MUTILATED DOG FOUND DEAD IN DRAIN IN UK

22 Jan

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A mutilated dog has been found dumped in a drain in England, BBC News has reported.

The remains of the dog, whose tail and ears had been removed, were discovered on New Year’s Eve near a railway line in Coalpit Heath in South Gloucestershire.

BBC News originally reported that the unfortunate dog was a greyhound but in an updated article, the animal has been identified as a “male lurcher”.

The RSPCA described the scene as “upsetting and distressing“.

“While at this stage we cannot say for certain how he died, it is concerning that he had been dumped down a drain after having his tail and ears removed,” RSPCA inspector Kim Walters was quoted as saying. “We suspect his ears were removed because they were tattooed and would have identified the owner. Unfortunately, his microchip is unregistered but we’re trying to find out more information on the breeder to help establish who owned this dog.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Read the 18 January 2023 BBC News report at
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-64325738

This latest gruesome find follows the discovery last year of a greyhound dumped in a canal in England with a sandbag tied to her neck. The greyhound, identified as GLYNNSCROSSCHRIS had been used in racing at Limerick and Galway tracks before ending up in the UK.

BBC News reported in July 2022 that “a dog tied to a sandbag was found dead in an East Yorkshire canal….The female greyhound was recovered from Beverley Beck by a local animal volunteer, the RSPCA said. A length of rope connected the dog’s neck and the weight.” https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-62154261

“The body of the three-year-old dog was found on 18 June [2022] near Waterside Road in Beverley, where the canal meets the River Hull,” it added, quoting an RSPCA spokesperson as saying that the greyhound, who was microchipped, had been “passed from pillar to post”.

It was confirmed in October that the greyhound was Irish dog, “GLYNNSCROSSCHRIS”.

The Greyhound Racing Ireland website shows that before being exported to the UK, she was used in six races in Ireland. Her first race was on 19 December 2020 at Limerick Stadium. In January, February and April 2021 she was used in three races at Galway Stadium. In May 2021, she finished last in a race at Limerick stadium before her final race here the following month. That was at Galway track where she finished first. In October 2021, she was seen in a trial at Derry stadium.

On 7th November, after export to the UK, she was trialled at Kinsley track. Between then and 15 March 2022, she was used in nine more trials before the first of five races at the same track (with prize money totalling £185). In the first race on 22 March 2022, she finished second last. Her final race was on 6th May 2022, finishing fourth.

Six weeks later, her body was found in the canal.

Here in Ireland, last August, the remains of seven greyhounds were found dumped in a bog 2km from Newbridge greyhound track. The gruesome scene in Roseberry Bog, comprising skulls, bones and skeletons, was made by a member of the public who was out walking. Among the remains, a greyhound muzzle was visible.

Read more

Horrific Discovery of Greyhound Remains at Newbridge Bog
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2022/08/31/horrific-discovery-of-greyhound-remains-at-newbridge-bog/

Irish greyhound found dead in canal with sandbag tied to neck
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2022/10/25/irish-greyhound-found-dead-in-canal-with-sandbag-tied-to-neck/

ACTION ALERT

Don’t go greyhound racing or attend events at tracks.

Urge Battersea to join RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Bluecross, Scottish SPCA and other groups in calling for and end to greyhound racing in the UK.

Email: info@battersea.org.uk
Tel: 0800 001 4444.
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Join us in demanding an end to the Irish Government’s massive grants to greyhound racing – more than a quarter of a billion euros handed over since 2001, including €19.2 million for 2021, €17.6 million for 2022 and €18.2 million for 2023. Contact the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Finance Minister now.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD
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Tanaiste Micheál Martin TD
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Michael McGrath TD
Minister for Finance
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How can Justice Minister justify cruel bloodsports?

22 Jan

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Justice Minister Simon Harris has condemned the “aggressive whipping” of horses but is silent on cruel hare coursing and fox hunting. Read John Fitzgerald’s Letter in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday and please scroll down for action alert…

“Respectable” cruelty
Letter to the Editor, Irish Mail on Sunday, January 22nd 2023

Justice Minister Simon Harris has strongly condemned the alleged ill-treatment of horses in a sulky race on the M3.

While I’m sure he has a soft spot for horses I wish that he and his government colleagues would show the same compassion towards the animals that suffer in the “respectable” pursuits of fox hunting and hare coursing.

Animal cruelty in these abhorrent practices is not just an occasional occurrence that makes it onto YouTube. It happens daily throughout the winter months.

With the government’s blessing, thousands of hares are captured and forced to run from dogs at coursing events.

If “aggressive whipping” of horses is unacceptable, as the minister says it ought to be, then how can he justify setting dogs on an animal that is supposed to be protected under Irish Law.

John Fitzgerald,
Callan, Co. Kilkenny

ACTION ALERT

A RED C opinion poll, commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, found that a 77% majority agree that the Irish Government should ban fox hunting and hare coursing. A majority in both rural and urban areas are in favour of a ban.

Contact Justice Minister Simon Harris and the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour to demand a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Justice Minister Simon Harris
Tel (01) 618 3805 or (01) 889 2442
Email: simon.harris@oireachtas.ie

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
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Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
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Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102
Email: marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie
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Ivana Bacik TD
Leader, The Labour Party
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Simon Harris TD and animal cruelty issues

In June 2016, Simon Harris (Fine Gael, Wicklow) was among the 114 TDs who voted against Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban cruel hare coursing.

In 2016, 2017 and 2021, voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million / €88 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

In Dail Eireann on 30 November 2022, Simon Harris TD voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022 which channelled another €91 million of public funds into the two gambling activities (€72.8 million for Horse Racing Ireland and €18.2 million for Greyhound Racing Ireland). The grant for 2023 brought to €1.64 Billion the amount handed over to racing since 2001.

Wicklow Fine Gael TD, Simon Harris, has stated that he is looking forward to the introduction of the new animal welfare bill. Deputy Harris stated ‘I have spoken directly to Minister Coveney regarding several issues around animal welfare in County Wicklow. Minister Coveney has stressed that the new bill will provide for a clearer level of expectation of care for animals as well as trying to deal with some of the issues around how companies interacting with animals must act. ‘I am confident that the changes that will emerge when this bill is introduced will provide greater clarity around animal health and welfare. ‘The Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 is currently at Committee stage and the updating of this Bill is a significant positive improvement on the existing bill and should bring necessary changes for the improvement of the health and welfare of animals,’ concluded Deputy Harris. SimonHarris.ie, November 26 2012

“To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to ban the docking of the tails of dogs-puppies and the removal of the dew nail, considering that both of these practices are banned by the Irish veterinarians body; if he will consider introducing such a ban in animal welfare legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” (from a Dail Question, 3rd December 2013).

Parknageragh House & Gardens claims all hunts are drag hunts

19 Jan

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Parknageragh House & Gardens in Kerry has falsely claimed that “all hunts in Ireland are drag hunts”.  

A post published on the Castleisland property’s Facebook page on 6 January 2023 stated “We are looking forward to welcoming North Kerry Harriers to Parknageragh this Sunday. Hopefully everyone has a great day out!” https://www.facebook.com/parknageragh

North Kerry Harriers is a harrier hunt affiliated to the Irish Masters of Harriers Association. Harrier hunting involves releasing a pack of hounds to chase down foxes and/or hares. When the animals are caught, they are ripped apart by the dogs.

Responding to a photo of the hunters and hounds in front of Parknageragh House, members of the public commented: “Hope it’s not hunting foxes and other wildlife” and “I hope it’s a drag hunt” to which Parknageragh House & Gardens responded “only drag hunts exist in Ireland” and “all hunts in Ireland are drag hunts”.

The reality is that most hunts in Ireland are shamefully involved in terrorising and killing wild animals.

North Kerry Harriers’s persecution of foxes has been documented, including in an Irish Field report last year which told of how one unfortunate fox was hunted for over 40 minutes by a pack of 19 dogs.

The report outlined how another fox was targeted and “a nice dash ensued over the typical banks and drains of North Kerry” before the hounds “marked their fox to ground”

The fate of this fox was not revealed but “marked to ground” in foxhunting terminology refers to the point when the pack of hounds chase the fox into an earth or drain and this is typically followed by the arrival of the hunt’s terrierman to cruelly catch and kill the fox.

A RED C opinion poll, commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, found that a 77% majority agree that the Irish Government should BAN FOX HUNTING, with just 12% disagreeing with a ban. A majority in both rural and urban areas are in favour of a ban. Please respond to our action alert below and join calls for a long overdue ban.

ACTION ALERT

Contact the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour to demand a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
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Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
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Eamon Ryan
Leader, Green Party
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Mary Lou McDonald TD
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Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and tell them to back a ban.

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An Post to stop offering insurance for gun dogs

19 Jan

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An Post is to stop offering insurance for gun dogs, it has been announced.

Following an appeal from the Irish Council Against Bloodsports, An Post’s One Direct (Ireland) insurance broker subsidiary (trading as An Post Insurance) has confirmed that “An Post Insurance is changing its approach to the insurance of gun dogs and will shortly no longer offer this cover.”

The insurance cover, which had been available on the An Post Insurance website, has now been removed.

A One Direct/An Post Insurance representative explained that while An Post offered the insurance, it was “designed solely and exclusively by the underwriter concerned”.

“For many years, An Post Insurance did not accept gun dogs for cover – however, in recent years, the product was tweaked to accept gun-dogs,” the representative stated. “I am pleased that we have been able to do the right thing now by discontinuing new policy cover for gun dogs.”

In our appeal, we stated that it was inappropriate for An Post to be simultaneously selling cat and dog pet insurance to those who love animals and also providing cover to those who love killing animals.

We highlighted how shooters are responsible for killing tens of thousands of birds and mammals every year in Ireland – foxes, rabbits, hares, deer and many bird species – and that among the birds on the open season shooting list are amber- and red-list birds of highest conservation concern. Also flagged was the inclusion of cats in a “Predator Control Manual” published by shooting organisation NARGC. The 2016 booklet demonises “feral and even free-ranging domestic cats” as “serious predators” of game birds and disturbingly presents shooting feral cats as a way to “reduce populations”.

A big THANK YOU to An Post for its positive response. To find out more about An Post Pet Insurance and other products, visit https://www.anpostinsurance.ie/pet-insurance

Northern Ireland local elections 2023 – candidates and animal cruelty issues

17 Jan

The views of Northern Ireland local (council) elections 2023 candidates in relation to animal cruelty issues.

On Thursday, 18 May 2023, please vote for animal-friendly candidates and reject those who support cruelty.

If some of your local candidates are not listed, please contact them and ask them about their views.

If you are a candidate and wish to provide a comment for inclusion below, please email to info@banbloodsports.com

Antrim & Newtownabbey
Ards and North Down
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon
Belfast
Causeway Coast & Glens
Derry and Strabane
Fermanagh & Omagh
Lisburn and Castlereagh
Mid and East Antrim
Mid Ulster
Newry Mourne & Down

Pro-coursing Cork Cllrs should all hang their heads in shame

17 Jan

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Cork Councillors who said they were proud of cruel hare coursing “should hang their heads in shame” – Read James Ludlow’s Letter to the Editor in the Irish Examiner and please scroll down for action alert…

Councillors support of coursing is wrong
Irish Examiner, 14 January 2023

Re: your article on lack of support for banning hare coursing from local Cork councillors, ‘Proposal to ban hare coursing gets little support within Cork County Council’. Irish Examiner, Jan 10.

I am from a rural part of Ireland originally but currently live in Dublin and I cannot understand how coursing is still considered a sport when it clearly causes stress injury and occasionally death to the hares involved.

No society that pretends to have concern for the protection of biodiversity should tolerate this barbaric outdated so called sport.

Those councillors mentioned in your article who stated they were proud of such rural pastime should hang their heads in shame instead.

James Ludlow
Navan Road
Dublin 7

https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/yourview/arid-41047511.html

SEE ALSO
Cruel Coursing: Deluded Cork Councillors not representing views of majority

Cruel Coursing: Deluded Cork Councillors not representing views of majority

ACTION ALERT

Tell Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to give full protection to the Irish Hare and stop licensing cruel coursing.

Email “Stop all hare coursing, hare hunting and hare shooting NOW” to minister@housing.gov.ie; mos@housing.gov.ie

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893
Email: minister@housing.gov.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarraghOBrienTD
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DarraghOBrienTD

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 888 2425 OR (01) 618 3156
Email: mos@housing.gov.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

It is time for politicians to consign coursing and hunting to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing.

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

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

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

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
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryloumcdonaldsf/

Ivana Bacik TD
Leader, The Labour Party
Tel: (01) 6183136
Email: ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivanabacik
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bacikivana/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivanabacik/

Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s upcoming Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020.

Fianna Fáil 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

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; 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

Green Party TDs

Eamon.Ryan@greenparty.ie; catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie; patrick.costello@oireachtas.ie; francisnoel.duffy@oireachtas.ie; neasa.hourigan@oireachtas.ie; brian.leddin@oireachtas.ie; steven.matthews@oireachtas.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie; joe.obrien@oireachtas.ie; marc.ocathasaigh@oireachtas.ie; roderic.ogorman@oireachtas.ie;
ossian.smyth@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

Labour Party TDs

ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie; 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 the petitions

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

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

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

Please support our campaign with a donation
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Fingal Cllrs call for ban on cruel hare coursing

17 Jan

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Fingal County Councillors have passed a motion calling on the government to ban cruel hare coursing.

The motion presented by Solidarity-People Before Profit Councillor John Burtchaell and seconded by Councillor Karen Power of the Green Party won support from 12 councillors representing six political groups.

The motion at the 14 November 2022 meeting stated: “This Council supports a ban on the cruel practice of hare coursing and will write to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding this and call for support for the Animal Health and Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020 which is expected before the Dail in the coming months”.

Joining Solidarity-People Before Profit and Green Party in backing the motion were Councillors from the Social Democrats, Independents 4 Change, Fine Gael and Labour Party.

Thank you to the councillors who voted in favour of the motion:

John Burtchaell (Solidarity – People Before Profit)
Karen Power (Green Party)
David Healy (Green Party)
Pamela Conroy (Green Party)
Daniel Whooley (Green Party)
Ian Carey (Green Party)
Aoibhinn Tormey (Fine Gael)
Siobhan Shovlin (Fine Gael)
Punam Rane (Fine Gael)
Dean Mulligan (Independents 4 Change)
Joan Hopkins (Social Democrats)
Mary McCamley (Labour Party)

No councillors voted against the motion. However, five individuals from Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail did not support the motion, instead abstaining in the vote. They were: Howard Mahony/Mayor (Fianna Fail), Adrian Henchy (Fianna Fail), Angela Donnelly (Sinn Fein), Breda Hanaphy (Sinn Fein) and Ann Graves (Sinn Fein).

In presenting the motion, Cllr Burtchaell highlighted the cruelty of hare coursing and the suffering inflicted on hares.

“People are generally familiar with the practice and it’s a barbaric practice with serious injuries to the animals,” he stated. “Thousands of hares are snatched from the wild in nets and forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of muzzled greyhounds. All hares suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives . Every coursing season, hare injuries and deaths occur. Among the injuries recorded are broken backs, spinal injuries, broken legs, damaged toes, dislocated hips. The animals suffer at all stages – during the capture (over 5,000 hares are captured in the country each year), during the time they are held captive in coursing compounds and during coursing meetings where they can be seen desperately running for their lives. I’m asking that the members support this motion.” Watch Cllr Burtchaell’s speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrZhtW6fgr4

The motion referred to the Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill which was introduced by Paul Murphy TD in 2020 and is co-signed by TDs Gino Kenny, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Brid Smith, Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly. It is expected back before the Dail later this year.

After the vote, Cllr Burtchaell commented on Sinn Fein’s abstention, tweeting: “No councillors opposed [the motion] but surprised to see Sinn Fein reps abstain. What is the @sinnfeinireland position on this savage practice?”

There are growing calls on Sinn Fein to scrap its current pro-coursing position and revert to a previous policy of favouring a ban on the bloodsport.

The 12 Fingal Councillors who supported the motion are very much in the majority. A RED C poll found that 77% want the government to outlaw coursing, with just 9% disagreeing with a ban. A majority in both rural and urban areas are in favour of a ban.

ACTION ALERT

HELP THE HARES: Tell Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to give full protection to the Irish Hare and stop licensing cruel coursing.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893
Email: darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; minister@housing.gov.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarraghOBrienTD
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DarraghOBrienTD

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 618 3148 OR (01) 618 3156
Email: mos@housing.gov.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

It is time for politicians to consign coursing and hunting to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

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

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

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

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

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
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryloumcdonaldsf/

Ivana Bacik TD
Leader, The Labour Party
Tel: (01) 6183136
Email: ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivanabacik
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bacikivana/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivanabacik/

Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s upcoming Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020.

Fianna Fáil 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

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; 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

Green Party TDs

Eamon.Ryan@greenparty.ie; catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie; patrick.costello@oireachtas.ie; francisnoel.duffy@oireachtas.ie; neasa.hourigan@oireachtas.ie; brian.leddin@oireachtas.ie; steven.matthews@oireachtas.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie; joe.obrien@oireachtas.ie; marc.ocathasaigh@oireachtas.ie; roderic.ogorman@oireachtas.ie;
ossian.smyth@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

Labour Party TDs

ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie; 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 the petitions

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

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

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

Please support our campaign with a donation
https://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports

SEE ALSO

Sligo County Council passes motion calling for ban on cruel hare coursing
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2022/10/07/sligo-county-council-passes-motion-calling-for-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing/

Exposed: The Westmeath Cllrs opposed to ban on cruel hare coursing https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2022/12/14/exposed-the-westmeath-cllrs-opposed-to-ban-on-cruel-hare-coursing/

Cruel Coursing: Deluded Cork Councillors not representing views of majority

Cruel Coursing: Deluded Cork Councillors not representing views of majority

POLITICAL FOCUS: Paschal Donohoe TD (Fine Gael, Dublin Central)

15 Jan

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POLITICAL FOCUS: Paschal Donohoe TD (Fine Gael, Dublin Central) – Shamefully voted against proposed bans on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – hare coursing, fox hunting, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming, etc. He has backed over €330 million in government grants to horse and greyhound racing and worked to make insurance affordable for hunts. See below for more details… 

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021, voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million / €88 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

In March 2013, Paschal Donohoe voted against 3 amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to secure a ban on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – foxhunting, hare coursing, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming and the use of animals in circuses.

Responding to a 11 November 2021 Dail Question, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe stated: “It is my intention to work with my government colleagues to ensure that the implementation of the [Action Plan for Insurance Reform] can continue to have a positive impact on the affordability and availability of insurance for all individuals, businesses and community groups across the country, including for HUNTS, other leisure, sporting and charity businesses.” https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2021-11-11a.631

Find out the views of other politicians at
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/politicians-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

Don’t support politicians who support animal cruelty.

Greyhound suffers fall at Clonmel track (13 Jan 2023)

15 Jan

A greyhound suffered a fall in a race at Clonmel track on Friday (13 January 2023) and “did not finish” (suggesting an injury).

It was the first time the greyhound, named Some Bolger, was used in a race which took place two days before his 2nd birthday.

He had previously been trialled at Dundalk stadium, Shelbourne Park in Dublin and Drumbo Park in Northern Ireland.

Clonmel track is one of the worst in the country for injuries and deaths.

Sickening Greyhound Racing Ireland statistics show that over the past eight years alone, 130 greyhounds have suffered injuries there and 45 died or were killed by a track vet. This includes 16 injuries and 8 deaths in the first ten months of 2022.

At races around Ireland since 2014, at least 3,009 greyhounds suffered injuries and 1,038 died or were killed.

Among the past victims at Clonmel track was a greyhound who died after being knocked over in a race and suffering a fatal spinal injury (5th December 2021) and a 1-year-old greyhound who suffered a heart attack and died during a 4th May 2018 race. The greyhound collapsed at the finishing line and fell head-first to the ground https://youtu.be/EAX_ZeVgvIA?t=35s

SEE ALSO:
At least 100 greyhounds killed in racing since start of 2022
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2022/12/12/at-least-100-greyhounds-killed-in-racing-since-start-of-2022/
24 greyhounds suffered injuries at Clonmel stadium in 2021
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2022/02/21/24-greyhounds-suffered-injuries-at-clonmel-stadium-in-2021/

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT CLONMEL STADIUM

2022 (Jan to Oct): 16 injuries, 8 deaths
2021: 24 injuries, 9 deaths
2020: 11 injuries, 3 deaths
2019: 12 injuries, 4 deaths
2018: 18 injuries, 7 deaths
2017: 11 injuries, 3 deaths
2016: 24 injuries, 8 deaths
2015: 14 injuries, 3 deaths

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in demanding an end to the government’s massive grants to greyhound racing – more than a quarter of a billion euros handed over since 2001, including €19.2 million for 2021, €17.6 million for 2022 and €18.2 million for 2023. Contact the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Finance Minister now.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Tanaiste Micheál Martin TD
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Michael McGrath TD
Minister for Finance
Email: michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
http://www.facebook.com/michael.mcgrath.1614

Sign and share the petition

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

Join the “Ban Hare Coursing” protest in Clonmel on 5th February

15 Jan

PROTEST - clonmel 5 feb 2023 copy

Please join the peaceful protest against cruel hare coursing outside Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 5th February 2023 from 12 noon to 2pm.

The protest coincides with the first day of the “coursing finals”, a shameful event which sees pairs of greyhounds unleashed to terrorise defenceless hares – all for the amusement of a merciless mob who cheer the dogs on and gamble on which one will force the hare to change direction first.

There are growing calls on the government to ban this barbaric bloodsport. A RED C poll commissioned by ICABS found that a 77 per cent majority want hare coursing outlawed, with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban. A majority in both rural and urban areas are in favour of a ban.

Encourage friends and family members to accompany you to the protest. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you there.

When: Sunday 5th February 2023 from 12 noon to 2pm
Where: Outside Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary (Powerstown Road / N24)
Find location on Google Street http://tinyurl.com/6blplcw
GPS Co-ordinates: 52.36279443752316,-7.683886589718633 or 52°21’45.4″N 7°41’04.3″W

ACTION ALERT 

HELP THE HARES: Tell Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to give full protection to the Irish Hare and stop licensing cruel coursing.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893
Email: darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; minister@housing.gov.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DarraghOBrienTD
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DarraghOBrienTD

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 618 3148 OR (01) 618 3156
Email: mos@housing.gov.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

It is time for politicians to consign coursing and hunting to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

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

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

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

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

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
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryloumcdonaldsf/

Ivana Bacik TD
Leader, The Labour Party
Tel: (01) 6183136
Email: ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivanabacik
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bacikivana/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivanabacik/

Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s upcoming Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020.

Fianna Fáil 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

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; 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

Green Party TDs

Eamon.Ryan@greenparty.ie; catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie; patrick.costello@oireachtas.ie; francisnoel.duffy@oireachtas.ie; neasa.hourigan@oireachtas.ie; brian.leddin@oireachtas.ie; steven.matthews@oireachtas.ie; malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie; joe.obrien@oireachtas.ie; marc.ocathasaigh@oireachtas.ie; roderic.ogorman@oireachtas.ie;
ossian.smyth@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

Labour Party TDs

ivana.bacik@oireachtas.ie; 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 the petitions

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

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

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

Please support our campaign with a donation
https://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports