General Election 2020: Dublin South Central 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 South-Central (4 seats):

Senator Catherine Ardagh (Fianna Fail, Dublin)

“Yes [I am in favour of a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing].” Cllr Catherine Ardagh (Dublin City Council) in a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Catherine Byrne, TD (Fine Gael, Dublin South Central)

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

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

In March 2013, Catherine Byrne voted against amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to secure a ban on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – foxhunting, hare coursing, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming and the use of animals in circuses.

Joan Collins, TD (Independents 4 Change, Dublin South Central) 

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

“We should be STOPPING greyhound racing.”

In March 2015, Joan Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture “if he will initiate a new investigation and-or review into hare coursing, with a view to removing its exemption from prohibition under the Animal Health and Welfare Acts, and to bring Ireland into line with neighbouring jurisdictions, where it has criminal status”

“I will be supporting the [anti-coursing] bill that my United Left Alliance colleague, Clare Daly TD is working on.” 7 February, 2012

The office of Joan Collins TD has confirmed that the Dublin South-Central Deputy “is in support of a ban on live hare coursing”.

On 14 September 2011, Deputy Collins asked Minister Simon Coveney “his policy on hare coursing” and “his plans to ban this practice”.

On 27th March 2013, Joan Collins supported amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw hare coursing, foxhunting, terrierwork, digging-out, ferreting and fur farming.

In May 2013, Joan Collins TD said she would boycott the National Wax Museum over a foxhunting-related discount. In a complaint to museum management, she said that with most people opposed to bloodsports, offering a 10 per cent discount when a hunt is mentioned “may backfire on the museum”. “It’s a promotion of a cruel bloodsport which many people, including myself, find offensive.” she said. The discount was subsequently scrapped.

Cllr. Patrick Costello (Green Party)

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

Cllr Tara Deacy (Social Democrats, Kimmage-Rathmines)

“It’s appalling that in 2019 we still need to be having these types of conversations that fox hunting, hare coursing, etc is still seen as a ‘sport’. I fully support a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing, fur farming and would support others with the same view.” from an email to ICABS, 20 May 2019.

Cllr Rebecca Moynihan (Labour Party, Dublin City Council)

“Yes [add me to list of Labour Party politicians in favour of a ban on bloodsports]. I’m an animal lover.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Aengus O Snodaigh, TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin South Central) 

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

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

On 24th March 2009, Aengus O Snodaigh, TD asked the Minister for Agriculture “if in the context of his responsibility for animal welfare and the legal protection of animals from cruelty, he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting”. On 10th March, 2009, he asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government “if he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hunting”.

Brid Smith TD (People Before Profit Alliance, Dublin South Central)

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

“I support Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s Bill as a small step towards a kinder and more humane society in all aspects, especially in terms of how we treat not just hares but all sentient beings. It gives us an opportunity to have a wider argument about our attitude in that regard. I welcome the initiative and thank Deputy O’Sullivan for bringing the Bill to the Dáil. The case has been made by many different groups here about the cruelty involved in hare coursing, which is undeniable and unbelievable. It is a very weak argument to claim that the animals do not suffer and that the tradition must be respected, and in most cases it is demonstrably false. There would be more honesty involved in this debate if those who oppose the banning of hare coursing would simply tell us lots of money can be made from it, both from the events they run and the gambling that takes place in the industry and, therefore, it is about putting the creation of profit or commerce ahead of other considerations and the terror and pain inflicted on defenceless animals…The hare population is in serious decline across the country due to habitat decline and other issues in addition to coursing. Hares are among the longest established native mammals on this island and one of the last living links to the previous ice age. It is amazing to think about that and it would be a real shame to lose hares.” Brid Smith TD during Dail debate on bill to ban hare coursing, 23 June 2016. See the full speech: Video | Text

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted against 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.

“I am with you on blood sports. They should be banned.” from a tweet from Cllr Brid Smith to ICABS, 29 March 2014.

“I love animals and would be passionate if elected as a TD in supporting Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. I am totally opposed to fox hunting, coursing and fur farming.” in reply to Maynooth University’s Animal Rights Society.

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/

Other candidates:

Richard Murray (Independent)
Selina Irvine (National Party)
Alan Kerrigan (Independent)
Sean O’Leary (Independent)

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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