“I strongly agree with your stance against hare coursing”: Senator Ivana Bacik

9 Sep

Labour Party Senator, Ivana Bacik, is the latest politician to call for a refusal of a 2020-21 licence for cruel hare coursing.

Responding to correspondence from ICABS in which we asked her to join us in urging Minister Darragh O’Brien to refuse the licence, Senator Bacik stated: “I am very happy to support this.”

“I do strongly agree with your stance against hare coursing,” added Senator Bacik who is the Labour Party’s leader in Seanad Eireann.

In our message, we highlighted the cruelty of hare coursing, the threat posed to the Irish Hare by RHD2 (a deadly virus which can be spread by coursers) and the overwhelming support among the public for a ban on the activity. Last September a RED C opinion poll found that 77% of citizens are in favour of a ban on coursing, while just 9% want it to continue.

Earlier in the week, Fianna Fáil’s heritage spokesperson Senator Mary Fitzpatrick also called for a refusal of the coursing licence. “I have made representations to the Minister urging him not to grant the licence,” she told ICABS, adding “you have my support.”

This followed a recent statement from party colleague Senator Erin McGreehan who commented: “I personally do not see the sport in this activity”.

Hares suffer and die in coursing – last season, the victims included hares who died with a spinal injury and a broken back and another with “an apparent leg injury”. All the hares used in coursing suffer the fear and stress of being netted from the wild, transported in boxes and held in captivity for weeks/months before being forced to run for their lives from muzzled dogs. Those released back to the wild are at risk of later dying from stress-related capture myopathy.

The continuation of coursing shames Ireland. All our neighbouring jurisdictions (Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales) have all long since banned the bloodsport – as have most other civilised nations around the world.

URGENT ACTION ALERT

HELP THE HARES: Please urgently contact Darragh O’Brien TD – the Minister who is likely to be making the imminent decision on the licensing of hare coursing. Appeal to him to REFUSE a 2020-21 coursing licence and pave the way for a permanent ban on 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

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

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban), 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)1-704 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

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

Jump racing suspended at Southwell after 2 more Irish horses die

4 Sep

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Jump racing has been temporarily suspended at Southwell Racecourse in England after another 2 Irish horses were killed there yesterday (3 September 2020).

11-year-old Day Of Roses fell and died during a 3 mile/19-obstacle race, while 10-year-old Cillians Well was destroyed after falling and suffering an injury during a 2 mile/13-obstacle race.

They are among 8 horses to have died at the racecourse since the end of July.

Three horses died in a single day (24 August) at Southwell, including two from Ireland – Swarez who fell during a “National Hunt Novice Chase” and Booyakasha who was destroyed with a severed tendon. Also killed at the Nottinghamshire racecourse on the day was French horse, Avarchie who was destroyed after falling and suffering a broken leg.

Video footage posted on Facebook by Animal Welfare Watch shows the moment 8-year-old Swarez tumbled to the ground after a jump, bringing down another horse who fell on top of him https://www.facebook.com/AnimalWelfareWatch/videos/619237965452065/

Animal Aid said the three horses were “killed in horrendous circumstances”.

Two weeks earlier at the same course, another two horses died, including Croco Bay from Ireland. The 13-year-old was destroyed after hitting a fence and suffering a broken leg. Last year, 11 horse deaths were reported at Southwell.

Reacting to the latest fatalities, Animal Aid commented: “It has taken the lives of 8 horses over the past few weeks at Southwell Racecourse before the racing authorities acted to suspend racing over jumps there. Jump racing must be permanently stopped at Southwell in order to save horses’ lives.”

At least 26 Irish horses have died in racing in the UK since the beginning of 2020. The first fatality occurred on New Year’s Day when Whenitcomestoit “broke down injured at Fakenham and was destroyed. Three days later, 6-year-old Irish horse, Jeremy Sunshine, was also destroyed after sustaining a broken leg pastern at Wincanton racecourse. On 16th January, another Irish horse, named Just Don’t Ask, suffered a broken foreleg and was destroyed. A few days later, Obsession For Gold fell at Kempton, sustained an injury and was destroyed. Later that week, Eur Gone West fell and suffered a fatal injury at Huntingdon racecourse.

In February, deaths of Irish horses continued, with Western Lass dying with a broken neck at Musselburgh. At the beginning of March, Adams Star was destroyed at Exeter racecourse with an injured foreleg. On 12th March, Copper Gone West broke a fetlock at Cheltenham and was destroyed. On 14th March at Kempton Park, Legal Eyes died with a broken neck at Kempton Park.

When racing resumed in June, more Irish horses lost their lives – December Second who was fatally injured in a fall, Relaunch who was destroyed after breaking a leg and Blakes Vision who was also destroyed.

Horses from the UK, France and USA also lost their lives.

Last year, at least 86 Irish horses died at UK racecourses. Irish horses died during racing in the UK every month of 2019, every month of 2018 (101 Irish horses died) and every month of 2017 (83 Irish horse deaths).

Horses are also dying during racing around Ireland. In 2019, at least 128 died at racecourses or at point-to-points (races organised by foxhunts). In 2018, 124 horses were killed.

An opinion poll carried out by iRadio last year found that a 52% majority considered horse racing to be a CRUEL SPORT. A further 23% said they were not fans of horse racing.

Since 2007, Animal Aid has documented 2,077 horse deaths during racing in the UK. Find out more about the victims on Animal Aid’s Race Horse Death Watch website
https://www.horsedeathwatch.com/

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 2019 and another €67.2 million for 2020. 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
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

Horse deaths at Irish racecourses and point-to-point races
2019 (January to November):
128 deaths

Horse deaths at Irish racecourses

2018: 111
2017: 88
2016: 83
2015: 89
2014: 99
2013: 121
2012: 82

Horse deaths at point-to-point races
2017-18: 28
2016-17: 32
2015-16: 36
2014-15: 30
2013-14: 42
2012-13: 49

IRISH HORSES KILLED AT UK RACECOURSES (2020)
Source: https://www.horsedeathwatch.com/

Day Of Roses (IRE), 03 Sep, 2020, Southwell NH, Fell – Dead
Cillians Well (IRE), 03 Sep, 2020, Southwell NH, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Fame And Quantum (IRE), 27 Aug, 2020, Sedgefield, Slipped Up On Bend – Injured – Destroyed
Swarez (IRE), 24 Aug, 2020, Southwell NH, Fell – Dead
Booyakasha (IRE), 24 Aug, 2020, Southwell NH, Severed Tendon – Destroyed
Reign Back Dancer (IRE), 23 Aug, 2020, Cartmel, Pulled Up – Fatally Injured
Miss O Connor (IRE), 22 Aug, 2020, York, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Croco Bay (IRE), 10 Aug, 2020, Southwell, Hit Fence – Broke Near-Foreleg
Allgold (IRE), 06 Aug, 2020, Ripon, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Expedient (IRE), 03 Aug, 2020, Windsor, Injured Hind Leg – Destroyed
Bubble O Clock (IRE), 24 Jul, 2020, Newton Abbot, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Pass The Vino (IRE), 09 Jul, 2020, Newmarket, Broke Down After Finish Line – Fatally Injured
Dusty’s Choice (IRE), 06 Jul, 2020, Uttoxeter, Fell – Broke Neck – Dead
Blakes Vision (IRE), 14 Jun, 2020, Doncaster Flat, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Relaunch (IRE), 10 Jun, 2020, Wolverhampton, Broke Hind Leg – Destroyed
December Second (IRE), 01 Jun, 2020, Newcastle AW, Clipped Heels and Fell – Fatally Injured
Legal Eyes (IRE), 14 Mar, 2020, Kempton Park NH, Fell – Broke Neck – Dead
Shanroe In Milan (IRE), 13 Mar, 2020, Fakenham, Lame in Hind Leg – Destroyed
Copper Gone West (IRE), 12 Mar, 2020, Cheltenham, Broke Fetlock – Destroyed
Adams Star (IRE), 03 Mar, 2020, Exeter, Injured Foreleg – Destroyed
Western Lass (IRE), 27 Feb, 2020, Musselburgh NH, Fell – Broke Neck – Dead
Eur Gone West (IRE), 24 Jan, 2020, Huntingdon, Fell – Fatally Injured
Obsession For Gold (IRE), 20 Jan, 2020, Kempton AW, Broke Down and Fell – Injured, Destroyed
Just Dont Ask (IRE), 16 Jan, 2020, Market Rasen, Fell – Broke Foreleg, Destroyed
Jeremy Sunshine (IRE), 04 Jan 2020, Wincanton, Broke Hind Leg Pastern, Destroyed
Whenitcomestoit (IRE), 01 Jan, 2020, Fakenham, Broke Down Injured – Destroyed

IRISH HORSES KILLED AT UK RACECOURSES (2019)

The Linksman (IRE), 30 Dec, 2019, Haydock NH, Pulled Up – Lame – Destroyed
Robbing The Prey (IRE), 26 Dec, 2019, Sedgefield, Fell – Dead
Mid Day Gun (IRE), 26 Dec, 2019, Wetherby, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Fontsanta (IRE), 18 Dec, 2019, Newbury NH, Fell – Dead
Knocknanuss (IRE), 14 Dec, 2019, Cheltenham, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Artoff (IRE), 09 Dec, 2019, Musselburgh NH, Pulled Up – Lame – Destroyed
Beer Goggles (IRE), 29 Nov, 2019, Newbury NH, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
First Assignment (IRE), 25 Nov, 2019, Ludlow, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
Shattering (IRE), 23 Nov, 2019, Wolverhampton, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Bertie Boru (IRE), 21 Nov, 2019, Wincanton, Pulled Up – Lame – Destroyed
Omega Springs (IRE), 19 Nov, 2019, Fakenham, Finished Race Lame – Destroyed
The Grey Scholar (IRE), 18 Nov, 2019, Plumpton, Broke Near-Hind Leg – Destroyed
Point N Shoot (IRE), 14 Nov, 2019, Sedgefield, Injured Near-Hind Leg – Destroyed
Way Out West (IRE), 06 Nov, 2019, Chepstow NH, Fell – Injured – Destroyed
The Rebel Outlaw (IRE), 22 Oct, 2019, Exeter, Broke Hind Leg, Destroyed
Gardiners Hill (IRE), 15 Oct, 2019, Hereford, Injured Hind Leg, Destroyed
Timber Jack (IRE), 15 Oct, 2019, Hereford, Lame on Hind Leg, Destroyed
Vinnie Rouge (IRE), 03 Oct, 2019, Warwick NH, Collapsed and Died After Race
Primogeniture (IRE), 24 Sep, 2019, Warwick NH, Fell – Injured, Destroyed
Force Of Impact (IRE), 24 Sep, 2019, Lingfield AW, Finished Race Lame, Destroyed
Viva Rafa (IRE), 23 Sep, 2019, Warwick NH, Fell – Dead
The Blues Master (IRE), 16 Sep, 2019, Worcester, Finished Race Lame, Destroyed
Welcome Ben (IRE), 10 Sep, 2019, Kelso, Fell – Dead
Timeforben (IRE), 09 Sep, 2019, Newton Abbot, Broke Near-Hind Leg, Destroyed
Noels Boy (IRE), 09 Sep, 2019, Newton Abbot, Hit Hurdle, Broke Foreleg, Destroyed
Chasing Headlights (IRE), 09 Sep, 2019, Newton Abbot, Struck Into, Destroyed
Harswell Approach (IRE), 07 Sep, 2019, Thirsk, Finished Race Lame, Destroyed
Queen Salamah (IRE), 02 Sep, 2019, Brighton, Broke Down Injured, Destroyed
Fiercly Forgie (IRE), 21 Aug, 2019, Worcester, Fell, Broke Neck, Dead
Golden Drumlee (IRE), 30 Jul, 2019, Perth, Pulled Up, Injured, Destroyed
Watt Broderick (IRE), 17 July 2019, Uttoxeter, Fell, Injured – Destroyed
Swift Emperor (IRE), 13 Jul, 2019, Chester, Finished Race Lame – Destroyed
One More Tune (IRE), 05 July 2019, Newton Abbot, Fatally Injured
You Say What (IRE), 30 June 2019, Uttoxeter, Fell, Spinal Injury – Destroyed
Graphite (IRE), 21 June 2019, Redcar, pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Kalaniti (IRE), 19 June 2019, Uttoxeter, Collapsed During Race – Dead
Sunsetstorise (IRE), 09 June 2019, Perth, Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed
Red Hot Chilly (IRE), 01 June 2019, Stratford, Fell, Dead
Rio Gold (IRE), 26 May 2019, Fontwell, Fell, Broke Neck – Dead
Kereman (IRE), 22 May 2019, Warwick NH, Fell, Injured – Destroyed
Eager To Know (IRE), 21 May 2019, Hexham, Suffered Overreach Injury Destroyed
Change Ur Tune (IRE), 18 May, 2019, Bangor-On-Dee, Fell – Dead
Kootenay River (IRE), 13 May, 2019, Kempton Park NH, Pulled Up – Lame – Destroyed
Another Go (IRE), 12 May 2019, Plumpton, Fell Broke Neck Dead
Sergio (IRE), 08 May 2019, Fontwell, Fell Injured Destroyed
Josses Hill (IRE), 27 Apr 2019, Sandown NH, Collapsed and Died After Race
Savannah Moon (IRE), 23 Apr 2019, Sedgefield, Fell Broke Neck Dead
Easy Street (IRE), 22 Apr 2019, Chepstow NH, Injured Near-Foreleg after Jumping Fence Destroyed
Fenjack (IRE), 22 Apr 2019, Huntingdon, Fell Broke Neck Dead
Port Swtan (IRE), 20 Apr 2019, Musselburgh Flat, Broke Down Fatally Injured
Wig Wam Wiggle (IRE), 11 Apr 2019, Wetherby, Fell On Bend Injured Destroyed
Cuddles McGraw (IRE), 10 Apr 2019, Warwick NH, Pulled Up Injured Destroyed
Plan At The Minute (IRE), 09 Apr 2019, Southwell NH, Fatally Injured
Rhaegar (IRE), 09 Apr 2019, Southwell NH, Pulled Up Lame Destroyed
Western Morning (IRE), 07 Apr 2019, Plumpton, Collapsed and Died After Race
Up For Review (IRE), 06 Apr 2019, Aintree, Brought Down Broke Neck Dead
Cold Fire (IRE), 04 Apr, 2019, Chelmsford, Pulled Up – Lame – Destroyed
Hillary View (IRE), 30 Mar 2019, Uttoxeter, Fell Broke Neck Dead
Hiupinthesky (IRE), 25 Mar 2019, Wincanton, Fell Injured Destroyed
She Mite Bite (IRE), 23 Mar 2019, Newbury NH, Pulled Up Injured Destroyed
Mylittlerunaway (IRE), 21 Mar 2019, Chepstow NH, Fell Dead
Steps And Stairs (IRE), 21 Mar 2019, Chepstow NH, Fell Injured Destroyed
Captain McGarry (IRE), 19 Mar 2019, Huntingdon, Pulled up Fatally Injured
Whipcrackaway (IRE), 18 Mar 2019, Plumpton, Injured Hind Leg Destroyed
Sir Erec (IRE), 15 Mar 2019, Cheltenham, Shattered Foreleg Pastern Destroyed
Invitation Only (IRE), 15 Mar 2019, Cheltenham, Fell Fatally Injured
Lillys Arc (IRE), 14 Mar 2019, Market Rasen, Finished Race Lame Destroyed
Ballyward (IRE), 12 Mar 2019, Cheltenham, Fell Fatally Injured
Flere Imsaho (IRE), 11 Mar 2019, Stratford, Collapsed and Died During Race
Baywing (IRE), 23 Feb 2019, Newcastle NH, Fell Fatally Injured
Overtown Express (IRE), 23 Feb 2019, Chepstow NH, Broke Fetlock Destroyed
Magic Dragon (IRE), 19 Feb 2019, Wetherby, Broke Near-Hind Leg Destroyed
Canyouringmeback (IRE), 17 Feb 2019, Huntingdon, Broke Hind Leg on Landing after Jump Destroyed
Herecomestheboom (IRE), 06 Feb 2019, Ludlow, Broke Hind Leg on Landing after Hurdle, Destroyed
Minellatillmorning (IRE), 04 Feb 2019, Taunton, Fell Fatally Injured
De Dollar Man (IRE), 02 Feb 2019, Sandown NH, Collapsed During Race Dead
Fast Boy (IRE), 01 Feb 2019, Lingfield AW, Pulled up Fatally Injured
Western Jo (IRE), 29 Jan 2019, Newcastle NH, Slipped on Landing Injured Destroyed
Mr Bachster (IRE), 28 Jan 2019, Ludlow, Hit Hurdle Broke Foreleg Destroyed
Executive Capilano (IRE), 21 Jan 2019, Warwick NH, Broke Foreleg between hurdles, Destroyed
Golden Promise (IRE), 20 Jan 2019, Exeter, Died After Race
Jillythejet (IRE), 11 Jan 2019, Huntingdon, Fell Injured Destroyed
Katie Connell (IRE), 09 Jan 2019, Doncaster NH, Pulled up Fatally Injured
Check In Check Out (IRE), 09 Jan 2019, Lingfield AW, Pulled up Fatally Injured
Herecomesnelson (IRE), 05 Jan 2019, Newcastle NH, Finished Race Fatally Injured
Piri Massini (IRE), 01 Jan 2019, Catterick NH, Fell Broke Neck Dead

SEE ALSO:

€84 million in government grants for horse and greyhound racing

124 horses were killed after suffering injuries during racing in Ireland last year, sickening new statistics reveal

At least 85 horses have lost their lives at Cheltenham racecourse in the past decade, shocking statistics reveal.

Horrific video footage shows Irish horse, Up for Review, “thrashing about in agony” after falling and suffering a BROKEN NECK at the Grand National https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/photos/a.463548137094083/2137264296389117

RHD2: Minister urged to refuse a 2020-21 coursing licence

3 Sep

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Minister Darragh O’Brien is being urged to refuse a 2020-21 coursing licence, not only because of the cruelty involved but also due to the threat posed to the Irish Hare species by RHD2 – a highly contagious disease which the National Parks and Wildlife Service has confirmed can be spread on coursing nets and boxes.

The deadly RHD2 virus is continuing to spread across Ireland. The Irish Times recently reported that more cases have been confirmed in wild rabbits from Clare and Cork, and in hares from Wexford and Kildare.

The article quoted Heritage Minister Macolm Noonan as saying that Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease should be treated at the “same level of caution for our Irish hare population as we do with Covid”.

He warned that the storage of hares for prolonged periods in coursing parks would increase the risk of the virus spreading and said he has written to the secretary general of his department outlining his concerns about RHD2.

“It’s a highly contagious, easily transmissible and fatal virus that could decimate the Irish mountain hare; a protected species under the Wildlife Acts,” he stated. “The reporting of new cases in both rabbits and hares on the island of Ireland is a cause for deep concern and should be a determining factor in the decision to issue netting licences this year.”

Previously, the then Minister for Culture and Heritage, Josepha Madigan acknowledged that the virus “has the potential to wipe out the hare population completely”. Responding to a Dail Question, she said that “netting and collecting hares for coursing meetings has been identified as a SIGNIFICANT RISK FACTOR in spreading the [RHD2] disease”.

A statement from her Department described the horrific consequences of the disease for affected animals – “It causes death within a few days of infection with sick animals having swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth. Most distressingly, in the latter states close to death, animals exhibit unusual behaviour emerging from cover into the open and convulsing or fitting before dying.”

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland last September, Dr Ferdia Marnell, Head of Animal Ecology at the National Parks and Wildlife Service said that the disease is “very resilient and very easily transferable”. He confirmed that it “can be passed on soil, on nets and boxes [used by coursers to catch and transport hares] and on shoes and clothing”.

This followed a statement from the NPWS which warned that the disease could prove “catastrophic” and that “the catching of hares in nets [by coursers], their transportation in boxes and the collection and holding of hares in confined areas can all be considered to increase the risk of disease spread”.

deadly rhd2 virus spreads animation dob

URGENT ACTION ALERT

HELP THE HARES: Please urgently contact Darragh O’Brien TD – the Minister who is likely to be making the imminent decision on the licensing of hare coursing. Appeal to him to REFUSE a 2020-21 coursing licence and pave the way for a permanent ban on coursing.

Minister Darragh O’Brien
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

Urge Green Party Ministers Malcolm Noonan (who has responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Service) and Catherine Martin (who has responsibility for wildlife) to act to ensure that no licence is issued for coursing.

Malcolm Noonan TD
Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

Catherine Martin TD
Culture and Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 618 3018
Email: catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Catherinemartingreen/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cathmartingreen

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban), 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)1-704 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

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

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

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

SEE ALSO:

The Minister for Culture and Heritage has said that “netting and collecting hares for coursing meetings has been identified as a SIGNIFICANT RISK FACTOR in spreading the [RHD2] disease” which threatens the future of the Irish Hare species https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/2425492090899668

The Irish Times is reporting today that the deadly and highly contagious RHD2 virus which has been found in hares and rabbits “is likely to allow two Green Party Ministers avoid making a highly embarrassing political decision to allow hares be captured for coursing”.

IFA shamefully calling for badger culls at Greenways

28 Aug

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The Irish Farmers Association is shamefully pushing for the killing of badgers in areas where public Greenways are being developed.

Agriland is reporting this week that, in a submission to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the IFA “raised specific concerns over the impact that developing Greenway projects may have on the health of farm animals”.

“The key concern in this area is the disturbance of badgers and deer and the TB impact in neighbouring farms this is shown to have,” the IFA said in its submission, claiming that “the disturbance and stress increases their susceptibility to disease and, in turn, increases the risk to our farm animals who are exposed to increased contact with this wildlife when disturbed.”

The IFA is quoted as saying: “Intensive capturing should be planned prior to works commencing. Where a licence does not exist, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine must develop a mechanism that provides a short-term capture licence for the preventative removal of wildlife.”

Read the full Agriland article at
https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/greenway-developments-pose-increased-threat-to-health-of-farm-animals-ifa/

The IFA wants badgers killed despite research showing that badgers actually avoid cattle.

The Wicklow N11 Badger Study carried out by the Department of Agriculture and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (along with a team from Trinity College Dublin) found that badgers normally keep away from fields of cattle and yards with cattle in them.

Speaking on RTE’s “Living the Wildlife” programme in 2015, Department of Agriculture Veterinary Inspector Teresa Mac White outlined that the study involved 40 badgers who sent back 31,000 locations via attached GPS-enabled collars.

“What showed up was consistently, all the badgers avoided going in to farm yards,” she stated. “If they did go in to a yard, it was more likely to be a horse yard or a disused yard. They all consistently avoided going in to yards on cattle farms. That was a most unexpected finding.”

Revealing another finding, she went on to say: “Badgers will actively avoid going in to fields where there are cattle. So when they go out on their nightly wanderings and they find there are cattle in a field, they’ll divert off somewhere else. And even if that’s one of their preferred foraging areas, they’ll still decide to avoid it.”

The Irish Wildlife Trust, which “opposes the use of badger culling as a technique for Bovine Tuberculosis management in Ireland” says “culling badgers is clearly not working.” It has described the Department of Agriculture’s so-called TB eradication programme as a “costly failure” with a “devastating impact” on badger populations”.

“The Irish Wildlife Trust believes that improvements in testing and the development of a cattle vaccine are the best ways to eliminate this disease just as we did in the human population,” the IWT states on its website. “Vaccination is also the best way to deal with the disease in badgers. A badger vaccine based on the human BCG has been developed in New Zealand and has been shown to reduce TB in 74-76% of vaccinated badgers. Recent vaccination trials have led to some promising results which indicate that if proper vaccination measures are put in place and controlled, TB can be wiped from badger populations. In the interim we would call on the Irish authorities to stop wasting taxpayer’s money on a system which is unscientific and completely unsustainable in the long run.”

Last year, the Irish Times reported that “badgers are to be vaccinated as part of the State’s effort to eradicate tuberculosis in cattle”. The then Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed stated at the time that the decision was backed up by “years of scientific research” funded by his department.

However, badgers are continuing to be cruelly snared and killed. An estimated 120,000 have been killed by the Department of Agriculture since 1984. The assault on this supposedly protected species takes place under licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Bernie Barrett of Badger Watch Ireland describes how badgers suffer under the Department’s scheme: “The method of capture is a barbaric wire snare which holds the helpless badger in excruciating pain until it is dispatched by gunshot. That’s provided the animal has not agonisingly strangled itself beforehand. When nursing female badgers are snared and shot, their cubs are left to starve to death underground.”

ACTION ALERT

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

Urge the Ministers at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to reject the IFA’s request to capture and kill badgers ahead of Greenway developments.

Eamon Ryan
Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport
Tel: 01 618 3894
Email: eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EamonRyanGP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EamonRyan

Catherine Martin TD
Minister for Media, Tourism, Art, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht
Tel: (01) 618 3018
Email: catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Catherinemartingreen/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cathmartingreen

Hildegarde Naughton TD
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie
Appeal to Taoiseach Micheal Martin to show compassion and permanently end all badger snaring and killing.

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

Cork charity urged to reject greyhound racing fundraiser

27 Aug

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A charity in Cork is being urged to reject a greyhound racing fundraiser at a track where dogs suffer and die.

As highlighted on the Irish Greyhound Board website, a local individual is entering a greyhound into races and donating any winnings to the Cork ARC Cancer Support House.

One of the aims of the fundraiser at Curraheen Park stadium appears to be to promote greyhound racing.

“It’s a great idea,” the greyhound owner told the IGB. “It just promotes the game [greyhound racing] and it will help the charity.”

Cork ARC has been told about the cruelty and killing in greyhound racing and alerted to the fact that Curraheen Park is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for dog injuries and deaths. 134 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 50 were killed by a track vet over the past six years alone, sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics show. Among the victims was a dog who died of a “suspected heart attack”.

Cork ARC has been asked to consider following other charities in rejecting cruel greyhound racing. These include Pieta House, Society of St Vincent de Paul, Our Lady’s Hospice, Parkinson’s Ireland, The Hope Foundation, Cara Projects, Movember, Family Carers Ireland and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Also saying NO to greyhound racing are companies including Dublin Bus, Air France, Eir Sport, Lonely Planet, Clayton Hotels, Tesco Ireland, Toyota Ireland, Electric Ireland, Applegreen, Barry’s Tea, FBD Insurance, Botanica International, Hyde Irish Whiskey, Thomas Cook/Jet Tours, Galway Crystal, etc.

What an outrage that charities must depend on donations for their vital work, while cruel greyhound racing automatically receives millions of euros of taxpayers’ money every year from the government. Since 2001, the Irish Greyhound Board has been granted over a quarter of a billion euros, including €16.8 million for 2020 (the equivalent of €323,076 for every week of the year).

Pressure is growing on the government to stop the grants. A RED C opinion poll conducted in September shows that a two-thirds majority of Irish citizens want the funding ended. Petitions calling on the government to scrap the grants have secured more than 400,000 signatures.

The horrors of greyhound racing were exposed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary which revealed that around 6,000 dogs are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win races. It included shocking scenes of greyhounds 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

Many more greyhounds are killed at tracks after sustaining painful injuries during races. Statistics covering 2015 to June 2020 show that at tracks around Ireland, at least 1,959 greyhounds were injured and 652 died or were killed. Find out more at https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/greyhound-injuries-and-deaths-at-irish-greyhound-tracks/

ACTION ALERT

Appeal to Cork ARC Cancer Support House to reject the greyhound racing fundraiser. Email: INFO@CORKCANCERSUPPORT.IE

Find out more about the charity and how you can help at
https://www.corkcancersupport.ie/

Urge the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Finance Minister to stop squandering millions on the cruel greyhound “industry” and instead channel the money into the many worthy charities crying out for support.

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

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

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-racing

Nearly 6,000 Greyhounds Were Killed Here Because They Were “Too Slow”
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/184/794/470/?TAP=1732

Sign the DSPCA’s “Stop Greyhound Racing” petition at
https://www.change.org/p/the-department-of-agriculture-stop-greyhound-racing

Pro-coursing Senator, Aidan Davitt, among politicians at centre of “GolfGate” scandal

27 Aug

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Pro-coursing Senator, Aidan Davitt (Fianna Fáil, Longford-Westmeath) is among the politicians at the centre of the “GolfGate” scandal, relating to over 80 individuals attending an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Galway last week. The gala dinner event came the day after the government announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. These included limits on social gatherings, e.g. “no formal or informal events or parties should be organised in restaurants and cafes (including pubs that serve food and hotel restaurants)”.

According to the Fianna Fáil website, former Westmeath County Councillor Aidan Davitt was first elected to the Seanad in 2016 and re-elected in March 2020 and is Managing Director of Sherry FitzGerald Davitt & Davitt Auctioneers.

In a Seanad speech in October 2019, following the suspension of licences for cruel coursing, Senator Davitt shamefully pushed for a full resumption of coursing, saying he and Fianna Fáil were “not particularly happy” that only limited netting of hares was initially being allowed and calling for the process to be speeded up.


He told the Seanad: “I had a brief meeting with [pro-coursing TD] Jackie Cahill this morning in relation to coursing and the netting of hares. The two relevant Ministers, Deputies Madigan and Creed, have agreed to have a limited netting of hares for use in coursing. They’re going to assess [the situation] over the next three or four weeks. The only complication is that by that time, a lot of the coursing season, it will be quite late unfortunately. It’s fair to say that, talking to Jackie Cahill TD, that Fianna Fáil are not particularly happy with this position. They certainly would need a speedier resolution to this. We do welcome that a limited number of hares are going to be netted in the coming weeks, but we think that the long-term the plan is too long, to be honest. The Leader might talk to the relevant Ministers and speed this process up.”

In supporting coursing, Senator Davitt is very much in the minority. A RED C opinion poll has shown that a 77% majority of Irish citizens want coursing banned, while just 9 per cent disagree with a ban.

ACTION ALERT

Urge Senator Aidan Davitt to reconsider his stance on cruel hare coursing and back a ban on the bloodsport.

Senator Aidan Davitt
Dominick Street,
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Email: Aidan.Davitt@oireachtas.ie
Leinster House Office: 01 618 3519
Mobile: 087 8235945

Contact Fianna Fáil and party leader Micheal Martin and urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of Irish citizens who want hare coursing (and foxhunting) banned.

Fianna Fail Head Office
Áras de Valera
65-66 Lower Mount Street
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01 676 1551
Email: info@fiannafail.ie

Micheál Martin
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

Sign and share our petitions

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

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

SEE ALSO:

Pro-bloodsports politicians are among those at the centre of the “GolfGate” scandal relating to over 80 individuals attending an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Galway on Wednesday https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/3187713424677527

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

Sinn Fein TD Chris Andrews contacts IGB over COVID19 breaches at greyhound tracks

27 Aug

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Sinn Fein TD, Chris Andrews, has contacted the Irish Greyhound Board about reported breaches of COVID19 social distancing guidelines at tracks.

The office of Sinn Fein president, Mary Lou McDonald TD, confirmed to ICABS that the Dublin Bay South TD “has written to the IGB regarding the concerns that you have highlighted”.

In correspondence to Sinn Fein and other parties, ICABS noted that the breaches were filmed on 15th August, just hours after the Department of Health confirmed another 200 cases of coronavirus infections – See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J89_k0Pwk3U

Published on the Irish Greyhound Board website, the video footage confirmed that official government/HSE guidance is not being adhered to at tracks…

– At Shelbourne Park stadium in Dublin, groups of up to 7 people were seen rushing in together to retrieve greyhounds after races.

– At Waterford track, footage shows four to five greyhound owners/trainers next to each other collecting dogs after they finished races. Four individuals were also seen side by side putting greyhounds into the traps before the start of a race.

– At Tralee track, four greyhound owners were filmed standing next to each other at the start of a race.

– At Curraheen Park, Mullingar and Thurles tracks, there were apparent breaches of social distancing guidelines, despite the stands being near-empty.

The Irish Greyhound Board has claimed that “social distancing [would] be fully observed at all times” but this is certainly not happening.

The latest footage is further to similar scenes in March before tracks were told to shut down. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/icabs/albums/72157713579485482

Calling for all tracks to be shut down, ICABS brought to the attention of TDs a report in the Westmeath Examiner newspaper which revealed that greyhound owners and trainers travelled from the lockdown counties of Laois, Offaly and Kildare to Mullingar greyhound stadium, despite the restrictions imposed by the government. At Mullingar stadium, individuals were seen standing side by side in the stands.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is being urged to shut down greyhound tracks in the interests of public safety and doing everything possible to slow the spread of COVID 19.

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

ACTION ALERT

Join us in urging the government to immediately close down greyhound tracks.

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

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

Sign and share our petitions

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

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

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 supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry
Please support our campaign with a donation
https://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports

Phil Hogan shamefully defended cruel Ward Union hunt

26 Aug

Phil Hogan shamefully defended the cruel Ward Union deer hunt. During a Dail Eireann debate on the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 (24 June 2010), then Fine Gael TD Phil Hogan called on TDs to reject the bill which banned the hunting of domesticated deer with packs of hounds.

He farcically claimed that the licensing of the hunt and the monitoring of the activity was “a system that takes account of animal welfare in a very serious way”. This despite evidence of bloodied deer at the end of hunts, deer being violently wrestled to the ground and a Department of Agriculture Veterinary Inspector confirming in a report that the deerhunt was “inhumane”.

Another veterinary inspector outlined how a stag “having run at least 8 miles in 90 minutes showed extreme physical distress, panting through its mouth and with a lather of white foam around its muzzle.” Reported fatalities included a deer who died of an aneurism and one who was “accidentally” choked to death during capture.

A week after Phil Hogan’s speech, the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2010 was passed with the support of Fianna Fail, the Green Party and four Independent TDs.

Fine Gael pledged at the time to repeal the ban but it remains in place today. However due to a loophole, the Ward Union continues hounding deer across the countryside of Meath and North County Dublin. The legislation makes it an offence to hunt deer with “two or more dogs” so twice weekly between October and March, the Ward Union release a deer from their private herd and unleash ONE hound to chase the animal. The pack of hounds is then released to “follow the scent” of the fleeing deer. ICABS has urged the government to close this loophole in the legislation.

Watch Phil Hogan’s full speech

Read a transcript of the entire debate at
https://www.oireachtas.ie/ga/debates/debate/dail/2010-06-24/10/

ACTION ALERT

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to close a loophole in the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2010 and bring the Ward Union hunt to an end.

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)1-704 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

Please sign and share the petition

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

Near FM interviews NARA’s Laura Broxson

25 Aug

Darren J. Prior of Near FM interviews Laura Broxson of the National Animal Rights Association. Issues covered on the show include the campaigns to get hare coursing, greyhound racing and puppy farming banned.

Find out more about NARA at

https://naracampaigns.org/
https://www.facebook.com/NARAcampaignsIRELAND/

Visit the Near FM website
http://nearfm.ie/

ACTION ALERT

Urge Green Party Ministers Catherine Martin (who has responsibility for wildlife) and Malcolm Noonan (who has responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Service) to REFUSE a 2020-21 hare coursing licence.

Catherine Martin TD
Culture and Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 618 3018
Email: catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Catherinemartingreen/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cathmartingreen

Malcolm Noonan TD
Heritage Minister
Tel: (01) 6183148
Email: malcolm.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votemalcolmnoonan1/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noonan_malcolm

Witness the cruelty of hare coursing in Ireland

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of Irish citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban), 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)1-704 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

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

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ossian.smyth@greenparty.ie

Sinn Fein TDs

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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

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Political Focus: EU Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan (Fine Gael)

24 Aug

Political Focus: EU Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan (Fine Gael) who is at the centre of the “GolfGate” scandal, involving over 80 individuals attending a gala dinner in Galway last Wednesday – the day after the government announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19. These included limits on social gatherings, e.g. “no formal or informal events or parties should be organised in restaurants and cafes (including pubs that serve food and hotel restaurants)”

The event – condemned as “a clear breach of the Covid-19 regulations” by Green Party leader Eamon Ryan – is under investigation by Gardai and has led to Dara Calleary resigning as Agriculture Minister, Senator Jerry Buttimer resigning as Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad and growing calls on Phil Hogan to resign.

Phil Hogan and Animal Cruelty Issues

As Environment Minister and Fine Gael TD for Carlow-Kilkenny, Phil Hogan shamefully defended Ireland’s cruel bloodsports. He claimed that hunting animals with packs of dogs plays “an important cultural and economic role in rural Ireland” – https://youtu.be/K7hODDinBCY

He voted against the Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 which banned staghunting.

In an April 2012 article, the Irish Independent exposed then Environment Minister, Phil Hogan’s shameful involvement in hare coursing. The report quoted a Kilkenny courser as saying Hogan “caught hares with us when he was young”. “We’d net hares on the Hogan family farm,” the secretary of Sevenhouses coursing club told the Independent. “He [Phil Hogan] caught hares with us when he was young.” The secretary went on to say that the club had a “long-standing relationship” with the Fine Gael minister and that they were delighted with his attendance at a coursing meeting in January and his presentation of awards to the winners. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/hogan-in-row-over-coursing-26840192.html

In 2012, he was filmed at a hare coursing meeting in Kilkenny presenting a trophy to coursers – See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsWX7_nsMLg&t=48s At that coursing meet, 12 hares were struck by greyhounds, with one being killed and one put down due to injuries.

In 2012, he was filmed at a hare coursing meeting in Kilkenny presenting a trophy to coursers – See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsWX7_nsMLg&t=48s At that coursing meet, 12 hares were struck by greyhounds, with one being killed and one put down due to injuries.

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In 2012, as Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, shamefully presented a trophy at the Sevenhouses coursing meeting.

At the National Ploughing Championships in 2015, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan was filmed smiling and waving at a group of foxhunters on horseback – https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/ploughing-championships/eu-commissioner-phil-hogan-on-irish-water-i-dont-agree-that-theres-a-mess-youll-have-to-ask-minister-alan-kelly-31554395.html

“I know the Minister has had several meetings with people involved in the Irish Coursing Club and the Irish Greyhound Industry and I am sure he is more familiar with the activities of people who are involved in breeding and also offering pups for sale. He knows that animal welfare issues are very important to those people. They have a vested interest in ensuring they have the highest standards of animal welfare” – Phil Hogan TD, Dáil debates, Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009, 8 July 2010.

The Sunday Business Post of February 21, 2010 reported: Fine Gael environment spokesman Phil Hogan wrote to hunting associations in recent days, setting out the party’s commitment to “oppose any change to existing licensing arrangements for stag hunting”. The letter said that the party would “reverse any changes made by the present government in that regard” if it assumed government after the next general election.

“I ask the Minister to be reasonable to those people who have asked him to be genuine and to look at additional regulations instead of an outright ban on stag hunting.” Phil Hogan TD, Dáil debates, 29 June 2010, Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010.

In September 2010, he questioned then Minister for the Environment John Gormley about “the recent changes to gun licensing for the purposes of game hunting”.

In September 2017, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan was a keynote speaker at a 40th anniversary meeting in Brussels of hunting group, FACE (Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU). In his speech, Hogan stated: “As the custodians of the Common Agricultural Policy, we regard hunters as important partners in achieving the environmental priorities of the policy, such as “restoring, preserving and enhancing eco-systems”. He told the gathered hunters that “your involvement in monitoring the health status of wild animals certainly helps to minimise associated risks to public health as well as farm animal health.”

Involvement in greyhound racing

“First, I declare my interest in that I am a greyhound owner. I am proud of this.” Phil Hogan TD, Dáil debates, 8 June 2006, Greyhound Industry (Doping Regulation) Bill 2006.

In July 2012, the Irish Examiner revealed that Phil Hogan was part of a 14-man syndicate of Fine Gael TDs who “stumped up €250 each for a share in [greyhound] Swift Starlet after the 17-month-old bitch showed impressive form at recent trials.”

During a July 2010 Dail speech in relation to the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009, Phil Hogan TD described himself as “a former greyhound owner and somebody who knows the industry well” and claimed that “the veterinary inspections, system of markings and the manner in which the greyhound industry is run is second to none in terms of animal welfare.”

Live Exports

In 2015, as EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan vowed to ignore hundreds of text messages he received in relation to animal cruelty.

The Journal.ie reported that Hogan told a representative of Compassion in World Farming that he was disregarding the texts from concerned members of the public – http://jrnl.ie/1978127

Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Commissioner Hogan told Olga Kikou (Compassion in World Farming) that he would not be “bullied by 500 text messages I’ve got on my phone during the course of the day on animal farming and animal welfare issues”.

“If you think that will work with me you can certainly forget about it,” he said. “That’s a campaigning tool that should be well gotten rid of at this stage.”

CIWF was pressing Hogan to address the issue of cruelty to animals exported out of the EU to countries in the Middle East. The organisation previously reported that cows exported from Ireland to Libya are “beaten, stabbed, dragged by the eye sockets”.

Reacting to Hogan’s response, CIWF CEO Philip Lymbery stated: “Phil Hogan is ‘in favour’ of live exports despite great suffering to animals involved”.