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

11 Mar

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

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

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

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

 

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

11 Mar

hare coursers getting 100 000 from taxpayer funded igb

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

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

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

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

ACTION ALERT

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

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

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

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

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

Contact your TDs and urge them to stop using scarce public money to fund gambling industries. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Please sign and share the petitions
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Stop sponsoring cruel greyhound racing
https://www.change.org/p/stop-sponsoring-cruel-greyhound-racing
DAIL QUESTION – Thursday, 9 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish greyhound suffers horrific fall during UK race

11 Mar

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICABS ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or community fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Please sign and share the petitions
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Stop sponsoring cruel greyhound racing
https://www.change.org/p/stop-sponsoring-cruel-greyhound-racing

Irish Government urged to stop export of greyhounds to Pakistan

4 Mar
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on the government to take urgent action to stop the export of greyhounds to Pakistan, a country where horrendous animal cruelty takes place.
 
In our call to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to act, we have highlighted the dire situation for animals in the Asian country.
 
For example, one of the individuals now in possession of some of the growing number of Irish greyhounds being exported to Pakistan, is involved in brutal pig fighting.
 
Stomach-churning video footage, posted on Facebook, shows a tethered pig suffering a sustained and brutal attack from two of his hunting dogs. With his leg tied to a post, the pig is unable to escape as the dogs bite into his underbelly and attempt to chew off his ears. A crowd of bloodsport enthusiasts looks on as the doomed creature’s pain intensifies.
 
The footage is from one of a series of shocking hunting and coursing videos uploaded to the Facebook page of a Dr Aftab Niazi. The caption on the pig attack video confirms that the “dogs belong to Dr Aftab Niazi”. In another video, a fatally injured pig is seen being dragged away past the bloodied remains of a dog which Niazi says is his – “my brave dog fight till the end”.
 
Dr Aftab Niazi is now the owner of an Irish greyhound named Heavens Quest. Before ending up in Pakistan, Heavens Quest was used in greyhound racing in Clonmel and Kilkenny. According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, he was entered into 11 races between February and October 2014.
 
Responding to a Dail question from Paul Murphy TD in January, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed claimed that “there is no record at this point of direct exports [of greyhounds] to Pakistan”.
 
Minister Creed clearly didn’t look too hard. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports easily uncovered a document showing a change in ownership for Heavens Quest. An Irish Coursing Club Greyhound Stud Book identity booklet (photographs of which appear online) shows that the ownership of Heavens Quest was transferred from a Joe O’Neill in Newbridge, County Kildare to “new owner” Aftab Niazi in Mianwali, Pakistan.
 
Niazi is also the owner of other Irish greyhounds, including Glenvale Lily, Mineola Sprint and Kierans Hollie.
 
He describes Glenvale Lily – whose last race here was in Mullingar in 2012 – as “the queen of coursing [and racing] and the best brood birch at present in Pakistan”, adding that “sadly her career ended up with severe injury to her hind leg, intact fracture of her hind leg.” Mineola Sprint last raced at Longford greyhound track in 2012. A listing for Kierans Hollie on the Irish Coursing Club website shows that her previous owners were Der Dineen and Donie Galvin in Cork.
 
The Irish greyhounds are being sent over 6,000 km to Pakistan for use in racing, coursing and for breeding. The route the dogs are being taken, whether directly from Ireland or from the UK or another country, is currently unclear. So too is the method of transport.
 
Crafty Barrazo is another Irish greyhound in Pakistan. Records show that the breeder of Crafty Barrazo is Irish Coursing Club president Brian Divilly. The Irish Greyhound Board website lists the owner as the Divilly Family Syndicate. Video footage shows this greyhound chasing a rabbit during a coursing meeting in Pakistan. Alongside him is Lixnaw Eoin (last raced at Tralee greyhound track in 2013).
 
Another individual in Pakistan who now owns Irish greyhounds is Sher Afgan Challianwalla of the Challianwala Kennel. Challianwalla was present at the Irish Cup hare coursing meeting last weekend where he was photographed alongside Brian Divilly. Among the Irish dogs at his kennels is Portane All In who is being used for breeding. Before being exported to Pakistan, he was used for hare coursing in Limerick, Tipperary and Laois.
 
According to Cork Dog Action Welfare Group, the Irish Greyhound Board held an international sale at Shelbourne Park last August where 117 greyhounds went on sale. “Buyers from around the world attended these sales, so once again some of our Irish greyhounds may end in countries such as China, Pakistan & Spain, all recognised for their cruel treatment of animals,” the group said.
 
The CAGED Nationwide campaign adds: “Irish greyhounds ‘bred for the racing industry’ are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries where there are no welfare laws. Around 80 per cent of dogs are sent to the UK from Ireland, but many later transported to countries like Pakistan to be used for racing, of where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death.”
 
Last month Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection condemned the export of greyhound to countries “with no animal welfare laws”.
 
Greyhounds sent to Pakistan “will either die at a very young age once they can no longer race or will be bred from,” she said, adding that a contact in Pakistan told her that it’s “dreadful for the dogs there, it’s always mega hot, there’s no animal protection laws, no rehoming programs and not many vets and the ones that are out there are hours away.”
 
He told her he has seen greyhounds starved to death at the end of their career.
 
Please help convince the Irish Government to act. Respond to the action alert below and share this post.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Sign + Share the petition – Stop the Export of Irish Greyhounds to Pakistan
 
Join us in urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to act NOW to stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan.
 
Email “Stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
 
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endakennyofficial/
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Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Greyhound trainer banned in Australia now working in Ireland

1 Mar

Senator Ronan Mullen has revealed that a greyhound trainer banned from working in the greyhound industry in Australia for using live animals in baiting is now working in a kennels in Ireland…

Man banned from Australian greyhound industry ‘works in State’
Rónán Mullen says man who used live animals for baiting employed at Irish kennel

Irish Times 21 February 2017

by Marie O’Halloran

A man banned from working in the greyhound industry in Australia for using live animals for baiting, is now working in a kennel in Ireland, the Seanad has heard.

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen claimed the man also been barred in England and he asked what was being done to ensure he did not work in the industry in the State.

Mr Mullen said there were significant issues of public concern in the industry which received State funding of €16 million a year.

The Galway-based Senator called for Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle who has responsibility for development of the industry, to come into the Seanad on Wednesday to address the issues involved.

Mr Mullen said RTÉ Prime Time was to broadcast a programme next week on the greyhound industry.

“It would be good to hear from the Minister of State tomorrow on the subject because far too often we have reaction to what emerges in RTÉ documentaries.”

Mr Mullen said: “It is sadly the case that a gentleman who was found by the Australian greyhound authorities to be using live animals for baiting and who was barred from working for the industry in Australia, and who I believe was barred in England also, is back working in a kennel in Ireland.”

He said The Sunday Times had reported on the doping of greyhounds. “It is important that the Minister of State would take the opportunity tomorrow to tell us what he knows about these disturbing reports, the action he has taken if he does know, if he has not known up to now, the reason for that, and what he intends to do now.”

Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer said the Minister would be in the House to discuss the industry.

Mr Buttimer was not familiar with the case Mr Mullen raised but he said :“It is important that anyone with specific information on the greyhound industry should forward it to the relevant authorities, including the Minister.”

He said the greyhound industry was important to the country and it employed large numbers of people. “It is important, therefore, that we uphold its good name.”

Former TD Peter Mathews pushed for end to greyhound exports

28 Feb

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Former TD Peter Mathews who passed away today, 28th February 2017, was one of the politicians who pushed for an end to the export of Irish greyhounds to China.

As a new Fine Gael TD in April 2011, Deputy Mathews questioned “plans to give approval to Bord na gCon to allow the Irish Greyhound Board to send Irish greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China”. He asked then Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney if “his attention has been drawn to the fact that China does not have a good track record regarding its treatment of animals”.

The next month, in a follow-up Dail question, he asked the Minister “if he will ensure the Irish Greyhound Board is prevented from exporting greyhounds to China via a third country”.

He was told that following a meeting with Bord na gCon, it was “agreed that Bord na gCon would drop its proposal to export greyhounds to China”.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Fine Gael Senator claims greyhound industry has a “good name”

24 Feb

Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer has outrageously suggested that the cruel and crumbling greyhound industry has a “good name” to uphold!

Speaking in the Seanad this week, Senator Buttimer said: “the Government commits more than €16 million to the greyhound racing fund [for 2017]…It is important that we uphold the good name that it has.”

In the midst of ongoing revelations about animal cruelty in the greyhound industry, the export of greyhounds to countries with little or no animal protection, protests outside tracks and the doping of greyhounds to make them run faster or slower, Senator Buttimer’s suggestion that the greyhound industry has a “good name” is farcical.

Responding to a statement from Senator Ronan Mullen – https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1225287614253461/ – that a man barred from working in the Australian greyhound industry for baiting live animals is now employed at a kennels in Ireland, Senator Buttimer went on to say: “I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to be condoning or supporting malpractice or bad practice in the greyhound industry because it is a very important industry to our country.”

This suggestion that there isn’t bad practice already in the Irish greyhound industry ignores the injury, mutilation, dumping and killing of greyhounds around Ireland and the thousands of greyhounds who “disappear” every year – most likely killed because they are not fast enough to win money for owners.

Senator Buttimer’s defence of the greyhound industry and the government’s quarter of a billion euro pay-out of taxpayers’ money to prop it up are not too surprising, given his personal involvement in greyhound racing.

He is on record as saying that he “has had a family involvement in greyhounds over the years”.  According to a July 2012 Irish Examiner report, Jerry Buttimer 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.” The Irish Greyhound Board website shows that Swift Starlet was entered into 65 races between July 2012 and August 2014 and won 7. Her last race was at Mullingar greyhound track on 30th August 2014 when she came last. What happened to her after that remains unknown. Senator Buttimer has not replied to requests for information about whether Swift Starlet is alive or dead.

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

ACTION ALERT

Make a complaint to Jerry Buttimer about his support for the cruel greyhound industry. Tell him you do not want scarce public funds being squandered on a gambling industry in which dogs are injured, mutilated, dumped and killed.

Jerry Buttimer
Tel: +353 (0)1-6183380 or +353 (0)21 4840652
Email: jerry.buttimer@oireachtas.ie
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