Irish horse trainer fined €1,000, licence suspended for six months

19 Jan

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Irish horse trainer Charles Byrnes has been fined €1,000 and has had his licence suspended for six months after one of his horses tested positive for a banned substance.

The Irish Independent is reporting today that “the Byrnes-trained Viking Hoard was pulled up at Tramore on October 18, 2018, after which a urine sample was found to contain [prohibited substance] hydroxyethylpromazinehydroxide (HEPS), a metabolite of acepromazine (ACP), which is a sedative.”

“Viking Hoard was found to be suffering a slow heart rate following the race and subsequent tests revealed HEPS was found in high enough concentration to exceed the International Screening Limit. The ISL is 10 nanograms/millilitre while the estimated detected level in Viking Hoard’s urine sample was 1000 nanograms/millilitre, or 100 times the applicable ISL,” the Irish Independent report outlined, adding that the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Referrals Committee decided “the evidence showed that Viking Hoard was subject to a dangerous degree of sedation during the race, and the committee came to the conclusion the horse had been ‘nobbled’ by an unidentified third party when left unaccompanied.”

Cliodhna Guy, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board head of legal, licensing and compliances, was quoted as stating: “it was not alleged that Mr Byrnes was directly involved in either the administration of ACP or the betting patterns, he had taken risks in discharging his responsibilities under the Rules that resulted in an extremely serious outcome from the perspective of the IHRB”.

The committee said that Byrnes was “seriously negligent in the supervision of Viking Hoard on the day of the Tramore race” and “significant actual damage flowed from the neglect of the trainer” – financial damage for punters and “reputational in the case of the racing industry”.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board ordered that Byrnes’ licence be withdrawn for six months and imposed a €1,000 fine. The IHRB said that it had “been advised that the trainer will be lodging an appeal against this decision”.

Read the full report at
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/irish-trainer-hit-with-six-month-suspension-after-horse-tests-positive-for-banned-substance-39985219.html

SEE ALSO

Irish Times: Charles Byrnes fined €2,000 under ‘non-trier’ rules after Naas race, Jan 27, 2020
The Cheltenham festival-winning trainer Charles Byrnes was fined €2,000 by the Naas stewards on Sunday under “non-trier” rules. The Byrnes-trained Kendancer finished ninth to Battle Of Wills in the opening maiden hurdle under jockey Kevin Brouder. However, the stewards on duty at Naas took a dim view of the performance.
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/racing/charles-byrnes-fined-2-000-under-non-trier-rules-after-naas-race-1.4152071

Irish Independent, January 08 2021
Trainer Brian McMahon hit with three-month ban and €1,000 fine after falsifying documents and breaking quarantine rules
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/trainer-brian-mcmahon-hit-with-three-month-ban-and-1000-fine-after-falsifying-documents-and-breaking-quarantine-rules-39948257.html

ACTION ALERT

Don’t bet on horse racing or attend horse racing events.

Irish horse racing has received over a billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001, including €67.2 million for 2020 and €76.8 million for 2021. The government’s squandering of scarce public money on horse racing is particularly deplorable at a time when our country’s health and housing is in crisis and so many worthy causes are crying out for funds.

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end the funding.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.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

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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Greyhound suffers bad fall at Galway stadium

17 Jan

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A greyhound suffered a bad fall at Galway stadium on Friday evening after hitting a trackside rail.

The 2-year-old greyhound, named Jaxx Orange, could be seen tumbling to the ground at the first bend before getting back to his feet and running on.

Watch the race footage at https://www.grireland.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=GLY_2021_01_15_01

Galway stadium is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for greyhound injuries and deaths. At least 127 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 33 were destroyed by a track vet over the past six years alone, sickening Greyhound Racing Ireland statistics show.

Among the victims was a greyhound who could be heard crying out in agony after falling to the ground during what was to be her first and final race https://streamable.com/4sbs4w

Deaths at tracks represent only the tip of the iceberg. As revealed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, thousands of greyhounds are killed behind the scenes every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included shocking scenes of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped in a skip. One shot dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

A damning report which the Greyhound Racing Ireland attempted to hide, revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they don’t make the grade. The report estimated, for example, that a total of 17,962 greyhounds were culled in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were killed for “failure to produce qualifying times”, “failure to produce desired entry level times” and for an “unacceptable decline in performance”.

How many more dogs have to suffer and die before the government stops the massive state grants that are keeping nasty greyhound racing afloat? A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports confirms that a two-thirds majority want an end to the grants, while petitions urging the government to stop the funding have more than 400,000 signatures.

ACTION ALERT

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Since 2001, Greyhound Racing Ireland (formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) has been granted more than a QUARTER OF A BILLION EUROS, including €16.8 million for 2020 and another €19.2 million for 2021. This is unacceptable and must be stopped.

Please contact your local TDs and urge them to oppose this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs 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 stop the funding and back a ban on cruel greyhound racing

Micheál Martin TD
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 4350
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.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
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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

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

Alan Kelly TD
Leader, Labour Party
Tel: 067 34190
Email: alan.kelly@oir.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alankellytd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alankellylabour

“Stop state funding to cruel greyhound racing” – Email all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs.

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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@greenparty.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; vwynne@gmail.com

Labour Party TDs

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 petitions

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound “industry”
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

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

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000
2020 €16,800,000
2021 €19,200,000

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT GALWAY STADIUM

2020 (Jan-June): 4 injuries, 1 death
2019: 29 injuries, 8 deaths
2018: 31 injuries, 7 deaths
2017: 24 injuries, 10 deaths
2016: 23 injuries, 04 deaths
2015: 16 injuries, 03 deaths

“Terrible trouble” at Cork greyhound track as dog suffers bad fall

16 Jan

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“Terrible trouble there for them – four is in trouble” – the words of a commentator at Curraheen Park stadium yesterday evening as two dogs collided at the first bend, resulting in one suffering a shocking fall.

Greyhound number four – a 3-year-old named Lake Garda – could be seen falling badly to the ground. He “did not finish” the race (suggesting an injury). It was his 36th race at the Cork City track. Watch the race footage at https://www.grireland.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=CRK_2021_01_15_04

Curraheen Park is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for injuries and deaths. 134 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 50 were killed by a track vet over the past six years alone, sickening Greyhound Racing Ireland statistics show. Among the victims was a dog who died of a “suspected heart attack”.

Deaths at tracks represent only the tip of the iceberg. As revealed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, thousands of greyhounds are killed behind the scenes every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included shocking scenes of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped in a skip. One shot dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

A damning report which the Greyhound Racing Ireland attempted to hide, revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they don’t make the grade. The report estimated, for example, that a total of 17,962 greyhounds were culled in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were killed for “failure to produce qualifying times”, “failure to produce desired entry level times” and for an “unacceptable decline in performance”.

How many more dogs have to suffer and die before the government stops the massive state grants that are keeping nasty greyhound racing afloat? A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports confirms that a two-thirds majority want an end to the grants, while petitions urging the government to stop the funding have more than 400,000 signatures.

ACTION ALERT

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

Since 2001, Greyhound Racing Ireland (formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) has been granted more than a QUARTER OF A BILLION EUROS, including €16.8 million for 2020 and another €19.2 million for 2021. This is unacceptable and must be stopped.

Please contact your local TDs and urge them to oppose this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs 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 stop the funding and back a ban on cruel greyhound racing

Micheál Martin TD
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 4350
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.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

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

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

Alan Kelly TD
Leader, Labour Party
Tel: 067 34190
Email: alan.kelly@oir.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alankellytd/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alankellylabour

“Stop state funding to cruel greyhound racing” – Email all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs.

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; Eoghan.Murphy@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@greenparty.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; vwynne@gmail.com

Labour Party TDs

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 petitions

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound “industry”
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

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

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing


Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000
2020 €16,800,000
2021 €19,200,000

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT CURRAHEEN PARK
2020 (Jan-June): 8 injuries, 3 deaths
2019: 29 injuries, 11 deaths
2018: 28 injuries, 13 deaths
2017: 21 injuries, 08 deaths
2016: 24 injuries, 08 deaths
2015: 24 injuries, 07 deaths

 

Urge GoFundMe to remove fundraiser for cruel hare coursing

16 Jan

Shame on GoFundMe for hosting a fundraiser which is raising money for hare coursing – one of the world’s worst forms of cruelty to animals. In coursing, thousands of Irish Hares are snatched from the wild in nets and used as live lures for dogs to chase – all for the amusement of a merciless mob who gamble on which dog will force the hare to change direction first. See footage of a hare being pinned down and mauled by a pair of greyhounds at a coursing meeting https://youtu.be/k5r0ASVb9IE

GoFundMe has failed to act on reports that the fundraiser is in clear breach of its terms of service which state that the platform cannot be used to “raise funds or establish or contribute to any campaign with the implicit or explicit purpose of, or involving…gambling, gaming and/or any other activity with an entry fee and a prize, including but not limited to raffles, casino games, sports betting, fantasy sports, horse or greyhounds racing…”

GoFundMe has been told that not only is hare coursing a gambling activity, it is supported and sponsored by gambling companies.

The so-called “Save Our Sport” fundraiser was set up on GoFundMe to cover the costs of an Irish Coursing Club High Court challenge to the government’s widely-welcomed decision to stop coursing during the country’s current Covid19 Level 5 restrictions.

Despite the Irish Council Against Blood Sports reporting the breach of its Terms of Service to GoFundMe last week, no action has been taken to shut down the fundraiser, which has raised over €250,000 in donations from coursing supporters, gambling outlets, greyhound trainers, greyhound owners, coursing clubs and a handful of pro-bloodsports politicians.

Hare coursing has been outlawed in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a ban is long overdue in the Republic of Ireland. A RED C opinion poll conducted in September 2019 found that 77% of citizens agree that the Irish Government should ban hare coursing, while just 9% want it to continue.

Watch our “Shame on GoFundMe” campaign video
https://youtu.be/Yx54ZduhtEc

ACTION ALERT

Urge GoFundMe to shut down the fundraiser, not only because it is raising money for a form of animal cruelty, but also due to the fact that it breaches the company’s Terms of Service.

Click on “Report Fundraiser” near the bottom of the page at
https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-our-sport

Send a message to GoFundMe via https://www.gofundme.com/contact/suggest
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gofundme
Send a tweet: https://twitter.com/gofundme

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRkXOvbUPNNjMc6LShwiiXBfnDAPbykf-

If possible, please support our campaign with a donation
https://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports

 

Should hunting with dogs be banned in Northern Ireland? Vote YES!

16 Jan

belfast live poll hunting NI

“Do you think all hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland should be banned”? Please vote YES in the Belfast Live poll https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/animal-rights-campaigner-bill-oddie-10048119

💚🦊 #BanBloodSports #BanFoxHunting

Heritage Minister urged to order the immediate release of captive hares

15 Jan

release the hares jan 2021

With coursing halted under the government’s current Level 5 restrictions, there are renewed calls on Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien to order the immediate release of all hares captured for the bloodsport.

There are growing concerns about the fate of hares held captive in coursing compounds around the country.

“Keeping dozens of hares, normally solitary creatures, in captivity is completely unnatural and should never be permitted,” ICABS stated in an email to Minister O’Brien. “There is also the very worrying issue of RHD2, the highly contagious virus that can spread easily between hares and which your predecessor warned could wipe out the Irish Hare species. Hares affected by the virus suffer the most horrendous death, with swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth.”

In our appeal to Minister Darragh O’Brien, ICABS reminded him of a statement he made in October when he ordered coursers to release hares as the country moved into the previous Level 5 , i.e. “hares are a protected species, and are better off being in the wild rather than being held in captivity in large groups.”

Please join the appeal to Minister O’Brien to act NOW to ensure that all hares in captivity are released back to the wild under the strict supervision of National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers.

The government must now permanently stop coursing, in line with the majority view that the bloodsport should be banned. According to a RED C poll, 77% of citizens want the government to ban coursing, with just 9% wanting it to continue. With COVID19, RHD2 and the suffering, stress, injury and death caused to hares at coursing meets, there should be absolutely no hesitation in finally ending this shameful activity. This move for Irish wildlife would be widely welcomed in Ireland and around the world.

Find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can protect yourself and your family at https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

URGENT ACTION ALERT

Please contact Minister Darragh O’Brien and demand a permanent withdrawal of the 2020-21 coursing licence and the immediate release of all hares currently in captivity in coursing compounds.

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

If you are aware of any coursing activities taking place in your area, contact the local Gardai and ask them to take action – find contact details at https://www.garda.ie/en/Contact-Us/Station-Directory/

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned, it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport 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 for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
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

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +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

Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to back a ban on cruel hare coursing.

Fianna Fail 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; Eoghan.Murphy@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@greenparty.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; vwynne@gmail.com

Labour Party TDs

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

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

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

Matt Carthy TD asks if ambulance was called to fur farm in Kerry

15 Jan

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Sinn Fein TD Matt Carthy has asked the Minister for Health “if an ambulance was called to a fur farm in County Kerry in December 2020; the reason for this call-out; if any workers at this or the other two fur farms have tested positive for Covid-19”.

In response, the Health Minister stated: “As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.”

Last month, Deputy Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan) asked the Minister for Agriculture “when the announced cull of mink will take place in line with the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer”.

The government has apparently disregarded advice from Chief Medial Officer Tony Holohan in November that an urgent cull be carried out amid ongoing growing fears that a mutated Covid19 strain detected in fur farms in Denmark could emerge here and undermine the effectiveness of human vaccines.

It was reported that in correspondence to the Department of Agriculture, Dr Holohan warned that if this mutated form of coronavirus was to become the dominant strain of Covid19 in the community, then it would be “a really big problem”.

It is imperative, given what is at stake, that the Irish Government takes preventative action and immediately shuts down the three fur farms.

In an email to Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, ICABS stated: “It would be unforgivable if this course of action was not followed and a mutated version of the virus emerged in Ireland, causing further infections, deaths, lockdowns and a possible return to square one for those working to produce an effective vaccine.”

Both were reminded that the government has already pledged to ban fur farming and that the closure of fur farms is inevitable so therefore, closing them down now would merely be a matter of speeding up this process.

Find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can protect yourself and your family – https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in urging the government to shut down Ireland’s three remaining fur farms NOW and put in place the promised ban on fur farming.

Micheál Martin, Taoiseach
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

Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.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

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly
Tel: (01) 201 7300 or (01) 618 3041
Email: ministersoffice@health.gov.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DonnellyforWicklow
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DonnellyStephen

Charlie McConalogue
Minister for Agriculture
Tel: (01) 618 3199
Email: charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CharlieMcConalogue
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@McConalogue

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

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

SEE ALSO:

A retired Irish fur farmer has revealed on the Claire Byrne show on RTE Radio 1 that fur farming was introduced into Ireland by two vets. Later in the show he admitted that he broke the necks of mink with his hands
https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3439515122830688&id=463547953760768

Coronavirus testing at Irish mink farms under way
https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/1109/1176939-coronavirus-mink/

COVID19 testing at Irish fur farms: Govt must shut them down
https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/3425502754231925

Letter: Government should roll out ban on fur farming
https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/3427209740727893

Jennifer Whitmore TD urges Taoiseach to “move immediately to ban fur farming in Ireland”
https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1142900706112158/

“We’ve drafted a bill to ban fur farming in Ireland”: Congratulations to Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy on their announcement today (12 July 2018)
https://business.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1750869355028615/

“In relation to the fur farm Bill: Just to announce that they have actually drafted a law, and it is in the queue of legislation – we’ve seen it, to outlaw fur farming” – Ruth Coppinger TD
https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/848063602296131/

80 per cent of people in Ireland believe fur farming should be banned, all the main parties (except Fine Gael) now support a ban and Veterinary Ireland have condemned fur farming as cruel – Listen to the Ruth Coppinger TD (Solidarity) interview on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime today (17 June 2019). https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=194380304848086

The value of fur exports from Ireland has plummeted by over 80 per cent in the past six years, it has emerged https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/2258290974286448

 

Willie O’Dea TD asks why cruel coursing ‘is no longer permitted’

15 Jan

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A Limerick TD, who previously indicated support for a ban on cruel hare coursing, has this week asked the Minister for Agriculture why the bloodsport has been stopped.

In a Dail question, Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea asked “the reason coursing events which had been allowed take place during the run-up to Christmas 2020 due to its inclusion on an approved list of permitted sports are no longer permitted.”

Willie O’Dea previously assured the Irish Council Against Blood Sports of his support. Responding to an email in 2015 in which we appealed to him to push for a coursing ban, he stated: “I am happy to support this endeavour.” The following year, however, he was among the 114 TDs who shamefully voted against a proposed ban on coursing.

“It is sad that you have apparently changed your stance on this animal cruelty issue and are now acting on behalf of the small minority who get their kicks from watching defenceless hares running for their lives,” ICABS stated in an email to Deputy O’Dea this week. He was reminded that a RED C opinion poll found that 77 per cent of Irish citizens want coursing banned, while only 9 per cent want it to continue.

Addressing his question about why coursing has been removed from a list of exempted activities, we pointed out that multiple breaches of the HSE/Government Covid19 guidelines were identified at coursing meetings around the country – contrary to claims by the coursers that they “complied with all Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines”. This has fuelled fears that coursing contributed to the spread of coronavirus.

For example, coursing “judges” on horseback were seen without face coverings – despite an Irish Coursing Club notice which stated: “a mask or visor must be worn at all times.”

Vehicles were seen parked bumper-to-bumper at coursing with clusters of people nearby. Coursers stood and sat in close proximity, and simultaneously ran in to retrieve dogs, blatantly ignoring the 2-metre social distancing advice.

There were additional breaches at prize presentations, at which the Irish Coursing Club decided groups of four could gather for photos. “Mask to be worn for photographs,” they declared but several images posted online showed individuals side-by-side not wearing masks.

The Minister for Health was completely correct to halt coursing. At a time when just 10 people are permitted to attend a funeral and 6 a wedding, crowds of coursers were poised to recklessly continue congregating. Before they were stopped, up to 178 or more had been converging to watch hares running for their lives – two invited to come along with every greyhound to join the 30 club members already there “to facilitate the meeting”.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Willie O’Dea to reconsider his stance on hare coursing and respect the wishes of the majority by pledging support for a ban.

Willie O’Dea TD
Fianna Fáil
Tel: (061) 454 488 or (01) 618 4259
Email: willie.odea@oireachtas.ie
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/willie.odea.3
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/@willieodeaLIVE

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
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

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +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

Join us in urging Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to permanently withdraw the licence which allows coursers to capture hares for their barbarity.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802
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) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

Please sign and share the petitions

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

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

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland


WILLIE O’DEA TD AND ANIMAL CRUELTY ISSUES

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

In a January 2021 Dail Question, Willie O’Dea TD asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine “the reason coursing events which had been allowed take place during the run-up to Christmas 2020 due to its inclusion on an approved list of permitted sports are no longer permitted.”

In 2016, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€84 million/€84 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

In October 2015, Willie O’Dea expressed his support for the ICABS campaign for a ban on cruel hare coursing. Responding to an email in which we appealed to him to push for a coursing ban, the Fianna Fail politician stated: “I am happy to support this endeavour.”

In a May 2011 Dail question, Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Agriculture “his views on reports that the Irish Greyhound Board, a semi-State body, plans to export Irish dogs to China, a country which has a very poor animal welfare record; and if he will make a statement on the matter.”

In 2009, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomed a statement from the office of the then Minister for Defence, Willie O’Dea, in which we were told that the Minister “fully supports” our campaign. (Defence Minister “fully supports” ICABS campaign)

“I understand your concerns regarding the practices of fur farming.” Willie O’Dea TD in a July 2018 email.

“Hare coursing is cruel in the extreme” – Columnist Niamh Walsh

15 Jan

NIAMH WALSH PAMELA ANDERSON

“Hare coursing is cruel in the extreme as it sees helpless, little hares terrified to death – and all in the name of sport. While I do hope that Micheál Martin does heed Pamela Anderson’s advice, it shouldn’t take a Baywatch babe to prompt him to do the right thing” – Read Niamh Walsh’s column in the Irish Mail on Sunday…

Pam sends hare-raising letter to our Taoiseach
Niamh Walsh’s Manifesto
The Irish Mail on Sunday, 13 Dec 2020

THERE is a peculiar pattern that makes pen pals of politicians and pin-ups. Leo Varadkar aroused a global guffaw when his gushing love letter to his secret crush Kylie Minogue became kinky chatter as the country collectively cringed at his Minogue missive. And to quote Kylie, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin must certainly have thought ‘I should be so lucky’ when he found that Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson had personally written him a wicked letter straight from her heart. But poor Micheál wasn’t actually lucky at all. In fact, Pamela’s scathing letter should have seen him looking for a lifeguard to save his shame as Pammy pointed out what a cruel and uncaring country Ireland has become known as globally.

‘Will you please be the Taoiseach who finally lays cruel hare coursing to rest?’ she implored.

‘Your Government can heed that lesson by banning this so-called ‘sport’, in which gentle, sensitive hares – wild animals – are torn from their natural homes so that they can be chased by hounds for someone’s twisted idea of amusement. It’s time – past time – that Ireland consigned hare coursing to the history books, where it belongs,’ Pamela begged.

With Micheál at pains to make his tenure as Taoiseach memorable, let’s hope he doesn’t enter the history books for being the first man to turn down a deep desire from Pamela Anderson.

Hare coursing is cruel in the extreme as it sees helpless, little hares terrified to death – and all in the name of sport. While I do hope that Micheál does heed Pamela’s advice, it shouldn’t take a Baywatch babe to prompt him to do the right thing.

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ACTION ALERT

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
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

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +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

Join us in urging Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to permanently withdraw the licence which allows coursers to capture hares for their barbarity.

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802
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) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

REVEALED: Labour Party leader Alan Kelly’s involvement in greyhound racing

14 Jan

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The leader of the Labour Party is the owner of a greyhound used in racing, it has emerged.

Alan Kelly TD, who backs massive government grants to greyhound racing and has praised those involved in racing as “some of the most decent and honourable people one will ever meet” is the co-owner of the greyhound named “Akay Forty Seven”.

WexfordToday has reported that “the leader of the Labour Party, Alan Kelly is the owner of a black bitch called ‘AKAY FORTY SEVEN’ who has won 3 of her 4 starts to date. Kelly owns the dog in partnership with Sean Bourke, Clonmel. The Bourke family operate one of the most successful studs in the country, where they have stood some top class stud dogs for decades.”

The Greyhound Racing Ireland website shows that the Tipperary TD’s 2-year-old greyhound has been entered into seven races at Clonmel and Shelbourne Park tracks between 3rd July and 19th December 2020, with €1,055 in prize money.

In 2018, Deputy Kelly voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €16.8 million of taxpayers’ money to greyhound racing. In December 2020, he stated in a Dail speech that he and the Labour Party “will be supporting” a massive increase in funding to horse and greyhound racing. The two were granted €96 million for 2021 – €76.8 for horse racing and €19.2 million for greyhound racing.

The latest grant for greyhound racing was €2.4 million more than the amount handed out in 2020. Since 2001, Greyhound Racing Ireland (formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) has received more than quarter of a billion euros in state funding.

Alan Kelly TD is involved in greyhound racing despite shocking revelations about cruelty and killing. The award-winning RTE documentary “Greyhounds running for their lives” revealed that thousands of greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included shocking scenes of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped in a skip. One shot dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

At the time, the Labour leader condemned the “disgraceful scenes” but in the same speech went on to say that “I am someone who supports the greyhound industry. I support the many good people, particularly in my county, who are huge lovers of the industry, work hard and do things in the right way.”

RTE’s documentary featured the contents of a damning report which the Irish Greyhound Board attempted to hide. It revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they don’t make the grade. The report estimated that a total of 17,962 greyhounds were culled in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were killed for “failure to produce qualifying times”, “failure to produce desired entry level times” and for an “unacceptable decline in performance”.

Akay Forty Seven’s most recent race was on the weekend before Christmas at Shelbourne Park stadium – one of the worst tracks in Ireland for injuries and deaths. At least 184 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 44 were killed by a track vet over the past six years alone, sickening Greyhound Racing Ireland statistics show. Among the victims are a greyhound who collapsed after a race and died of a heart attack and another who was carried away bleeding with a leg bone “popped out”.

ACTION ALERT

Ask Alan Kelly TD why, despite the inherent cruelty and killing in greyhound racing, he is continuing to support and involve himself in it.

Alan Kelly TD
Leader, Labour Party
Tel (01) 618 3229
Email: Alan.Kelly@oireachtas.ie
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Twitter https://twitter.com/alankellylabour/

Lodge a complaint with The Labour Party’s about its leader’s connection to an activity that causes so much suffering and death to dogs.

The Labour Party
2 Whitefriars, Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland. D02 A008

Tel: +353 1 6784700
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Please sign and share petitions

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

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000
2020 €16,800,000
2021 €19,200,000

Total: €292 Million (€0.292 Billion)

Source: Department of Agriculture