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Ireland’s cruel cubhunting horror must be outlawed

14 Sep

 

More and more cubs are suffering horrific cruelty around Ireland this month as barbaric cubhunting continues. In the run-up to the start of another season of foxhunting, hunters surround earths in the early hours after dawn and flush the resident foxes out into the open. They then goad their hounds into attacking and killing the cubs. The doomed youngsters are mauled, bitten and pulled apart by the dogs.

This merciless brutality is carried out to introduce new hounds to the taste of fox blood and to disperse foxes – parents and siblings of targeted cubs are scattered so that their wider distribution will later provide a wider hunting area for the enjoyment of hunters.

The hunters like to refer to their shameful barbarity as ‘Autumn hunting’ but their euphemism doesn’t disguise the fact that it’s one of Ireland’s nastiest acts of animal cruelty.

To do this to an animal should be illegal in Ireland but our legislators have so far refused to ban foxhunting. They disgracefully voted to ensure that an exemption for the bloodsport remained in the Animal Health and “Welfare” Act and they rejected a proposed amendment which sought to make foxhunting an offence.

This recreational animal cruelty is totally unacceptable in modern Ireland. Please join us in contacting the government and demanding a long overdue ban on foxhunting.

Video: Main animation segment by League Against Cruel Sports. Find out more about the LACS campaigns at http://www.league.org.uk

ACTION ALERTS

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
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Please sign and share our petition – Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

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.
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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 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.

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Kids’ playground fundraiser at track where greyhound cried out in agony

13 Sep

clarinbridge playground

A fundraiser for a children’s playground is to be held at a greyhound track where a dog could be heard crying out in agony earlier this year.

The “Community Playground for Clarinbridge” group has announced a “fantastic community fund raising night” at Galway stadium – one of the worst tracks in Ireland for injuries and deaths. https://www.igb.ie/talking-dogs/combo-may-prevail-on-clarinbridge-fundraising-friday-at-galway/

In the past three and a half years alone at the Galway track, 80 greyhounds suffered injuries and 21 were killed. Nationwide, during the same period, 1,369 greyhounds were injured and 438 were killed by track vets.

One of the many victims at Galway track was 1-year-old “Ballycastle Val” who collided with another greyhound and tumbled at the beginning of what was to be her first and final race.

As the 5th January 2018 race continued, her cries rang out around the stadium and are clearly audible in the Irish Greyhound Board’s race footage – https://www.igb.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=GLY_2018_01_05_03

ICABS has brought this sickening footage, along with the dog death statistics, to the attention of Clarinbridge community group. The group’s overall playground fund target is €120,000 – less than a third of the €307,692 of taxpayers’ money the dying greyhound industry gets every single week of the year from the government (totalling €16 million per annum).

ACTION ALERT

Join us in contacting the “Community Playground for Clarinbridge” group and urging them to stop fundraising at a greyhound track where animals suffer and die.

Leave a comment on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/communityplaygroundforclarinbridge/

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
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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/
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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

 

20 hares hit or pinned by dogs at cruel coursing in Loughrea

12 Sep

Loughrea coursing 13 hares hit

13 hares were hit and 7 were pinned to the ground during cruel coursing at Loughrea, recently published reports have revealed.

According to the documents uploaded to the National Parks and Wildlife Service website, one hare “died and was buried” at the shameful County Galway bloodsport meeting. Despite no post mortem being carried out on this unfortunate hare to establish the cause of death, an accompanying veterinary report claims the creature “died from natural causes”.

There is absolutely nothing natural about hares being snatched from the wild in nets, trapped in a coursing enclosure, manhandled and used as live lures for dogs to chase in front of a merciless mob. If this particular hare was one of the hares struck during coursing, its death may have been due to fatal internal injuries. Another possible cause of death was capture myopathy – a stress-related condition which can claim the lives of hares during coursing and in the days/weeks/months after they are released back to the wild.

The coursing documents reveal details about the hares hit and pinned to the ground by the greyhounds during the 3-day meeting held last October.

On Day 1, 4 hares were hit and 1 was pinned.
According to an attached veterinary report, none of these hares were examined for injuries.

On Day 2, 4 hares were hit and 3 were pinned.
Three hares were examined for injuries.

On Day 3, 5 hares were hit and 3 were pinned.
Just two hares were examined for injuries.

Hares will once again be running for their lives at Loughrea next month, with the next meeting due to take place on 20th and 21st October. Cruel coursing continues thanks to a licence shamefully issued by Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Please help bring coursing to an end by responding to our action alert below.

View video footage of the moment a hare is mauled into the ground at Loughrea coursing meeting (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVNxhz9FirI

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
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
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
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

Children’s GAA club urged not to fundraise at track where greyhounds suffer and die

7 Sep

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A GAA club “for boys and girls aged 5 and upwards” is being urged not to fundraise at a greyhound track – a gambling venue where dogs suffer and die.

St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie Club in Cork – and the GAA’s Head Office – have been told about the suffering and death of animals at Youghal track and urged to hold the fundraiser elsewhere.

In the first six months of 2018, seven greyhounds suffered hock/leg/shoulder injuries at Youghal track and four were killed by a track vet. Last year, another seven dogs were reported injured at the track, with one destroyed. In the past three and a half years at tracks around Ireland, 1,369 greyhounds were injured and 438 destroyed.

Possibly witnessing dogs crying out in pain and writhing on the track in agony would prove very upsetting and traumatic to any youngsters attending the fundraiser.

Given recent revelations about gambling addiction problems among GAA players, it is also inappropriate for GAA clubs to choose gambling venues as fundraising locations.

In an email to the GAA, ICABS stated: “The GAA has a duty to protect its players and this must include prohibiting club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. Allowing GAA clubs to expose children to a gambling environment is at odds with the GAA’s stated concerns about the growing problem of gambling in Ireland and it undermines efforts to educate players about gambling addiction.”

Last year, the GAA promised to address the issue of children attending fundraisers at tracks, saying “we have guidelines in place for clubs in relation to juvenile club members attending events in public houses/licensed premises.”

Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep the cruel greyhound industry afloat – the track takes a 30-40 per cent commission from ticket sales and also profits from gambling and food/drink sales on the night.

Greyhound racing is also sustaining the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing – all greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club and the registration fees help fund coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds at coursing meetings. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings.

ACTION ALERT

Appeal to St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie Club to show compassion for the animals and choose an alternative fundraising venue.

St. Catherines GAA,
Ballynoe, Co. Cork
Email: secretary.stcatherines.cork@gaa.ie
Tel: 086-8306261 (Secretary)
Leave a comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Official-St-Catherines-Camogie-224211337783717/
Tweet to @StCatherinesGAA
Join us in urging the GAA to tell member clubs to reject greyhound racing as a form of fundraising.

Email: queries@gaa.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/officialgaa
Tweet to @officialgaa
Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

The 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 stop the funding and instead direct the money to charities, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, health groups 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, finegael@finegael.ie
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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

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

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

Fianna Fáil urged to back a ban on Ireland’s cruel fur farming

27 Aug

 

Please join us in urging Micheal Martin and Fianna Fáil to follow the Green Party, Sinn Fein, Labour Party, Independents 4 Change and the Social Democrats in pledging support for Solidarity’s upcoming Prohibition of Fur Farming 2018 bill.

Fianna Fail has in the past backed a fur farm ban. In coalition with the Green Party, it agreed in 2009 to a 3-year phase-out; however, due to the collapse of that government, this ban unfortunately never materialised.

Earlier this month, Willie O’Dea TD (Fianna Fail, Limerick City), said the party will review Solidarity’s bill when it is published, stating “I understand your concerns regarding the practices of fur farming.” Seán Haughey TD (Fianna Fail, Dublin Bay North) has previously asked the Minister for Agriculture “if he will consider revoking licences” for fur farming. In 2013, Stephen Donnelly TD (former Social Democrats TD and now Fianna Fail) supported an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw fur farming. In 2011, Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy (Longford Westmeath) asked the Minister for Agriculture “his plans to include a ban on fur farming [in animal welfare legislation]”. https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2011-12-08.1050.0

On Ireland’s three remaining fur farms, tens of thousands of mink are permanently caged and at six months of age, they are pulled from the cages and poisoned to death with Carbon Monoxide before the fur is pulled from their bones. It is time for Ireland to join the growing list of countries in the EU and around the world which have already banned fur farming.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, to pledge support for a long overdue ban on fur farming.

Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie, info@fiannafail.ie
Tel: 021-432 0088 (Constituency Office) OR 01–618 3000 (Leinster House)
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichealMartinTD

Send an email to ALL Fianna Fail TDs

billykelleher@eircom.net,sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie,Bobby.Aylward@oireachtas.ie,brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie,johncurranff@gmail.com,Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie,michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie,sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie,john.brassil@oireachtas.ie,darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie,eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie,jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie,john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie,mattie.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie,micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie,michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie,niall.collins@oireachtas.ie,coper@eircom.net,Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie,thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie,timmy.dooley@oireachtas.ie,barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie,fiona@fiona.ie,declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie,mary.butler@oireachtas.ie,kevin.okeeffe@oireachtas.ie,dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie,escanlonmcc@eircom.net,sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie,niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie,james@jameslawless.ie,shane.cassells@oireachtas.ie,willie.odea@oireachtas.ie,margaret.murphyomahony@oireachtas.ie,anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie,eugene.murphy@oireachtas.ie,jack.chambers@outlook.com,james.browne@oireachtas.ie,john.lahart@oireachtas.ie,lisa.chambers@oireachtas.ie,marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie,jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie,pat.casey@oireachtas.ie,aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie,frankorourke1@gmail.com

Sign and share our petition – Ban fur farming in Ireland
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-fur-farming-in-ireland-please-sign-and-share-our-petition

Please contact all your local TDs and urge them to support Solidarity’s bill. Contact details for TDs can be found at https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/32

Email “Please support a ban on cruel fur farming” to Fine Gael:
finegael@finegael.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie

Find out more about Solidarity’s Bill at

Join us in urging Minister Michael Creed and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to ban fur farming.

Email “Ban fur farming NOW” to Leo.Varadkar@oir.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie

Tel: +353 (0)1 6194000 (Leo Varadkar)
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510 (Michael Creed)
Tweet: @campaignforleo @creedcnw Ban fur farming NOW
Comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/
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VIDEOS

ICABS footage – Victims of Ireland’s cruel far farming

NARA footage showing caged mink in a fur farm in Donegal

Mink pulled from cages and thrown into gassing box

Whiddy Island’s Dirty Little Coursing Secret

25 Aug

whiddy islands dirty little secret

Whiddy Island’s Dirty Little Secret
Letter to the Editor, Irish Examiner, 24 August 2018

It’s one of Ireland’s pretty offshore islands but Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay hides an ugly secret.

Every year, it allows coursers to round up defenceless hares and remove them to the mainland for use as live lures for greyhounds to chase at cruel coursing events.

Recent National Parks and Wildlife Service documents seen by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports reveal that hares are taken from Whiddy Island by at least two coursing clubs.

For example, 26 hares were netted on the island last November for the Bandon and Carey’s Cross coursing meeting. There, hares were caught by greyhounds and pinned to the ground. Two of them were injured and required veterinary treatment.

Coursers claim that 26 hares were later returned to Whiddy Island but with no wildlife ranger present, it cannot be confirmed. Regardless, hares released back to the wild after the ordeal of being captured, kept in captivity, manhandled and forced to run for their lives are at risk of subsequently dying from stress-related capture myopathy. Hares hit and mauled suffer painful injuries, including broken bones and dislocated hips.

In December, more hares were sadly taken from Whiddy Island for coursing in Clonakilty.

What a shame that even on an island that lists nature watching as a tourist attraction, the Irish Hare is not safe from persecution.

Philip Kiernan 
Irish Council Against Blood Sports 
PO Box 88, Mullingar, County Westmeath

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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
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/

Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share the petitions

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

Greyhound suffers fall during race sponsored by SuperValu store

24 Aug
supervalu pettits
A greyhound suffered a bad fall yesterday evening at the end of a race sponsored by a Supervalu store in Wexford.
 
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 of the fall at
 
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
 
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.
 
Over the past three and a half years alone at Enniscorthy track, 49 dogs suffered injuries and 15 were killed by a track vet. Nationwide, 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.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Please contact Supervalu Head Office and ask them if they are happy for their brand to be associated with an industry in which dogs are injured, doped and killed. Urge Pettitts Supervalu to show compassion for the dogs and end its sponsorship of greyhound racing.
SuperValu Head Office
Musgrave Limited,
Ballycurreen,
Airport Road, Cork
Tweet to @SuperValuIRL
 
Rosaleen Casey, Manager
Pettitts Supervalu
Enniscorthy
Co Wexford
Tel: 053 9234265
Email: pettitts@pettitts.ie