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Animal Voice - April 2010

Animal Voice - April 2010

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The April 2010 of Animal Voice, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports' newsletter.

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The April 2010 of Animal Voice, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports' newsletter.

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An Irish Council Against Blood Sports Newsletter. April 2010
For more campaign news, updates and action alerts, please visit our websites:www.banbloodsports.com, www.youtube.com/icabs, www.myspace.com/banbloodsports,www.bebo.com/banbloodsports, www.twitter.com/banbloodsports, www.scribd.com/banbloodsports
01. What are your politicians saying about blood sports?
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports' campaigns enjoy cross-party support. Please contactyour anti-blood sports TDs/Senators to praise their efforts to get hunting and coursingbanned. If your TD/Senator is in favour of animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.
For an updated list of TD and Senator views, visit our Politicians page atwww.banbloodsports.com 
02. SUCCESS: Donedeal drops ads for dogs used in blood sports
Irish classified ads website, Donedeal.ie, has responded positively to an Irish Council AgainstBlood Sports appeal in which we called for a rejection of ads for dogs used in hunting,baiting, digging-out and terrierwork. A big thumbs up to the Wexford-based company for updating its dog policy and beginning the process of permanently removing such ads.
When ICABS originally contacted DoneDeal about a number of dog adverts on their website, wewere assured that "all of us at DoneDeal are big animal lovers" who didn't want their site to be usedby those involved in cruelty. As part of our appeal, we highlighted videos which explicitly show the cruelty involved in hunting andrelated activities such as the digging out of foxes and the use of terriers to trap animals undergroundand viciously attack them.Donedeal's updated dog policy now includes the paragraph: "No Killing or Digging: We do not like theidea of dogs killing prey (e.g. foxes, badgers, deer, etc), as it can be a cruel experience for the prey,or the dog, or both. Therefore we do not accept ads that imply that the dog could/should be used for such activity. Also, we do not accept ads that mention or imply 'digging'." You can read the policy infull at http://help.donedeal.ie/info/dog-policy"We're absolutely delighted with the stand DoneDeal has taken on this cruelty issue," respondedICABS spokesperson Aideen Yourell. "We will now be stepping up our campaign to try and getlegislation introduced in Ireland to ban this barbarism."For more information about DoneDeal or to place/view adverts, please visit www.donedeal.ie
03. Video shows struggling hare dying at Clonmel
A video filmed by two Swedish students shows a hare desperately struggling within acoursing enclosure at Powerstown Park in Clonmel. The disturbing footage can be seen athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTi2k6nfJSo#t=2m40s 
"We could easily see the hare enclosure from the other side of the fence. Anyone could see the haresfrom there," the film makers, Emelie and Patrick, say in a statement. "We filmed through the fence.We had no intention of filming a dying hare. If we hadn't filmed the dying hare nobody would probablyhave heard about it. It would probably not have reached the media and people wouldn't know thatthere are hares dying because of hare coursing." You can read the full statement athttp://www.huntsabsireland.orgThe Irish Daily Mirror described the footage of the dying hare as "sickening". In an editorial headed"Mindless cruel 'sport'" (31 March 2010), the editor comments that "you don't have to be an ardentanimal rights activist to be touched by the plight of dying hares at a coursing meeting"."The scenes are shocking and disturbing. This sickening 'sport' pits defenceless creatures againstlightning fast dogs. But even when the prey escapes the bloodthirsty hounds, they are often tooexhausted, shocked or injured to survive." A report in Swedish paper, The Local, refers to the hare "writhing in agony before dying" and statesthat police in Clonmel are investigating.The hare seen suffering in this shocking footage is just one of many victims of hare coursing inIreland. Please demand an end to coursing now. Phone, fax, email your TDs and demand that theyact to bring this cruelty to an end. Email "Stop Licensing Hare Coursing" to minister@environ.ie andtaoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie To find out the names and contact details for your TDs, click onPoliticians at www.banbloodsports.com
04. ICABS criticises milk group over pro-hunting stance
ICABS has expressed disgust to the Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association after itspresident referred to carted deerhunting as a "humane country activity" and claimed that theban on the Ward Union is "unwanted, uncalled for, unfair and unprecedented in terms of thebias it represents against traditional country pursuits". The group has been told about thecruelty of deerhunting and presented with the results of an opinion poll which show that amajority want the hunt banned.
The comments from president Jackie Cahill were made in an April 2nd, 2010 statement headed"Minister Gormley should 'cop-on' and drop Wildlife Bill"."The President of the country's second largest farmers' organisation has given his association's fullsupport to the RISE [pro-blood sports] campaign against the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010," thestatement says. "We have here a perfect example of Minister Gormley acting on the advice of a tinybut vocal group and banning something that the silent majority know to be a traditional and humanecountry activity.""It is simply not acceptable to have perfectly legitimate pastimes banned," it adds.
In a letter to Jackie Cahill and ICMSA General Secretary, Ciaran Dolan, ICABS highlighted thesuffering caused to deer by the Ward Union and rubbished claims that it was in any way "humane".Photos of terrified, exhausted, bleeding deer at the end of hunts, as well as links to our campaignvideos, have also been forwarded to the organisation. We also dismissed the claim that the ban wasunwanted, pointing to the results of an opinion poll which shows that a two thirds majority in CountyMeath want the hunt banned.
Contact the ICMSA and tell them that carted deer hunting is inhumane and that a ban is mostdefinitely wanted.
Jackie Cahill, President Ciaran Dolan, General Secretary ICMSA Head Office John Feely House,Dublin Road, Limerick Tel: +353 (0)61 314532 or 314677 Email: info@icmsa.ie,policy@icmsa.ieForward a copy of your correspondence to your local TDs and urge them to reflect the wishes of themajority by voting in favour of legislation banning the Ward Union. Tell them that their attitudetowards animal issues and their commitment to bringing animal cruelty to an end will be a major factor in your voting decision. Why not also arrange a meeting with your local politicians to discussyour concerns about animal cruelty and encourage them to take action. Address your correspondence to: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.Find out the email address of TDs athttp://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=12684&&CatID=138Dear DeputyI am writing to urge you to vote in favour of the upcoming legislation which will outlaw the Ward Uniondeerhunt.The unacceptable suffering caused to animals by this hunt is clearly presented in a new Irish Council Against Blood Sports leaflet which can be viewed at http://www.scribd.com/doc/29287961I also encourage you to watch the following ICABS videos which explicitly show the cruelty:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4fw00 AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4V9l4ChELoDeputy, I am one of the majority of the electorate who abhor animal cruelty. I want to see the WardUnion banned. Please do the right thing and vote in favour of the legislation.Thank you. I look forward to your positive response.Yours sincerely, Name/Location
Please send "I support a ban on the Ward Union" to Environment Minister, John Gormley, andAn Taoiseach, Brian Cowen - minister@environ.ie,taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie Ask all your friends, work colleagues, neighbours and family members who are against blood sports tosupport this action alert. Thank you.

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