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Fox brutally attacked and killed in Cork garden

28 Dec

A fox brutally savaged to death in a Cork housing estate the day after Christmas is one of the latest victims of Ireland’s cruel foxhunting.

Horrific photos posted online [https://www.facebook.com/vikki.fauna.5205/posts/730361850487197] show the remains of the unfortunate creature after he was cornered in a garden and attacked by a pack of hounds during a St Stephen’s Day hunt.

The attack was witnessed by a family who were left in shock after seeing the defenceless animal killed in their front garden.

“I’m absolutely horrified, shaking with shock,” witness Niamh stated. “About 30-40 hunt dogs have come into the estate here in Macroom and ripped apart a fox in my garden. My family watched this needless cruelty, and are extremely upset. Almost 15 minutes later, 3 jeeps full of scumbags were at the entrance of the estate. Of course I took off out to them. The ignorant prick in the gold jeep drove at me. They want the fox, but they can f*** off, and if they set foot on my property they will be sorry.”

There should be no place in modern Ireland for foxhunting. A ban on this cruel and barbaric bloodsport is long overdue here. In foxhunting, foxes are chased to exhaustion and attacked/torn apart when caught by the pack of dogs. Foxes who try to escape underground are dug out and thrown to the pack to be killed.

Please join us as we renew our appeal to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed (a native of Macroom who has responsibility for animal welfare legislation) to ban foxhunting and all bloodsports.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Seagull senator sponsoring cruel greyhound industry

21 Dec

The dying greyhound industry has attracted support from a Fianna Fail politician who ridiculously claimed in 2015 that seagulls are “endangering society”.

At a recent greyhound race in Cork’s Curraheen Park track, Senator Denis O’Donovan was listed as a sponsor of the “Mc Nulty Cabs & Senator Denis O Donovan 550” race. Senator O’Donovan is shamefully supporting the greyhound industry, despite ongoing revelations about injuries, doping, dumping and killing of dogs.

In the past, the Cork politician – who is currently the Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann – has expressed support for hare coursers and gun club members – see quotes below…

Senator Denis O’Donovan (Fianna Fail): “Members are now witnessing over-regulation in the greyhound industry at the coursing level or otherwise. I must confess that I have never attended a coursing meeting in my life. The amendment tabled by Fine Gael seeks to address such over-regulation.” Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages. Note: This amendment was declared lost.

Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the doghouse after voting against the Government on the proposed “Dog Breeding Establishments Bill”. In the Seanad on Wednesday, June 16 last, Senator O’Donovan said he ‘took a stand for rural Ireland’ and opposed the Bill, which was introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr John Gormley. After meeting more than 150 people involved in coursing and gun clubs, who have expressed concerns about over-regulation and the number of litters a breeding bitch can have in a two-year period, Senator O’Donovan decided to oppose it on the basis that some amendments were needed. From Denis in the Doghouse, Southern Star, 26 June 2010.

“Irish senator Denis O’Donovan has demanded a cull of the ‘vicious’ seabirds [seagulls]. Because of fish shortages in the sea, the winged scavengers have taken to ‘invading’ towns and villages, where they ‘attack’ children’s fish and chips, the parliamentarian said. ‘I think it is coming to the stage where they are endangering society,’ he told the Seanad, the upper house of parliament in Dublin. Mr O’Donovan insisted it was a ‘serious enough issue’ and has called for the Dublin parliament to have a debate on dangerous seagulls after the summer recess.” Irish Independent, July 20 2015.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Senator O’Donovan about his support for cruel hare coursing and greyhound racing.

Senator Denis O’Donovan
Seanad Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-6183079 / 087-2543806
Email: denis.odonovan@oireachtas.ie

Irish greyhound industry “on the brink of extinction”

21 Dec

The Irish greyhound industry is now “on the brink of extinction”. That’s according to the vice chairman of the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation (IGOBF).

In a message posted on the GreyhoundData website, Anthony Walsh said “I am vice chairman of the Greyhound Federation and I have been involved in greyhound racing for a long number of years and if you read the IGOBF website you can see all that we have been trying to do to save this industry, which as we all know is on the brink of extinction. We have virtually achieved nothing.”

Last December, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill (nominated to Seanad Eireann by the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation) similarly signalled the end of the greyhound racing, calling for action “to save the future of this great industry from its near collapse position at the moment.”

The Evening Echo’s greyhound racing correspondent recently provided a damning insight into the state of greyhound racing in County Cork. In a series of tweets, Barry Drake commented that greyhound racing “has a rotten image” and is “in serious trouble”.

After attending greyhound racing in Cork’s Curraheen Park track, he tweeted “Shocking crowds, poor tote-pools, zero atmosphere, game in serious trouble. Something needs to be done quickly!”

In September, we reported that the Curraheen Park track cancelled racing on Thursdays. The fall in interest in racing at Curraheen Park has previously been highlighted by the Evening Echo newspaper. A report in March outlined that “due to a lack of entries”, a race at the track had to be delayed by a week “in the hope that extra entries materialise”. A track manager was quoted as saying: “It is disappointing that such an event has failed to fill”.

This week, the greyhound track in Clonmel was scheduled to hold an “important meeting” to discuss the future of the track.

Earlier this year, the privately-owned Longford greyhound track apparently came close to closure, saved only after a fundraising drive and continued cash injections of over €40,000 from the Irish Greyhound Board.

In another sign that greyhound racing is in decline, a race shamefully sponsored by Red Mills had to be “deferred by a week” due to what was described as a “shortage of entries”.

“Personality of the year” award for fined greyhound trainer

21 Dec

A greyhound trainer fined after a greyhound tested positive for a prohibited substance has been awarded “Irish Greyhound Review Personality of the Year”.

Paul Hennessy was fined €200 in February when a urine sample taken from “Tailteann Ace” at Shelbourne Park track “returned an adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance Hydroxylated Metabolite of Pentobarbital.”

Hennessy was presented with the “Personality of the Year” award by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Andrew Doyle, alongside Irish Greyhound Board Chairman Phil Meaney and IGB CEO Gerard Dollard – see photo at https://www.igb.ie/talking-dogs/hennessy-the-personality-of-the-year/ A report on the Irish Greyhound Board website notes that the award is the third time that Hennessy has been “honoured” as the personality of the year but, not surprisingly, there is no reference to the adverse analytical finding or fine.

Last year’s winner of the “Personality of the Year” award was Graham Holland – the trainer whose dog Clonbrien Hero tested positive for cocaine during the summer.

In imposing the latest fine to Paul Hennessy, the Irish Greyhound Board Control Committee noted “Mr Hennessy’s previous offence before the Control Committee”.

As reported by the Irish Independent in 2007, Hennessy – described as one of Ireland’s most successful trainers – was “fined more than €4,000 for possession of performance-enhancing drugs” after he “pleaded guilty to seven sample counts of possession of unauthorised animal remedies at the District Court in Kilkenny.”

The same year, the Independent highlighted that “a greyhound which failed a drugs test in England has been nominated for Ireland’s ‘Greyhound of the Year’ awards by a Bord na gCon judging panel. Trained by Paul Hennessy, Heart Rumble tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone when running in a puppy event at Sunderland.”

The year before, the Irish Examiner reported that “Kilkenny-based Mr Hennessy was fined €1,000 by greyhound racing’s control board in November for running a dog, Barefoot Jenny, which had been given the banned substance EPO.”

MEDIA QUOTES

“A greyhound which failed a drugs test in England has been nominated for Ireland’s ‘Greyhound of the Year’ awards by a Bord na gCon judging panel. Trained by Paul Hennessy, Heart Rumble tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone when running in a puppy event at Sunderland.” (Dog that failed drug test up for Bord award, Irish Independent, April 3rd, 2007)

A top millionaire greyhound trainer has been fined more than €4,000 for possession of performance-enhancing drugs. Paul Hennessy, of Rathbaun, Garryduff, Gowran, Co Kilkenny, is one of Ireland’s most successful trainers and earned €2.6m from the sport in the past six years. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to seven sample counts of possession of unauthorised animal remedies at the District Court in Kilkenny. He had bought the drugs from an Australian internet site called Nature Vet. The substances were seized at the top trainer’s premises in Gowran, when it was visited by a Special Investigation Unit of the Department of Agriculture on April 28, 2005. (Top greyhound trainer fined for drugs haul, Irish Independent, February 6 2007)

Kilkenny-based Mr Hennessy was fined €1,000 by greyhound racing’s control board in November for running a dog, Barefoot Jenny, which had been given the banned substance EPO. The case was never publicised by the Irish Greyhound Board. This prompted its chief executive, Aidan Tynan, to last week complain to the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism that the board’s chairman, Paschal Taggart, had ensured that the drug abuse case was not put in the public domain, contrary to established policy. Mr Tynan was fired on Thursday by the board. (Irish Examiner, 28 January 2006)

139 greyhounds put down over race injuries

21 Dec

139 greyhounds put down over race injuries
Irish Examiner, November 16, 2017

A total of 139 greyhounds were put down last year after suffering serious racetrack injuries.

Of the almost 100,000 greyhounds raced at tracks in the full 2016 racing calendar, 427 suffered on-track injuries, figures released by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) for the first time have shown.

There were 81 injuries at Mullingar track, 51 at Shelbourne Park, 35 at Harold’s Cross, 34 at Limerick, and 21 at Newbridge.

The most common injury was to a dog’s hock, or ankle, and an IGB spokesman said injuries can range from mild to serious and that a diminished quality of life is the key determinant on which a track vet makes a decision to put down a greyhound.

Arising from veterinary advice, 139 injured dogs were euthanised — 0.14% of all greyhounds raced. Most of the dogs were put down at the Kingdom Greyhound Track in Tralee, with 18 dogs euthanised, with tracks in Mullingar and Dundalk accounting for 15 each, Longford, 10 and Waterford, were eight dogs were destroyed.

The figure is slightly up on 2015 when 95,127 dogs raced, 421 were injured, and 122 were put down on veterinary advice — 0.13% of dogs raced.

The IGB said control stewards carry out a track inspection prior to all race meetings and trial sessions.

“The track vet attends all race meetings and sales trials to ensure that appropriate care is provided to injured greyhounds and to advise the stewards on welfare,” it said.

“As with any sport involving speed and athleticism, injuries do occasionally occur and best veterinary care and advice is followed in every case.”

IGB welfare manager, Barry Coleman, said the board has identified best practice in track maintenance and these maintenance procedures are implemented at tracks nationwide.

Austin Noonan of the Limerick and Clare Greyhound Owners Breeders Association, described the figures as “an unfortunate outcome for all involved in the sport”.

But animal rights activist, John Carmody, described the figures as “shocking”.

“The number of dogs killed on these Irish racetracks due to injuries is shocking and few people, I bet, are aware of it. There’s little the industry can do at this stage that will spin their deaths in any other way. Most people who go for a night at the dogs will be horrified to learn of this and I hope that they will refuse to have anything go to do with this industry that is appearing more desperate by the day.”

Meanwhile, greyhound handler, Michael McDonagh, from Brownsgrove, Tuam, in Co Galway, has been fined €1,000 by the sport’s governing body after traces of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, were found in a urine sample from his dog, Tír na Croí, which was presented for racing at Longford Greyhound Stadium on April 24 last.

The IGB’s control committee rejected Mr McDonagh’s suggestion that the adverse finding was due to the use of a “wintergreen” rub or “difene”, and it also rejected his suggestion that the substance had come through the food chain.

By Eoin English
Irish Examiner Reporter
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/139-greyhounds-put-down-over-race-injuries-462935.html

Sherry Fitzgerald using hunting as a property selling point

21 Dec

“Hunting is well catered for” in the locality – that’s what an auctioneer associated with Sherry Fitzgerald is shamefully using as a selling point for a country house in Clonard, County Meath.

A property description on the Sherry Fitzgerald website states: “Hunting is well catered for by the Ward Union, Tara, Meath and Kildare hunting packs…”

These hunts are responsible for terrorisation of animals and for animals being attacked and ripped apart. It is shameful that any auctioneer would turn a blind eye to the horrors of hunting and use it as a means to try and make a property appear more appealing. A classic case of cash before compassion.

ACTION ALERT

Join us in contacting Sherry Fitzgerald and Tom Fox Auctioneers to urge them to remove the reference to hunting from its property listing.

Sherry Fitzgerald Head Office
164 Shelbourne Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
Phone: +353 1 2376300
Fax: +353 1 6609262
Email: info@sherryfitz.ie

Tom Fox Auctioneer
Contact: Denise Fox
Phone: 044 9379988
Email: denise@tomfoxauctioneer.ie

Continuing decline in greyhound racing

21 Dec

In the latest sign that greyhound racing is in decline, another race at Cork’s Curraheen Park track has been postponed for a week because there are not enough entries.

A notice on the Irish Greyhound Board website states: “The Open 575 has been put back a week at Curraheen Park due to lack of entries”.

The fall in interest in racing at Curraheen Park has previously been flagged by the Evening Echo newspaper. A report in March outlined that “due to a lack of entries”, a race at the track had to be delayed by a week “in the hope that extra entries materialise”. A track manager was quoted as saying: “It is disappointing that such an event has failed to fill”.

In September, we reported that the Curraheen Park track cancelled racing on Thursdays.

More recently, the Evening Echo’s greyhound racing correspondent provided a damning insight into the state of greyhound racing in County Cork. In a series of tweets, Barry Drake commented that greyhound racing “has a rotten image” and is “in serious trouble”.

After attending greyhound racing in Cork’s Curraheen Park track, he tweeted “Shocking crowds, poor tote-pools, zero atmosphere, game in serious trouble. Something needs to be done quickly!”

As highlighted by ICABS earlier this year, greyhound owners have been abandoning the racing industry in their thousands.

Further to a Dail Question from ICABS President, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, the Irish Greyhound Board confirmed that the number of active owners of racing greyhounds has plummeted by nearly 50 per cent in the past decade. Information supplied to Deputy O’Sullivan by the IGB shows a major exodus from the industry.

The figures show that there were 7,265 fewer owners of racing greyhounds in 2015 than in 2007. The numbers fell every year from 14,869 in 2007 to 7,604 in 2015.

The number of greyhound racing meetings has also significantly dropped. In 2006, 2,190 meetings were held and in 2015, that number had fallen by a quarter to 1,642.

Other figures supplied by the greyhound board confirm that it’s not only greyhound owners who are turning their backs on the industry – so too is the general public, with 606,099 less attendances at greyhound tracks around Ireland in the past 10 years. That’s a nearly 50 per cent fall.

Sponsors are also rejecting greyhound racing with a 58 per cent drop in sponsorship between 2007 and 2014. The industry has also seen a 58 per cent fall in tote in the same period.

One thing not going down in the greyhound industry is the funding being handed over by the Irish Government. In continuing to fund this industry with taxpayers’ money (nearly a quarter of a billion euro since 2001, including €16 million earmarked for 2018), our politicians are shamefully disregarding the glaringly obvious signs that this is a dying industry in freefall. As community groups, sports clubs, health organisations, animal rescue centres and schools cry out for funding, the time has come for the government to finally stop squandering scarce public money on greyhound racing and re-direct it to where it matters.

49% fall in numbers of “active owners of racing greyhounds”
(Source: Irish Greyhound Board)

2007 14,869
2008 13,945
2009 12,362
2010 10,692
2011 9,826
2012 8,937
2013 8,530
2014 7,894
2015 7,604

25% fall in number of greyhound racing meetings
(Source: Irish Greyhound Board)

2006 2,190
2007 2,148
2008 2,147
2009 2,000
2010 1,849
2011 1,812
2012 1,837
2013 1,753
2014 1,736
2015 1,642

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or community fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry).

Contact the Irish Government now. Email “Stop funding the cruel and crumbling greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie

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