Another member of Kerry County Council has shamefully indicated support for cruel bloodsports.
Responding to an enquiry from ICABS today in which we asked if he was in favour of a ban on fox hunting and hare coursing, Fianna Fail Councillor, John Francis Flynn stated: “I’m not in favour of a ban.”
Councillor Flynn is sadly not the first Kerry Councillor to express support for coursing:
– Last year, Sinn Fein Councillors Robert Beasley and Dianne Nolan placed an advert in a hare coursing booklet, wishing “Best of luck to Listowel Coursing Club”.
– As a TD in 2007, Cllr Tom McEllistrim (Fianna Fail) who represents Tralee welcomed the licensing of hare coursing and incredibly described the bloodsport as “thoroughly humane”. Responding, ICABS stated: “Deputy McEllistrim clearly doesn’t comprehend the meaning of the word humane.”
– In February 2014, Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Fianna Fail) tweeted “hard luck” to the Irish Coursing Club and the owner of a dog beaten in the Irish Cup hare coursing event.
– Fine Gael Councillor Mike Kennelly follows Listowel hare coursing club on Twitter.
Only one member of Kerry County Council has so far had the decency to speak out against bloodsports. In a text message to ICABS in November 2014, Sam Locke (Independent) stated: “I am totally against this form of so-called sport [hare coursing and fox hunting]”
Kerry TDs who have revealed their support for coursing are Fianna Fail’s John Brassil (he called for a hare coursing licence to be issued “at the earliest opportunity”) and Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris (said he was supportive of ‘traditional rural’ pursuits such as hare coursing).
Find out where politicians from all around Ireland stand on bloodsports: http://www.banbloodsports.com/views.htm
if you are in the Kerry constituency, urge Cllr John Francis Flynn to reconsider his stance on this animal cruelty issue.
Join us in urging politicians to push for a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing. Find out their contact details at https://www.whoismytd.com/