Urge Malone’s Galtee Inn in Cahir to stop sponsoring cruel coursing

18 Mar

Shame on Malone’s Galtee Inn in Cahir, County Tipperary for sponsoring the Knockgraffon Open hare coursing meeting at which hares ran for their lives from pairs of greyhounds.

ACTION ALERT

Contact Malone’s Galtee Inn and urge them to stop sponsoring cruel hare coursing.

The Square, Cahir, Ireland
Tel: +353 52 744 1247
Email: galteeinncahir@eircom.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galteeinn/
TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g212097-d1408510-Reviews-Malone_s_Galtee_Inn-Cahir_County_Tipperary.html

Urge Tourism Ireland to stop promoting greyhound racing

16 Mar

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Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland are being urged to stop promoting greyhound racing as a tourist attraction.

In the Irish Greyhound Board’s latest annual report, it is stated: “Bord na gCon worked very closely with the domestic and international teams from Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland in promoting a night at the dogs…”

Responding to a recent complaint about the promotion, Failte Ireland stated: “Failte Ireland use greyhound stadiums as part of promoting Ireland to our international visitors and they have enjoyed this immensely. This is a great way of promoting the Irish culture to tourists coming to Ireland…”

Tourism Ireland and Bord Failte have been praised in the past for recognising the cruelty of bloodsports and ending all promotion of foxhunting and hare coursing. Given the suffering inherrent in the greyhound industry, it would be very appropriate for them to also stop promoting greyhound racing. This is an industry in which dogs are injured, killed, mutilated and dumped. Thousands go missing every year, most likely killed if not quick enough to win races.

There is growing opposition to greyhound racing in Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. The greyhound industry is bad for Ireland’s image and should not be promoted by our national tourism bodies. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions – there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Failte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.

ACTION ALERT

Join us in appealing to Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland to consider the cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry and stop promoting greyhound racing.

Tourism Ireland
Email: corporate.dublin@tourismireland.com
Tel: +353 1 476 3400
Tweet to @TourismIreland

Fáilte Ireland
Email: customersupport@failteireland.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1 8847700
Tweet to @failte_ireland

Foxhunt kills 25 dogs

16 Mar

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“The implications of this outbreak are huge. It would be a farce if hunting was allowed to continue while bovine TB is rife.” – the response of the League Against Cruel Sports’ CEO Eduardo Goncalves to news that a fox hunt in the UK has killed off 25 of its own hounds after a bovine TB outbreak http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/top-torys-fox-hunt-kills-9982581

This shocking report from the UK should be a wake-up call for farmers here in Ireland who foolishly continue to allow hunters on to their land.

For years, ICABS has been highlighting the biosecurity risks associated with hunting in which dozens of hunters on horseback, along with packs of hounds, terrorise wildlife across miles of countryside and through multiple farmlands. We urge landowners to keep hunters out, not only due to the obscene cruelty involved in hunting but also because to the damage caused to their farmland, boundary fences and ditches and the risk of disease spread.

Instead of scapegoating the “protected” badger (which actually avoids fields of cows) in a failed bovine TB eradication scheme, Minister Michael Creed and the Department of Agriculture should turn its attention to the fox and hare hunts operating in TB blackspots.

With the animal cruelty, the damage done to Ireland’s international reputation and the negative impact on farming interests, the Irish Government should not hestitate to ban this appalling bloodsport.

ACITON ALERT

Sign our petitions

“Ban Blood Sports in Ireland” petition
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Ireland: Stop badger snaring cruelty NOW
https://www.change.org/p/ireland-stop-your-badger-snaring-cruelty-now

Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture to remove of an exemption for foxhunting from Ireland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald and urge them to ban fox hunting.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endakennyofficial/

An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
Email: frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
Tweet to: @FitzgeraldFrncs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frances-Fitzgerald/302584593224671

Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to replace foxhunting with the humane alternative – drag hunting.

Drag hunting sees the hounds chasing an artificial lure instead of a live animal. This form of “hunting” is already practised successfully by a few groups in Ireland. In a modern and civilised country like Ireland, there should be no place for foxhunting, particularly when a transition to drag hunting would be simple.

Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too.

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.

The suffering awaiting greyhounds exported to Pakistan

16 Mar
Sickening video footage has emerged which shows the kind of suffering that awaits Irish greyhounds exported to Pakistan. In the video, a greyhound cries out in pain after sustaining an agonising injury during a coursing meeting. The cries of the greyhound can be clearly heard and they continue as he is lifted from the ground and carried away.
 
Outlining the plight of Irish dogs who end up in the Asian country, animal protection group CAGED Nationwide has stated: “Irish greyhounds bred for the racing industry are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries where there are no welfare laws. Around 80 per cent of dogs are sent to the UK from Ireland, but many are later transported to countries like Pakistan where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death.”
 
According to Cork Dog Action Welfare Group, the Irish Greyhound Board held an international sale at Shelbourne Park last August where 117 greyhounds went on sale – “Buyers from around the world attended these sales, so once again some of our Irish greyhounds may end in countries such as China, Pakistan & Spain, all recognised for their cruel treatment of animals.”
 
Last month Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection condemned the export of greyhound to countries “with no animal welfare laws”. Greyhounds sent to Pakistan “will either die at a very young age once they can no longer race or will be bred from,” she said, adding that a contact in Pakistan told her that it’s “dreadful for the dogs there, it’s always mega hot, there’s no animal protection laws, no rehoming programs and not many vets and the ones that are out there are hours away.”
 
He told her he has seen greyhounds “starved to death at the end of their careers”.
 
Please help convince the Irish Government to urgently act. Respond to the action alert below and share this post.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Sign + Share the petition – Stop the Export of Irish Greyhounds to Pakistan
 
Join us in urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to act NOW to stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan.
 
Email “Stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
 
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endakennyofficial/
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD
 
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Strypes guitarist encourages you to sign “Ban Bloodsports in Ireland” petition

11 Mar

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A big thank you to The Strypes guitarist Josh McClorey for encouraging people to sign our “Ban Bloodsports in Ireland” petition.

The petition at https://www.change.org/p/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland calls on Irish politicians to ban fox hunting, hare coursing and all forms of hunting with packs of dogs.

In a tweet, Josh wrote: “If you’re Irish and sound please sign/share this, I actually really give a sh** about this!”

To find out more about The Strypes and their music, visithttp://thestrypes.com/

 

Hare coursers getting €100,000 from taxpayer-funded Greyhound Board

11 Mar

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The Irish Coursing Club is continuing to receive at least €100,000 every year from the taxpayer-funded Irish Greyhound Board. The sickening revelation came from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed this week in response to a Dail question from Maureen O’Sullivan TD. 

Minister Creed said the greyhound board pays the Irish Coursing Club the money for advertising in its Sporting Press publication, for DNA sampling and for “inspection of meat feeder licences”.

Clare Daly TD has previously uncovered information about the huge payment to the coursers of what is effectively taxpayers’ cash. Responding to a Dail quesion in 2015, then Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney revealed that “Bord na gCon paid €13,988 for DNA sampling services to the Irish Coursing Club in 2014 and purchased advertising from the Sporting Press Ltd, a subsidiary company of the ICC, to the value of €92,057 in the same year.”

It is an outrage that hare coursers are receiving money from a government-funded body in a country where the vast majority want the bloodsport outlawed. There are growing calls on the government to stop squandering public funds on the cruel and dying greyhound industry. Since 2001, a quarter of a billion euro has been shamefully handed over, including €16 million for 2017. It’s time for this to stop.

ACTION ALERT

Demand an end to the government’s funding of the greyhound industry. Greyhound racing should not be funded by the people of Ireland, the majority of whom have no interest in it and are rightly opposed to an industry in which dogs are injured, dumped and killed.

Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Email: michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to @creedcnw

Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Email: andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to @ADoyleTD

Contact your TDs and urge them to stop using scarce public money to fund gambling industries. 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: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Please sign and share the 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 sponsoring cruel greyhound racing
https://www.change.org/p/stop-sponsoring-cruel-greyhound-racing
DAIL QUESTION – Thursday, 9 March 2017

Deputy O’Sullivan, in 2015 it was revealed that the IGB had paid over €100,000 to the coursers (for DNA sampling services and advertising in its Sporting Press subsidiary).

Maureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of the loans, funding and-or payments paid out by Bord na gCon to the Irish Coursing Club or any of its affiliated coursing clubs; and the numbers employed in Bord na gCon and their roles. [12194/17]

Michael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael): Bord na gCon is a commercial State body, established in 1958, under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.

Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Bord na gCon has informed me that there are no loans to or from the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) involving Bord na gCon.

Bord na gCon engages with the Sporting Press, which is a national publication for the wider greyhound industry published by the ICC, in placing advertisements in this paper. Bord na gCon also engages with the ICC in respect of DNA samples completed by the ICC on behalf of Bord na gCon plus inspection of meat feeder licenses completed by the ICC for Bord na gCon. The average value of these services would be circa €100,000 including VAT at 23%.

Bord na gCon has informed me that it currently directly employs 128 full time staff and approximately 720 part time staff.

Irish greyhound suffers horrific fall during UK race

11 Mar

 

Sickening video footage has emerged showing another Irish greyhound suffering an horrific fall during a race in England.

As highlighted by Greyt Exploitations – http://greytexploitations.com/ – 3-year-old Galzaghe Bucko was being raced at a greyhound track in Sunderland when he fell hard at the first bend, stumbled head over heals and crashed hard into a trackside barrier.

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, Galzaghe Bucko was born in Ireland in August 2013 and before being exported to the UK was used for racing here from November 2014 up until 3rd July 2015. His final race here was at Longford greyhound track where he finished last. In England, he was used in 14 races in 2015 and 2016.

Crashes like the one suffered by Galzaghe Bucko are not uncommon in cruel greyhound racing. The Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland states that in Ireland in 2014, for example, 717 injuries were reported arising from dogs skidding and crashing on the surface of inadequately maintained tracks and “3-4 dogs are euthanised at each operational racing track every Saturday.”

“Ireland produces and exports more greyhounds than any other country in the world, and every decision in an Irish greyhound’s life is conditioned by economics,” GRAI states. “Greyhounds are treated as disposable commodities. Each year thousands of Irish greyhounds retire from racing. While a few live out happy retirements, many thousands are cruelly abandoned or destroyed at the end of their racing careers.”

Other cruelties in the greyhound industry include the blooding of dogs on live animals, the drugging of dogs to make them run quicker or slower and the “disappearance” of thousands of greyhounds every year.

ICABS 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).

The Irish Government has shamefully granted €16 million to greyhound racing for 2017, bringing the total since 2001 to nearly quarter of a billion euro. Greyhound racing should not be funded by the people of Ireland, the majority of whom have no interest in it and are rightly opposed to an industry in which dogs are injured, dumped and killed. Please join us in urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Finance Minister Michael Noonan to stop squandering millions of euros of scarce public funds on propping up this cruel and dying industry.

Email “Stop using public money to fund the cruel greyhound industry” to michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Email: michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to @creedcnw

Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Email: andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
Tweet to @ADoyleTD

Contact your TDs and tell them you don’t want public funds to be used to support the cruel greyhound industry.

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: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Please sign and share the 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 sponsoring cruel greyhound racing
https://www.change.org/p/stop-sponsoring-cruel-greyhound-racing