Wicklow Cllr in favour of “outright and immediate ban” on bloodsports

7 Sep

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Another Wicklow County Councillor has come out in favour of a ban on Ireland’s cruel bloodsports.

In an email to ICABS this month, Sinn Fein’s Cllr Michael O’Connor stated: “I am certainly in favour of an outright and immediate ban on both hare coursing and fox hunting.”

A big thank you to Cllr Michael O’Connor for his support.

We are continuing to urge the Sinn Fein party to modernise its animal welfare policies to reflect majority support for a bloodsports ban.

See below to find out where other members of Wicklow 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

ACTION ALERT

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/

Sign and share our petition – “Ban bloodsports in Ireland”
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Sign and share our petition – “Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing”
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Urge Sinn Fein to back a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting, in line with the majority view that these cruel activities must be outlawed.

Email: admin@sinnfein.ie
Tel: (353) 1 8726100 / 8726932
OR 02890 347350
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/sinnfein

Gerry Adams TD
Email: gerry.adams@oireachtas.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1 618 4442
Tweet to @GerryAdamsSF

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

Dear Sinn Fein,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing and foxhunting outlawed. I urge your party to modernise its outdated animal welfare policies to include support for a ban on this deplorable animal cruelty.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

Wicklow County Council and Animal Cruelty Issues

Cllr Joe Behan (Independent, Wicklow County Council)
As a TD in 2010, Joe Behan voted AGAINST the Bill which banned carted deer hunting.

Cllr Mary Kavanagh (Independent, Wicklow County Council)
“I would support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting. I consider these activities cause unnecessary cruelty and suffering to animals.” from an email to ICABS, September 2016.

Cllr Nicola Lawless (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council)
“Yes I would be in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and fox hunting. I am against animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Steven Matthews (Green Party, Wicklow County Council)
“I’m against animal cruelty in any bloodsport form.” from a tweet to ICABS, December 4th 2014.

Cllr Grainne McLoughlin (Fine Gael, Wicklow County Council)
“I am opposed to blood sports. As someone who lives in the country and enjoys watching the annual drag hunting spectacle, there is no excuse for live fox hunting or hare coursing – it is simply disgusting and inhumane.” from an email to ICABS, July 2015.

Cllr Daire Nolan (Independent, Wicklow County Council)
“My position is that I am against wanton, malicious and deliberate cruelty against animals.” from an email to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Michael O’Connor (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council)
“I am certainly in favour of an outright and immediate ban on both hare coursing and fox hunting.” from an email to ICABS, September 2016.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council)
“I am totally against both hare coursing and foxhunting. However foxhunting should not be confused with drag hunting which I have no problem with.” from an email to ICABS, July 2015.

Cllr John Ryan (Fine Gael, Wicklow County Council)
“I would like to clarify that I am against animal cruelty.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Gerry Walsh (Fianna Fail, Wicklow County Council)
“I would not condone these types of activity [hare coursing and foxhunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Jennifer Whitmore (Independent, Wicklow County Council)
“Short answer…Yes” – in reply to an ICABS email enquiry asking “Are you in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and foxhunting?” October 2014.

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