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Hare suffered BROKEN BACK at Laois coursing meeting

2 Jul

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There are renewed calls for a ban on cruel hare coursing after newly released documents show that a hare suffered a BROKEN BACK during a coursing meeting in County Laois.

According to documents published on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website, the hare suffered the horrific injury after being pinned to the ground by greyhounds during the Borris-in-Ossory/Rushall/Rathdowney coursing meeting in January.

A NPWS ranger who monitored the cruelty event stated in his report that the hare was inspected by the coursing club’s vet after being pinned and “appeared to be healthy at that time” but “when this animal was taken from the box for release, it could not move its hind legs.”

“At that point, the local coursing official and the NPWS ranger contacted the vet immediately to re-examine this particular animal,” the ranger continued. “The vet re-inspected this hare and determined it had a broken back. This animal was then euthanized by the vet. I observed the dead hare.”

The hare was one of 11 hit by greyhounds at the shameful 3-day event. Four of them were examined by a vet for injuries.

On the previous day, another hare was caught and pinned to the ground by a greyhound. The ranger commented that “it appears the dog could ‘pinch’ the skin of the hare enough to hold it”. This hare, he stated, “was quickly taken from the dog by the local coursing officials [and] later examined by a vet who determined this hare had no injuries”.

The ranger noticed that “this hare had what appeared to be lesions around the snout and mouth” and was told by the vet that this was “a condition call Orf”. He said that the vet later gave this hare an injection of Metacam [a pain killer]”. Orf is a contagious viral skin disease which primarily causes an infection in sheep and goats but can also be transmitted to humans.

66 hares were cruelly netted from the wild for the Borris-in-Ossory/Rushall/Rathdowney meeting. It was allowed to go ahead, thanks to a licence recklessly issued by then Culture and Heritage Minister, Josepha Madigan. She granted the licence despite the presence in Ireland of the deadly and highly contagious RHD2 virus which she herself acknowledged “has the potential to wipe out the hare population completely”. Her National Parks and Wildlife Service department warned that RHD2 could prove “catastrophic” for the Irish Hare which is unique to Ireland.

Regardless, she later lifted a suspension of hare netting and allowed the coursers to proceed and net thousands of hares for their bloodsport.

At a meeting between Minister Madigan and pro-coursing Fine Gael TDs in September, it was stated that “the presence of the RHD2 virus in Ireland could be catastrophic for the wild hare and rabbit population” and that at that point, “12 out of 13 wild rabbits and hare carcasses, from a range of counties across Ireland, that had been tested for RHD2 virus, have returned positive results.”

It is not yet known how many more hares or rabbits have died as a result of the RHD2 virus.

Find out about more victims of coursing in the latest documents published on the NPWS website https://www.npws.ie/licences/hare-coursing

ACTION ALERT

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and demanding that they act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Please contact political party leaders and urge them to back a ban on hare coursing, fox hunting and all bloodsports in Ireland.

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088 OR 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD

Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Please sign and share the petitions

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

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

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

Protest at Youghal Greyhound Stadium – 8th July 2020, 6-7pm

1 Jul

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Greyhound Awareness Cork has announced details of a “Ban Greyhound Racing” protest outside Youghal stadium on Wednesday 8th July.

The silent and peaceful protest, with social distancing, will take place from 6pm to 7pm.

“As this event is outdoors, each person is responsible for their own PPE,” the event page states. “Hand sanitisers will be available and all signs will be sanitized before and after. Please remember physical distancing.”

Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/268935497706955/permalink/268936231040215/

Dogs suffer and die at Youghal greyhound stadium. 42 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 19 were killed by a track vet over the past five years alone, sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics show. At tracks around Ireland in the same period, 1,891 greyhounds suffered injuries and 625 were killed.

The figures represent only the tip of the iceberg – thousands more greyhounds are mercilessly killed every year because they don’t make the grade.

As revealed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included shocking scenes of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped in a skip. One shot dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

How many more dogs have to suffer and die before the government stops the massive state grants that are keeping nasty greyhound racing afloat? A RED C opinion poll confirms that a two-thirds majority want an end to the grants, while petitions urging the government to stop the funding have attracted more than 400,000 signatures.

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to cruel greyhound racing – don’t attend races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties at greyhound tracks.

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds has been approved for greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, greyhound racing has received more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Please contact your local TDs and demand that they vote against this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Labour Party (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding and ban cruel greyhound racing

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Alan Kelly TD
Leader, Labour Party
Tel: 067 34190
Email: alan.kelly@oir.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alankellytd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alankellylabour

TELL SPONSORS TO STOP THEIR SPONSORSHIP.

Please get in contact with Glanbia / GAIN Pet Nutrition and ask them to permanently end all sponsorship/support of greyhound racing.

Jim Bergin
CEO, Glanbia
Glanbia House,
Kilkenny, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)56-777 2200
Email: corporatecomms@glanbia.com, info@gainanimalnutrition.com
Tweet to: @GlanbiaPlc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GAINpetnutrition/

Appeal to the Kerry Group (the company behind Pure sunflower/soya spread, Dairygold, LowLow, etc) to stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Kerry Group
Phone: +353 (0)66 718 2000
Prince’s Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Email VIA: https://www.kerrygroup.com/help/contact-form/

Please sign and share petitions

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

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

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT YOUGHAL STADIUM

2019: 10 injuries, 6 deaths
2018: 13 injuries, 6 deaths
2017: 7 injuries, 1 death
2016: 5 injuries, 3 deaths
2015: 7 injuries, 3 deaths

GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

2019: 332 injuries. 119 deaths
2018: 353 Injuries. 121 Deaths
2017: 357 Injuries. 124 Deaths
2016: 427 Injuries. 139 Deaths
2015: 422 Injuries. 122 Deaths

Maldron Limerick the latest hotel to remove greyhound racing from website

1 Jul

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A big THANK YOU to Maldron Hotels for removing greyhound racing from its Limerick website.

The company removed Limerick greyhound stadium from a “top things to do in Limerick” page after ICABS highlighted the cruelty and killing in greyhound racing.

“Limerick Stadium is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for dog injuries and deaths,” we stated. “256 greyhounds suffered painful injuries there and 78 were killed over the past five years alone, sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics show. At tracks around Ireland in the same period, 1,891 greyhounds were injured and 625 were killed.”

Also highlighted was the fact that Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have stopped promoting greyhound racing due to fears that it damages Ireland’s image as a tourist destination. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/shane-ross-immoral-dog-racing-will-deter-tourists-982nwhwb9

The horrors of greyhound racing were exposed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives” documentary which revealed that around 6,000 dogs are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win races https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

Maldron Hotels Limerick follows Clayton Hotels, North Star Hotel (Dublin) and Metropole Hotel Cork in removing greyhound racing from their websites. They are among a growing list of companies that have rejected greyhound racing, including Dublin Bus, Air France, Eir Sport, Lonely Planet, Tesco Ireland, Toyota Ireland, Electric Ireland, Applegreen, Groupon, Barry’s Tea, FBD Insurance, Botanica International, Hyde Irish Whiskey, Thomas Cook/Jet Tours, Galway Crystal, Wilton Shopping Centre, Le Guide Irlande, Trip101, etc.

Thumbs up to Maldron Hotels for its compassionate response. Maldron Hotels are now open in the Republic of Ireland, with hotels reopening on 4th July in the UK and 20th July in Northern Ireland. Find out more about Maldron’s summer sale at https://www.maldronhotels.com/offer/summer-breaks/

ACTION ALERT

Despite the decision by Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to stop promoting greyhound racing, some hotels continue to recommend the activity. Join us in urging the following hotels to remove greyhound racing from their websites.

The Fitzwilton Hotel in Waterford is being asked to stop recommending a “night at the dogs” as a group activity in Waterford.
https://www.fitzwiltonhotel.ie/groups
https://fitzwilton.frb.io/things-to-do/groups-things-to-do
Email: info@fitzwiltonhotel.ie

The Absolute Hotel in Limerick is encouraging visitors to support greyhound racing, describing it as “adrenaline pumped entertainment”. Please ask the hotel to remove greyhound racing from its website http://www.absolutehotel.com/limerick-greyhound-stadium.html
T: +353 61 463600
Email: info@absolutehotel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsoluteHotelLimerick
Tweet to @AbsoluteHotelGM

Appeal to the Mullingar Park Hotel to stop recommending greyhound racing in the “Things to Do” section of its website
http://www.mullingarparkhotel.com/greyhound-racing.html
Tel (044) 933 7500
Email info@mullingarparkhotel.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Mullingarparkhotel/
Tweet to @mullingarpark

On its website, Limerick’s The George hotel is promoting greyhound racing as “a great night out” http://www.georgelimerick.com/limerick-greyhound-racing-hotels.html
Tel: +353 61 460400
Email: info@georgelimerick.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/George.Boutique.Hotel
Tweet to @GeorgeBoutique1

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Pro-bloodsports politician in Seanad despite unsuccessful election bid

1 Jul

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A pro-bloodsports Fianna Fail politician who lost his seat in the February general election and who failed to win a seat in the Seanad election will take a seat in the Seanad after all, thanks to a nomination from new Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Former Clare TD, Timmy Dooley – who once declared that he “would not, and will not, support any legislation that would seek to ban [greyhound racing, fox hunting, hare coursing]” – is one of 11 Seanad nominations from the Fianna Fail leader.

Timmy Dooley’s unsuccessful attempt to get on to the Seanad’s Industrial and Commercial panel earlier this year came after he lost his Dail Eireann seat in the general election.

Last year he was at the centre of a Dail “phantom voting” scandal and was suspended from the Fianna Fail front bench by Micheál Martin.

In 2010, he claimed that greyhound racing, fox hunting and hare coursing were an “integral part of the fabric of rural life”.

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

He has also backed the channelling of massive amounts of taxpayers’ money into horse and greyhound racing. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, he 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 the two gambling activities.

Among the others nominated to the Seanad by the new Taoiseach is former Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty who also lost her seat in the last general election. She has voted against proposed bans on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – foxhunting, hare coursing, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling and fur farming.

Like Timmy Dooley, she has voted in favour of €328 million in funding for horse and greyhound racing in the past four years.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Fianna Fáil and its leader, Micheal Martin, and urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of Irish citizens who want foxhunting and hare coursing banned and funding to cruel greyhound racing stopped.

Fianna Fail Head Office
Áras de Valera
65-66 Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01 676 1551
Email: info@fiannafail.ie

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Sign and share our petitions

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

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

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

Please support our campaign with a donation
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Massive government grants for greyhound racing as domestic violence refuges turn away hundreds

27 Jun

 

Solidarity TD, Mick Barry (Cork North Central), has this week highlighted that while greyhound racing received €16.8 million in state funding for 2020, an underfunded Dublin refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence has had to turn away hundreds of families.

In a “Covid-19 (Measures to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence)” speech addressed to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan on Wednesday [24 June 2020], Deputy Barry noted that last year, Sonas Viva House – a Blanchardstown-based refuge and outreach service for those “suffering the most brutal human rights’ abuses in their own homes” – was forced to “turn away 500 families for lack of funds – three times more than it was able to help”. This, he said, is also being experienced by other refuges throughout the State.

“In the previous budget, domestic violence services were funded to the tune of €20 million and sexual violence prevention and protection to the tune of €5 million,” he stated. “To show how these issues ranked in the scheme of government priorities, we need only note the fact that the same budget provided [nearly] €17 million to the greyhound industry.”

He went on to outline the awful extent of the abuse: “Before the pandemic, the National Crime Council told us that 213,000 women had been severely abused by their partners in this State. It was an epidemic before the pandemic, so to speak. Now, however, the WHO tells us that emergency calls increased 60% globally during the pandemic and by 33% in Europe. The Garda tells us that calls increased here by 25% in April and May this year compared with the same months last year.”

Among those also making statements to Minister Flanagan was People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith TD (Dublin South Central).

She pointed out that “nine counties are without a refuge”, including Carlow – “the people of Carlow who need to flee domestic violence and abuse rely entirely on one refuge in Kilkenny”.

“It is an absolute outrage that, for decades, governments – not just the Minister’s but also previous ones – have ignored this issue,” Deputy Smith commented. “Now it is being really highlighted because of the tragedies exposed through the impact of Covid-19, the pressures on people and the increase in the consumption of alcohol. There are myriad other issues, however, that relate to the consequences of domestic violence and abuse.”

Cormac Devlin TD (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail) told the Minister that “the number of refuge spaces in Ireland is well below what we are obliged to provide under the Istanbul Convention.” The obligation is one space for every 10,000 adults and based on this, Ireland should have 472 spaces available, yet it has only 141.

“Budget 2020 failed to provide additional funding for the victims of domestic violence,” he said. “Spaces are limited, particularly during this pandemic. It is clear the Government has failed victims of domestic violence. The next Government must provide more funding for them and afford them access to emergency accommodation when needed.”

His party colleague, Robert Troy TD (Longford Westmeath) – who has backed €168 million in state funding for horse and greyhound racing in the past two years – referred to Esker House refuge in Athlone – the only women’s refuge service in the midlands. Receiving just €303,000 in funding per annum, Deputy Troy declared that it was “significantly under-resourced and underfunded”. In contrast to the €303,000 Esker House receives in one year, greyhound racing’s €16.8 million annual grant is the equivalent of €323,077 for EVERY WEEK of the year.

ACTION ALERT

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds has been approved for greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, greyhound racing has received more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Please contact your local TDs and demand that they vote against this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Contact Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour Party TDs and urge them to vote against any further funding for cruel greyhound racing

Fine Gael TDs

JohnPaul.Phelan@oireachtas.ie,Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie,joe.carey@oireachtas.ie,david.stanton@oir.ie,colm.burke@oireachtas.ie,michael.creed@oireachtas.ie,Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie,joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie,richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie,Eoghan.Murphy@oireachtas.ie,Paschal.Donohoe@oireachtas.ie,Alan.Farrell@oireachtas.ie,emer.higgins@oireachtas.ie,neale.richmond@oireachtas.ie,josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie,colm.brophy@oireachtas.ie,leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie,jennifer.carrollmacneill@oireachtas.ie,Ciaran.Cannon@oireachtas.ie,hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie,Brendan.Griffin@oireachtas.ie,bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie,Martin.Heydon@oireachtas.ie,charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie,kieran.odonnell@oireachtas.ie,Patrick.O’Donovan@oireachtas.ie,peter.burke@oireachtas.ie,fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie,alan.dillon@oireachtas.ie,michael.ring@oireachtas.ie,helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie,damien.english@oireachtas.ie,frank.feighan@oireachtas.ie,paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie,Simon.Harris@oireachtas.ie

Fianna Fail TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie,niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie,brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie,aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie,michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie,micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie,michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie,Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie,sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie,jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie,darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie,jack@jackchambers.ie,anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie,eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie,james.lawless@oireachtas.ie,sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie,sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie,barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie,willie.odea@oireachtas.ie,niall.collins@oireachtas.ie,Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie,dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie,thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie,marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie,jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie,mary.butler@oireachtas.ie,james.browne@oireachtas.ie,jennifer.murnaneoconnor@oireachtas.ie,cathal.crowe@oireachtas.ie,james.oconnor@oireachtas.ie,padraig.osullivan@oireachtas.ie,christopher.osullivan@oireachtas.ie,paul.mcauliffe@oireachtas.ie,john.lahart@oireachtas.ie,cormac@cormacdevlin.ie,normafoley1@eircom.net,joe.flaherty@oireachtas.ie,Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie

Labour Party TDs

sean.sherlock@oireachtas.ie,aodhan.oriordain@oireachtas.ie,duncan.smith@oireachtas.ie,gerald.nash@oireachtas.ie,Alan.Kelly@oireachtas.ie,brendan.howlin@oireachtas.ie

Please sign and share petitions

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

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

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

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

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Cork’s iconic Metropole Hotel thanked for removing greyhound racing from website

26 Jun

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A big THANK YOU to The Metropole Hotel in Cork City for removing greyhound racing from its website.

Following an appeal from ICABS, the luxury 4-star hotel deleted the page which presented Curraheen Park greyhound track as a local attraction.

In our appeal to hotel management, we pointed out that Curraheen Park is one of the worst tracks in the country for dog injuries and deaths.

126 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 47 were killed by track vets in the past five years alone, we stated. Among the victims was a greyhound who died of a suspected heart attack. At tracks around Ireland in the same period, 1,891 greyhounds were injured and 625 were killed.

The figures represent only the tip of the iceberg – thousands more greyhounds are mercilessly killed every year because they don’t make the grade.

As revealed in the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary last year, around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included shocking scenes of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped in a skip. One shot dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

Thumbs up to The Metropole Hotel for its compassionate response. Find out more about the iconic hotel (which reopens on 13 July) at https://www.themetropolehotel.ie/

ACTION ALERT

No hotel should recommend greyhound racing to its guests, particularly in light of the fact that Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have stopped promoting greyhound racing due to fears that it damages Ireland’s image as a tourist destination. Join us in urging these hotels to remove greyhound racing from their websites.

The Fitzwilton Hotel in Waterford is being asked to stop recommending a “night at the dogs” as a group activity in Waterford.
https://www.fitzwiltonhotel.ie/groups
https://fitzwilton.frb.io/things-to-do/groups-things-to-do
Email: info@fitzwiltonhotel.ie

The Absolute Hotel in Limerick is encouraging visitors to support greyhound racing, describing it as “adrenaline pumped entertainment”. Please ask the hotel to remove greyhound racing from its website http://www.absolutehotel.com/limerick-greyhound-stadium.html
T: +353 61 463600
Email: info@absolutehotel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbsoluteHotelLimerick
Tweet to @AbsoluteHotelGM

Appeal to the Mullingar Park Hotel to stop recommending greyhound racing in the “Things to Do” section of its website http://www.mullingarparkhotel.com/greyhound-racing.html
Tel (044) 933 7500
Email info@mullingarparkhotel.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Mullingarparkhotel/
Tweet to @mullingarpark

On its website, Limerick’s The George hotel is promoting greyhound racing as “a great night out” http://www.georgelimerick.com/limerick-greyhound-racing-hotels.html Please contact the hotel now and tell them about the cruelty and killing in the greyhound industry.
Tel: +353 61 460400
Email: info@georgelimerick.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/George.Boutique.Hotel
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IGB continuing to hide videos of greyhounds suffering falls at tracks

23 Jun

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The Irish Greyhound Board is continuing to hide video footage of greyhounds suffering falls at tracks around the country.

At Galway Stadium on 18th June – the first day of the resumption of racing after it was forced to shut down in March – greyhounds Bumblebee Malory and Drombeg Dream were knocked over at the first bend and did not record a race finishing time. Footage of the incident has been withheld from the IGB website.

As has footage of Race 3 at Enniscorthy track on the same evening. During that race, greyhound Cosy Flash was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race (suggesting an injury was sustained). Another greyhound who did not finish a race was 2-year-old Wexford Star who was “baulked” at the first bend. Footage for this race has also been withheld.

The following night at Shelbourne Park stadium, race footage is also absent for Race 4 during which greyhound Deadly Brooklyn was knocked over and apparently did not finish the race.

More video footage has been hidden from public view this week. No footage is available for Races 6 and 8 at Enniscorthy track on Monday 22 June when greyhounds were knocked over or baulked at the first bend.

In November, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed was questioned about the withholding of race footage by the Irish Greyhound Board.

Then TD, Maureen O’Sullivan, asked Minister Creed “if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Irish Greyhound Board is attempting to hide incidents involving dogs falling and suffering injuries by withholding race footage from its website [and] if he will direct it to publish the footage”.

Responding, Minister Creed stated: “Bord na gCon [Irish Greyhound Board] have informed the Department that, although it broadcasts all races at Bord na gCon licensed stadia, there is no regulatory or legislative requirement on Bord na gCon to make all racing footage available on its website.” https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-11-26a.945

Previously, the IGB attempted to hide a damning report which revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year in Ireland because they are not fast enough to win races. The report’s contents were featured on the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives” documentary, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The IGB also tried to hide the fact that a greyhound (Ballymac Syd) collapsed from a heart attack and died at Shelbourne Park in August. The death was revealed by the Greyhound Star website which reported: “The poor dog was having a heart attack. We managed to get him to the van and I started compressions but the tongue had already gone blue. He died shortly afterwards.” There was no mention on the IGB website of the heart attack or the dog dying. Incredibly, in a notice posted on the IGB website three days after Ballymac Syd died, the dog was listed among three dogs “withdrawn from the second round of the Boylesports Derby”. “In Heat 3, Ballymac Syd will be a non-runner from trap four,” the IGB website stated.

Among the footage unavailable on the IGB website:

Enniscorthy track – 22 June 2020, Race 6 – Greyhound Cactus Arrow knocked over at the first bend.

Enniscorthy track – 22 June 2020, Race 8 – Greyhound Zoes Charm baulked at the first bend, with no finishing time recorded.

Shelbourne Park – 19 June 2020, Race 4 – Greyhound Deadly Brooklyn was knocked over at the first bend and apparently did not finish the race.

Enniscorthy track – 18 June 2020, Race 3 – Greyhound Cosy Flash was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race (suggesting an injury was sustained).

Enniscorthy track – 18 June 2020, Race 5 – Greyhound Wexford Star was “baulked” at the first bend and “did not finish” the race.

Galway Stadium – 18 June 2020, Race 10 – Bumblebee Malory and Drombeg Dream were knocked over at the first bend and did not record a race finishing time.

Shelbourne Park – 21 March 2020, Race 6 – Greyhounds Highview Audi and Nitro Jen were knocked over at the first bend

Curraheen Park – 21 February 2020, Race 6 – Greyhound Delighted stumbled and “did not finish”

Tralee stadium – 16 February 2020, Race 7 – Greyhound Manhattan Field fell at the third bend and “did not finish”

Enniscorthy track – 16 January 2020, Race 2 – Greyhound Rathbally Rory “did not finish” the race

Enniscorthy track – 16 January 2020, Race 5 – Jovial Bob and Harriestown Star Were knocked over at the first bend

Shelbourne Park – 21 December 2019, Race 8 – Greyhound Knocknarea Run was impeded and “did not finish” the race

Shelbourne Park – 21 December 2019, Race 9 – Greyhounds Spots Trend, Knight Rocker and Boyhero were knocked over at the first bend

Shelbourne Park – 7 December 2019, Race 5 – Greyhound Mags Angel “did not finish” the race.

Shelbourne Park – 7 December 2019, Race 12 – greyhound Catunda Logan was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race.

Limerick stadium – 5 December, Race 6 – greyhound Gurtnacrehy Leah did not finish the race.

Limerick stadium – 5 December, Race 9 – greyhound Clounanna Gilt was knocked over at the first bend and did not finish the race.

Limerick stadium – 5 December, Race 4 – greyhound Rockalong Xpress was knocked over at the first bend and did not finish the race.

Mullingar stadium – 1 December 2019, Race 4 – greyhound Lingrawn Pearl “did not finish” the race.

Shelbourne Park – 15 November 2019, Race 6 – greyhound Oakview Brae reportedly broke a hock. She has not been raced since.

Shelbourne Park – 12 November 2019, Race 8 – Greyhound Nebula was knocked over and did not finish the race. She has not been raced since.

Shelbourne Park – 16 November 2019, Race 12 – greyhound Droopys Oomph was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race. He has not been raced since.

Newbridge stadium – 11 October 2019, Race 2 – greyhound Blacksmith Cardi knocked over and did not finish the race. She has not been raced since.

Shelbourne Park – 31 August 2019, Race 7 – Three greyhounds were knocked over at the first bend during a Boylesports-sponsored race – one of them, LAUGHIL JOSH, “did not finish”.

Enniscorthy track – 30 September 2019, Race 4 – Greyhound Likeable Quiff was knocked over and “did not finish” the race. The 2-year-old greyhound has not been raced since. A week after the fall, she was run in a trial at Shelbourne Park and again, she “did not finish”

Enniscorthy track – 21 December 2018, Race 1 – Gortin Shift was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race. He has not been raced since.

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to the cruel greyhound industry – don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds has been approved for greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, greyhound racing has received more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Please contact your local TDs and demand that they vote against this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Constituency Office
137 Evergreen Road,
Turner’s Cross, Cork
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD
Please sign and share petitions

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

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

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

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

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Hare coursing: A long campaign

23 Jun

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The latest setback in the campaign to get cruel coursing banned is the failure of the Green Party to have a pledge to outlaw the blood sport included in the draft Programme for Government – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Irish Examiner…

Hare coursing: A long campaign
Letter to the Editor, Irish Examiner, June 23rd 2020

The campaign to ban live hare coursing in Ireland commenced in the mid 1960s and has seen many heartbreaking setbacks, the latest being the failure of the Green Party to have a pledge to outlaw the blood sport included in the draft Programme for Government.

Some political commentators have alluded to the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael rejection of such a pledge in sniggering and dismissive tones, as if hare coursing didn’t matter in the bigger scheme of things.

True, whether it’s legal or not has no implications for public health or the economy: Either way, the sky won’t fall and life will continue for us as before.But it does have implications for the unfortunate animals that are at the butt-end of this joke that calls itself a “sport.”

Each hare is the centre of its own universe. Imagine the terror and stress it undergoes when it is violently snatched from its natural habitat, confined for weeks in unnatural captivity, and then forced to run from dogs in a contrived chase.

Or what it must be like to be pinned down by the hyped-up dogs, have your bones crushed, or be tossed about like a rag doll on the coursing field.

John Fitzgerald
Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports,
Callan, Co Kilkenny

ACTION ALERT

Now is the time for a ban on bloodsports and an end to greyhound racing. RED C opinion polls show that 77 per cent of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (just 9 per cent disagree with a ban), 77 per cent want foxhunting banned (just 12 per cent disagree with a ban), while a two thirds majority want the government to stop funding greyhound racing.

Please contact political party leaders and urge them to permanently end hare coursing, fox hunting and greyhound racing.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
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Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088 OR 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD

Please sign and share the petitions

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

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

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

Witness the cruelty of fox hunting in Ireland
http://www.banbloodsports.com/camp-fh.htm

SEE ALSO

The Green Party’s Finance Spokesperson, Neasa Hourigan TD, has announced that she will be voting against the proposed Programme for Government.

Belfast Green Party councillor, Anthony Flynn, is among the latest party representatives to express opposition to a proposed Programme for Government which does not include a pledge to ban bloodsports and end funding for greyhound racing.

Younger members of the Green Party are expected to reject the proposed Programme for Government, with one Young Green representative pointing to the absence of a pledge to ban bloodsports as a major issue.

Cruelty to animals is not “Green”

GREENS CAPITULATE ON ANIMAL CRUELTY: There is to be no let-up of the horrific abuse meted out to Ireland’s hares and foxes, following weeks of talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green party, with not a mention of bloodsports issues in the Programme for Government https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/3002648016517403

The Green Party’s support for a Programme for Government that doesn’t include a pledge to ban cruel hare coursing and live exports was discussed on The Tonight Show on Virgin Media 1 (18 June 2020).

Find out more about John Fitzgerald
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1473520596

http://banharecoursinginireland.over-blog.com/

Buy John Fitzgerald’s “Time to Stop Running” book

“A lack of action on tackling cruel greyhound industry and hare coursing”

22 Jun

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Belfast Green Party councillor, Anthony Flynn, is among the latest party representatives to express opposition to a proposed Programme for Government which does not include a pledge to ban bloodsports and end funding for greyhound racing.

In a report in today’s Belfast Telegraph, Cllr Flynn is quoted as stating “I spoke about the lack of action on tackling cruel and inhumane greyhound industry in the Republic of Ireland as well as hare coursing and other animal welfare issues, Brexit and austerity. I cannot support an unjust transition, we can do better.”

The Green Party leader in Northern Ireland, Clare Bailey, the deputy leader Cllr Mal O’Hara and North Down MLA Rachel Woods have confirmed that they too will vote against the Programme for Government.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has rejected a call from Clare Bailey to renegotiate the deal.

Last week the Green Party’s Finance Spokesperson, Neasa Hourigan TD, also announced that she will be voting against the proposed Programme for Government and entering coalition with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. As have TDs Francis Duffy and Patrick Costello and Councillors Lorna Bogue (Cork) and Hazel Chu (Dublin).

In a speech delivered at the Green Party Special Convention on voting on the Programme for Government, Deputy Hourigan (Dublin Central) said that there are some wins for the Greens in the Programme for Government but that they “come at an incredible price”.

Referring to animal rights issues, she stated: “We’ve secured extra funds for animal welfare, but signed up to live exports, the fur trade, hare coursing, and greyhound racing.”

She suggested that, in government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail – both of which are not currently in favour of bans on bloodsports – the Greens could be forced to vote against an upcoming bill aimed at banning hare coursing.

“Ultimately everyone who went into these negotiations did so in good faith,” she said. “I hope that, if we do go into government, you the members will have to look back at the end of the five years and be proud, proud of what we did if we have to vote against an opposition bill on hare coursing, if we have to watch the homelessness figures rise…”

Last week, a spokesperson for the Young Greens in Meath also rejected the Programme for Government, pointing to bloodsports as one of the issues it fails to address. Speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime programme on Tuesday, he said that after examining the Programme for Government document, he is “utterly opposed” to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0xfZRHpJ-Q

“I don’t see the younger members of the party supporting this,” he stated, “It’s silent on some very important issues for a lot of our members,” he told listeners. “It’s silent on, for example, bans on hare coursing or bans on hunting with dogs. It’s silent on key issues and requires us to stand over horrific things that we are opposed to.”

2,627 members of the Green Party registered to receive a vote on the programme for government. Those who have been a member for at least six months will be eligible to cast a vote. To accept the Programme for Government and enter coalition with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, a two-thirds majority of Green Party member votes is required.

The Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy states: “The Green Party is opposed to all blood sports, and will bring in legislation to end hare coursing, fox hunting, hare hunting and mink hunting…The Green Party seeks to cease the use of state funding for greyhound racing and re-purpose a portion of this budget allocation towards the welfare and re-homing of greyhounds impacted by such a change.”

There is no pledge in the Programme for Government to ban hare coursing and foxhunting or end the massive state grants that are keeping greyhound racing afloat.

Now is the time for a ban on bloodsports and an end to greyhound racing. RED C opinion polls show that 77 per cent of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (just 9 per cent disagree with a ban), 77 per cent want foxhunting banned (just 12 per cent disagree with a ban), while a two thirds majority want the government to stop funding greyhound racing.

ACTION ALERT

Please contact political party leaders and urge them to permanently end hare coursing, fox hunting and greyhound racing.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088 OR 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD

Please sign and share the petitions

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

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

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-racing

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

Witness the cruelty of fox hunting in Ireland
http://www.banbloodsports.com/camp-fh.htm

SEE ALSO

Younger members of the Green Party are expected to reject the proposed Programme for Government, with one Young Green representative pointing to the absence of a pledge to ban bloodsports as a major issue.

Cruelty to animals is not “Green”

GREENS CAPITULATE ON ANIMAL CRUELTY: There is to be no let-up of the horrific abuse meted out to Ireland’s hares and foxes, following weeks of talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green party, with not a mention of bloodsports issues in the Programme for Government https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/3002648016517403

The Green Party’s support for a Programme for Government that doesn’t include a pledge to ban cruel hare coursing and live exports was discussed on The Tonight Show on Virgin Media 1 (18 June 2020).

 

The Tonight Show: Green Party’s support for PfG that doesn’t include ban on coursing and live exports

19 Jun


The Green Party’s support for a Programme for Government that doesn’t include a pledge to ban cruel hare coursing and live exports was discussed on The Tonight Show on Virgin Media 1 last night (18 June 2020).

Programme presenter, Ivan Yates noted that the Greens did not secure agreement on “animal welfare, animal rights, live exports”.

Responding, environmental scientist and former Green Party election candidate, Dr Cara Augustenborg said that “having heard some of the comments coming out of the [Green Party] convention, they were very disappointed they didn’t achieve the live export [ban] in particular”, adding that “in negotiations, you’re not going to win everything”.

Challenging this, Paul Murphy TD (RISE, Solidarity) – who is calling on Green Party members to vote against entering government with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael – declared that “you can win things from not being in government”.

“Look at the wins that happened on animal welfare over the course of the last government term,” he said. “You had a very right wing government. You had a very right wing Minister for Agriculture but we had two important wins. One was a banning of wild animals in circuses and the other was in terms of fur farming [a pledge by the government to phase it out]. They were won from the outside. They were bills that the left brought forward and were backed up by public pressure.”

View the entire episode of The Tonight Show on the Virgin Media Player
https://www.virginmediatelevision.ie/player/show/1294/173983/0/The-Tonight-Show

2,627 members of the Green Party registered to receive a vote on the programme for government. Those who have been a member for at least six months will be eligible to cast a vote. A two-thirds majority of Green Party member votes is required for the party to enter coalition with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

SEE ALSO

Cruelty to animals is not “Green”

GREENS CAPITULATE ON ANIMAL CRUELTY: There is to be no let-up of the horrific abuse meted out to Ireland’s hares and foxes, following weeks of talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green party, with not a mention of bloodsports issues in the Programme for Government https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/3002648016517403

ACTION ALERT

In April, Paul Murphy TD announced his intention to introduce a new bill which will attempt to finally ban cruel hare coursing in Ireland. In a video posted on Facebook, he said that he is confident that “the bill will achieve what we’re setting out to do which is to ban this cruel practice from Ireland.” https://www.facebook.com/paulmurphytd/videos/542155243391892/

Please contact all the political parties and TDs and urge them to pledge support for Paul Murphy’s bill to ban hare coursing. Remind them that a RED C opinion poll in September confirmed that a 77 per majority of Irish citizens want the government to ban hare coursing, with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban.

Find names of TDs and contact details at
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=%2Fie%2Foireachtas%2Fhouse%2Fdail%2F33&tab=constituency

Contact the leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and the Labour Party to tell them that you want hare coursing and all bloodsports banned.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryLouMcDonaldTD
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryLouMcDonald

Alan Kelly TD
Leader, Labour Party
Tel: 067 34190
Email: alan.kelly@oir.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alankellytd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alankellylabour

Contact Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to back a ban on cruel hare coursing.

Fine Gael TDs

JohnPaul.Phelan@oireachtas.ie,Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie,joe.carey@oireachtas.ie,david.stanton@oir.ie,colm.burke@oireachtas.ie,michael.creed@oireachtas.ie,Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie,joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie,richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie,Eoghan.Murphy@oireachtas.ie,Paschal.Donohoe@oireachtas.ie,Alan.Farrell@oireachtas.ie,emer.higgins@oireachtas.ie,neale.richmond@oireachtas.ie,josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie,colm.brophy@oireachtas.ie,leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie,jennifer.carrollmacneill@oireachtas.ie,Ciaran.Cannon@oireachtas.ie,hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie,Brendan.Griffin@oireachtas.ie,bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie,Martin.Heydon@oireachtas.ie,charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie,kieran.odonnell@oireachtas.ie,Patrick.O’Donovan@oireachtas.ie,peter.burke@oireachtas.ie,fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie,alan.dillon@oireachtas.ie,michael.ring@oireachtas.ie,helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie,damien.english@oireachtas.ie,frank.feighan@oireachtas.ie,paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie,Simon.Harris@oireachtas.ie

Fianna Fail TDs

john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie,niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie,brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie,aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie,michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie,micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie,michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie,Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie,sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie,jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie,darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie,jack@jackchambers.ie,anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie,eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie,james.lawless@oireachtas.ie,sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie,sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie,barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie,willie.odea@oireachtas.ie,niall.collins@oireachtas.ie,Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie,dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie,thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie,marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie,jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie,mary.butler@oireachtas.ie,james.browne@oireachtas.ie,jennifer.murnaneoconnor@oireachtas.ie,cathal.crowe@oireachtas.ie,james.oconnor@oireachtas.ie,padraig.osullivan@oireachtas.ie,christopher.osullivan@oireachtas.ie,paul.mcauliffe@oireachtas.ie,john.lahart@oireachtas.ie,cormac@cormacdevlin.ie,normafoley1@eircom.net,joe.flaherty@oireachtas.ie,Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

john.brady@oireachtas.ie; pat.buckley@oireachtas.ie; Sean.Crowe@oireachtas.ie; david.cullinane@oireachtas.ie; Pearse.Doherty@oireachtas.ie; dessie.ellis@oir.ie; kathleen.funchion@oireachtas.ie; martinkennysf@gmail.com; MaryLou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie; denise.mitchell@oireachtas.ie; imelda.munster@oireachtas.ie; eoin.obroin@oireachtas.ie; donnchadh.olaoghaire@oireachtas.ie; aengus.osnodaigh@oireachtas.ie; louiseoreillysf@gmail.com; maurice.quinlivan@oireachtas.ie; Brian.Stanley@oireachtas.ie; mark.ward@oireachtas.ie; chris.andrews@oireachtas.ie; martin.browne@oireachtas.ie; matt.carthy@oireachtas.ie; sorca.clarke@oireachtas.ie; roseconwaywalsh@eircom.net; reada.cronin@oireachtas.ie; pa.daly@oireachtas.ie; paul.donnelly@oireachtas.ie; mairead.farrell@oireachtas.ie; thomas.gould@oireachtas.ie; johnny.guirke@oireachtas.ie; claire.kerrane@oireachtas.ie; padraig.maclochlainn@oir.ie; johnny.mythen@oireachtas.ie; ruairi.omurchu@oireachtas.ie; darren.orourke@oireachtas.ie; patriciaryan975@gmail.com; pauline.tully@oireachtas.ie; vwynne@gmail.com

Labour Party TDs

sean.sherlock@oireachtas.ie,aodhan.oriordain@oireachtas.ie,duncan.smith@oireachtas.ie,gerald.nash@oireachtas.ie,Alan.Kelly@oireachtas.ie,brendan.howlin@oireachtas.ie

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

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

Sinn Fein: Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
https://www.change.org/p/sinn-fein-support-a-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing
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