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Another Irish greyhound exported to China

14 Jul

A priest who died 18 months ago is being listed on the Irish Greyhound Board website as the current owner of a greyhound who has been shamefully exported to China.

The IGB webpage for “North Bound” – a black greyhound born in February 2010 – lists his owner as Daniel P. Greene. Fr Greene, a priest from Limerick who was involved in greyhound racing and also supported hare coursing, passed away in December 2015.

The greyhound board website gives no indication that North Bound is not only now owned by someone else but has actually been exported to a country where no animal welfare laws exist.

Greyhound protection group, Caged Nationwide, has reported that North Bound is thousands of miles away in China and is being used for breeding. “Beautiful black greyhound North Bound is another Irish greyhound no longer wanted by his owner, so instead of giving this dog a home after racing the legs off him, his owner accepts money from the Chinese breeders in the city of Cangzhou, Hebei province,” the group states. “North Bound will now stay in Cangzhou for the rest of his exploited life.”

North Bound was last raced at Dublin’s Shelbourne Park stadium in November 2013. As reported by the Irish Independent in an article entitled “North Bound answers Fr Dan’s prayers”, the dog won a €25,000 race earlier that year. Photos taken after the race, show the chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board, Phil Meaney, posing next to him.

Between August 2011 and the end of 2013, North Bound was entered into over 50 races around Ireland – at Shelbourne Park and also at the Clonmel, Curraheen, Limerick and Thurles tracks.

There are grave concerns about North Bound and other Irish and British greyhounds exported to China.

“Due to China having a zero animal welfare policy and the increase of greyhounds being found within the dog meat trade we are extremely concerned for any dog that has been exported there,” Caged Nationwide says in a statement.

The Irish Government has failed to act to stop the exports, despite shocking video footage emerging last year showing a greyhound being boiled alive in China.

A list of 25 unfortunate greyhounds from Ireland and the UK who are now in China can be viewed at


Urgently contact Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to demand legislation to prevent any more Irish greyhounds being sent to China.

Michael Creed TD
Dail Eireann, Kildare St, Dublin
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000
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30,000 dogs produced every year in Ireland’s cruel puppy farms

14 Jul

“There are 73 registered puppy farms in Ireland with at least 30,000 dogs being produced every year” – Independents4Change TD Clare Daly has highlighted the horrendous conditions for dogs in puppy farms across Ireland.

During a Dail Eireann speech on 25th May, the Dublin Fingal politician revealed that there are an average of 410 dogs coming out of each of the “industrial scale dog breeding establishments” each year – compared to a figure of 78 per farm in the UK. She also pointed out that many illegal puppy farms exist here. Listen to Clare’s speech and read more in the Irish Times report below…

Ireland is ‘puppy farm capital’ of Europe
‘Industrial-scale dog-breeding’ is damaging Ireland’s reputation, says Clare Daly TD
The Irish Times, May 26, 2017
by Marie O’Halloran

Ireland’s image as the “puppy farm” capital of Europe is damaging the State’s reputation, the Minister with responsibility for a review of dog breeding guidelines has conceded.

Minister of State Damian English said the review of the guidelines on licensing, monitoring and inspection of dog-breeding establishments had finished.

The report would be on his desk next month and he said he would not delay in taking action.

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly said Ireland had been identified as Europe’s puppy farm capital, but added that they were not farms but “industrial-scale dog-breeding establishments”.

Ms Daly said Ireland’s reputation had already been damaged because of the export of greyhounds to China. “We are developing a disreputable international name and we need to correct that urgently.”

Mr English agreed. “It does not get media coverage often but it is certainly an important area and it is damaging our reputation.”

The Minister added: “Given other issues in recent years it probably did not get the priority it needed.” He stressed, “I am committing to it now,” and said he had been inspired by the efforts of Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan in the area. “Given that the review is finished, there is no reason to delay acting in this area.”

Ms Daly, who raised the issue in a parliamentary question, said there was little enforcement of existing regulations, with 73 registered puppy farms in Ireland and at least 30,000 dogs being produced every year.

That was 410 dogs per farm, while the comparative figures for the UK was 78 per farm.

“Many illegal farms exist too. Welfare organisations have said that some farms have more than 500 breeding dogs,” she said, adding that the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believed establishments should have 10 dogs or fewer.

Ms Daly stressed the need for the inclusion of regulation on portable kennels, third-party sales, adequate licence fees, the black market and illegal selling of pups and the need to ban the sale of animals under eight weeks of age.

Increasing concerns about the industry were highlighted by a BBC documentary in August last year which exposed the lack of enforcement of regulation on puppy farms.

Mr English said there was often confusion about which Government department was in control. Several departments were represented on the working group but the Department of Housing was leading the review.

He acknowledged that having a public consultation delayed the process but “the public need to be aware of these matters and they need to be part of the conversation”.

Mr English said: “I always read submissions and I try to ensure we take them all on board inasmuch as we possibly can.”

The review was prepared with the County and City Management Association Dogs Working Group.

Blindfolded Irish horse killed after suffering horrific injuries

14 Jul


A blindfolded Irish horse has suffered horrific fatal injuries after running loose at a race in Brighton.

The horse, named Just Marion, was blindfolded while being loaded into the starting stalls at Brighton Racecourse on Monday (12th June) and was seen leaving the stalls riderless and with the blindfold still covering her head.

“As she ran blind, chasing on the heels of the other runners, she collided with the running rails,” Animal Aid has reported. “As the group turned the bend towards the finish, she continued in a straight trajectory crashing through the stand side rails. This resulted in her receiving horrendous injuries – comprising multiple fractures. She could not be saved and was destroyed at Arundel Equine Hospital.”

According to, “She was loaded into the starting gate with a blindfold, which apprentice jockey Louis Steward was supposed to remove at the start of the race. Instead, Just Marion stumbled leaving the gates, unseating Steward, and ran loose around the course while unable to see. The filly suffered numerous fractures and had to be euthanized as a result of her injuries.”

While the Racing Post referred to the incident as “added drama for racegoers”, trainer Clare Ellam described it as “horrific”. “It was like she had been involved in a car crash,” she was later quoted as saying. “She had run into concrete fencing and had multiple fractures to her head and lacerations. There was nothing they could do to save her. I was absolutely dedicated to her…She was the loveliest mare to have around and will never get the chance to show everyone how good she was.”

5-year-old Just Marion is the 47th Irish horse to die on British racecourses since the beginning of this year. And the deaths are continuing. The day after Just Marion was killed, another two Irish horses died. Palomas Prince (Pulled Up – Fatally Injured) and Insight (Fell – Injured – Destroyed) lost their lives during races at Southwell on Tuesday.

On its Race Horse Death Watch website, Animal Aid has documented over 1,550 deaths at UK tracks in the past decade. These are on-course fatality figures and do not include the horses killed due to training injuries or the horses destroyed when they are “judged to be no longer financially viable”. Last year, 76 Irish horses died or were destroyed at UK tracks.

Another GAA fundraiser at greyhound track

13 Jul


Sad to see another GAA club disregarding the cruelty of the greyhound industry and fundraising at a track.

Kildare News is reporting that Eadestown GAA is to hold a fundraiser at Newbridge greyhound track this month – “Funds raised on the night will be used for the future development of the club’s facilities.”

ICABS has drawn the club’s attention to the recent RTE Prime Time report on which Limerick Animal Welfare’s Marion Fitzgibbon conveyed some of the industry’s horrors. “We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year,” she stated. “They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We’ve had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned.”

These greyhounds are killed when they are unable to win races and make money for unscrupulous owners. Other dogs are injured, mutilated and abandoned.

While we understand the importance of fund-raising to sports clubs, we are asking Eadestown GAA to consider the plight of thousands of dogs used and abused in the greyhound industry and choose an alternative method of raising funds that does not involve animal exploitation. Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep this cruel industry alive, because the track takes a significant commission and also profits from food and drink sales on the day.

We encourage all sports clubs to join us in lobbying the government to stop giving millions of euros of taxpayers’ money to the greyhound industry. This year, government funding for sports clubs was cut, while funding to the greyhound industry was increased to €16 million. Since 2001, it has received a quarter of a billion euros of public funds.


Urge Eadestown GAA club to show compassion for the dogs and choose an alternative fundraiser.

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Tel: 087 2998712

Political Focus: Declan Breathnach TD

11 Jul

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POLITICAL FOCUS – Declan Breathnach, TD (Fianna Fail, Louth):

On 12 April 2017, Declan Breathnach TD sent out a tweet encouraging people to support the cruel greyhound industry – “The Greyhound industry in Ireland is under serious pressure, why not support it this Friday”

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

In December 2016, he voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2016 which granted €80 million of taxpayers’ money to the horse and greyhound racing industries.


Contact Declan Breathnach, TD about his stance on animal cruelty issues.

Tel: 042 93 52446
Mobile: 087 269 7638
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€500 ‘fine’ for causing unnecessary suffering to colt

6 Jul

€500 ‘fine’ for causing unnecessary suffering to colt
Sligo Today, 20th June 2017

A Sligo man has been ordered to pay €500 to an animal welfare charity or face jail after a young horse was found abandoned with severe injuries.

Charles Ward with an address at Elm Gardens, Ballytivnan admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the seven-month-old colt and failing to ensure its welfare.

The case related to the foal found with with horrific neck injuries and abandoned on waste-ground in Sligo town in January 2015.

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons responded to a call from a concerned member of the public at that time and found the young animal in a great deal of pain.

Both sides of his neck had suffered massive puncture wounds which were badly infected and he was clearly in an extremely weakened state.

The foal, named Chance, to be taken into the care of the local equine sanctuary, Sathya Sai in Castlebaldwin where he received intensive veterinary treatment.

Not micro-chipped

“The wounds on both sides of the neck, which it is thought were over a week old, were only centimetres from the vertebrae in his neck and there was a risk of infection spreading to the spine,” the ISPCA said.

Although Chance was not micro-chipped further inquires by Garda Claire O’Brien revealed the owner and a Garda prosecution was initiated.

Despite his horrific injuries, after some treatment Chance was in good spirits and his wounds quickly improved.

ISPCA Inspector Lyons said thanked gardaí for their investigation.

“When I arrived on the scene he [Chance] was just standing there lifeless on his own in the middle of the car park. He must have been in an awful lot of pain and didn’t have the energy to move,” she said.

He had been attacked by a stallion and has since, with extensive treatment, fully recovered and rehoused in Coolaney.

Judge Kevin Kilrane in passing sentence ruled that Ward should pay €500 to the Sathya Sai sanctuary. The case was adjourned until 20 July to allow the defendant the time requested to raise the amount levied.

Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence on

Bloodsports should be consigned to history

6 Jul

Bullfighting, hare coursing and fox hunting should be consigned to the blood-stained pages of history – Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in the Irish Daily Mail…

Ban Bullfighting
Irish Daily Mail
June 22 2017

The death of Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino after being gored by a bull must serve as yet another reminder of the extreme danger and gross inhumanity implicit in this so-called “sport”.

The tragedy has sparked renewed calls worldwide for its abolition

It is dangerous for the human participants, who risk death or serious injury and indefensibly cruel to the animals that always end up dead after prolonged torture.

Behind the popular image of a swashbuckling man using a cape to tease and evade the bull is the shocking reality: Before the matador even faces the bull, it has been weakened by having Vaseline rubbed into its eyes to impair vision, and beaten over the kidneys. Then it is stabbed with razor sharp lances.

The fighter performs his traditional routine against the bull as blood streams from numerous wounds inflicted by the picadors. By the time he plunges his sword between his opponent’s shoulder blades, the animal is ready to collapse from exhaustion.

Such a practice is an affront to human decency and should be banned. But then, so should hare coursing and fox hunting that the Irish government still allows despite claiming to have the best animal welfare legislation in Europe.

Such activities in the 21st century are fine as subjects of oil paintings or as design themes for table mats or elaborate tapestries. But as sports they should be consigned to the blood-stained pages of history.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co Kilkenny