Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently intervene to remove the coursing andhunting exemptions from the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012.
Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to showcompassion for foxes and hares and use the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 as an opportunityto finally ban cruel coursing and foxhunting.
An Taoiseach, Enda KennyDepartment of the Taoiseach,Government Buildings,Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2Tel: 01-6194020Fax: 01-6764048Email:firstname.lastname@example.org An Tanaiste, Eamon GilmoreOffice of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,Iveagh House,80 St. Stephen’s Green,Dublin 2.Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)Fax: 01 408 2400Email:email@example.com
02. 101 years of Irish animal protection laws facilitating cruelty
From 1911 to 2012, Ireland's wildlife has been betrayed by 101 years of animal "protection" lawsthat have shamelessly facilitated foxhunting and hare coursing. And now, in a proposed newAnimal Health and Welfare Bill, legislators are again trying to shield some of our country's worstanimal abusers to allow them continue with their cruelty.
Protection of Animals Act, 1911:"Nothing in this section shall render illegal any act lawfully done under the Cruelty of Animals Act, 1876, or shall apply...(b) to the coursing or hunting of any captive animal, unless such animal is liberated in aninjured, mutilated, or exhausted condition; but a captive animal shall not, for the purposes of this section,be deemed to be coursed or hunted before it is liberated for the purpose of being coursed or hunted, or after it has been recaptured, or if it is under control and a captive animal shall not be deemed to becoursed or hunted within the meaning of this subsection if it is coursed or hunted in an enclosed spacefrom which it has no reasonable chance of escape." Section 1 (3)(b)Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act, 1965:The following section was inserted after Section 1 (3)(b) of the Protection of Animals Act, 1911 (seeabove)