UK garden company asked to stop selling cruel glue traps

15 Apr

UK garden products retailer, Primrose, is being urged to stop selling glue traps.

On its website, Primrose is listing the traps which have been condemened by the RSPCA as “cruel and indiscriminate”.

Glue traps are designed to catch mice and rats in a sticky base where they will typically suffer a slow, lingering death. Rodents caught in the traps frantically struggle to free themselves by pulling out their hair or biting off their own limbs. If they don’t die from these injuries or from suffocation due to their faces becoming stuck in the glue, they spend days dying from starvation and dehydration.

Veterinary surgeons who have condemned the traps have confirmed that “there is much suffering by the entrapped animals – it is not a sudden or merciful death…Because all mammals have similar nervous systems, they are capable of experiencing the same type of pain and suffering.”

Glue traps are illegal in Ireland but remain legal in the UK.

Victims have included not only mice and rats but also cats, squirrels, frogs, snakes and birds.

“We fervently hope that Primrose will show compassion and urgently remove glue traps from your site – as other UK companies have already done,” ICABS stated in an email to the company.

Video: A mouse desperately struggling in a glue trap


Appeal to Primrose to stop selling cruel glue traps.

Ian Charles
Managing Director
44 Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA

Tel: 01189 035 210 Fax: 01189 035 219
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A mouse stuck to a glue trap. These inhumane traps are illegal in Ireland under the Wildlife Act (Approved Traps, Snares and Nets) Regulations 2003 but sadly remain legal in the UK. (Photo: PETA)

Carlow–Kilkenny By-election 2015: Candidates and animal cruelty issues

1 Apr

A by-election will be held in the Dáil Éireann Carlow–Kilkenny constituency on 22 May 2015, following the resignation of Phil Hogan TD on his appointment as European Commissioner. Where do the candidates stand on animal cruelty issues? Please read our list below for more information…

Adrienne Wallace (People Before Profit)
“I’m a vegetarian and of course I’m in favour of banning foxhunting and hare coursing” from a tweet to ICABS, April 2015.

Cllr Breda Gardner (Independent, Kilkenny County Council)
“[I am] an avid animal lover”. from an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green Party, Kilkenny County Council)
In February 2013, Cllr Noonan joined calls for a ban on foxhunting, describing it as “barbaric”. His statement came in the wake of an horrific attack on a dog by hunt hounds in a Coillte forest in Carlow which left the family pet fighting for its life with severe injuries.

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.

Noel G Walsh (Independent)
“I will be your full time local representative pursuing issues on your behalf [including] animal welfare” from a profile page on

Bobby Aylward (Fianna Fail)
“The stag hunting doesn’t affect me and I’m not going to fight a cause in Kilkenny that’s an issue in Meath and North Dublin.” Bobby Aylward quoted in the Sunday Business Post, 04 April 2010. As a TD in June 2010, Bobby Aylward voted in favour of the ban on carted deer hunting.

David Fitzgerald (Fine Gael)
Kilkenny Borough Councillor David Fitzgerald (Fine Gael) voiced his opinion on the matter. “I will disagree with my party colleagues,” he said. “In my reading of this, it is the use of ‘wild’ animals – not dogs and ponies – and I believe that it is unsatisfactory and not helpful in this day and age. This is not an attack on circuses; it is specifically about the use of wild animals and I would not like to see the return of wild tigers, lions or elephants.” from “Circus debate was intense, but motion was defeated”, Kilkenny People 27 September 2012

Other candidates whose views are currently unknown:

Conor MacLiam (Anti-Austerity Alliance)
David Fitzgerald (Fine Gael)
Willie Quinn (Labour Party)
Patrick McKee (Renua Ireland)

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan vows to ignore 500 text messages

31 Mar

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EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has vowed to ignore hundreds of text messages he received in relation to animal cruelty

The has reported that the former Fine Gael TD for Carlow-Kilkenny, told a representative of Compassion in World Farming that he was disregarding the texts from concerned members of the public –

Speaking at a conference in Brussels earlier this month, Commissioner Hogan told Olga Kikou that he would not be “bullied by 500 text messages I’ve got on my phone during the course of the day on animal farming and animal welfare issues”.

“If you think that will work with me you can certainly forget about it,” he said. “That’s a campaigning tool that should be well gotten rid of at this stage.”

CIWF was pressing Hogan to address the issue of cruelty to animals exported out of the EU to countries in the Middle Wast. The organisation has previously reported that cows exported from Ireland to Libya are “beaten, stabbed, dragged by the eye sockets”.

Reacting to Hogan’s response, CIWF CEO Philip Lymbery stated: “Phil Hogan is ‘in favour’ of live exports despite great suffering to animals involved”.

As a TD and Environment Minister, Hogan has previously defended Ireland’s cruel bloodsports. He shamefully presented a trophy at a hare coursing meeting and praised hunting animals with packs of dogs as playing “an important cultural and economic role in rural Ireland”.

Disturbing Westmeath Foxhunt video emerges

11 Mar

A disturbing video showing the Westmeath Foxhunt in action at the end of last month has emerged.

The video, filmed in Dysart Mullingar, provides an insight into the deplorable attitude hunters hold towards animals. At the beginning of the video, one of the hunters can be heard calling his horse a c***.

In another scene, a female rider whips her horse 5 times in quick succession (see 03:00 minute mark)

The video which was posted on Facebook and shared on the Westmeath Foxhunt’s page, shows mounted hunters forcing horses to jump a wide and difficult ditch. The animals are clearly reluctant to jump and several land awkwardly and dangerously. In one upsetting scene, a horse can be seen landing on his front leg and tumbling backwards into the ditch (see 3 minute 25 second mark).

There has been much negative comments left in response to the video, including: “This made me sick…especially when the horse ended up in the ditch at the end”, “I don’t know much about horses but clearly none of them were very keen on jumping that ditch. People shouldn’t do that”, “Can’t stand seeing this! Poor horses”, “Can’t watch any more”, “unnecessary, pointless and stupid”.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has brought the video to the attention of Loreto College Mullingar as part of a renewed appeal to management to disassociate from a Westmeath Foxhunt-organised “charity ride” fundraiser planned for this weekend.

“We are sure that the vast majority of students and staff at Loreto would find this treatment of horses and the use of such vulgar language to be obscene and unacceptable,” we stated in a message to Loreto College principal, Marese Bell. “We are confident that most would also abhor the cruelty to wildlife perpetrated by foxhunts. Are these the type of people Loreto College Mullingar management is happy to associate with for a fundraiser?”


Urge Loreto College to disassociate from the Westmeath Foxhunt and instead organise an alternative fundraiser which is compatible with the institution’s image and values.

Email “Loreto College – Please reject cruel foxhunt’s fundraiser” to,

Phone +353 (0} 44 93 42055.

Sign the Petition: Loreto College Mullingar – Please reject foxhunt’s fundraiser

Minister Simon Coveney admits to participating in cruel foxhunting

27 Feb

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The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has admitted that he has participated in the shameful bloodsport of foxhunting.

During a Dail debate this month in which he defended the cruel activity, Minister Coveney revealed: “I have hunted”.

Despite acknowledging that he is “sure” that foxes get pulled apart by packs of hounds during foxhunts, Coveney is continuing to refuse to ban it.

“When I have hunted, I have never seen a fox being pulled apart,” he said. “I am sure, however, that it happens and I am not saying it does not.”

Dismissing an impassioned appeal from Irish Council Against Blood Sports president, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, to embrace drag hunting and outlaw the hunting of live animals with packs of dogs, Coveney outlined that he and his colleagues are aiming to accommodate those who get their kicks from cruelty.

“Our policy decisions try to strike a balance for those who derive great enjoyment from hunting,” he said.

This included inserting an exemption into the Animal Health and Welfare Act which gives fox hunters immunity from prosecution for what would otherwise be an offence of animal cruelty.

In his Dail speech, Minister Coveney went on to demonise foxes and make a false claim that the animals “do significant damage to farm animals, poultry and so on”. This is completely untrue. Foxes are not a significant agricultural pest. Regarding lambs, the top causes of mortality are abortion, still-birth, infectious disease, exposure and starvation. Wildlife experts agree that if a lamb is taken by a fox, it is most likely to have been already dead when the fox arrived. The National Parks & Wildlife Service have confirmed this, saying “No matter what people think, foxes seldom kill and eat young lambs.” Many farmers consider foxes to be, not a pest, but a beneficial ally as they keep down the numbers of rabbits and rodents as part of their natural diet.

Minister Coveney has in the past condemned terrierwork and the digging out of foxes as involving “undue cruelty” and therefore “unacceptable” but now seems to accept it. The u-turn came after a meeting with terriermen in which the Minister was apparently convinced that sending terriers underground to corner and attack foxes (encounters which leave both foxes and terriers with horrific injuries) is somehow acceptable, despite being unquestionably cruel.

Referring to a plan to introduce “rules and codes of conduct” – which will do nothing to eliminate the inherent cruelty – Minister Coveney ludicrously claims that he is trying to “make sure foxhunting will be as acceptable as possible from an animal welfare perspective.” The only way this could ever be achieved would be to ban foxhunting.

“There was a time when we were hunters and gatherers and had to hunt animals for food, but we do not have to do this anymore,” Deputy O’Sullivan told Minister Coveney during the exchange. “It is a shame on us as a nation that we tolerate barbarity and cruelty to animals in the name of what is supposed to be a sport. It is hard to believe we continue barbaric practices.”

Due to the cruelty involved, foxhunting is an illegal activity in England, Scotland and Wales.


Contact Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, and demand that he removes an exemption from the Animal Health and Welfare Act which currently allows hunting with packs of dogs.

Simon Coveney, TD

Minister for Agriculture

Agriculture House,

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.


Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.

Fax: 01-661 1013.

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Witness the cruelty of foxhunting in Ireland


“A great deal many allegations of lamb killing are based on insufficient or even non-existent evidence. When interviewing farmers, I found that in some cases, a dead, unwounded animal or the mere disappearance of a lamb were attributed to the work of the fox.” Professor James Fairley (Zoology, UCG) in “An Irish Beast Book”

“I’ve worked at fox dens in all areas covering every aspect of prey possibilities. I’ve observed what adult foxes have brought in, I’ve analysed countless numbers of scats or droppings, and also the stomach contents of many animals. Game birds were insignificant, and so too were poultry, and the only two lambs I’ve ever found at dens were already dead before they were carried in. They were in fact carrion mutton.” Zoologist, Dr AD Scott, BSc PhD MBOU

“No matter what people think, foxes seldom kill and eat young lambs.” National Parks & Wildlife Service

“Starvation/exposure is the main cause of perinatal lamb deaths (accounting for 57% of losses in the first week of life). The important factors include sick ewes, exhausted ewes, lack of milk, mastitis, desertion, weak lambs after a difficult birth, under and overweight lambs and exposure to cold, wet and windy weather.” Teagasc

“There is no evidence that foxes need to be controlled…no method of fox control has had an impact on the fox population.” Professor Stephen Harris, Bristol University

“The pro-hunting argument that fox hunting is an essential form of pest control has been completely shattered. This new research proves what we have said all along – that fox hunting is essentially carried out for recreational purposes. It is cruel and unnecessary.” John Rolls, RSPCA

Madonna and stylist trivialise cruel bullfighting

27 Feb

After being pulled to the ground at the Brit Awards last night, “Matador Madonna” may be nursing a bruise today but it’s nothing compared to the bullring suffering she is shamelessly trivialising.

Choosing a bullfighting theme for her ill-fated performance of Living for Love, the pop icon disgusted animal lovers by assuming the role of a matador and singing among dancers with horns on their heads.

Earlier this month, after Madonna donned a similar matador-inspired outfit at the Grammys, B Akerlund the stylist behind the cringeworthy costumes declared: “I think the whole relationship between the matador and the bulls is something that we find a beautiful relationship, and we played on that – how she’s killing off the bulls and she’s the matador standing in the end.”

And there was more nonsense from Akerlund as she added: “There’s a beautiful story for why the matadors fight the bulls and that also reflects life.”

To describe what happens in a bullring as beautiful, Akerlund clearly doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, about the ugly reality.

Madonna is certainly aware of the cruelty. At the end of her promo video for “Living for Love”, she includes a quote from Friedrich Nietzche – “Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights and crucifixions, he has felt best on earth.”

Far from being beautiful, bullfighting is brutal, barbaric and bloody.

Claiming the lives of thousands of bulls every year, it subjects each of its victims to the most horrific of suffering. Each bullfight involves the slow torture to death of six or more bulls and the terror starts behind the scenes, before the fight, when the bull is severely handicapped. Cotton wool is stuffed into its nose to hamper breathing, vaseline is smeared into its eyes to blur vision and its horns are often painfully filed down to distort its sense of direction.

The worst is yet to come however. Once in the arena, horseback riders weaken the bull by stabbing its neck and shoulders with long, sharp lances. Then, to make it lower its head into the typical charging pose, six hooked spears are forcefully driven into the bull’s neck muscles. The cruelty culminates with a fatal stabbing through the heart with a sword. Afterwards, the bull’s ears and tail are cut off and thrown to the crowd. Horses are also victims, often being gutted, gored and killed.


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Former farm leader has cruelty sentence suspended

27 Feb

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Former farm leader has cruelty sentence suspended
RTE NEWS, 13 February 2015

The former head of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has had a jail sentence for animal cruelty suspended.

John Deegan Snr, from Shillelagh in Co Wicklow, had been sentenced to five months in prison last summer after pleading guilty to animal cruelty at his farm.

He appealed and today at Carlow Circuit Court the sentence increased from five to six months but was suspended on the basis that he looks after his animals properly.

Afterwards, Mr Deegan said he was happy to see the matter now concluded.

Barbara Bent of the ISPCA had described the cruelty as one of the worst cases she had seen in her 45 years involved in animal welfare.


Warning graphic content: Former farming leader jailed for “appalling” animal cruelty
Irish Independent, 26/07/2014
by Jim Cusack

John Deegan snr, 74, former president of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, pleaded guilty at Carlow District Court to neglect of a large number of cattle, sheep, horses and donkeys on his farm in County Wicklow last year.

Some of the images of dead animals in possession of the Sunday Independent are too horrifying to be published.

The treatment of the animals was described as “appalling” by Judge Eamon O’Brien after he viewed pictures of emaciated animals and dire conditions on Deegan’s farm at Barnacashel, Crablane. He sentenced Deegan to five months’ imprisonment.

Garda Chris Murray gave evidence of the neglect of dozens of animals when he visited the farm with animal welfare officers last year.

Inspectors from the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said after sentence it was one of the worst cases of farming cruelty they had ever dealt with.

Barbara Bent of the Society said: “Waterford SPCA received a call and visited the farm with Garda Murray on the 24th of April last year.

“There were some 75 horses, many pregnant and emaciated, some with last year’s foals in a most dreadfully poor state and two horses’ carcases were present, one of which was there quite a time.

“One tiny new pony foal was struggling to keep with its mum around what was an old jeep with hay in the back. Horses were clamouring over the rusty bonnet to get at the feed. We had to immediately remove this vulnerable little one to a safe place. There were also donkeys in urgent need of hoof care present.

“Further up the fields we found three dead sheep and then about ten more, hard to be accurate about numbers as the foxes had eaten them and also loads of bits and bones all over the place.

“The ten suckler cows present were very poor and grass was very scarce due to the farm being extremely over stocked. There was a downer cow, still alive in an old shed but in a bad way.

“At Mr Deegan’s second farm we were totally shocked at the condition of the suckler cows. They were in a most awful condition, emaciated, calving on slats with slurry underfoot, giving calves little chance of survival. We have never seen cows kept is such a state. It was unbelievable, totally unacceptable and we hope never to see animals in such conditions again.”

The ISPCA revisited the farm in May last year and found conditions had not improved.

Ms Bent said: “Many foals had been born and there was still far too many animals present, but on finding a ewe with a little lamb at foot and another dead one hanging out of her we made a great effort to catch both only to see Mr Deegan pick up the little lamb and fling it into the back of his van with such force we were speechless. Naturally it bleated in pain and struggled out towards the door only to be given the same treatment again, certainly not the behaviour of a ‘good shepherd’.”

Deegan was elected president of the 8,000-member ICSFA for a year’s term in March 2003. He previously served as Sheep Committee chairman and Leinster vice-president.

Deegan has some 300 acres of mostly hilly and reclaimed land. At the time the inspectors visited he had three expensive race horses which were in “top class” condition.

It is understood he is appealing the jail sentence.


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