Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

Irish Sun urged to scrap greyhound racing offer

24 Sep

irish sun go racing

Join us in urging the Irish Sun newspaper to scrap a “Go greyhound racing” offer that it is running for October https://www.thesun.ie/competitions/1593111/get-amazing-e1-daily-deals-in-every-copy-of-the-irish-sun-from-1st-october/

Given the appalling cruelty and killing involved in the rotten greyhound industry, the Irish Sun should not be encouraging readers to support it.

Shocking Irish Greyhound Board statistics confirm that in the past three and a half years alone, 1,369 greyhounds suffered injuries and 438 were killed at Irish tracks. The figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

In the first half of 2018, 163 greyhounds suffered injuries and 53 were killed at tracks around Ireland. The greyhounds sustained injuries to hocks, wrists, legs, toes, shoulders, necks, backs, tails and muscles.

Greyhounds are also dying in local dog pounds. 80 were destroyed in pounds last year, bringing to 2,729 the number of greyhounds killed in pounds here in the past eight years.

ACTION ALERT

Contact the Irish Sun now and urge them to show compassion for the dogs and scrap the offer.

Call: (01) 479 2579
or 003534792579 (from outside Ireland)

Email: irishsun@the-sun.ie

Leave a comment on the Irish Sun Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/theirishsun/

Tweet to the Irish Sun: @IrishSunOnline

Advertisements

“The people are gone out of greyhound racing”

21 Sep

rte sport people are gone out of racing

“The people are gone out of racing” and “when the winter comes in, you’ll see nobody going” – that’s according to a greyhound racing supporter interviewed by RTE at Shelbourne Park stadium in Dublin last weekend.

The major fall in track attendance – “from 1.39 million in 2005 to just over 600,000 in 2015” – was highlighted in the introduction to RTE Radio 1’s “Sunday Sport” report [16 Sept 2018], with the programme going on to feature racegoers referring to the injuries suffered by dogs, the drop in greyhound breeding and the doping of dogs.

When reporter Mike McCartney asked them how racing today compared to years ago, one responded: “I’d say it was better long ago.”

“The people are gone out of racing at the moment and you’re not going to get the young people back into it,” another said. “When the winter comes in, you’ll see nobody going. That’s the long and short of it. You’d have about five or six young trainers – that’s all you ever see. The rest are all old men. Every one of us is old.” Asked if he was worried about the future of greyhound racing, he responded: “I would. I wouldn’t like to see it going but it’s looking that it’s going to go.”

In stark contrast, an interviewed industry representative claimed people were gradually coming back to racing.

One man at Shelbourne Park complained that “it wasn’t as expensive in the past as it is today and you had an equal chance of winning a race back them times – it’s very hard to win a race now though.” Speaking about the replacement of grass track surfaces with sand, he added: “There used to be hardly any injuries at all – with the sand, there’s a lot more injuries on it. They don’t get the grip on it.”

Other comments in Mike McCartney’s report:

– “The ordinary small timer is getting out of breeding. The stud fees are too high. During the so-called Celtic Tiger, the stud keepers got greedy…”

– “The greyhound industry has gone through a rough time in the last ten years…We need level playing fields for owners and trainers and also provide a drug-free sport. We need to be completely drug free”

– “England was a big loss to Ireland as regards sales because we had everyone coming in buying our Irish dogs and taking them out of the country. There’s not as much of that going on now. The rearing of dogs and the breeding of dogs has gone down compared to what it was.”

Irish Greyhound Board statistics reveal that in the past three and a half years alone at Shelbourne Park, 129 greyhounds suffered injuries and 29 were killed. In the first six months of 2018, Shelbourne Park was the WORST track for dog injuries. Nationwide, 1,369 greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks and 438 were destroyed https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/1752148048234079

You can listen to Sunday Sport segment in full at
https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/rteradiowebpage.html#!rii=b9%5F10934746%5F71%5F16%2D09%2D2018%5F
[forward to 03:49:48]

ACTION ALERT

RTE is set to broadcast live coverage of the finals of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park on Saturday 22 September. It is particularly inappropriate for RTE to include greyhound racing in its “sports” coverage, given the fact that the station has been to the forefront in exposing the animal cruelty inherent in the Irish greyhound industry. RTE programmes including Prime Time, Drivetime and Claire Byrne Live have exposed the appalling killing, dumping and doping of greyhounds. Urge RTE to cancel its coverage of greyhound racing.

Tel: +353 (0)1 208 3111
Email: info@rte.ie
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ExploreRTE/
Tweet: @RTE @RTE2 @RTESport @RTEmcbennettd Please drop greyhound racing from your “sports” coverage

Please make a special effort to attend the “End Greyhound Racing” peaceful protest outside Shelbourne Park on Saturday September 22nd from 5-9pm.

Sign and share our petitions

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

 

Follow our campaign on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/1859721224143427

“End Greyhound Racing” demo at Shelbourne Park – Saturday September 22nd

21 Sep


Please join the “End Greyhound Racing” demo outside Shelbourne Park tomorrow Saturday September 22nd from 5pm to 9pm.

This “Irish Greyhound Derby” peaceful protest will take place at the entrance to Shelbourne Park on South Lotts Road, Dublin 4. Please make a special effort to attend and show your support for an end to greyhound racing.

Shocking statistics confirm that greyhounds are continuing to suffer and die at tracks around Ireland. The Irish Greyhound Board figures reveal that in the first half of 2018, 163 greyhounds suffered injuries and 53 were killed by track vets. The greyhounds sustained injuries to hocks, wrists, legs, toes, shoulders, necks, backs, tails and muscles.

Greyhounds suffered injuries at all tracks, with the HIGHEST NUMBER RECORDED AT SHELBOURNE PARK (24) – followed by Galway (17) and Mullingar (16). Cork’s Curraheen Park saw the most injured greyhounds being destroyed by a track vet – 7 dogs (half of the 14 injured). Newbridge track was the worst for the percentages of greyhounds injured and killed (0.75% and 0.27% respectively).

In the past three and a half years, 1,369 greyhounds have suffered injuries and 438 have been killed at Irish tracks. The figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

Greyhounds are also dying in local dog pounds. 80 were destroyed in pounds last year, bringing to 2,729 the number of greyhounds killed in pounds in the past eight years.

It’s time for the government to bring the cruel greyhound industry to an end by stopping the millions of euros in funding that is keeping it afloat. Nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money has been handed over to greyhound racing since 2001.

GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

2018 (January to June)
Injuries: 163. Deaths 53

2017
Injuries: 357. Deaths: 124

2016
Injuries: 427. Deaths: 139

2015
Injuries: 422. Deaths: 122

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks. Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

Please sign and share our petitions

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

“A BROKEN PELVIS, CUTS AND LIGHTER BURNS” – Greyhounds stolen in Tipperary suffer horrific injuries

20 Sep

 

Two greyhounds stolen from a County Tipperary village at the weekend were later found dumped at the side of a road with HORRIFIC INJURIES.

“A broken pelvis, cuts and lighter burns are just some of the injuries two greyhounds suffered after they were stolen locally at the weekend,” KCLR Radio is today reporting. “They were taken from Poulacapple (County Tipperary) and a few days later found dumped on the side of the road by the dog warden in Kilkenny.” https://kclr96fm.com/kclr-livethursday-20th-september-2018-part-two/

The radio report outlines that the two dogs – both less than two years old – “were supposed to be coursing dogs” and “David Evens who is one of the owners says that won’t now be happening”.

Referring to a separate attempt to steal dogs in the area, he said: “The same evening, Saturday evening, apparently in Mullinahone, a lady had two dogs out in the garden and the next thing she noticed was a car slowing down and someone got out of the car and was trying to entice the dogs to the car. She got out and the car scooted off. And apparently there’s a lot of dog theft going around – three or four greyhounds in the last month. People need to be aware of it. If they see anything like that, try and get out, get the numbers and give them to the Gardai”

Poulacapple is within a 30km radius of Clonmel where much animal cruelty has been documented in recent years…

– In 2016, a woman visiting a grave in St Patrick’s cemetery in Clonmel was horrified to discover a dead greyhound lying in a pool of dried blood. “I feel so angry, sick and upset that a person could do this to an animal,” she later wrote. “Something has to be done with animal cruelty in this town.” It subsequently emerged that the dog was in the process of giving birth when she was brutally killed (an unborn pup was found in her birth canal).

– Clonmel is home to a greyhound track where greyhounds suffer and die. In the past three and a half year alone at the track, 56 dogs suffered injuries there and 17 were killed by a track vet. Among the victims – a 1-year-old greyhound who suffered a heart attack and died after collapsing at the finishing line during a race in May – https://www.change.org/p/7221254/u/22881751 Race footage on the Irish Greyhound Board Youtube channel shows the moment the animal fell to the ground https://youtu.be/EAX_ZeVgvIA?t=35s

– Every January/February, Clonmel’s Powerstown Park hosts a 3 day coursing cruelty festival where hares, violently snatched from the wild in nets, can be seen running for their lives from dogs.

– In May 2018, a Garda probe was launched after young men were filmed dragging an exhausted pony on a public road http://www.thejournal.ie/tipperary-pony-animal-cruelty-investigation-4031325-May2018/

– In December, seven horses were found dead in the Knocklofty area of Clonmel. “There was a lot of horses found dead from malnutrition, they weren’t looking after them,” Clonmel Councillor Pat English said at the time. http://www.thejournal.ie/horses-clonmel-3774561-Dec2017/

– In 2016, a horse with a severe injury was seen collapsed at the side of the N24 in Clonmel. Instead of helping the horse, a group of local men stood by doing nothing. He’s already dead, they said, despite it being clear to all that the unfortunate creature was still breathing and moving a leg. Only after the Gardai were called and a vet summoned to the scene was the horse’s suffering ended.

ACTION ALERT

If you know who is responsible for the theft and appalling abuse of the two Poulacapple greyhounds, please don’t hesitate to call Garda Confidential now on 1800 666 111.

Join us in pushing for a ban on cruel hare coursing in which greyhounds are unleashed to chase defenceless hares for the amusement of a merciless mob.

Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.

Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan

John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
Email: john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie

VIDEOS

See the cruelty of hare coursing on our Youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/icabs

SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.

In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.

Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo Tweet to @campaignforLeo
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/

Sign and share the petitions

Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry
Join the “End Greyhound Racing” demo outside Shelbourne Park Dublin this Saturday 22nd September from 5pm to 9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2199383783624947/

Supervalu urged to stop sponsorship of cruel greyhound industry

19 Sep

Supervalu urged to stop sponsorship

Is Supervalu happy for its brand name to be associated with a cruel industry in which dogs are injured, drugged, dumped and killed? That’s the question the supermarket chain is being asked this week as details emerge about 30 of its stores supporting greyhound racing.

Quishes Supervalu in Ballincollig is the latest of the chain’s supermarkets to sponsor racing, with the “Quishes SuperValu 525” €690 race taking place recently at Curraheen Park stadium https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=07-Sep-18#race9

As highlighted by ICABS in August, a greyhound fell badly in a race sponsored by another Supervalu store. Two-year-old Longslip Charlie was knocked over at the final bend and could be seen falling to the ground and tumbling during the “Pettitt’s SuperValu Great Sprint Stakes” race. See sickening footage at https://www.igb.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=ECY_2018_08_23_02 (forward to 30 seconds)

The Supervalu store also sponsored the “Pettitt’s SupertValu Five-Two-Five Stakes” race on the night. The total prize money on offer was more than €800. A Supervalu advertisement sign was on display at the side of the track close to where Longslip Charlie fell. The races were part of a SuperValu Pettitts “annual Gala Race Night at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track” which the store promoted as “fun for the whole family with live music, party food, goodie bags, face painting, free draws and much more”. https://www.facebook.com/pettittssupervalu/photos/a.194586477228313/1971369662883310/?type=3&theater

Last week, Hurley’s Supervalu Midleton sponsored a race at Youghal greyhound track
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=YGL&date=14-Sep-2018 Its name was previously attached to a race at the same track in September 2016.

Other Supervalu stores supported greyhound racing over the summer. For example:

– The Wallace’s Supervalu Five-Seven-Stakes race at Enniscorthy track on 16 August 2018
https://www.igb.ie/racing/upcoming-race-cards/upcoming-race-card-summary/?track=ECY&id=92016&date=16-Aug-2018

– Garveys Supervalu Stakes Final (with over €1,500 in prize money) on 13 July 2018 at Tralee track
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=TRL&date=13-Jul-18

– The Bernard Keane’s SuperValu, Lanesboro A3 525 race on 6 July 18 at Longford track
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=LGD&date=06-Jul-18

Last year, and in previous years, the Supervalu name was attached to numerous races at tracks around Ireland. Scroll down for full list.

It is incredible that any business would wish to be associated with the greyhound industry following revelations about the injuries suffered by greyhounds at tracks, the doping of greyhounds and the killing of greyhounds. Shocking statistics show the extent of cruelty and killing in the Irish greyhound industry – over the past three and a half years alone, 1,369 greyhounds were reported injured at tracks and 438 were killed. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere. Thousands more greyhounds go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races. Meanwhile, 2,729 unwanted greyhounds were killed in Irish dog pounds in the past eight years. Sponsorship is helping to keep this dog killing industry afloat.

ACTION ALERT

It’s time for SuperValu to act to stop its local stores from sponsoring greyhound racing. Join us in contacting the company now.

SuperValu Head Office
Musgrave Limited,
Ballycurreen,
Airport Road, Cork
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SuperValuIreland/
Tweet to @SuperValuIRL

Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry). Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com Encourage your local animal protection groups to join calls for an end to greyhound racing, given the cruelty and killing involved.

The cruel and crumbling greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001 (including €16 million for 2018). Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry and instead direct the money to charities, community groups, animal rescue centres and other deserving causes. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

Please sign and share our petitions

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry
SUPERVALU STORES AND GREYHOUND RACING (2007-2017)

On 7th April 2017, McConville’s SuperValu Mountmellick was named in all 11 races at Newbridge track, with prizemoney of over €3,000. During one of the races, two dogs collided, whom of whom “did not finish” the race and in another, there was “carnage” with one greyhound knocked over and sent tumbling.
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=NWB&date=07-Apr-17

O Keefes Supervalu
Curraheen Park, 04 November 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=04-Nov-17#race10

Keanes Supervalu 525 (Grade: A3) Flat 525
Tralee track, 27 October 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=TRL&date=27-Oct-17

Greig Tuite Supervalu A3 600 (Grade: A3) Flat 600
Limerick track, 30 September 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=LMK&date=30-Sep-17

Reilly’s Of Sallins Supervalu 525
Newbridge track, 22 September 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=NWB&date=22-Sep-2017

Hurley’s Super Valu A5 525
Youghal track, 22 Sepember 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=YGL&date=22-Sep-17

Nestors Super Valu A5 (Grade : A5) Flat 525
Galway stadium, 9th September 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=GLY&date=09-Sep-16#race1

Super Valu Portlaoise 525
Newbridge track, 18 August 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=NWB&date=18-Aug-17#race10

Super Valu Enfield A1 525
Shelbourne Park, 08 July 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=SPK&date=08-Jul-17

Garveys Super-Valu Hospital Stakes Final (with over €1,000 in prize money)
Tralee track, 07 July 2017
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=TRL&date=07-Jul-17#race7

The Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk A4 Stake
Curraheen Park, 12 August 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=12-Aug-16

The Super Valu Portlaoise A3 525
Newbridge track, 12 August 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=NWB&date=12-Aug-16

The O’Reillys Supervalu Buster Race A3 525 (Grade: A3) Flat 525
Enniscorthy track, 30 June 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=ECY&date=30-Jun-16

SuperValu Open 525
Shelbourne Park, 4 June 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=SPK&date=04-Jun-16

Hannon’s Supervalu Enfield 525
Mullingar track, 30 April 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=MGR&date=30-Apr-16#race2

The Supervalu Knocklyon 525
Harolds Cross, 08 April 2016
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=HRX&date=08-Apr-16#race8

The Rushe’s Supervalu Naas 525
Newbridge track, 11 December 2015
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=NWB&date=11-Dec-15#race6

Ryans of Grange SuperValu 525
Curraheen Park, 01 November 2014
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=01-Nov-14

The Hurleys Supervalu Midleton 525
Curraheen Park, 25 October 2014
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=25-Oct-14

Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk A4 550 Stakes
Curraheen Park, 22 August 2014
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=22-Aug-14

Supervalu A4 525
Longford track, 15 August 2014
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=LGD&date=15-Aug-14

Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk A4 550 Stakes. Semi-Final
Curraheen Park, 15 August 2014
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=15-Aug-14

The Buckleys SuperValu S7 400
Mullingar track, 15 March 2014
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=MGR&date=15-Mar-14

The Davis Supervalu A5 525 (Grade : A5) Flat 525
Longford track, 24 May 2013
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=LGD&date=24-May-13

Marcus McLoughlin Super Valu Portarlington A2 525
Newbridge track, 15 June 2012
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=NWB&date=15-Jun-12

The Supervalu 330
Curraheen Park, 2 December 2011
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=02-Dec-11

Dooleys Supervalu, Newcastle West A4 525
Limerick track, 04 December 2010
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=LMK&date=04-Dec-10

McInerney’s Supervalu (Loughrea) Open/A1 525
Galway track, 08 September 2007
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=GLY&date=08-Sep-07

Supervalu – Ballymoney (Grade : A7) Flat 525
Lifford track, 17 August 2007
During this race, a 2-year-old greyhound “did not finish” and never raced again
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=LFD&date=17-Aug-07
GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS (IRELAND)
(NOTE: figures only relate to injuries and deaths at tracks and do not include the dogs injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere. In addition, an estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races).

2017

Clonmel 11, 03
Curraheen Park 21, 08
Dundalk 44, 10
Enniscorthy 18, 04
Galway 24, 10
Harold’s Cross 02, 01
Kilkenny 08, 03
Lifford 10, 06
Limerick 46, 19
Longford 13, 05
Mullingar 71, 16
Newbridge 17, 04
Shelbourne Park 21, 10
Thurles 10, 03
Tralee 24, 15
Waterford 10, 06
Youghal 07, 01

2016

Clonmel 24, 08
Curraheen Park 24, 08
Dundalk 23, 15
Enniscorthy 06, 05
Galway 23, 04
Harold’s Cross 35, 11
Kilkenny 13, 02
Lifford 10, 04
Limerick 34, 12
Longford 17, 10
Mullingar 81, 15
Newbridge 21, 06
Shelbourne Park 51, 07
Thurles 18, 05
Tralee 28, 16
Waterford 14, 08
Youghal 05, 03

2015

Clonmel 14, 03
Curraheen Park 24, 07
Dundalk 32, 16
Enniscorthy 14, 06
Galway 16, 03
Harold’s Cross 58, 07
Kilkenny 10, 06
Lifford 18, 02
Limerick 64, 13
Longford 14, 07
Mullingar 59, 14
Newbridge 11, 07
Shelbourne Park 33, 07
Thurles 11, 05
Tralee 11, 04
Waterford 26, 12
Youghal 7, 03

Injuries And Deaths: 2018 (January to June)
Injuries: 163. Deaths 53

Injuries And Deaths: 2017
Injuries: 357 Deaths: 124

Injuries And Deaths: 2016
Injuries: 427 Deaths: 139

Injuries And Deaths: 2015
Injuries: 422 Deaths: 122

“The foxhunting season is about to start and those who serve it are tracking and tormenting wildlife”

16 Sep
“The foxhunting season is about to start and those who serve it are tracking and tormenting wildlife…Well known supporters of hunting include Gavin Duffy, Johnny Ronan and Tanaiste Simon Coveney…” Read Fiona O’Connell’s “Is tally-ho really high class? Oh, for fox sake” column in today’s Sunday Independent…
fiona O'Connell column foxhunting sept 16 2018.jpg
 
ICABS ACTION ALERT
Contact Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and demand a ban on cub hunting, foxhunting and all bloodsports.
 
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo
 
Please sign and share our petition – Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
 
Contact the Agriculture Minister now and demand that the exemption for foxhunting is removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
 
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw
 
Appeal to all Irish politicians
 
Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to ban foxhunting. Contact all your local TDs and urge them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem
 
Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.
 
Keep hunters off your land
 
If you are a landowner, make your land off-limits to hunters. Find out more about how to do this on our Farmers/Landowners Page – http://www.banbloodsports.com/farmers.htm Encourage all land-owning friends and family members in the countryside to show compassion and make their land a haven for wildlife. If hunters are denied access to land, the wildlife will be spared the suffering of cubhunting and foxhunting.
 

Cruel hare coursing is a ‘pathetic excuse for a sport’

16 Sep
Hare coursing is a 'pathetic excuse for a sport' - Read John Fitzgerald's Letter to the Editor in today's Sunday Independent.jpg
Cruel hare coursing is a ‘pathetic excuse for a sport’ and the politicians who allow it to continue should hang their heads in shame – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Sunday Independent
 
This pathetic excuse for a sport
Letter to the Editor, Sunday Independent
16 September 2018
 
Each outcry of the hunted Hare/ A fibre from the Brain does tear. These words from poet William Blake come to mind when I think about the first fixture of the new coursing season, set for Liscannor, County Clare on September 29-30.
Documents just uploaded to the website of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and that are open to public viewing reveal that at last year’s Liscannor coursing event, at least five hares were “hit” by greyhounds.
It is unnatural for a wild hare to be trapped in a coursing enclosure, manhandled by humans, “trained” to run up a field, and then used as a live lure for dogs.
The politicians who allow this pathetic excuse for a sport to continue should hang their heads in shame.
 
John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co Kilkenny
 
———————————
 
ICABS ACTION ALERT
 
With warnings from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the species must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.
 
Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan
 
John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
Email: john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie
 
VIDEOS
 
See the cruelty of hare coursing on our Youtube channel
 
SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)
 
Dear Minister,
 
I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.
 
In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.
 
I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.
 
Thank you.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
[Name/Location]
 
The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.
 
Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.
 
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo Tweet to @campaignforLeo
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/
 
Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share the petitions
 
Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing
 
Ban Blood Sports in Ireland