2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Louth

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Louth) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Kevin Callan (Independent, Louth County Council, Drogheda)
At a meeting of Drogheda Borough Council in 2012, Cllr Callan proposed a motion to ban wild animal-act circuses from using public borough land.

Sean Connolly (Green Party, Ardee)
“Myself and my fellow Green Party LE Candidates are completely in favour of a ban on blood sports such as fox hunting, hare coursing, fur farms and other forms of animal cruelty such as the snaring of badgers” (Tweet, 20 May 2019).

Cllr Maria Doyle (Fine Gael, Louth County Council, Dundalk)
“I am most certainly against blood sports.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Finnan McCoy (Fine Gael, Louth County Council, Ardee)
In 2007, Finnan McCoy spoke about cruel hare coursing in favourable terms, saying coursing clubs show care to the hares…”Were people to take as much care on the roads as was shown to the hares used at coursing club events, the annual road toll would be a lot lower, Ardee Town Commissioners Chairman Finnan McCoy told the recent monthly meeting. ‘There were 64 people killed on the roads in Louth last year, but there weren’t 64 hares killed in coursing,’ he said. The Chairman was commenting on Cmmr. Leonard Hatrick’s statement that he was outraged by the wilful destruction of young hares throughout the Ardee district and county…Chairman Finnan McCoy was anxious to make a distinction between the coursing clubs where the hares were ‘given injections and have their nails cut’ and unofficial meets where whippet dogs are used and the hares are given no chance.” from Drogheda Independent, June 2007.

Gus McDonnell (People Before Profit, Drogheda)
People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Other Green Party candidates
Eoin Daly (Green Party)
Cllr. Marianne Butler (Green Party)

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

See the full list of Louth candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047635-louth-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – South Dublin County

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (South Dublin County) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Aideen Carberry (Labour Party, Firhouse-Bohernabreena)
“Obviously against animal cruelty and blood sports. My cat will back me up on this, I love animals. :)” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Mick Duff (Labour Party, South Dublin County Council, Tallaght Central)
“I fully favour a complete ban on coursing and foxhunting” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

In 2010, Cllr Duff proposed a motion calling for a ban on the import and sale of fur which was successfully passed by South Dublin County Council. He also supported a motion to ban circuses with wild animals from public lands in South County Dublin and monitors dog pounds in the county.

Cllr Francis Duffy (Green Party, South Dublin County Council)
“I am against cruelty to animals in all contexts. I would like to see higher standards of animal welfare in farming, harsher sentences for those who commit crimes against animals in a domestic context, and an end to the farming of animals for their fur. The law as it stands is wholly inadequate in dealing with crimes against animals and, if elected [as a TD], I would support any legislation that improves standards in animal welfare.” from an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Louise Dunne (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council, Tallaght South)
“I would be happy to support a motion [in favour of a ban on bloodsports].” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Trevor Gilligan (Fianna Fail, South Dublin County Council, Clondalkin)
“Tackling animal cruelty has been a priority for me since elected in Clondalkin in 2004. We need to look at more ways to catch offenders who harm animals, be that for money, for fun or otherwise. Only recently a small innocent dog was gravely harmed when dogs were let loose in a park. There must be a cruelty to animals register so that the public can know about people who cause cruelty to animals. I have worked with many groups in Clondalkin and outside towards tackling animal cruelty, I have put down many motions on this issue at council level and will continue to do so if re-elected in Clondalkin…I would support a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing.” from correspondence to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Sarah Holland (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council, Firhouse-Bohernabreena)
“Most definitely in favour of a ban” from a tweet to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Pamela Kearns (Labour Party, South Dublin County Council, Rathfarnham-Templeogue)
“I am against any cruelty to animals.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Ronan McMahon (Independent, South Dublin County Council, Rathfarnham-Templeogue)
“Yes, I am against these cruel activities [hare coursing and fox hunting] and against cruelty to animals in general.” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Anne-Marie McNally (Social Democrats, Lucan)
“As the parent of a rescued Greyhound it is a topic very close to my heart. The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights, and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering. As a guiding principle, we believe that the State should strive to ensure that animals live lives free of pain and discomfort in so far as that is possible, are strongly protected from cruelty, neglect and abandonment and live a “life worth living,” even within the context of food production.”

The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming and want to see harsher penalties for animal cruelty. See the party’s full animal welfare policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Cllr Charlie O’Connor (Fianna Fail, South Dublin County Council, Tallaght Central)
“I took careful note of your concerns regarding hare coursing and please be assured of my interest in the matter. I am pursuing this issue on your behalf and I will do all I can to help.” Charlie O’Connor TD in a message to ICABS in July 2004.

In 2010, Charlie O’Connor TD voted in favour of the ban on carted deer hunting.

In 2005, foxes and mink were doomed to lives of misery on fur farms following the rejection by Dail Eireann of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill 2004. The bill was defeated by 67 votes to 50. Charlie O’Connor was among the TDs who voted AGAINST the bill.

Liam Sinclair (Green Party, Tallaght Central)
“I oppose animal cruelty in all its forms. Hunting for sport and fur farming have no place in a civilised society. I will advocate for stricter laws and more severe punishments at every opportunity.” from an email to ICABS, 15 May 2019.

Cllr Francis Timmons (Independent, South Dublin County Council, Clondalkin)
“I fully support [an end to the licensing of hare coursing]. I am against coursing.” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.

Joanna Tuffy (Labour Party, Lucan)
As a TD in 2010, Joanna Tuffy voted against the ban on cruel stag hunting.

“Studies carried out on the Ward Union Hunt found evidence of physiological recovery within three or four days and full recovery within ten days, and two months post hunt the hunted deer were found to be in good health.” Joanna Tuffy TD, Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages, 29 June 2010 – http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-29.475.0 In response, Minister Gormley stated: “I do not know what sort of information the Deputy has but one does not need to be a vet or any specialist to see that the animal in question is under severe stress. It is a domesticated animal. The vets to whom I have spoken have clearly stated that the animal is under severe stress.”

“The Labour Party opposes this legislation [ban on Ward Union deerhunt] because it is the wrong approach to maximising the protection of wildlife. It does nothing to protect wildlife but has a much more cynical motivation. It is an all-out unilateral ban on the Ward Union Hunt…People in rural communities feel under threat from this legislation and are concerned it is the thin end of the wedge.”
http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate.aspx?F=DAL20100624.xml&Ex=All&Page=9
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 24 June 2010

Other Green Party candidates
Peter Kavanagh (Green Party)
Suzanne McEneaney (Green Party)
David Morrison (Green Party)
Vanessa Mulhall (Green Party)
William Priestley (Green Party)

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

People Before Profit candidates
Cllr. Emma Hendrick
Cllr. Madeleine Johansson
Kevin Creagh
Kellie Marie Sweeney
Laura O’Reilly
John Flanagan

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Other Social Democrats candidates
Sandra Ruiz (Social Democrats)
Marie Corr (Social Democrats)
Carly Bailey (Social Democrats)
Rob Hunter (Social Democrats)
Sharon Nolan (Social Democrats)
Owen Hanley (Social Democrats)
John Crowley (Social Democrats)

The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Independents 4 Change candidates
David Moore (Independents 4 Change)
Cllr. Ruth Nolan (Independents 4 Change)

See the full list of South Dublin County candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047639-south-dublin-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

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https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Meath

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Meath) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Brian Fitzgerald (Independent, Meath County Council, Ratoath)
“Cllr Brian Fitzgerald said stag-hunting had been part of life in the county for a very long time. The object of stag-hunting was not to go out and kill the stag, he said.” from “Majority of Meath cllrs vote to reverse stag-hunting ban”, Nenagh Guardian, 11th January, 2012.

Cllr Wayne Ford (Independent, Meath County Council, Navan)
“I am against hare coursing and foxhunting.” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Joe Fox (Fine Gael, Meath County Council, Trim)
On his Facebook page, Cllr Joe Fox “likes” the Meath Hunt.

Cllr Wayne Harding (Fianna Fail, Meath County Council, Laytown-Bettystown)
“I am calling on this Council to request Minister Jimmy Deenihan to reverse the ban on Stag Hunting with immediate effect as promised by both Fine Gael and Labour prior to the General Election”. The motion was proposed by Councillor Tommy Reilly and seconded by Councillor Wayne Harding. From the minutes of Meath County Council’s January 2012 meeting.

Cllr Sharon Keogan (Independent, Meath County Council, Laytown-Bettystown)
In a Meath Hunt gallery on her Facebook page, photographs show Cllr Sharon Keoghan posing next to mounted members of Meath Hunt in 2011.

Cllr Nick Killian (Independent, Meath County Council, Ratoath)
In 2010, Nick Killian criticised Green Party efforts to ban the cruel Ward Union deerhunt. In a statement published on his website, Killian stated: “As a Fianna Fail member I am disgusted that a Fianna Fail Government is allowing Gormley and his gang of do gooders walk all over the people of Rural Ireland. Its not just the Stag hunting ban, but the Dog Breeding Bill and the banning of Turf Cutting on certain Bogs to protect a few flowers.”

In the Irish Times of 15 December 2009, Nick Killian was quoted as saying that he was “disgusted” with Fianna Fail for supporting a banning of the cruel Ward Union hunt. He made the comment at a pro-hunt meeting at Trim Castle Hotel.

At a Meath County Council meeting in December 2007, Nick Killian called on the Minister for the Environment to “make a decision on the issue of a licence to the Ward Union Hunt”.

Cllr Gerry O’Connor (Fine Gael, Meath County Council, Ratoath)
“I am opposed to all forms of animal cruelty. I support Minister Coveney in regards the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. I understand that people are passionate about legitimate field sports but want clear standards to protect animal welfare and ensure that these sports are carried out in a proper manner.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Tommy Reilly (Fianna Fail, Meath County Council, Navan)
“I am calling on this Council to request Minister Jimmy Deenihan to reverse the ban on Stag Hunting with immediate effect as promised by both Fine Gael and Labour prior to the General Election”. The motion was proposed by Councillor Tommy Reilly and seconded by Councillor Wayne Harding. From the minutes of Meath County Council’s January 2012 meeting.

Cllr Alan Tobin (Fine Gael, Meath County Council, Ashbourne)
“No – I would not support [a council motion expressing support for a ban on bloodsports]” In response to correspondence from ICABS, September 2014.

“The hunt is a spectacle not to be missed…I remember as a child being brought down to Frederick St. on Stephen’s afternoon by my parents, and relatives would come to visit on that day too, they loved to see the hunt and experience the country way of life.” from a Forum newspaper article (December 2013) in which Ashbourne Chamber of Commerce President Alan Tobin reportedly said that Ashbourne would welcome the Ward Union hunt with open arms.

Seamus McMenamin (Green Party, Navan)
The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

William Lacey (People Before Profit, Laytown-Bettystown)
People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Social Democrats candidates
Paul Nolan (Social Democrats)
Rob Corr (Social Democrats)
Amy McGrath (Social Democrats)
Ronan Moore (Social Democrats)

The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

See the full list of Meath candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0508/1048219-meath-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

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https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Mayo

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Mayo) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Joe Daly (People Before Profit, Mayo, Castlebar)
“As a candidate for People Before Profit we have a very progressive animal welfare policy which you can read here http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

If elected to Mayo County Council I would vigorously pursue the aims listed below and base myself on building campaigns with other animal rights activists in order to achieve them.

– Conduct a full audit of animal welfare issues in Ireland.
– Increase financial support for animal welfare charities
– Promote responsible pet ownership through the school curriculum.
– Conduct a full review of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 (DBEA).
– Stop live exports to countries where welfare standards at the final destination cannot be assured.
– Introduce measures requiring all animals, but especially pigs and poultry, to be provided with adequate space, natural light and opportunities to carry out their natural behaviours.
– Support the complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
– Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds.
– Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares.
– Properly enforce the ban on doping of greyhounds, lurchers, and horses.
– Control and regulation of Greyhound breeding for profit.
– Examine and restructure Bord Na gCon.
– Ban fur farming.
– End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting.
– Ban all non-medical animal experiments

I hope this shows you that we are very serious about animal welfare.” Email to ICABS, 21 May 2019.

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Tracey Smith (Social Democrats, Ballina)
The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Green Party candidates
Mags Sheehan
Cissy Nagiya

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

See the full list of Mayo candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0508/1048268-mayo-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

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https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Westmeath

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Westmeath) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Sorca Clarke (Sinn Fein, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
“I would support a ban on blood sports, completely against any form of animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Sorca Clarke supported a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.

Cllr Una Darcy (Independent, Westmeath County Council, Kinnegad)
“I think [hare coursing] is a horrible sport” from an email to the Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports, September 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Una D’Arcy presented a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. Speaking at the meeting, Cllr D’Arcy said that using wild animals for entertainment “belongs to a different time” and that video footage of a Dutch circus parading three elephants through the centre of Mullingar generated “very bad publicity for the town” and created a “huge backlash”. “Animals are not here to entertain us, there is no conservation or educational benefit to using wild animals in circuses,” she commented.

Cllr Michael Dollard (Independent, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
Cllr Dollard spoke in favour of bloodsports lobby group, RISE at a Mullingar meeting in 2010.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Michael Dollard voted against a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. Speaking at the meeting, he asked: “How can a circus operate without wild animals? They operate all over the world, what harm do they do?” The motion was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr Andrew Duncan (Fine Gael, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
“I do not support a ban [on fox hunting and hare coursing]” from a text message to ICABS, July 2015. Challenged on his stance, Cllr Duncan tweeted: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I support your right to yours but I do not favour ban and that’s my opinion.”

“I shoot and fish. Would you like to ban those as well” – from a 21 July 2015 tweet sent by Cllr Andrew Duncan.

In March 2016, Cllr Andrew Duncan was criticised for abstaining in a vote on a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion, presented at a meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr Ken Glynn (Fianna Fail, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
In January 1999, Ken Glynn voted in support of a Mullingar Town Commission motion calling for a ban on foxhunting with hounds. At his first meeting as a Mullingar Town Commissioner, Commissioner Glynn expressed his disgust at foxhunting. “As a keen sportsman,” he stated, “I think foxhunting is an insult to sport.”

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Ken Glynn supported a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. Speaking at the meeting, he said there was “absolute uproar” after the circus paraded three elephants through Mullingar to promote its shows.

Louise Heavin (Green Party, Westmeath, Athlone)
The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf
Denis Leonard (Labour Party, Kinnegad)
“I do not agree with cruelty to animals or testing on animals in any form.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Fiona Lynam (Social Democrats, Athlone)
The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Cllr Frank McDermott (Fine Gael, Westmeath County Council, Kinnegad)
“I have no problem with Irish tradition.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

“[Cllr Frank McDermott] said that hunt meetings ‘with dozens of foxhounds and horses’ can cause more damage in a few minutes than an entire parish would cause in a year and he suggested they be controlled under new bye-laws.” Westmeath Topic, 4th June 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Frank McDermott voted against a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The Westmeath Examiner reported him as saying that generations of rural children would never have seen an exotic wild animal if it wasn’t for circuses. The motion was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr Aengus O’Rourke (Fianna Fail, Westmeath County Council, Athlone)
“I am totally opposed to any form of animal abuse, neglect or cruelty. I would support a call to ban any ‘sporting’ activity that would cause or lead to the stress, injury or death of an animal.” Cllr O’Rourke in an email to ICABS, June 2015.

“Yes I would be in favour of a ban on cruel blood sports.” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Johnny Penrose (Labour Party, Westmeath County Council, Moate)
In 2010, Cllr Penrose attended a Mullingar meeting of bloodsports lobby group, RISE.

In March 2016, Cllr Johnny Penrose was criticised for abstaining in a vote on a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion, presented at a meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr John Shaw (Fianna Fail, Westmeath County Council, Kinnegad)
In March 2016, Cllr John Shaw was criticised for abstaining in a vote on a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion, presented at a meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, was passed by three votes to two.

Hazel Smyth (Green Party, Westmeath, Mullingar)
“I fully support a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing, fur farming and/or other forms of animal cruelty. These are antiquated forms of entertainment and activities, which are both cruel and vicious. If elected, I would love to actively do whatever I can to condemn them.” (email to ICABS, 23 May 2019)

See the full list of Westmeath candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0507/1048063-westmeath-county-council/

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https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

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2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Wexford

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Wexford) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council, Gorey)
Wexford County Councillor Malcolm Byrne has expressed opposition to coursing in Ireland, saying he would “support any legislation at national level that would ban hare coursing”. The Fianna Fail politician’s statement came in response to an ICABS email in which we highlighted the suffering caused to hares used as live lures in coursing. In September 2010, Cllr Byrne stated: “I am personally opposed to hare coursing, which I view as cruel.”

Cllr Mary Farrell (Independent, Wexford County Council, Kilmuckridge)
“YES [I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr David Hynes (Independent, Wexford County Council, Wexford Town)
“I certainly share many of your concerns…” from an email to ICABS, August 2014.

Cllr Robert Ireton (Labour Party, Wexford County Council, Gorey)
“My views on hare coursing is that it should be banned. Any opportunity I get to voice my opinion on this, my reply is always the same and I have spoken about this on many occasions.” (From an email to ICABS, 5th November 2013)

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh (Fine Gael, Wexford County Council, Enniscorthy)
“Enniscorthy councillor Paddy Kavanagh has sprung to the defence of his fellow greyhound owners in the war of words about dogs soiling the streets of the town. The Fine Gael man is a well-known race dog enthusiast but does not resort to roads to exercise them as he has plenty of fields at his disposal. He counselled against any witch hunt singling out town dwelling dog walkers with greyhounds in any campaign to take the dirt off the streets at the expense of an activity that has an economic benefit for the area. He said he would not like to see life made impossible for such people, who manage up to four greyhounds at a time while out and about…The councillor pointed out that an urban dog owner from Enniscorthy recently captured one of coursing’s most prestigious prizes.” from “Don’t blame greyhound owners, says councillor” – Enniscorthy Guardian, 1st April 2013. On TV3’s Midweek programme in March 2012, Paddy Kavanagh revealed that his father used to be involved in hare coursing.

Cllr Lisa McDonald (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council, Rosslare)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016.

Cllr John O’Rourke (Independent, Wexford County Council, Enniscorthy)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

People Before Profit candidates
Cinnamon Blackmore
Susan Breen
Cllr. Tony Walsh

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Independents 4 Change candidates
Annette Byrne-Moran (Independents 4 Change)
Jane Johnstone (Independents 4 Change)

See the full list of Wexford candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0508/1048223-wexford-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Wicklow

25 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Wicklow) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Joe Behan (Independent, Wicklow County Council, Bray West)
As a TD in 2010, Joe Behan voted AGAINST the Bill which banned carted deer hunting.

Sharon Briggs (People Before Profit, Bray East)
People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Anne Ferris (Labour Party, Wicklow, Bray East)
As a TD in March 2013, Anne Ferris 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 circus performances.

Cllr Mary Kavanagh (Independent, Wicklow County Council, Wicklow Town)
“I would support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting. I consider these activities cause unnecessary cruelty and suffering to animals.” from an email to ICABS, September 2016.

Cllr Nicola Lawless (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council, Greystones)
“Yes I would be in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and fox hunting. I am against animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Pyper Ludlow (People Before Profit, Wicklow, Greystones)
“We condemn all forms of cruelty and neglect, and see it as a result of the view of the profit driven sector that animals are, purely, a commodity. The views of People Before Profit and myself on animal welfare and the policies we would advocate for are as follows: to outright ban badger culling, fur farming, the hunting of wild mammals with hounds and the doping of animals and animals used in circuses. The control and regulation of greyhound breeding for profit. A review of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 and an increase in financial support for animal welfare charities. The introduction of measures requiring that all animals are kept in conditions where they can carry out natural behaviour. The promotion of responsible pet ownership through the school curriculum. We would examine and restructure Bord na gCon.” (from an email to ICABS, 21 May 2019)

June Maher (People Before Profit, Wicklow, Bray West)
“Win, lose or draw, we will continue our activities and fight for a better country for not only our people but for abused and neglected animals.

“Speaking for myself, I have always been a campaigner for animal rights, having been raised vegetarian and subsequently raising my own children as vegetarians. I abhor the idea of anyone wearing fur and think fur farms should be outlawed. I’ve been called extreme because I never buy anything made of real leather and I boycott any cosmetics and toiletries which are tested on animals.

“A close brush with the law as a child, around 1968 or so, when I was cautioned for trespassing on property in order to put a blanket over an old donkey that was left to the elements, saw me join the Irish Council Against Blood Sports. I admit to not knowing about this wonderful organisation at that point as we didn’t have television and I was a ‘Townie’. As I was marched home it was suggested I join such a group if I felt so strongly about suffering animals. Well that was the real start of it for me.

“I attended as many events as I could in order to disrupt fox hunts and hare coursing. I became expert at tying gates and removing signs and never being caught again. I’ve regularly had Direct Debits to various animal rescue charities and oppose puppy mills. Last October I adopted an abandoned Whippet dog that had clearly been bred more than once. I have never attended horse or greyhound racing as a spectator and think they should be banned…I can’t imagine that happening in my lifetime but I live in hope.

“I 100% support a ban on all the animal abuses you’ve outlined and will always do so.” (from an email to ICABS, 21 May 2019)

Cllr Steven Matthews (Green Party, Wicklow County Council, Bray East)
“I’m against animal cruelty in any bloodsport form.” from a tweet to ICABS, December 4th 2014.

Dave McGinn (Social Democrats, Baltinglass)
The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Eamonn Moran (Social Democrats, Bray East)
“I am more than happy to support a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing, fur farming, puppy farming and culling animals. It’s selfish and barbaric.”

The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Alice O’Donnell (Fine Gael, Greystones)
“I support a ban on hare coursing, fox hunting and similar blood sports. I am against fur farming and would also like to see a ban on giving animals ‘free to a good home’ as they may fall into the wrong hands.”

Cllr Gerry Walsh (Fianna Fail, Wicklow County Council, Greystones)
“I would not condone these types of activity [hare coursing and foxhunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Jennifer Whitmore (Social Democrats, Greystones)
“I am totally against the cruel practice of fox hunting and hare coursing and I would absolutely support a ban of both.” from an email to ICABS, May 2019. Cllr Whitmore is also in favour of a ban on fur farming in Ireland.

Lourda Scott (Green Party, Greystones)
The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

See the full list of Wicklow candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047642-wicklow-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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