Sinn Fein will not support additional funding for greyhound board

21 Dec

Sinn Fein TD, Martin Kenny, has confirmed that Sinn Fein’s opposition to government funding for the greyhound industry remains unchanged.

The party, which voted against the €16 million in funding for 2017, will similarly vote against an identical grant proposed for 2018.

“Sinn Fein’s position is clear on this issue,” Deputy Kenny stated in an email to ICABS. “Sinn Fein will not be supporting the funding to Bord na gCon and the Greyhound racing industry. The entire industry and board have fallen into disrepute because of the ongoing issues regarding doping of dogs and general mismanagement.”

“We acknowledge that the recent Bill goes some of the way to addressing these issues, but the reality is that the general public and many people with an interest in the greyhound industry have no confidence in Bord na gCon,” he added. “There needs to be a complete overhaul of the industry with proper regulation and supervision.”

Last December, although pointing out that he is not against racing, he stated: “I have serious doubts about the funds dispersed by Government to Horse Racing Ireland and Bord na gCon…Why does horse racing prize money, in a sport populated by very rich owners and trainers, have to come from an Exchequer which cannot pay for the basic medical needs of our senior citizens, for instance?”

ICABS is continuing to urge Sinn Fein to reverse its outdated pro-coursing policy. At an Ard Fheis last month, delegates rejected a motion calling on Sinn Fein to support a ban on cruel coursing. Please join calls on the party to update its animal welfare policies – see action alert below.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

Please sign and share our petition
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Don’t attend greyhound races or community fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry

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. Sign our petition at https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Email: admin@sinnfein.ie
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MARTIN KENNY TD AND ANIMAL ISSUES

Martin Kenny TD (Sinn Fein, Sligo Leitrim)
In June 2016, Martin Kenny was among the 114 TDs who voted against Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban cruel hare coursing.

In December 2016, was one of 39 TDs who voted against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2016 which granted €80 million of taxpayers’ money to the horse and greyhound racing industries.

“The horse racing and greyhound industries not only have economic benefits but also bring great enjoyment to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland every year. I have no wish to restrict the growth or development of these industries, although I have serious doubts about the funds dispersed by Government to Horse Racing Ireland and Bord na gCon…Why does horse racing prize money, in a sport populated by very rich owners and trainers, have to come from an Exchequer which cannot pay for the basic medical needs of our senior citizens, for instance?…I cannot support the funding allocation to these two bodies and I will call a vote on the matter. It is outrageous that this money is being spent in this way.” Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2016, 14 December 2016.

“Sinn Féin does not support this Bill, which sets out to amend the Wildlife Act by proposing to ban hare coursing completely. A ban on hare coursing is not compatible with Sinn Féin policy…Some rural practices may be distasteful to certain people and are often presented as cruel or abusive, as is the case here, as we have two opposing views on hare coursing. We believe Irish hare coursing practices should be properly regulated to ensure sustainable wildlife management and to minimise unnecessary suffering to all the animals involved. These regulated coursing meetings occur across the country in the winter months and are a part of rural life for the many who participate in these events…Hunting, fishing and hare coursing should continue to be regulated in the interests of sustainable wildlife management. This is not like blood sports by which I mean, dog fighting, badger baiting or cock fighting, which we all continue to oppose.” Martin Kenny TD during Dail debate on the bill to ban hare coursing, 23 June 2016.

At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Kenny presented a motion in support of pro-bloodsports group, RISE: “I propose that Leitrim County Council notes the increasing level of popular support being expressed for the RISE (Rural Ireland Says Enough) campaign and shares the concerns it is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting…” The minutes of the meeting detail that Councillor Kenny claimed he is totally against cruelty to animals but that he went on to express opposition to legislation “if activities such as pheasant shooting, activities of the South Leitrim Harriers etc are curtailed or prevented.”

 

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