Longford County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

4 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Paraic Brady (Fine Gael, Longford County Council)
“I am in favour of foxhunting as it keeps the numbers down.” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014. ICABS has highlighted the cruelty of foxhunting to Cllr Brady and asked him to reconsider his stance.

In an August 2016 report in the Farming Independent, Cllr Brady made the remarkable claim that a pine marten “killed two of his lambs and injured three others” and that an unidentified woman was bitten by a pine marten. The Irish Wildlife Trust condemned the report as sensationalist and “truly misinformed” and the councillor’s claims as “alarmist and irresponsible”. Pointing out that “rumour and hearsay is not fact”, the IWT emphasised that “pine martens do not attack sheep or people.”

In a Shannonside Radio interview in July 2015, Cllr Paraic Brady revealed that he is a gun club member and that he is concerned that pine martens are killing pheasants that gun clubs release to be later shot out of the sky. He claimed that pine martens are not native to Ireland and was later corrected by a wildlife expert who said pine martens are indeed native and are believed to have been in Ireland for 8,000 years. https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/vb.463547953760768/1049520208496870/?type=2&theater

“Councillor J. Duffy proposed and Councillor P. Brady seconded that the Government be requested to lift the Protected Species Order on the native pine-marten.” from the minutes of the July 2015 meeting of Longford County Council.

“The inaugural Gerry Brady Memorial fox hunt took place on Sunday and while there was much online opposition to the event, Cllr Paraic Brady, son of the late Gerry, launched a staunch defence…In recent days plenty of opposition to hare coursing and foxhunting has emerged with many organisations calling for a complete ban on such activities. Mr Brady says it is part of our culture, ‘a tradition’ and a way of life for many people in society.” Longford Leader, 10 February 2017.

Cllr John Browne (Fine Gael, Longford County Council)
“John has a lifetime involvement in sports including the GAA, and also horse racing” – Fine Gael website.

Cllr Seamus Butler (Fianna Fail, Longford County Council)
“An animal rights campaigner and a Longford councillor have clashed strongly about whether hare-coursing should be banned. The national Coursing championships recently took place in Clonmel, with animal rights groups pleading with the government to ban the sport on grounds of cruelty to hares. Hare coursing was once a popular activity in the Shannonside region- with coursing on St Stephen’s Day in Roscommon. During a discussion on the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, Lanesboro’s Nuala Donlon noted a recent opinion poll showed that 64 per cent of the Irish public supported a prohibition on the sport. However, Councillor Seamus Butler disagrees.” from Longford councillor and animal rights campaigner row over hare coursing ban, Shannonside Radio, 10th February 2017.

In August 2019, Cllr Seamus Butler donated €200 to an online “Save Longford Greyhound Stadium” fundraiser.

Cllr Mark Casey (Independent, Longford County Council)
In July 2018, Councillor Mark Casey sponsored the “Cllr Mark Casey & Tank pipe and Drain A5 525” race at Longford track where dogs suffer injuries and are killed.

Cllr Gerard Farrell (Fine Gael, Longford County Council)
In July 2018, Cllr Farrell sponsored the “The Cllr Gerard Farrell, Lanesboro S3-S4 Veterans 330” race at Longford greyhound track. Cllr Farrell was urged to stop sponsoring racing at the track where 44 dogs suffered injuries and 22 were killed in the previous three years.

Cllr Colm Murray (Fine Gael, Longford County Council)
“Councillor John Duffy first raised the issue at yesterday’s meeting of Longford County Council, asking for the pine marten’s protective status to be lifted and to have them classed as vermin, as their population is out of control. His party member Colm Murray suggested putting a motion before the next council meeting to ask the Minister to review the status.” from “Longford councillors call for pine marten to be taken off protected species list”, Shannonside Radio, July 9th, 2015. The pine marten is Ireland’s rarest native wild mammal and is protected under Irish and EU legislation.

Cllr PJ Reilly (Fianna Fail, Longford County Council)
Cllr PJ Reilly is a sponsor of the cruel greyhound industry. In September 2017, he sponsored two races at Longford greyhound track.

He is a “founding member of the Abbeylara Gun Club” – an animal killing club whose victims include pheasants, ducks, foxes and other creatures.

“Cllr PJ Reilly said he, too, had come across the tree-climbing species [pine marten] in Abbeylara, where a number of young cygnets had fallen victim to the pine marten.” from Call for pine marten to be taken off protected species register, Longford Leader, 15 July 2015.

Contact Longford County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at http://www.longfordcoco.ie/Your-Council/Council-Members/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Limerick City and County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

4 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Daniel Butler (Fine Gael, Limerick City and County Council)
In October 2014, Cllr Butler tabled a motion “to ban circuses with animals from performing on publicly-owned lands in Limerick”.

Cllr James Collins (Fianna Fail, Limerick City and County Council)
“Grant for Limk Animal welfare…Worthy cause.” (from June 2013 tweet). ICABS has asked Cllr Collins if he shares Limerick Animal Welfare’s opposition to cruel hare coursing.

Cllr Michael Collins (Fianna Fail, Limerick City and County Council)
“I’m an animal lover. I’ve been at many circuses, but none as good as today’s, and I’ve never seen an animal treated badly.” Limerick Post, October 2, 2014.

Cllr Joe Leddin (Labour Party, Limerick City and County Council)
“Totally opposed to both [foxhunting and hare coursing]” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Elena Secas (Labour Party, Limerick City and County Council)
“I think best way to lower incidences of animal cruelty & prevent it from happening is by highlighting it through the media. This will be a way of educating and explaining why certain practices are not acceptable in our modern and developed society.” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr John Sheahan (Fine Gael, Limerick City and County Council)
In October 2016 and October 2017, Cllr John Sheahan placed a “best wishes” advert in the booklet for Glin hare coursing meeting.

In October 2010, Cllr John Sheahan placed an advert in the Glin hare coursing meeting booklet. It stated: “Best wishes from John Sheahan, Local County Councillor”

In 2013, Cllr John Sheahan called for an “open season on the hen harrier” – one of Ireland’s rarest birds. The call was strongly condemned by the Irish Raptor Study Group who said “Cllr Sheahan’s call for an open season on Hen Harriers is highly irresponsible and can be interpreted as incitement to break both Irish and EU law. Hen Harriers are protected under Irish and EU legislation.”

BirdWatch Ireland also condemned “in the strongest terms” John Sheahan’s “highly irresponsible” comments. Group CEO Alan Lauder stated: “Cllr Sheahan’s ill-informed and short-sighted statement shows how far we have to travel as a state in prioritising our natural heritage over the self-interest of individuals.” He added: “Such statements can have far-reaching consequences. The Hen Harrier is protected under both Irish and European Union law, and Cllr. Sheahan’s statement could be viewed as an incitement to break these laws. For any decision-maker to hold such views in the 21st Century is alarming. When that individual actually sits on the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency and also represents Ireland on an EU committee that helps form policy on the environment, natural resources and biodiversity, as Cllr. Sheahan does, then it becomes pitiful, and even dangerous.”

 

Contact Limerick City and County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.limerick.ie/council/your-council/councillors

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Leitrim County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

2 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Finola Armstrong McGuire (Fine Gael, Leitrim County Council)
“I favour ban [on] all cruelty, man and beast.” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Gerard Dolan (Independent, Leitrim County Council)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Gerard Dolan voted in favour of a motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that Leitrim County Council “…shares the concerns [RISE] is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley T.D. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting and other outdoor activities…”

Cllr Caillian Ellis (Fianna Fail, Leitrim County Council)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Caillian Ellis tabled the following motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign: “I propose that Leitrim County Council support the “Rise Campaign” (Rural Ireland says enough) concerning the legislation being brought in to ban all field sports which would have a devastating effect on people’s livelihood.” According to the minutes of the meeting, Cllr Ellis “outlined that wildlife has to be culled to survive”.

Cllr Des Guckian (Independent, Leitrim County Council)
“Yes, I favour a ban on both hare coursing and foxhunting” in an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Sean McDermott (Fine Gael, Leitrim County Council)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Sean McDermott voted in favour of motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that Leitrim County Council “…shares the concerns [RISE] is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley T.D. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting and other outdoor activities…”

Cllr Paddy O’Rourke (Fianna Fail, Leitrim County Council)
In 2010, Councillor Paddy O’Rourke supported motions in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. One of the motion was that “Leitrim County Council support the “Rise Campaign” (Rural Ireland says enough) concerning the legislation being brought in to ban all field sports which would have a devastating effect on people’s livelihood.” According to the minutes of a 14th June 2010 council meeting, “Councillor Paddy O’Rourke supported the motions. He stated that nobody is supporting any form of abuse of animals but that there is a place for culling etc and a balanced attitude and approach is required.”

Contact Leitrim County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Your-Council/Meetings_Councillors/County_Councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Laois County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

2 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr John King (Fine Gael, Laois County Council)
In 2013, Cllr John King shamefully welcomed hunting body FACE to County Laois. FACE’s members include the Irish Masters of Foxhounds, the Irish Coursing Club, the Ward Union deerhunt and the Irish Masters of Harriers/Beagles/Minkhounds Associations – “Before returning to Dublin and their respective countries, the FACE Members were treated to a game feast of locally-sourced venison, pigeon and pheasant at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, home of Ireland’s St. Hubert’s Day Celebrations. Officially welcomed by Councillor John King on behalf of the Laois Municipality, the guests arrived to find the famous Laois Hunt horses and hounds awaiting them along with David Lalor, Master of the Laois Hunt and Joe Hosey, Chairman of the Laois Regional Game Council.” from “Europe’s Hunting And Conservation Associations Gather In Dublin”, Irish Countrysports and Country life magazine, Summer 2013.

Cllr Paschal McEvoy (Fianna Fail, Laois County Council)
In November 2016, Cllr McEvoy sponsored a greyhound race at Newbridge track. Two greyhounds collided and were knocked over during the race.

Cllr Aidan Mullins (Sinn Fein, Laois County Council)
“Personally I am against fox hunting and hare coursing.” from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Noel Tuohy (Labour Party, Laois County Council)
“I would be totally opposed [to fox hunting and hare coursing]” from a text to ICABS, July 2015.

 

Contact Laois County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://laois.ie/about-the-council/councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Kilkenny County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

2 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr David Fitzgerald (Fine Gael, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny City)
Kilkenny Borough Councillor David Fitzgerald (Fine Gael) voiced his opinion on the matter. “I will disagree with my party colleagues,” he said. “In my reading of this, it is the use of ‘wild’ animals – not dogs and ponies – and I believe that it is unsatisfactory and not helpful in this day and age. This is not an attack on circuses; it is specifically about the use of wild animals and I would not like to see the return of wild tigers, lions or elephants.” from “Circus debate was intense, but motion was defeated”, Kilkenny People 27 September 2012

Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fail, Kilkenny, Castlecomer)
In October 2015, Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick attended the AGM of the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC) whose members are responsible for the shooting of tens of thousands of foxes, deer, birds and other creatures every year.

Cllr Joe Malone (Fianna Fail, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny City)
In October 2015, as mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr Joe Malone attended the AGM of the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC) whose members are responsible for the shooting of tens of thousands of foxes, deer, birds and other creatures every year.

Andrew McGuinness (Fianna Fail, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny City)
Shocking footage has emerged online of a sulky racing accident in Kilkenny, in which a horse lost its life. The driver was thrown from the cart following the collision with a stop sign, but was not seriously injured. The video was posted on Facebook by Fianna Fáil’s Andrew McGuinness, who is in favour of banning sulky racing on public roads. In the post, he described the incident as “another display of horrific animal cruelty” and confirmed that the Gardaí are investigating the incident. Andrew explained what he would like to see happen with sulky racing in Ireland: “In my experience it’s become a much bigger issue than normal over the last twelve to eighteen months, where it seems every couple of weeks there’s an incident like this happening. During my term as Mayor of Kilkenny, I brought forward bylaws to ban sulky racing on public roads in Kilkenny, and I would like to see them enforced with a zero tolerance policy. I’d also like to see intervention at national level and bring forward some sort of legislation to govern the use of horses and carts right across the country.” Today FM, 28 June 2017.

When asked to reflect on his previous term and its highlights, he said animal welfare and bridging the gap between the public and the council were significant…”Animal welfare is a big one I was heavily involved in. The issue of sulky racing is one I was heavily involved in – that came up a lot on the doorsteps.” Kilkenny People, 25 May 2019.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green Party, Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny City)
Responding to the content of the ICABS “Coursing Cruelty Catalogue 2014-15”, Cllr Noonan stated that “it highlights a shocking disregard for the welfare of the animals.”

In February 2013, Cllr Noonan joined calls for a ban on foxhunting, describing it as “barbaric”. His statement came in the wake of an horrific attack on a dog by hunt hounds in a Coillte forest in Carlow which left the family pet fighting for its life with severe injuries.

Cllr Patrick O’Neill (Fine Gael, Kilkenny County Council, Callan-Thomastown)
In August 2015, Cllr O’Neill sponsored a race at Kilkenny greyhound track – the “Senator Pat O’Neill & Cllr. Patrick O’Neill A1 / A2 525”.

Contact Kilkenny County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://kilkennycoco.ie/eng/Your_Council/About-the-Council/Your_County_Councillor/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Kildare County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

28 Oct

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Anne Breen (Labour Party, Kildare County Council, Naas)
“I am very much against foxhunting and hare coursing…and would fully support your stance.” from a message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Aoife Breslin (Labour Party, Kildare County Council, Athy)
“I can confirm that I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

Cllr Ide Cussen (Sinn Fein, Kildare County Council)
“I deplore all abuse of animals and cruelty to animals.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Seamie Moore (Independent, Kildare County Council)
“I am against hare coursing” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Joe Neville (Fine Gael, Kildare County Council, Leixlip)
“Absolutely.” In response to an ICABS tweet – “We hope you favour a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing which are forms of cruelty to animals” (9th September 2014).

Cllr Robert Power (Fianna Fáil, Kildare County Council)
Robert Power is a son of former TD Sean Power who stated during a Dail debate on the Greyhound Industry [Doping Regulation] Bill 2006: “I was a greyhound owner in the past and my family was involved down through the years in the industry. I like a night at the dogs. In recent years, the issue of clerical abuse has received a great deal of publicity. However, as a former altar boy, my experience of the church was much different. I was an altar boy to a priest who loved both horse and greyhound racing and I had the pleasure of travelling around the country to attend horse and greyhound race meetings and even the odd coursing meeting. I learned a great deal and my experience with this priest was joyous and educational. I am grateful for the education I received about greyhounds and horses” (Sean Power speaking as Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, 8th June 2006)

Contact Kildare County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at http://www.kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/CorporateServices/CorporateServices/MembersServices/Councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Kerry County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

27 Oct

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Robert Beasley (Sinn Fein, Kerry County Council)
In November 2015, Cllr Robert Beasley, Cllr Dianne Nolan and Martin Ferris TD placed an advert in the booklet for Listowel hare coursing meeting. The advert stated: “Best of luck to Listowel Coursing Club”. See 3 Sinn Fein politicians wish “best of luck” to cruel coursers.

Cllr Michael Cahill (Fianna Fáil, Kerry County Council)
“The council will have to vigorously oppose any ban on night-time shooting. The fox population will increase dramatically, to the detriment of sheep farmers, who have enormous difficulty protecting young and new-born lambs. If this proposal is implemented it will also have huge repercussions for those involved in poultry — chickens, ducks, turkeys, and other fowl — as up to 90% of foxes are killed at night.” Irish Examiner, June 19, 2017.

Cllr Jim Finucane (Fine Gael, Kerry County Council – Tralee)
In 2014, Cllr Jim Finucane sponsored a greyhound racing event at Kingdom greyhound track in Tralee. Among the races at the “Aoife Thornton Fine Gael Night at the Dogs” event was the “Cllr Jim Finucane 525” and the “Coursing Sweepstake Final”.

Cllr John Francis Flynn (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)
“I’m not in favour of a ban [on foxhunting and hare coursing]” from an email to ICABS, August 2016.

“Cllr John Francis Flynn opposed the motion [proposing a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses] saying there are groups of agitators out there who want to ban everything. This would be just a stepping stone, he said, and the next thing will be to try and stop Puck Fair or farmers shooting foxes or mink.” Radio Kerry, 13th December 2016.

Cllr Norma Foley (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)
“Cllr Norma Foley said the motion [proposing a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses] implied all circuses were doing a disservice to animals.” Radio Kerry, 13th December 2016.

Cllr Michael Gleeson (Independent, Kerry County Council)
In 2007, Councillor Michael Gleeson was criticised by ICABS after he called for the urgent elimination of the mink species. Cllr Gleeson said that “it is imperative that an onslaught is commenced on the most unwelcome mink.” Read More

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae (Independent, Kerry County Council)
“Cllr Maura Healy-Rae said [a proposed ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses] could open up an attack on horse racing and coursing and this area was not the responsibility of the council.” Radio Kerry, 13th December 2016.

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae (Independent, Kerry County Council)
“Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae who farms sheep at the foot of Mangerton Mountain and has shot foxes to protect his flock, said those behind the law [proposing a ban on the shooting of foxes at night] are do-gooders who would prefer to see the entire county turned into a National Park.” Radio Kerry News, 23rd June 2017.

Cllr Niall Kelleher (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)
“Fianna Fail Cllr Niall Kelleher brought a motion before the monthly meeting of the local authority calling for legislation governing the area to be amended. Cllr Niall Kelleher told the meeting at present the use of animals in circuses in Ireland is unregulated and the only way to ensure the welfare of wild animals such as lions, tigers and elephants is to ban their use. He added that 12 other local authorities have banned circuses using wild or any animals on council lands.” Radio Kerry, 13th December 2016.

Cllr Mike Kennelly (Fine Gael, Kerry County Council)
Cllr Kennelly follows Listowel coursing club on Twitter. ICABS has asked him to clarify his stance on the issue.

Cllr Sam Locke (Independent, Kerry County Council)
“I am totally against this form of so-called sport [hare coursing and fox hunting]” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Dan McCarthy (Independent, Kerry County Council)
“Cllr Dan McCarthy, who also manages Kenmare Mart, said the law [proposing a ban on night-time shooting of foxes] will prevent farmers even using a light to check their flocks at night. ‘It won’t increase my wages at the end of the year, it will be me or the fox getting a bonus and I hope it’s me’, he said.” Radio Kerry News, 23rd June 2017.

Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)
In February 2014, Cllr Moloney tweeted “hard luck” to the Irish Coursing Club and the owner of a dog beaten in the Irish Cup hare coursing event.

Cllr Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)
Speaking on the Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio 1 (4th April 2019), Cllr Moriarity defended fur farming on the grounds of employment, saying “we have in the region of 13 full time jobs in the Kerry [fur farm]”. Asked about the cruelty of fur farming, Cllr Moriarity remarked: “I think it is also cruel if you take a job away from somebody who is providing for their household…” Listen to the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCKOE1Lb4n

Cllr Aoife Thornton (Fine Gael, Kerry County Council – Listowel)
In 2014, Cllr Aoife Thornton held a fundraiser at Kingdom greyhound track in Tralee. Among the races at the “Aoife Thornton Fine Gael Night at the Dogs” event was the “Coursing Sweepstake Final”.

Contact Kerry County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.kerrycoco.ie/councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com