FBD Insurance continuing to sponsor greyhound racing

20 Dec


Shame on FBD Insurance for continuing to sponsor the cruel greyhound industry, despite being made aware of the suffering and killing of dogs.

Yesterday, 19 December, FBD sponsored another race at Kilkenny track – “Race 9 FBD Insurance S7 300”

On the night, during a separate race, a dog suffered a fall and was listed as not having finished the race – suggesting an injury.

FBD has been shamefully sponsoring greyhound racing for at least 15 years. No company should support an industry which involves so much suffering and death.

Over the past 4 years, at least 1,369 greyhounds have been injured at tracks around Ireland, with at least 438 killed. This includes 37 injuries and 13 deaths at Kilkenny track.

The dogs sustained injuries to legs, wrists, shoulders, backs, tails, muscles and toes.

An estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing each year in Ireland (presumed killed when found to be not quick enough to win races).


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Iceland supermarket removes cruel glue traps from Malta stores

17 Dec

iceland removes cruel traps

A big thank you to UK supermarket chain, Iceland, for responding positively to an ICABS appeal and removing cruel glue traps from its stores in Malta.

In an appeal to Iceland’s head office on Tuesday, ICABS highlighted the cruelty of glue traps and the fact that they have been condemned by the RSPCA due to the suffering caused.

“Glue traps are designed to catch mice and rats in a sticky base where they will suffer a slow, lingering death,” we stated in our correspondence to Iceland. “Rodents caught in the traps frantically struggle to free themselves by pulling out their hair or biting off their own limbs. If they don’t die from these injuries or from suffocation due to their faces becoming stuck in the glue, they spend days dying from starvation and dehydration. Veterinary surgeons who have condemned the traps have confirmed that ‘there is much suffering by the entrapped animals – it is not a sudden or merciful death…Because all mammals have similar nervous systems, they are capable of experiencing the same type of pain and suffering.'”

Iceland acted swiftly to stop stocking the traps.

Within 48 hours, a spokesperson for company CEO Sir Malcolm Walker responded: “Thank you very much for your email. Without customers like you providing us feedback on crucial information, we cannot continue to grow and develop. I passed your email to our Head of Sales and Marketing for International Stores and our Malta Store Business Partner. I am very pleased to let you know we have immediately removed these products from sale.”

Thumbs up to Iceland for this quick and compassionate response. The company has already won widespread praise from animal lovers this year for pledging to become the first UK supermarket chain to remove palm oil from all its own brand food products.

The move was prompted by concerns about the palm oil industry’s destruction of rain forests and the devastating impact that is having on endangered animals including orangutans.

“Palm Oil is one of the world’s biggest causes of deforestation and poses a significant threat to a number of species already facing extinction,” the Iceland website outlines. “In Indonesia and Malaysia, where palm oil and wood pulp plantations are the biggest drivers of deforestation, many species are being threatened with extinction, including the orangutan. The orangutan population has more than halved in the last 15 years and is now critically endangered with only 70,000 to 100,000 individuals remaining.”

An Iceland Christmas ad highlighting the plight of orangutans was last month banned from television for being “political” but nevertheless went on to reach over 65 million viewers online. Narrated by actress Emma Thompson, the animated ad can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdpspllWI2o

Learn more about palm oil industry destruction at https://www.iceland.co.uk/environment/

Find out more about glue traps at http://www.banbloodsports.com/traps.htm Here in Ireland, glue traps are illegal – if you spot them for sale, please email the details to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Former Fine Gael TD and Galway mayor sponsored cruel coursing

5 Dec
brian walsh td coursing sponsor

A former Fine Gael TD and mayor of Galway City sponsored cruel hare coursing for at least three years, it has emerged.
Documents seen by ICABS show that Brian Walsh – a TD for the Galway West constituency between 2011 and 2016 and mayor of Galway from 2006 to 2007 – sponsored the Galway & Oranmore coursing meeting in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
In February 2014, the coursing club sent Walsh a letter thanking him for “your very generous sponsorship of €200 towards our 2013 meeting”.
Records show that at that coursing meeting, two hares “required assistance” [a euphemism for hares that have been struck and mauled by greyhounds], two were injured and two were declared “unsuitable for coursing”.
In October 2014, Brian Walsh agreed to again sponsor the Galway & Oranmore coursing meeting, with his office sending a request to the coursing club to “do similar to last year with Brian’s name on sheets”, at a cost of €150.
A National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger monitored the 2014 Galway & Oranmore coursing meeting and noted that 6 hares were hit by dogs on the first day – three were hit and three were pinned to the ground. On the second day of the meeting, one hare was put down due to the severity of the injuries suffered. On day three, five more hares were hit.
In 2011, Brian Walsh TD also paid €200 for an advertisement in the hare coursing booklet and for sponsorship of the coursing cards.
At this meeting, 10 hares were hit by dogs and 4 were pinned to the ground.
In March 2013, Walsh shamefully 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.
During a Dail speech in 2014, he pushed for funding for horse racing, saying “funding must be made available to look after horse owners, the lifeblood of the industry without whom one would not have any activity…the State should invest heavily in the horse racing industry…”
Walsh resigned his seat on the grounds of ill health just before the 2016 general election. Last December, the Sunday Times reported that in 2016 he received €105,334 from the Oireachtas.
According to the Sunday Times article: “In November 2015, Walsh told Galway Bay FM he would not contest the next election but insisted he would not be getting any ‘gravy train’ deal and would serve his full term. However, the then 43-year-old resigned his seat on health grounds just two months later and just weeks before the general election. The then trustees of the Oireachtas pension trust decided to award Walsh an extra five years’ notional service on the grounds that he probably would have been re-elected if he had not been ill. Records obtained following a freedom of information request reveal Walsh’s payments of €105,334 last year included a pension lump sum of €58,916. This was double the amount received by other TDs who served only one term…The records show Walsh’s payments last year included a €14,543 termination lump sum, €15,760 in termination payments and €16,113 in basic pay.”
The Sunday Times noted that “he is being paid €16,000 a year as an illness pension payment, which will be worth about €320,000 to Walsh over the next 20 years.” Read the full report at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/td-who-quit-over-ill-health-was-paid-105-000-last-year-xz0chzvfk
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Protests: Don’t party at a greyhound track this Christmas

4 Dec


Please support these upcoming peaceful protests against the cruel greyhound industry…
Don’t Gamble With Dogs Lives This Christmas
Friday, 14 December 2018 from 18:00-20:00
Outside Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium, Dublin
Greyhound Racing Xmas Party Protest
Saturday, 15 December 2018 from 18:30-20:00
Outside Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Brewery Road, Tralee

Growing gambling addiction concerns after introduction of 8:12am greyhound racing

29 Nov

There are fears that the introduction of early morning greyhound racing will add to Ireland’s gambling addiction crisis.

Speaking on today’s Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio 1, Professor Colin O’Gara, Head of Addiction Services at St John of God Hospital in Dublin stated: “I would be concerned, like a lot of treatment service providers, that this is opening up gambling to a new audience. It’s really on a background of the intense proliferation of gambling over the last few years in Ireland. Certainly I would be concerned about that. I would also be concerned about the impact of this on problem gamblers in particular – individuals who we know the industry takes a disproportionate amount of money from. I would be concerned that people who have problem gambling have lost insight into reality, they’ve lost insight into the nature of their gambling. These are the kind of people I would have thought at 8.18 in the morning are going to be gambling.”

Professor O’Gara warned that Ireland is “in a very dangerous situation at the moment because for many years we have been asking for regulation and it hasn’t come in – I do think this proliferation, and this [morning greyhound racing] being an example, is a major concern to us.”

He went on to reveal that there are an estimated 40,000 “very severe problem gamblers” in Ireland and up to 100,000 less severe problem gamblers, adding that “I would suggest that that is a relatively conservative estimate…it could be 200,000 or more.”

Studies have shown that that for every problem gambler, there are around 8 people directly affected by the problem.

Asked by programme presenter Sean O’Rourke if there has been an increase in children gambling and if “there are signs that there are more children gambling in a more dangerous way”, Professor O’Gara replied: “Absolutely. The suggestion from studies is that the rate of adolescent gambling is about three times higher. I would be particularly concerned about this group in the context of advertising in Ireland at the moment.”

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has this week renewed an appeal to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to take action to stop children gambling at greyhound tracks. The call follows the online publication of troubling photos showing young children at greyhound tracks with betting slips.


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

Contact the Minister for Children and ask her to urgently intervene to stop the Irish Greyhound Board targeting children.

Katherine Zappone, TD
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4
Phone: 085 2196189 OR 01 647 3000
Email: Katherine.Zappone@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatherineZappone/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KZapponeTD

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
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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Hares running for their lives during cruel coursing in Limerick

28 Nov

Sickening scenes of animal cruelty filmed at the weekend (17/18 Nov 2018) at Bulgaden, near Kilmallock, County Limerick. At a coursing meeting held by Ardpatrick & Kilfinane coursing club – one of approximately 70 that take place around Ireland up until the end of February – dozens of hares were used as live bait for dogs to chase.
The terrorised creatures were seen frantically running for their lives as pairs of greyhounds were unleashed in front of a merciless mob comprising men, women and children. Some of the hares were hit hard, their delicate bodies sent tumbling or flying into the air. Others ran from one side of the field to the other and around in circles, sometimes leaping over the dogs, to try and escape.
The coursers know how unacceptable their vile pastime is to the majority of decent people in Ireland and are desperate to keep it from the public view. At Ardpatrick & Kilfinane, a pathetic attempt was made to interfere with filming by shining a bright light directly at the video camera and the woman operating it. She was undeterred by this intimidation and successfully documented the plight of the hares.
How appalling that our government, in 2018, continues to allow this obscene bloodsport to continue. It is particularly shameful that Minister Josepha Madigan and the National Parks and Wildlife Service issued licences for this latest season of coursing, given the recent warnings from wildlife experts that the hare is in trouble, with numbers declining.
The Irish Hare should be afforded every protection to safeguard its future but instead, our politicians are pandering to the small minority who consider it entertaining to snatch hares from the wild, release them into an enclosure and watch as they run from dogs.
The hares at Ardpatrick and Kilfinane are just some of the thousands of victims of coursing. All suffer fear and stress – they don’t know the dogs are muzzled and so are effectively running for their lives. Hares who get hit by the dogs are at risk of sustaining painful life-ending injuries. Hares who survive the ordeal may later die from the stress-related condition known as capture myopathy which can claim lives in the days, weeks and months after coursing. Every coursing season, hare injuries and deaths are recorded.
This depraved practice has no place in modern Ireland; it should have been banned decades ago. It is time for the majority who love and value our wildlife heritage to unite to demand a long overdue ban on coursing. Please help bring coursing to an end by responding to the action alert below.
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 – no hare coursing, no hare hunting, no hare shooting. 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
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below)
Dear Minister Madigan,
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,
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,
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Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to push for a ban on this blood sport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too. 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.
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Norman: A man of courage and dignity

22 Nov

obituary Norman Daniels

Norman: A man of courage and dignity
Kilkenny Reporter, 21st November 2018

The small close-knit community of Rathmoyle, County Kilkenny was shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Norman Daniels.

Norman was brother of Ruth and Hubert, and son of the late Abe and Kathleen Daniels.

He was the quintessential gentleman farmer: Dedicated to honest toil he was the most obliging neighbour you could ask for, and closely attentive to the welfare of his animals. With his brother Hubert he ran the farm efficiently as a model business enterprise, but he never lost touch with the ethics-based rural way of life bequeathed to him by his parents and grandparents.

He empathized with the cause of wildlife protection. Representatives of the Irish Council and Against Blood Sports and like-minded groups attended his funeral.

In recent years Norman became something of cause célèbre for other farmers and landowners owing to his principled stance against trespass.

He acted decisively to tackle renegade foxhunting and other forms of aggravated trespass.

He demonstrated how such illicit behavior could be recorded and used in evidence in any resulting legal actions to enshrine the rights of the landowners affected.

His handling of a series of incursions on his own property was widely reported via social media and praised by landowners nationwide.

Long suffering victims of trespass who had themselves sustained damage to fencing, livestock, and crops following his example and opting to videotape unlawful incursions rather than physically approaching or confronting the culprits.

Though of peaceful disposition, Norman was never a man to accept wrongdoing…whether to himself, family members, or other farmers.

A hero of his was the acclaimed Garda Whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Norman held that one should always battle for truth, whatever the consequences.

He believed that in the end doing the right thing brought the joy and relief of a clear conscience and ultimate vindication.

Aptly, a quote from Matthew (5:11) was included in his funeral service at the magnificent St Canice’s Cathedral: “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you.”

In good times and bad, Norman was a born optimist, never giving up on an enterprise or dodging a daunting challenge.

He followed through to the end in the knowledge- or hope- that success could be achieved.

The theme of optimism was in the air when the service ended and people streamed out of the cathedral.

Drizzly rain had abated, clouds were beginning to clear, and a most beautiful rainbow shimmered in the sky.

It seemed to bisect the round tower, and to encircle the ancient place of worship, exuding brilliant reds, yellows, and indigo.

For some it was a sign of hope and renewal, a reminder that a decent human being had passed to his just reward for a life well-lived.

Norman will be missed: by his family, his friends, and the countless people who drew solace from his brave stance against bullying.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

John Fitzgerald