General Election 2020: Dublin Rathdown Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

14 Jan

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Political Views / General Election 2020

The views of General Election 2020 candidates in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please support candidates who pledge to push for an end to activities involving cruelty to animals.

Dublin Rathdown (3 seats):

Cllr Shay Brennan (Fianna Fail, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council)
“Naturally I oppose cruelty to animals” from a tweet to ICABS, 12th August 2014.

Cllr. Deirdre Conroy (Fianna Fáil)
“I would never attend a greyhound race. I adore dogs”

Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Labour, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown)

“I have the greatest respect for animals and oppose all cruelty.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014. In November 2014, she voted against a council motion which described urban foxes as a “problem” and which called for action to be taken to deal with them. “I couldn’t support this motion if it meant culling foxes or killing foxes,” she said.

Josepha Madigan TD (Fine Gael, Dublin Rathdown)

In June 2016, Josepha Madigan was among the 114 TDs who voted against Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban cruel hare coursing.

As Minister for Culture and Heritage, Josepha Madigan has refused to stop licensing cruel hare coursing, despite the cruelty and a warning that the Irish Hare species is “in trouble” with numbers declining.

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million/€84 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

In an email to a constituent ahead of June 2016’s Dail Eireann vote on the bill to ban coursing, Josepha Madigan claimed that hare coursing is “an integral part of the sporting year” and that a ban on the cruel bloodsport would have a “detrimental impact on rural Ireland”. Despite having received an ICABS report which details the hare injuries and deaths caused by coursing, the Dublin Rathdown politician also made the outrageous claim that the monitoring of coursing meetings by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff “has proved effective in ensuring that the welfare of the hare is protected”. Our report detailed hares hit, mauled, injured and killed by greyhounds on coursing fields around the country. It also includes information on hares injured so severely, they had to be treated or put to sleep by vets. Read Josepha Madigan’s full statement.

Catherine Martin TD (Green Party, Dublin Rathdown)

In June 2016, Catherine Martin was one of the 20 compassionate TDs who voted in favour of Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban hare coursing.

In May 2018, Catherine Martin TD asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht “if, in view of expert reports that hare numbers have significantly reduced here, she will consider a suspension of all hare hunting and use of wild hares in coursing in order that the population can regrow.”

In December 2016, 2017 and 2019, voted against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million to horse and greyhound racing.

“I commend Deputy O’Sullivan for bringing this Bill to the House and look forward to a time when these barbaric practices are outlawed in Ireland. The Green Party has always been opposed to all blood sports and remains resolutely so. Needless to say the Green Party will be supporting this Bill…To be absolutely clear, hare coursing is a brutal ordeal. Before the hares experience this ordeal, they are trapped and trained which is cruel enough. They are solitary creatures and keep to themselves in the wild, so keeping them in an enclosure causes significant stress and fear. Hare coursing involves the terrorising of one animal by another animal as a so-called sport, all the while being watched as entertainment. Not only are these timid and delicate creatures terrified and brutalised in this practice, they often suffer severe injuries and death. The hare is a brittle-boned creature and its internal injuries cannot heal. Injured hares have to be put down.” Catherine Martin TD during Dail debate on bill to ban hare coursing, 23 June 2016. See the full speech: Video | Text

“Absolutely!!” – response from Cllr Catherine Martin to an ICABS tweet asking “are you in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and foxhunting?”. 12th August 2014.

Cllr Sorcha Nic Cormaic (Sinn Fein, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown)

In November 2014, she voted against a council motion which described urban foxes as a “problem” and which called for action to be taken to deal with them.

Patrick Noonan (Independent)

“We currently subsidise the horse and dog racing industries to the tune of [€84 million] a year. There is no reason for the government to subsidise these industries. This money can be better spent on improving our public transport and/or fighting climate change.” https://patrick-noonan.com/my-policies/

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (People Before Profit)

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and ban the sale of fur within Ireland, End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting and Increase financial support for animal welfare charities – https://news.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Senator Neale Richmond (Fine Gael)

“No I’m not [in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting] but it needs to regulated and monitored.” from a tweet from Cllr Neale Richmond (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council) to ICABS, May 2014. In response, ICABS stated “Regulated and monitored animal cruelty is still animal cruelty. There is no place for animal cruelty in modern Ireland.”

Shane Ross TD (Independent, Dublin Rathdown)

In June 2016, Shane Ross was one of the 20 compassionate TDs who voted in favour of Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban hare coursing.

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million/€84 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

“A Fáilte Ireland spokesman said that, following concerns raised by Minister for Sport and Tourism Shane Ross following the RTÉ broadcast, both they and Tourism Ireland met with the greyhound board last week ‘to convey to them that the promotion of greyhound racing will not feature in tourism marketing campaigns domestically and overseas’.” from “Board shocked and disappointed at Tourism Ireland decision to stop promoting greyhound racing”, Irish Examiner, September 30, 2019.

“Here I am with Maximus, a greyhound who was used for live hare coursing before being abandoned due to his age and possibly injury. Luckily he was rescued by Astrid, the owner of The Dutch Bike Shop in Goatstown. I am very worried about the fate of greyhounds in this country, the RTÉ One Investigates programme on greyhounds was shocking and I am determined to make sure that the industry is reformed rapidly so that never again will we see this sort of cruelty to dogs.” Shane Ross TD, Facebook post, August 21, 2019.

“At the weekly Cabinet meeting, Minister for Transport Shane Ross is understood to have repeatedly called on the board of Bord Na gCon to stand down. Mr Ross said that some of the practices uncovered in the greyhound sector by a recent RTÉ Investigates were ‘subsidised cruelty’ and that the Irish Greyhound Board should have acted earlier to safeguard dogs.” from “Entire board of greyhound body should resign, says Ross”, Irish Times, July 17, 2019.

Other candidates:

Liam Coughlan (Aontú)

Contact candidates and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues.

If you are a candidate and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

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