Wexford County Councillor Cllr Lisa McDonald (Fianna Fail) is the latest politician to express support for a ban on Ireland’s cruel bloodsports. In an email to ICABS this week, Cllr McDonald stated: “I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.”
A big thank you to Cllr Lisa McDonald for her support.
ICABS is renewing its appeal to the Fianna Fail party to support a ban on bloodsports.
See below to find out where other members of Wexford County Council stand on this issue.
Visit our political page to see the views of other politicians around Ireland – http://www.banbloodsports.com/views.htm
Join us in urging politicians to push for a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing.
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Wexford County Council and Animal Cruelty Issues
Cllr Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council)
Wexford County Councillor Malcolm Byrne has expressed opposition to coursing in Ireland, saying he would “support any legislation at national level that would ban hare coursing”. The Fianna Fail politician’s statement came in response to an ICABS email in which we highlighted the suffering caused to hares used as live lures in coursing. In September 2010, Cllr Byrne stated: “I am personally opposed to hare coursing, which I view as cruel.”
Cllr Tony Dempsey (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council)
In 2005, foxes and mink were doomed to lives of misery on fur farms following the rejection by Dail Eireann of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill 2004. The bill was defeated by 67 votes to 50. Tony Dempsey was among the TDs who voted AGAINST the bill.
Cllr Mary Farrell (Independent, Wexford County Council)
“YES [I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.
Cllr David Hynes (Independent, Wexford County Council)
“I certainly share many of your concerns…” from an email to ICABS, August 2014.
Cllr Robert Ireton (Labour Party, Wexford County Council)
“My views on hare coursing is that it should be banned. Any opportunity I get to voice my opinion on this, my reply is always the same and I have spoken about this on many occasions.” (From an email to ICABS, 5th November 2013)
Cllr Paddy Kavanagh (Fine Gael, Wexford County Council)
“Enniscorthy councillor Paddy Kavanagh has sprung to the defence of his fellow greyhound owners in the war of words about dogs soiling the streets of the town. The Fine Gael man is a well-known race dog enthusiast but does not resort to roads to exercise them as he has plenty of fields at his disposal. He counselled against any witch hunt singling out town dwelling dog walkers with greyhounds in any campaign to take the dirt off the streets at the expense of an activity that has an economic benefit for the area. He said he would not like to see life made impossible for such people, who manage up to four greyhounds at a time while out and about…The councillor pointed out that an urban dog owner from Enniscorthy recently captured one of coursing’s most prestigious prizes.” from “Don’t blame greyhound owners, says councillor” – Enniscorthy Guardian, 1st April 2013. On TV3’s Midweek programme in March 2012, Paddy Kavanagh revealed that his father used to be involved in hare coursing.
Cllr Lisa McDonald (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016.
Cllr John O’Rourke (Independent, Wexford County Council)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding (People Before Profit, Wexford County Council)
“I vehemently oppose all blood sports and cannot understand something as cruel as coursing being allowed to continue in any so-called civilised society.” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.
“I join you in abhorring this cruel practice and will most certainly add my voice to those calling for it to be banned.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.
“I am completely and utterly opposed to hare coursing and most emphatically support a ban.” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.