better of the poor pet.”

“Hopefully we can follow in the UK’s footsteps and ban this outdated barbaric so-called sport,” a sanctuary spokesperson added.

“This fox was chased by the hunt for HOURS before being rescued by an animal sanctuary in Co. Cavan,” the League Against Cruel Sports Northern Ireland commented in response to the death. “And for what? To satisfy the blood lust of despicable hunters. SHAME ON YOU ALL!”

Comments from others included:

– “Absolutely dreadful. What that poor creature endured
– This needs to stop – you’re not human if you can inflict this on a defenceless animal and then call it a sport! No, this is not sport, it’s pure savagery
– This is beyond sad…beautiful fox…you are so persecuted
– The work of evil
– Heart breaking. So cruel. Such a sad end

In foxhunting, a pack of hounds is released to chase foxes to exhuastion, while hunters on foot or horseback follow behind. Foxes caught by the dogs are attacked and torn apart. Foxes who try to escape underground are targetted by hunt terriermen. They send a terrier in to corner and attack the fox, before they dig the clay away from above. The fox is then pulled out and brutally killed.

Find out more about Kitten Cottage Animal Sanctuary at https://www.facebook.com/KittenCottage/

SEE ALSO
“We will vote in favour of a ban”: Sinn Fein announces that it is “opposed to foxhunting” and will give its backing to future legislation to outlaw it. https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/2705952319520309

ACTION ALERT

Help secure a long overdue ban on cruel foxhunting in 2020.

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority want fox hunting banned (with just 12 per cent disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all the newly elected TDs and demanding that they act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Contact the leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and the Green Party to tell them that you want fox hunting, and all bloodsports, banned.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
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Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Constituency Office
137 Evergreen Road,
Turner’s Cross, Cork
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook:
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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD

Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

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“Ban blood sports in Ireland”
https://www.change.org/p/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Lonely Planet stops the sale of Shelbourne Park greyhound racing tickets

20 Feb

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A big THANK YOU to Lonely Planet for ending the sale of Shelbourne Park greyhound racing tickets on its website.

Responding to an appeal from the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, the popular travel guide company removed a page on which tickets for the Dublin stadium were being sold.

The now deleted page stated: “if you’re looking for something different for a great night out in Dublin, you’ll find it at Shelbourne Park greyhound stadium”.

A Lonely Planet spokesperson confirmed the removal of the listing, telling ICABS: “This listing was a bookable experience that fed through from a third-party website, Viator, and was not in-keeping with our content guidelines – so thank you for flagging it.”

In our appeal to Lonely Planet, we referred to a recent decision by Tourism Ireland / Failte Ireland to stop promoting greyhound racing, due to the cruelty and killing, and fears that it damages Ireland’s reputation as a tourist destination https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/shane-ross-immoral-dog-racing-will-deter-tourists-982nwhwb9

We also provided a link to the shocking “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary which revealed that 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

Shelbourne Park is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for greyhound injuries and deaths. At least 167 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 39 were killed by a track vet over the past five years alone, sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics show. Among the victims was a greyhound who died after suffering a “suspected heart attack” on 17th August 2019.

Lonely Planet acknowledges the suffering in greyhound racing. On a Dublin page, it notes that “greyhound racing has its aficionados but 2019 revelations about the killing of dogs considered too slow have cast a dark pall over what was traditionally known as the poor-man’s punt” and “greyhound racing’s reputation has been seriously sullied due to revelations about the mistreatment of dogs”

We are now calling on Lonely Planet to remove all remaining greyhound racing-related content from its site. We are also renewing an appeal to Viator to stop selling greyhound track tickets.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Viator’s CEO Barrie Seidenberg (Email: barrie@viator.com) to remove greyhound racing from the company’s website. Describing greyhound racing as “a slice of traditional entertainment”, it is currently selling tickets to Shelbourne Park and to the Newbridge and Drumbo Park tracks.

Say NO to greyhound racing – don’t attend races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Another €84 million of scarce public funds has been approved for horse and greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, the two gambling industries have received more than one and a quarter billion euros of taxpayers’ money.

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Constituency Office
137 Evergreen Road,
Turner’s Cross, Cork
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please write your own personal letter)

Dear Deputy,

I am writing to urge you to please stop supporting the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations.

The regulations will channel another €84 million of taxpayers’ money into the horse and greyhound racing gambling industries in 2020, bringing to more than one and a quarter billion euros the amount handed over since 2001.

Much of the money given to horse racing ends up as prize money in the pockets of wealthy horse owners and trainers, while the funding for greyhound racing continues despite plummeting attendance at tracks due to shocking revelations about cruelty and killing.

If you saw the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, you will understand why there should be absolutely no support given to this shameful industry. The programme revealed that 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win. We were shown horrifying scenes of greyhounds being delivered to knackeries to be shot in the head. One dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The programme also highlighted the illegal practice in the greyhound industry of doping dogs to make them run faster or slower to influence the outcomes of races. Also shown were greyhounds with their ears chopped off or burned with acid (to remove identity tattoos before being dumped) and the hellholes that await Irish greyhounds exported to China and Pakistan.

The Irish public is shocked and disgusted at the revelations, which have sparked multiple, ongoing protests outside tracks and calls for a ban on greyhound racing.

A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and Greyhound Action Ireland shows that two out of every three Irish adults agree that the government should stop funding greyhound racing [66% Agree, 16% Disagree, 18% Don’t Know, Of those stating an opinion, 80% of these agree that the Irish Government should stop funding greyhound racing while 20% disagree.] An opinion poll conducted by TheJournal.ie also found that an 80 per cent majority want the government to permanently end the grants. Petitions urging the government to stop the funding have been signed over 300,000 times.

It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE that scarce public funds have been pumped into these gambling industries. It is time for this to be stopped and for the money to be redirected to the many deserving causes crying out for funding.

Please stop supporting the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations.

Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Address]
Join us in urging Swiss travel agent, Clubilis (Email: info@clubilis.com / Tel: +41 22 7317700) to remove greyhound racing (“courses de levriers”) from its Ireland tour itinerary https://www.clubilis.com/voyages-sorties/grand-tour-dirlande-du-16-au-27-juillet-2020/?fbclid=IwAR3aTGC6l-8JagsS68AvWIuPOsOCdUNgo0MymZXHyl6-10-iw5an_bMhJfc
Urge discounts website, Groupon, to scrap its greyhound racing offers – Please sign and share the petitions. Don’t use Groupon until it stops promoting greyhound racing.
https://www.change.org/p/groupon-uk-groupon-scrap-your-greyhound-racing-discounts
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/336/797/911/groupon-stop-promoting-the-greyhound-racing-industry/
Please sign and share petitions

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

“Ban Hare Coursing” information stall in Dublin on 22nd February

19 Feb

The National Animal Rights Association will hold a “Ban Hare Coursing” information stall at the GPO, O’Connell Street Dublin, this Saturday, 22nd February from 12 midday to 2pm.

NARA is encouraging people to “please come along and help hand out leaflets, collect petitions, hold posters and answer questions from members of the public.”

Find out more at
https://www.facebook.com/events/s/ban-hare-coursing-info-stall-a/613676912818324/

GAA Club urged to stop fundraising at track where greyhounds suffer and die

19 Feb

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Knockaderry GAA Club is being urged to stop fundraising at a greyhound track where dogs suffer and die.

The County Limerick club has announced a fundraiser at Limerick stadium in April and is encouraging children to come to the gambling venue where, in the past five years alone, 239 greyhounds suffered injuries and 71 were killed by a track vet.

In a notice posted on its website, Knockaderry GAA states: “The Annual ‘Night At The Dogs’ takes place on Saturday April 18th in Limerick Greyhound Stadium. All proceeds will go towards the Field Development Project which is now at the latter stages. Tickets are €10 each and children go free.”

In an appeal to Limerick GAA, ICABS pointed to the suffering and cruelty in greyhound racing and expressed surprise that, with efforts being made around the country to steer children away from gambling, that the GAA would consider it appropriate to attract children to a gambling venue.

We highlighted shocking revelations in the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary that 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win races. The programme included horrifying scenes of dogs being delivered to knackeries to be shot in the head. One dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away.

At tracks around Ireland in the past five years, 1,813 greyhounds suffered injuries and 592 were killed by track vets. Among the injuries were broken legs, severed spine and fractured hock bones. Others have collapsed and died of heart attacks.

Track fundraisers are a major source of income for cruel greyhound racing (tracks take a 30-40% commission on ticket sales and profit from food/drink/gambling on the night). No sports club should associate with or support this disgusting activity.

A petition calling on the GAA to stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks has been signed by more than 10,000.
Please sign and share the petition at https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

ACTION ALERT

Urge the GAA to stop encouraging clubs to fundraise at greyhound tracks. A “GAA Fundraising Toolkit” guide presents “A Day/Evening at the Races/Dogs” as a fundraising idea, with clubs told: “Members, supporters, friends and local business can all be invited to attend. A popular social event…On the day/evening itself there is the opportunity to hold additional raffles/draws – club sponsors and local business may be happy to assist with prizes.”

Email: queries@gaa.ie
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Appeal to Knockaderry GAA Club to show compassion for the dogs and stop fundraising at a greyhound track.

Email: secretary.knockaderry.limerick@gaa.ie; info.clublimerick@gaa.ie; chairperson.limerick@gaa.ie; secretary.limerick@gaa.ie; treasurer.limerick@gaa.ie; childrensofficer.limerick@gaa.ie
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Watch “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” to witness the horrors of greyhound racing

Renewed call for coursing ban: Hares continuing to suffer and die

18 Feb

renewed calls for a ban


There are renewed calls for a ban on cruel hare coursing after newly released documents show that hares are continuing to suffer and die.

At the Ballyduff coursing meeting in County Kerry in November, for example, four hares were pinned to the ground by dogs and later examined for injuries. One of the hares was destroyed by a vet, due to the injuries suffered.
https://www.npws.ie/sites/default/files/files/coursing-ballyduff-2019-20.pdf

The documents published on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website show that, thanks to a licence shamefully issued by then Minister Josepha Madigan, a total of 80 hares were netted from the wild for the Ballyduff bloodsport meeting held over three days.

Minister Madigan recklessly issued the hare netting licence despite the presence in Ireland of the deadly and highly contagious RHD2 virus which she herself acknowledged “has the potential to wipe out the hare population completely”. Her National Parks and Wildlife Service department warned that RHD2 could prove “catastrophic” for the Irish Hare which is unique to Ireland.

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority want hare coursing banned (with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all the newly elected TDs and demanding that they act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Contact the leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and the Green Party to tell them that you want coursing, and all bloodsports, banned.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Constituency Office
137 Evergreen Road,
Turner’s Cross, Cork
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
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Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
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Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Sign and share the petitions

“Ban blood sports in Ireland”
https://www.change.org/p/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing
Cruel Hare Coursing: BALLYDUFF

Ballyduff, Co Kerry, 16, 17, 19 November 2018
Day 1 – 1 hare died from so-called “natural causes”

Ballyduff, Co Kerry, 14/15 November 2015:
Coursers stated that 1 hare “required assistance”.

Ballyduff, Co Kerry November 15/16/17 2013
Coursers stated that 6 hares “required assistance”, 6 were examined by vet, 1 was certified injured and 1 put down by vet.

Ballyduff, Co. Kerry – November 16/17/18, 2012
2 hares were hit

Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, November 18/19, 2011
4 hares hit by dogs, and 1 died of “natural causes”. Despite the fact that it was stated that there was veterinary involvement, the vet’s report made no mention of the hare death.

Ballyduff, Co. Kerry (18/19 November, 2006)
4 hares were hit over the two days, with one having to be put down due to injuries. The ranger commented on the “very bad weather and heavy rain”.

Find out about more victims of coursing in the latest documents published on the NPWS website
https://www.npws.ie/licences/hare-coursing