Big Shu, alas, suffered a worse fate in the cross-country, collapsing and dying from an apparent heart attack after being pulled up. His trainer, Peter Maher, had earlier said the horse had endured a rough crossing from Ireland and there was speculation that that may somehow have left him vulnerable to such a dismal outcome. Vets here were reluctant to be drawn into discussing Big Shu, pending a possible post-mortem. from a report about the Cheltenham horse racing festival, The Guardian, 12 December 2014
“The Irish Coursing Club has assured my Department that it goes to great lengths to ensure the highest standards of hare and greyhound welfare are adhered to” Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney. from a reply to a Dail Question from Maureen O’Sullivan TD, 12th November, 2014
Small-part actor Dimitri Diatchenko has been arrested after allegedly killing, skinning and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit. Authorities said he sent her grisly photos of the procedure and threatened to do the same thing to her. Charged on Tuesday with felony counts of cruelty to an animal with use of a knife and making criminal threats, he faces up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2869273/LA-man-charged-killing-ex-lovers-pet-rabbit.html
Generally in Ireland, an overwhelming majority of the population are vehemently opposed to enclosed hare hunting and are much more supportive of conservation practices that insures the safety and continued survival of Ireland’s oldest animal. Consequently, when we see hares sporting in the fields, we should remember that they are not simply soft cute fleet footed creatures. Because they have inhabited the Irish countryside long before we have; they carry millennia of mythology, folklore and tradition with them, which is why the Irish hare holds a special place in the hearts of all animal lovers. from The Irish Hare: Man’s Iconic Friend, West Cork Times, July 24 2014
“My Father fought hard in the War. 50 years ago we were in Palma. Dad went to the’ bullfight’ and was so horrified he came out early and was ill. Worse than the war. He never forgot the horror.” Comment posted on ICABS Facebook page, December 2014.
Benjy, the gay bull whose story attracted headlines around the world, is set to join the Diaspora in England. The bull was saved from the slaughterhouse by co-creator of The Simpsons Sam Simon – who put up more than €6,000 to secure Benji. Mr Simon – a longtime vegan – said: “PETA told me about Benjy, and I felt compelled to help. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he’s gay would’ve been a double tragedy.” “It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy’s fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich,” he added. Newstalk Radio, 12 December 2014.