Dublin footballers reject greyhound racing appeal

8 Nov

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The Dublin senior football team has rejected appeals for it to stay away from greyhound racing and is going ahead with another “Dubs at the Dogs” event at Shelbourne Park stadium – the worst track in Ireland this year for greyhound injuries.

Football fans are being lured to the track with the promise of autographs and photographs with the players and Sam Maguire cup. It is being promoted as “a night not to be missed for Dublin supporters”.

Organisers are encouraging children to attend the gambling venue with the offer of half price tickets.

The Dublin team are returning to Shelbourne Park despite repeated appeals to them to show compassion for the dogs and choose a different venue.

Shocking statistics confirm that greyhounds continue to suffer and die in greyhound racing. In the first half of 2018, 163 greyhounds suffered injuries and 53 died or were killed by track vets. The greyhounds sustained injuries to hocks, wrists, legs, toes, shoulders, necks, backs, tails and muscles. Greyhounds suffered injuries at all tracks, with the HIGHEST NUMBER RECORDED AT SHELBOURNE PARK (24) – followed by Galway (17) and Mullingar (16). Cork’s Curraheen Park saw the most injured greyhounds being destroyed by a track vet – 7 dogs (half of the 14 injured). Newbridge track was the worst for the percentages of greyhounds injured and killed (0.75% and 0.27% respectively).

In the past three and a half years, 1,369 greyhounds suffered injuries and 438 were killed at Irish tracks. This includes, 129 greyhounds injured and 29 killed at Shelbourne Park. The figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

Greyhounds are also dying in local dog pounds. 80 were destroyed in pounds last year, bringing to 2,729 the number of greyhounds killed in pounds in the past eight years.

It is disappointing that after so many revelations about greyhounds being injured, doped, dumped, killed and exported to countries with little or no animal welfare, the Dublin team is associating with this disgusting industry.

Fundraisers at tracks are helping to keep the greyhound industry afloat – the track takes a 30-40 per cent commission from ticket sales and also profits from gambling and food/drink sales on the night.

Greyhound racing is also sustaining the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing – all greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club and the registration fees help fund coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds to chase. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings.

Please join us in urging Dublin GAA and event organisers Hill16 Army to say NO to greyhound racing and choose an alternative venue for their event.

Dublin GAA
Tel:(01) 8312099
Email info@dublingaa.ie; info@hill16.ie
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Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in urging GAA Head Office to tell member clubs to reject greyhound racing as a form of fundraising.

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STRESSED, TERRIFIED, LIVE BAIT: Coursing cruelty highlighted on Liveline

28 Oct

 

STRESSED, TERRIFIED, LIVE BAIT FOR DOGS: ICABS Campaign Director Aideen Yourell highlights the cruelty of hare coursing and slams Minister Josepha Madigan for issuing coursing licences at a time when there are warnings that the Irish Hare is in trouble (RTE Liveline, 17 October 2018)

ACTION ALERT

With warnings from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the species must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.

Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
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John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
Email: john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie

VIDEOS

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SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.

In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.

Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Ireland: Ban cruel hare coursing
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Fresh appeal to GAA to stop fundraisers at gambling venues where dogs die

26 Oct

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The GAA is once again being urged to put an end to club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. The latest appeal comes after Grenagh GAA club in Cork announced a fundraiser at Curraheen Park – where in the past three and a half years, 83 greyhounds suffered injuries and 30 died or were killed.

Nationwide, in the same period, 1,369 greyhounds suffered injuries, with 438 destroyed.

Grenagh GAA is promoting the event as “a fun night out with family and friends” but it’s no fun for the dogs who may be seen falling, writhing on the ground in agony and crying out in pain.

Given recent revelations about gambling addiction problems among GAA players, it is also most inappropriate for GAA clubs to choose gambling venues as fundraising locations.

In an email to the GAA, ICABS stated: “The GAA has a duty to protect its players and this must include prohibiting club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. Allowing GAA clubs to expose children to a gambling environment is at odds with the GAA’s stated concerns about the growing problem of gambling in Ireland and it undermines efforts to educate players about gambling addiction.

Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep the cruel greyhound industry afloat – the track takes a 30-40 per cent commission from ticket sales and also profits from gambling and food/drink sales on the night.

Greyhound racing is also sustaining the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing – all greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club and the registration fees help fund coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds at coursing meetings. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings.

As sports clubs struggle to raise funds for vital equipment and improvements to their grounds, the government has just granted €16.8 million to the Irish Greyhound Board for 2019, despite all its tracks losing money – largely due to plummeting attendance and sponsorship. This squandering of public funds must stop – the money needs to be diverted to sports clubs, health groups, animal rescue centres and other worthy causes crying out for support.

ACTION ALERT

Join us in urging the GAA to tell member clubs to reject greyhound racing as a form of fundraising.

Email: queries@gaa.ie
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Appeal to Grenagh GAA to show compassion for the animals and choose an alternative fundraising venue.

Grenagh GAA
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GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
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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
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Why you should say NO to greyhound track fundraisers

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

The cruel and crumbling greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001 (including €16 million for 2018 and €16.8 million for 2019). Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry and instead direct the money to charities and other deserving causes. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, finegael@finegael.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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“I have no plans to ban fox hunting” – Shameful statement from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed

25 Oct
Minister creed claims foxes terrorised are not subject to suffering
“I have no plans to ban fox hunting” – A shameful statement from Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed who has outrageously claimed that existing legislation “requires persons to ensure that animals being hunted are not subject to unnecessary suffering”.
 
Foxhunting is a bloodsport banned in all our neighbouring jurisdictions because it is fundamentally CRUEL – foxes are disturbed from their habitats, chased across the countryside by packs of hounds until exhaustion slows them down and allows the dogs to catch them, knock them off their feet, bite into their flesh, disembowel them and rip them apart.
 
How appalling that the Minister with responsibility for animal welfare considers it appropriate to defend this barbarity.
 
Minister Creed was responding to a Dail question from Dublin Central politician, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, who asked him “if exemptions will be removed for blood sports from the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, in view of the suffering and death caused to hares and foxes during coursing and foxhunting activities”.
 
The exemptions, included in the Animal Health and Welfare Act by then Agriculture Minister, and now Tanaiste, Simon Coveney (who has admitted to participating in foxhunting himself) allow foxhunters and coursers to carry out their animal cruelty without fear of prosecution, fines or prison.
 
Minister Creed went on to refer to a worthless voluntary foxhunting “code of conduct” which in no way lessens the terror and suffering inflicted on persecuted foxes. The Minister maintained to Deputy O’Sullivan that the Code “advocates the humane disposal of a fox when captured”.
 
There is nothing humane in being ripped apart by a pack of hounds while hunters holler and triumphantly blow horns. It is a despicable way to treat any sentient creature and to Ireland’s shame that it continues to be legal.
 
We thank Maureen O’Sullivan TD for again raising this issue and appeal to all to contact the government to demand that it shows compassion for our beleaguered wildlife and join other civilised countries in finally banning foxhunting and hare coursing.
 
 
 
DAIL QUESTION AND ANSWER
11 October 2018
 
QUESTION
 
Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Independent, Dublin Central): To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine if exemptions will be removed for blood sports from the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, in view of the suffering and death caused to hares and foxes during coursing and foxhunting activities.
 
REPLY
 
Minister Michael Creed (Fine Gael, Cork North West): As the deputy will be aware detailed debate was held around the issue of hunting during the passage of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and the Dail voted overwhelmingly to allow the continuation on fox hunting in accordance with an appropriate Code of Conduct.
 
The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 requires persons to ensure that animals being hunted are not subject to unnecessary suffering and specifically prohibits the hunting of animals which have been released in an injured, mutilated or exhausted condition.
 
Section 25 of the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013 also allows for the establishment of codes of practice and for the adoption of codes published by other persons for the purposes of providing practical guidance relating to any aspect of the Act, including fox hunting. Voluntary codes of practice have been established by The Hunting Association of Ireland which detail the conduct to be adhered to in respect of the hunting of foxes and the treatment of the animal during the hunt. The Code prohibits the hunting of foxes where the animal is injured and advocates the humane disposal of a fox when captured. The code also takes into account local concerns and the concerns of the landowner(s) on whose land hunting takes place.
 
While I have no plans to ban fox hunting, officials of my Department met with the Hunting Association to review their existing Code and consider whether it needs updating.
 
I am fully committed to promoting good practices that respect the welfare of all animals and my Department devotes considerable resources to protecting animal welfare and in dealing with breaches of animal welfare legislation. Under the Act, on summary conviction, a person can receive a fine of up to €10,000 and, on indictment, €250,000 and/or imprisonment up to 5 years. There are fixed penalty payments for lesser offences. The Act provides the framework within which the welfare of animals can be safeguarded and I am hopeful that the substantial and significantly increased levels of penalties for offences of animal cruelty provided for under the Act will act as a deterrent to animal welfare abuses.
 
ACTION ALERTS
 
Contact Taoiseach/Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and demand a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing.
 
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Please sign and share our petition – Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
 
Contact the Agriculture Minister now and demand that the exemptions for foxhunting and hare coursing are removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
 
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.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw
 
Appeal to all Irish politicians
 
Please join us in telling the politicians that it is now time to ban foxhunting and hare coursing. Contact all your local TDs and urge them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem
 
Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.
 
Keep hunters off your land
 
If you are a landowner, make your land off-limits to hunters. Find out more about how to do this on our Farmers/Landowners Page – http://www.banbloodsports.com/farmers.htm Encourage all land-owning friends and family members in the countryside to show compassion and make their land a haven for wildlife.

Hares running for their lives at cruel coursing in Mallow, County Cork

22 Oct

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Hares are running for their lives today in Mallow, County Cork as Ireland’s cruel coursing continues.

The bloodsport takes place, thanks to a licence from Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

At last year’s meeting, four hares were caught and pinned to the ground by greyhounds and had to be examined by a vet for injuries. A total of 66 hares were snatched from the wild for use as live lures at the shameful event.

In previous years at Mallow coursing club

– 2 hares were killed and 1 hare suffered a “broken leg”, 2 hares died of injuries, plus another hare was found dead after the coursing
– 3 hares were struck, 1 of which was badly mauled and had to be carried off the field
– 4 hares “required assistance” and were examined by vet, with 1 dying
– 8 hares hit by greyhounds, with ranger noting that “muzzle came off one dog as it pinned hare”.
– 9 hares hit by muzzled dogs and 1 “escaped” from paddock.

ACTION ALERT

With warnings from wildlife experts that the Irish Hare is in trouble, it is now more clear than ever that the species must be given full protection. Urgently contact Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and demand that they revoke the 2018-19 hare coursing licence and end all forms of hare persecution.

Minister Josepha Madigan
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, ministers.office@ahg.gov.ie, wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie, john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie, Gerry.Leckey@ahg.gov.ie, nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan

John Fitzgerald
Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Phone: +353 (0)1 888 3242
Email: john.fitzgerald@ahg.gov.ie

VIDEOS

See the cruelty of hare coursing on our Youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/icabs

SAMPLE LETTER
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)

Dear Minister,

I am one of the majority who want hare coursing outlawed. I am writing to demand that you revoke the 2018-19 hare netting licence that has shamefully been issued.

In coursing, hares suffer and die at all stages – during the capture, during the time they are kept in captivity and during the coursing meetings where they run for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries recorded are broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips.

I ask you to please act on the wishes of the majority, show compassion and end this cruelty.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

[Name/Location]

The Irish Hare is a protected species but an exemption for coursing in the Animal Health and Welfare Act means coursers are not liable for prosecution for their cruelty. Join us in our call to the government to remove the exemption and provide full and permanent protection to this cherished species.

Contact An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and ask him to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Express your support for a ban on coursing. Sign and share the petitions

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

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
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French towns / cities shamefully hosting barbaric bullfighting

21 Oct

 

Revealed: The French towns and cities which shamefully host cruel bullfighting. It’s time for the French Government to abolish this barbarity. If visiting France or other bullfighting countries, please stay away from bullrings and bullfighting museums and avoid purchasing any bullfighting-related souvenirs.
Aignan

Aire sur l’Adour

Alès

Arles

Arzacq

Bayonne

Beaucaire

Bellegarde

Béziers

Bezouce

Bougue

Bouillargues

Brocas les Forges

Captieux

Carcassonne

Castelnau Riv. Basse

Céret

Châteaurenard

Dax

Eauze

Fontvieille

Fourques

Garlin

Générac

Gimeaux

Gimont

Hagetmau

Istres

La Brède

Le Houga

Lunel

Magescq

Manduel

Maubourguet

Mauguio

Méjanes

Millas

Mont de Marsan

Mugron

Nîmes

Orthez

Palavas les Flots

Parentis en Born

Plaisance du Gers

Port St Louis du Rhône

Redessan

Rieumes

Rion des Landes

Riscle

Rodilhan

Roquefort des Landes

Samadet

Stes Maries de la Mer

St Etienne du Grès

Saint Gilles

St Laurent d’Aigouze

St Martin de Crau

St Rémy de Provence

Saint Sever

St Vincent de Tyrosse

Tarascon

Tartas

Vauvert

Vergèze

Vic Fezensac

Vieux Boucau

Villeneuve de Marsan

Video Footage: CRAC Europe
http://www.anticorrida.com

Gavin Duffy’s presidential bid highlights cruel bloodsports

20 Oct

Thanks to Gavin Duffy’s presidential bid, cruel hunting and coursing are being subjected to the full glare of public attention. He may unwittingly have brought closer the day when Ireland can say goodbye and good riddance to these barbaric practises – Read John Fitzgerald’s blog in today’s Irish Examiner…

Readers’ Blog: Duffy shines light on ‘rural pursuits’
Irish Examiner, Saturday, October 20, 2018

I agree with those who say that the presidential election is a scandalous waste of money, given that the position of president is largely ceremonial and of little consequence. However as a campaigner against blood sports I’m delighted with Gavin Duffy’s involvement because his candidacy has helped to shine a light on these so-called “rural pursuits”.

Mr Duffy is entitled is entitled to his view that “field sports”, the euphemism for fox hunting, stag hunting, and hare coursing, are healthy forms of outdoor entertainment, but anyone who takes a closer and objective look at them would have to concede that they involve immense and unacceptable suffering for the animals that find themselves on the receiving end of the “sport”.

Even the nastiest and meanest jibes that have been tossed about during the presidential election campaign seem puny beside the spectacle of a cornered stag, collapsed from exhaustion, its tongue steaming, blood pouring from wounds inflicted in the course of a lengthy chase… and the hounds closing in.

Or the penultimate scene of a fox-hunt: When this wild dog has the skin ripped from its bones in a frenzy of bloodlust, prior to the severing of its brush (tail) to serve as a trophy.

Or the pain endured by a hare that is mauled or forcibly struck, or tossed into the air, on a mud-spattered coursing field.

Thanks to Gavin Duffy’s presidential bid, these activities are being subjected to the full glare of public attention. So well done to Gavin. He may, however unwittingly, have brought closer the day when Ireland can say goodbye and good riddance to these barbaric practices.

John Fitzgerald
Callan, Co Kilkenny

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/yourview/readers-blog-duffy-shines-light-on-rural-pursuits-876937.html

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