General Election 2020: Dublin West Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

14 Jan

Election 2020 where do the candidates stand copy

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 West (4 seats):

Joan Burton, TD (Labour Party, Dublin West) 

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

“There are a range of occupations, including those in the hunt sports sector, that some people may find objectionable for one reason or another. Other examples include aspects of the meat or fishing industry, or those related to gambling. In these cases, as long as the occupation is valid, the activity is not illegal and the internship offered complies with the general terms and conditions of the JobBridge scheme, the Department cannot preclude it from availing of the JobBridge.” Minister Joan Burton, 22 March 2016, in response to Dail questions from Ruth Coppinger TD and Clare Daly TD calling on Joan Burton to stop foxhunts from using the JobBridge internship scheme.

In March 2013, Joan Burton 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.

Jack Chambers, TD (Fianna Fail, Dublin West)

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

“#RTEInvestigates program [Greyhounds Running for their Lives] revealed a shocking and shameful level of cruelty to animals in this country. Government must take action.” Tweet from Jack Chambers TD, 27 June 2019. Five months later, Deputy Chambers voted in favour of another €16.8 million euros in state funding for greyhound racing.

Ruth Coppinger, TD (Solidarity, Socialist Party, Dublin West)

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

“Initiated the Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill that is resulting in the phase-out of the farms and the Bill that led to wild animals being banned in circuses. Supports a ban on greyhound racing and blood sports” from Ruth Coppinger’s General Election leaflet, January 2020.

“Fur farming is cruel and needs to end. Solidarity’s [Fur Farming Prohibition] Bill is in the Dáil in June” from a tweet by Ruth Coppinger, 4th April 2019.

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

“Happy to support protest against hare coursing & other blood ‘sports’. Great to meet activists yesterday” Ruth Coppinger TD in a July 22 2016 tweet.

“Unfortunately I was only TD from [Dublin West] to vote against hare coursing. FG, FF, Labour and Sinn Féin voted against. #BanHareCoursing.” Ruth Coppinger TD in a 30th June 2016 tweet.

In a 2014 text message to ICABS, Ruth Coppinger confirmed her anti-cruelty stance, saying “I don’t support [foxhunting or hare coursing].” In a Dail Question on 15th May 2015, Ruth Coppinger TD challenged Minister Heather Humphreys on why she failed to sanction two coursing clubs which breached their licence conditions. The Dublin West Socialist Party TD asked Humphreys “the reason she intervened in the case of two hare coursing clubs and did not apply any sanctions, following alleged breaches of conditions of their licences.”

“If re-elected Ruth is happy to pledge that she will continue to stand for animal welfare and use whatever influence she has to improve animal welfare.” from a reply to the National Animal Rights Association, 2016.

In September 2015, Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht “if she will report on investigations into breaches of hare coursing licences in the previous hare coursing season; and if she will make a statement on the matter”.

“In relation to the fur farm Bill: Just to announce that they have actually drafted a law – and it is in the queue of legislation, we’ve seen it – to outlaw fur farming” – Ruth Coppinger TD (speaking at the Greyhounds Around The Globe Conference in Dublin, 30 November 2019).

In December 2019, Ruth Coppinger TD condemned as “A DISGRACEFUL ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO PROTEST” an injunction taken out by Shelbourne Park greyhound stadium against six individuals who have been peacefully protesting outside the stadium against the cruel greyhound industry. Deputy Coppinger called on the public to “Show your support for ‘The Greyhound 6’ – They have a court hearing on the injunction on 28th January.”

Cllr Paul Donnelly (Sinn Fein, Fingal County Council)

“I am opposed to blood “sports” and I find that term offensive. I would fully support a ban on these activities.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (Green Party, Fingal County Council)

“I have always strongly opposed blood sports, as I believe there is no moral justification for setting one animal against another for human enjoyment. If elected to Fingal County Council I will use all available powers of the local authority to oppose blood sports”. Roderic O’Gorman, March 2014

In January 2012, Roderic O’Gorman, along with Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, were thanked for attending an anti-coursing protest outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin.

Aengus Ó Maoláin (Social Democrats, Ongar)

“I am happy to categorically state my absolute opposition to blood sports, fox hunting, hare coursing, fur farming and I will use my platform if elected…to oppose their practise.” from an email to ICABS, 20 May 2019.

Leo Varadkar TD (Fine Gael, Dublin West)

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

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

In March 2013, Leo Varadkar 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.

Leo Varadkar voted against the Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 which banned staghunting.

In November 2007, Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for the Environment “if he has decided to grant a licence for [the Ward Union stag hunt] and if he will make a statement on the matter.”

“I go to Shelbourne Park every Christmas. I have a very enjoyable evening. I intend to go again this year” Dail Eireann, 1st October 2019 (three months after an RTE Investigates documentary exposed the horrors of greyhound racing, including the killing every year of thousands of dogs who are not fast enough to win races). https://www.thejournal.ie/rural-tds-greyhound-racing-48328…/

Other candidates:

Cllr. Emer Currie (Fine Gael)
Edward Mac Manus (Aontú)
Peter Casey (Independent)
Stephen O’Loughlin (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

Please support our campaign with a donation
https://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports

Help fund our “Ban Greyhound Racing” Billboards
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