An Irish Council Against Blood Sports Newsletter. December 2009
Please join the rally for animals this Sunday December 6
Animal Rights Action Network is organising a peaceful rally for Dublin on Sunday, December 6th 2009 (1.30 pm sharp). Many of Ireland's animal welfare groups will be represented at theevent, including ICABS. Please make a special effort to attend the rally and voice your opposition to animal cruelty.Date:
Sunday, December 6th 2009
Garden of Remembrance, O'Connell Street, Dublin (Top of O'Connell Street on left hand side)
John Carmody or Christina Lynch 087-2391646
Watch the rally's promotional video at
01. John Gormley to extend coursing season into March 2010
ICABS is dismayed to learn that Green Party leader and Environment Minister, John Gormley,has agreed to a coursing licence extension which will allow coursers to continue terrorisinghares into the month of March 2010. This is the third year in a row that Minister Gormley hasagreed to the coursers' request for an extension.
The details are revealed in a document obtained following a Freedom of Information request byICABS. A letter signed by Gerry Leckey - the Assistant Director of the NPWS Species "Protection"Unit - states that "it is recommended that licences issue to the Irish Coursing Club under the WildlifeActs to mark hares, capture hares and undertake coursing outside the Open Season Order on 1March 2010. The licence will cover all clubs affiliated to the Irish Coursing Club."Subsequently, in a letter from the Assistant Director to the CEO of the Irish Coursing Club, it isstated: "In relation to your application for a licence under Section 26(3) of the Wildlife Act, 1976 toundertake coursing outside the Open Season Order, the Minister has agreed to this extension for 1March 2010 to facilitate the holding of the Irish Cup meeting at Limerick. The appropriate licence willissue to you in 2010."In a letter of appeal to Minister Gormley, ICABS has called for the current licence to be revoked, theextension to be withheld and for permanent protection to be put in place for the Irish Hare.