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Fonez urged to stop sponsoring greyhound racing

2 Jan


Thumbs down to mobile phone retailer, Fonez, for sponsoring greyhound racing at Galway stadium – a venue where dogs suffer injuries and die.

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, one of the races at the track on 29 December was the “WWW.FONEZ.IE S8 350 Final” with prize money of over €2,000.

Fonez, with stores in Galway, Letterkenny and Cork, has been sponsoring greyhound racing since at least 2015 when it offered customers free passes to a “Fonez Gala Night” at Galway stadium.

The company is being urged to end its support for greyhound racing. In an email, ICABS highlighted that in the past three and a half years alone, 80 greyhounds suffered injuries at Galway stadium and 21 died or were killed by a track vet.

Among the victims was a greyhound who was heard crying out in agony after falling to the ground during a race on 5th January 2018. 1-year-old “Ballycastle Val” collided with another greyhound and tumbled at the beginning of what was to be her first and final race. As the race continued, Ballycastle Val’s cries rang out around the stadium and are clearly audible in the Irish Greyhound Board’s race footage –

Nationwide, in the same period, there were 1,369 greyhounds injured and 438 deaths. This does not include the dogs injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands who go missing each year – presumed destroyed when found to be too slow to win races.

Others companies connected to racing at Galway stadium on the same night were Train Station Gym, Corribview Safety Services and Sword Security.


Join us in appealing to Fonez to show compassion for the dogs and stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Corbett Court,
Williamsgate St.,
Co. Galway,
Tel: 091 500 369
Mob: 085 712 2234
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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 or order copies by emailing

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 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,,,

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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Men charged in connection with Kildare animal death fights

2 Jan

8 men charged with cruelty to animals by allegedly having foxes and dogs fight to the death. We look forward to the day when participation in any form of cruelty to foxes – including foxhunting, cub hunting, terrierwork and digging out – is punishable by law… 

Men charged in connection with Kildare animal death fights
Curragh is venue in alleged fox and dog cruelty
Leinster Leader, 14 December 2018

Eight men have appeared at Naas District Court charged with cruelty to animals by allegedly having foxes and dogs fight to the death at a location on the Curragh.

At the December 13 sitting, one man was charged with an indictable offence and seven others were brought to the court on summary charges.

Dylan Costigan (24) with an address at Skenagun, Castledermot, County Kildare, is charged with hunting foxes in a cruel manner at the Curragh Plain on January 22, 2017.

Garda Sgt Brian Jacob said the State is alleging that Mr Costigan and others were involved in having foxes and dogs fight each other in concrete pipes at the location.

It is alleged that the animals were being forced to fight to the death.

Apart from the Costigan case, Sgt Jacob said the men are to be tried summarily.

They were, allegedly, in breach of Section 12 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

The men range in ages from 24 to 48.

Others charged are Conor Hughes (36), 24 Oldcourt Avenue, Bray; Graham Curley (38), 6 Doum Height, Leap, County Cork; Simon Enright (48), Sunset View, Corrin, Leap, County Cork; Keith Ownes (31), Ladystown, Rathvilly, Carlow; Kenneth O’Driscoll (24), 9 Convent Court, Clonakilty, County Cork; Michael Molloy (32), 54 Deerpark, Bray, County Wicklow and Richard Molloy (36), 23 Old Court Park, Bray.
The case has been adjourned by Judge Desmond Zaidan until January 2 for further progress.


Contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and urge him to ban foxhunting, cub hunting, terrierwork and digging out.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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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.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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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
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 – 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

Mass extinction of species is happening in Ireland

28 Dec

Mass extinction of species is happening in Ireland, NGO says
One-third of groups examined ‘are threatened or near-threatened with dying out’
Irish Times, 28 December 2018

by Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor

Mass extinction of species is happening on Ireland’s doorstep. “It is not something which is happening somewhere else,” according to the Irish Wildlife Trust.

A third of all species groups examined in Ireland, including plants, birds, butterflies, freshwater fish, dragonflies and sharks are either threatened with extinction or “near threatened”, it said.

Although the climate crisis and its causes were relatively well known, the related “extinction crisis” was receiving less attention, the trust stated in a submission to the Government’s Climate Action Committee.

In addition to global warming, loss of species is being driven by habitat loss, pollution and unsustainable use of resources, it warned.

“Ninety per cent of our highest-value habitats protected under the EU’s Habitats Directive are in ‘poor’ or ‘inadequate’ status,” it said.

Only 0.6 per cent of once-unique raised bog habitats in the midlands remain intact. In addition, Ireland has the second-lowest forest cover in Europe; only about 1 per cent of our land area consists of native woodland.

Chronic overfishing “has decimated the populations of once-abundant fish species such as cod, whiting, sole and herring”, and a third of native bee species face extinction, it said.

Some 50 per cent of Irish rivers and lakes “are polluted, while obstructions such as dams contribute to once common species like Atlantic salmon appearing on the endangered species list.

Critical list
A number of species are “critically endangered”, and face a real risk of disappearing entirely without urgent action, including the curlew, the angel shark, the freshwater pearl mussel and the European eel.

“Restoring nature is likely to be the easiest, cheapest and most effective form of climate action available,” the trust said.

It called for an independent nature conservation agency to implement existing conservation commitments and underlined the need to “re-wet and re-wild” midlands bogs. Coillte, it said, must manage existing conifer plantations but restore them to native woodlands.

The revised Common Agricultural Policy should adequately reward farmers for farming in a nature-friendly way so that Irish agriculture can be “carbon negative”, it added.

“Weakened ecosystems cope poorly with climate change – as was experienced through 2018 as farming communities struggled with weather extremes,” it said. “Small-scale coastal fishing communities have all but disappeared. Conversely, restoring natural systems brings great opportunity in bringing benefits back to local people and resilience to those who depend upon them.”

The trust hoped the Climate Action Committee could see the opportunity that restoring nature would provide in determining on how best Ireland should respond to climate change.

“We firmly believe that this is a decisive moment in our relationship with the natural world and that we are likely to be the last generation to have the power to take meaningful measures to save life on Earth. This can be done to the great benefit of Irish communities,” Irish Wildlife Trust campaign officer Pádraic Fogarty stated in the submission.

Disgust at Japan’s resumption of commercial whale hunting

27 Dec


RTE News report on Japan’s shameful announcement that it is to resume commercial whale hunting. Please read and respond to the action alert below…

Japan announces IWC withdrawal, will resume commercial whaling
RTE News, 26 Dec 2018

Japan is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, a government spokesman has said, in a move expected to spark international criticism.

“We have decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year,” leading government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

“Commercial whaling to be resumed from July next year will be limited to Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. We will not hunt in the Antarctic waters or in the southern hemisphere,” he added.

The announcement had been widely expected and comes after Japan failed in a bid earlier this year to convince the IWC to allow it to resume commercial whaling.

Tokyo has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the body, and has been regularly criticised for catching hundreds of whales a year for “scientific research” despite being a signatory to a moratorium on hunting the animals.

Mr Suga said Japan would officially inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, which will mean the withdrawal comes into effect by 30 June.

Leaving the IWC means Japanese whalers will be able to resume hunting in Japanese coastal waters of minke and other whales currently protected by the IWC.

But Japan will not be able to continue the so-called scientific research hunts in the Antarctic that has been exceptionally allowed as an IWC member under the Antarctic Treaty.

The withdrawal means Japan joins Iceland and Norway in openly defying the IWC’s ban on commercial whale hunting.

Australia and New Zealand welcomed the decision to abandon the Antarctic whale hunt, but expressed disappointment that Japan would engage in any killing of the ocean mammals.

“Australia remains resolutely opposed to all forms of commercial and so-called ‘scientific’ whaling,” its environment minister, Melissa Price, and foreign minister, Marise Payne, said in a statement.

Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and their meat was a key source of protein in the immediate post-World War II years when the country was desperately poor.

But consumption has declined significantly in recent decades, with much of the population saying they rarely or never eat whale meat.



Contact the Japanese Embassy in Dublin (or the Japanese embassy in your country) to demand an end to the cruel hunting of whales.

Ambassador Mari Miyoshi
Embassy of Japan in Ireland
Nutley Building Merrion Centre
D04 RP73 Dublin, Ireland
Tel: (01) 202 8300
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LETTER: Why do we need to kill animals?

22 Dec

Why do we need to kill animals?
Letter to the Editor
Irish Examiner, 21 December 2018

Why do humans need to kill or torture animals? Why can’t we let them live out their humble lives in peace?

Social media sites abound with pictures of hunters posing with the carcasses of lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and other creatures; magnificent specimens that once graced jungles, plains or parklands…now reduced to pathetic drooping hulks, their glazed eyes staring blankly at the camera in contrast to the beaming smiles of their killers.

Meanwhile, smaller, less exotic animals run from dogs and their human masters here in Ireland. The fox faces a two-pronged threat. Lamping gangs prey on them under cover of darkness, dazzling the wily creatures before peppering them with lead.

‘Sports’ people of a different vintage set off on horseback through a Christmas landscape behind packs of ravenous hounds. Their purpose: To chase a fox until it collapses from exhaustion.

They watch; sipping from stirrup cups, as the fox has the skin ripped from its bones. Then, like the big game hunters, they pose for pictures after the animal’s tail has been hacked from its bloodied and mutilated carcass.

Lower down the social ladder, but equally lethal in their hostility to wildlife, are the hare coursers. They snatch the gentlest creatures in the countryside to perform for them. They roar like the frenzied Romans of old in the coliseum as terrified captives dodge their pursuers. They look on, impassive and uncaring, when hares are pinned down by the dogs, or flung high into the air like sliotar at a hurling match.

You’d wonder sometimes if our absence from the planet would be a blessing to so many other species. Sadly, we appear likely to take most or all of them with us in our seemingly unstoppable march towards extinction.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co. Kilkenny

FBD Insurance continuing to sponsor greyhound racing

20 Dec


Shame on FBD Insurance for continuing to sponsor the cruel greyhound industry, despite being made aware of the suffering and killing of dogs.

Yesterday, 19 December, FBD sponsored another race at Kilkenny track – “Race 9 FBD Insurance S7 300”

On the night, during a separate race, a dog suffered a fall and was listed as not having finished the race – suggesting an injury.

FBD has been shamefully sponsoring greyhound racing for at least 15 years. No company should support an industry which involves so much suffering and death.

Over the past 4 years, at least 1,369 greyhounds have been injured at tracks around Ireland, with at least 438 killed. This includes 37 injuries and 13 deaths at Kilkenny track.

The dogs sustained injuries to legs, wrists, shoulders, backs, tails, muscles and toes.

An estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing each year in Ireland (presumed killed when found to be not quick enough to win races).


Contact FBD Insurance now and urge the company to stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Tel: +353 (0)1 7 617 617.
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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry



Iceland supermarket removes cruel glue traps from Malta stores

17 Dec

iceland removes cruel traps

A big thank you to UK supermarket chain, Iceland, for responding positively to an ICABS appeal and removing cruel glue traps from its stores in Malta.

In an appeal to Iceland’s head office on Tuesday, ICABS highlighted the cruelty of glue traps and the fact that they have been condemned by the RSPCA due to the suffering caused.

“Glue traps are designed to catch mice and rats in a sticky base where they will suffer a slow, lingering death,” we stated in our correspondence to Iceland. “Rodents caught in the traps frantically struggle to free themselves by pulling out their hair or biting off their own limbs. If they don’t die from these injuries or from suffocation due to their faces becoming stuck in the glue, they spend days dying from starvation and dehydration. Veterinary surgeons who have condemned the traps have confirmed that ‘there is much suffering by the entrapped animals – it is not a sudden or merciful death…Because all mammals have similar nervous systems, they are capable of experiencing the same type of pain and suffering.'”

Iceland acted swiftly to stop stocking the traps.

Within 48 hours, a spokesperson for company CEO Sir Malcolm Walker responded: “Thank you very much for your email. Without customers like you providing us feedback on crucial information, we cannot continue to grow and develop. I passed your email to our Head of Sales and Marketing for International Stores and our Malta Store Business Partner. I am very pleased to let you know we have immediately removed these products from sale.”

Thumbs up to Iceland for this quick and compassionate response. The company has already won widespread praise from animal lovers this year for pledging to become the first UK supermarket chain to remove palm oil from all its own brand food products.

The move was prompted by concerns about the palm oil industry’s destruction of rain forests and the devastating impact that is having on endangered animals including orangutans.

“Palm Oil is one of the world’s biggest causes of deforestation and poses a significant threat to a number of species already facing extinction,” the Iceland website outlines. “In Indonesia and Malaysia, where palm oil and wood pulp plantations are the biggest drivers of deforestation, many species are being threatened with extinction, including the orangutan. The orangutan population has more than halved in the last 15 years and is now critically endangered with only 70,000 to 100,000 individuals remaining.”

An Iceland Christmas ad highlighting the plight of orangutans was last month banned from television for being “political” but nevertheless went on to reach over 65 million viewers online. Narrated by actress Emma Thompson, the animated ad can be viewed at

Learn more about palm oil industry destruction at

Find out more about glue traps at Here in Ireland, glue traps are illegal – if you spot them for sale, please email the details to us at