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Irish Council Against Blood Sports Campaign Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2005

Ward Union licensed

despite NPWS advice

Image: Mike Huskisson

THE WARD Union deer hunt
got their licence for the 2004-
05 season, despite a strong
case for refusal from National
Parks and Wildlife Service
Regional and Deputy
Regional Managers.
In documents obtained by
ICABS under the Freedom of
Information Act, the then
Environment Minister, Martin
Cullen, was told that “the licence
applied for can not be issued”.
The reason given was that the
application was not relevant to
the NPWS department because
the deer used by the hunt could
not be viewed as wildlife as A deer slips and falls to the ground after being chased into
defined by the Wildlife Act. a Co Meath farmyard by Ward Union hunters and hounds.
The Wildlife (Amendment) Act deer are captive deer.” The TAKE ACTION
2000 defines wildlife as fauna Wildlife Act does not include
and flora, with fauna being fur- such deer, he stated.
Write Now!
ther defined as “all wild animals ICABS has continuously con- Please write to Minister Dick
[including] an individual of a pop- tended that the licensing of the Roche and ask him to stop
ulation which primarily lives inde- Ward Union hunt under the licensing the Ward Union
pendent of human husbandry”. hunt. Tell him that the Wildlife
Wildlife Act is illegal due to the
It’s a definition which clearly Act deals exclusively with
fact that the deer are not wild.
does not cover the Ward Union’s wild animals (hence its title)
We maintain that, as domesticat- and the deer referred to in
deer - animals which are bred in ed creatures, the deer are eligi-
captivity, kept in an enclosure Section 26 are therefore obvi-
ble for protection under the ously wild.
and transported around in a live-
Protection of Animals Act which Minister Dick Roche
stock trailer.
states that it is an offence to Department of the Environment,
Referring to the Ward Union’s cause unnecessary suffering to Heritage and Local Government
deer, one NPWS official stated in any animal. Custom House, Dublin 1.
a memo that: “the deer are high-
ly dependent on human hus- Responding to a Dail Question Tel: 01-8882403
from Tony Gregory, TD at the end Fax: 01-8788640
bandry...the deer are not wild
and are owned by the club...the Continued on Page 2
Ward Union licensed VICTORY! Welcome Message
despite NPWS advice HUNTING It’s finally happened – hunting with hand. It pointed up starkly how
dogs has been banned in England, those who ultimately make the
Continued from Page 1
of January, the current Environ-
ICABS believes that this
response from the Department of
the Environment is lame in the
BANNED Scotland and Wales. After 80 years
of campaigning, the League
decisions are far removed from the
cruel and ugly reality of what they
ment Minister, Dick Roche, stat- “Senior members of our
ed that the issue was “carefully
considered” by his Department.
extreme; after all, the Wildlife Act
deals exclusively with wild ani-
club...believe that hares in the
wild will find the necessary herbs
IN BRITAIN Against Blood Sports, the RSPCA
and other dedicated groups have
won an historic victory and much
Our next step will be a Private
Member’s Bill in Dail Eireann, and
mals. to ensure their well being and THE IRISH Council Against Blood
This careful consideration needed protection for vulnerable we need each and every supporter
recovery from many ailments Sports congratulates the British
prompted the Minister to make We again made a strong case wildlife. to network amongst family, friends,
which they may suffer...our mem- Government on its courage in
the following bizarre statement: for refusing a licence for the outlawing the hunting of wild ani- It’s hard to imagine their feelings neighbours and co-workers to put
bers are at a loss to understand
2005-06 season but sadly our mals with dogs. It has taken 80 – after decades of a ‘David and pressure on their TDs to support
“The conclusion was that since how it would benefit hares to
Goliath’ struggle against powerful such a Bill. Remember, 2007 is the
pleas have fallen on deaf ears retain them in a paddock which years of campaigning by groups
the term ‘wild animal’ was and highly influential interests – to next General Election and already
and the hunt is set to continue itself, at that stage, was quite such as the League Against Cruel
nowhere used in section 26(1) of have finally achieved their goal. A the politicians are out canvassing
abusing deer. likely to be an infected area.” Sports and others and now using
the Wildlife Act 1976 [‘The dogs to terrorise, maim and kill good friend of ICABS, Mike in the streets and on the doorsteps.
Anthony O’Neill, Wexford &
Minister may grant to the master Huskisson from the UK’s Animal When they call on you, let them
TAKE ACTION District Coursing Club, complain- defenceless wild animals for
Cruelty Investigation Group, while know in no uncertain terms where
or other person in charge of a ing about vet Peter Murphy’s “sport” is illegal.
pack of stag hounds, a licence Write Now! decision to delay the return of expressing his joy at the result you stand on hunting wild animals
We congratulate all the groups
authorising the hunting of deer by sick hares to the wild, in a letter said: “Our happiness was also with dogs.
Please contact Agriculture and individuals who campaigned so
tinged with sadness for those who
that pack’] the operation of that Minister, Mary Coughlan. Tell dated September 27th, 2004, to tirelessly to ensure that these cruel As usual, we have highlighted
the National Parks & Wildlife did not live to see the day. It was some issues in this edition of
provision could not be consid- her that as Minister with res- practices were consigned to the
Service. ICABS can’t think of a tragic also for the many animals Animal Voice, which you can take
ered to be affected by the issue ponsibility for animal welfare dustbin of history along with cock-
killed needlessly for fun during the
better reason for not taking hares fighting, badger baiting and dog action on by writing a letter, send-
raised. On this basis, it was and the Protection of Animals long years of prevarication in
from the wild in the first place! fighting. ing an email or making a telephone
determined that the Ward Union Act, she must intervene to Parliament.” call. Such efforts do work as evi-
Hunt required to be licensed and end carted deer hunting. “Greyhounds sold at Limerick We call on the Irish Government
Meanwhile, our campaign con- denced by, for example, the
a licence was granted for the Minister Mary Coughlan auctions have been found hang- to stop turning a blind eye to these
tinues on here, and we can’t help Swatch Company’s decision not to
2004/2005 season.” Department of Agriculture ing from trees in Spain after their cruel activities - hare coursing, fox
but consider with some irony that sponsor the Hunt Chase at the
Agriculture House, owners tortured them to death it hunting, mink hunting and carted
The Minister appears to be Ireland is now the last outpost of RDS Horse Show; Failte’s drop-
Kildare Street, Dublin 2. was claimed today. The grey- deer hunting - in our countryside
suggesting that since section 26 blood sport traditions in these ping of hunt club details from their
hounds which are sold for as low and to implement a ban on this out-
of the Wildlife Act refers to “deer” Tel: 01-607 2000 islands, brought here by our neigh- website and Abbey Travel and
as 100 Euro to Spanish buyers in dated barbarism.
LoCall: 1890-200510. bours who themselves have now Slattery’s Tours’ decision to drop
(and not “wild deer”), he is free to the city are allegedly used for We will continue to press for the
Fax: 01-661 1013. seen fit to ban them. But we are references to bullfights and bull-
issue a licence to hunt the ani- racing and coursing by Spanish replacement of blood sports with very encouraged and inspired by rings in their holiday brochures.
mals - regardless of whether they Email: mary.coughlan gypsies before they are tied to drag hunting and drag coursing. the success of the campaign in And as we go to press, ICABS has trees and left to slowly die inches
are wild or domesticated. ICABS recently called for the Irish Britain and this will spur us on to had two positive responses in rela-
above the ground...[Limerick Coursing Club to implement
Photo: Philip Kiernan

greater endeavours, with the sup- tion to the withdrawal from a chain
Animal Welfare] are now appeal-
mechanical lure coursing, but they port of you, our loyal supporters. of shops of a cruel glue trap for
ing to dog owners not to sell
refused, claiming that it would be Recently, despite a strong mice, and the dropping of a day’s
greyhounds to Spanish agents at
“unpopular” and that greyhounds appeal to Environment Minister hunting from a fund-raising auc-
auctions.” (Limerick Leader,
would not follow a drag. We find this Dick Roche, to refuse hare netting tion. So it’s proven over and over,
March 5th, 2005)
response unacceptable as we have licences for coursing and to the that “the pen is mightier than the
“One regular face missing from video evidence from Britain, the Ward Union carted deer hunt, the sword.”
this group was that of Anne USA and Australia which shows licences were granted and hares Finally and most importantly,
Byrne and the reason is simple, greyhounds enthusiastically follow- and deer will again be subjected to we’d like to say a big thank you to
it’s badly injured! Out with the ing a drag. another season of needless terror all our kind and loyal supporters
Fingals on the Tuesday before There are already a number of and suffering, not forgetting the who sent subscriptions and dona-
Christmas, Anne received seri- drag hunts in Ireland which are very hounding and killing of foxes, tions, wrote, sent cards or tele-
ous facial injuries when, queuing
successful and greatly enjoyed by which doesn’t even require a phoned us, expressing support
for a ditch, her mount reared up,
participants. The route followed is licence. and encouragement. Please know
slipped and came down on his
pre-planned which ensures that rid- We met with Minister Roche and that we really appreciate your con-
rider. Fortunately, it was just the
ers are constantly on the move senior officials of the National tact. Without you, our campaign
horse’s neck which hit Anne but
(unlike in foxhunting). This also Parks & Wildlife Service earlier this could not continue.
she suffered two broken cheek-
bones, a smashed eye socket,
eliminates instances of trespassing year, and showed them video Kind Regards.
damaged nose and teeth.” (Irish on to prohibited land, thus making footage of the cruelty, which inci- Aideen Yourell,
An exhausted and injured deer at the end of a Ward Union hunt. Field, January 8th, 2005) drag hunting a lot more acceptable dentally they had never seen first ICABS Campaign Director
The animal’s head is bleeding and he is panting for breath. to farmers.
Call for ministerial inquiry
into sport horse industry
The elusive rebel
ICABS HAS renewed its call
on Agriculture Minister, Mary
Coughlan, to launch an inves-
tigation into all aspects of the
To train horses to avoid knocking
the bars, their lower legs are made
more sensitive. Examples given to
achieve this included sticking nee-
Write Now!
Please urge Minister Mary
without a pause
sport horse industry. dles in the legs, applying an irritant Senator David Norris I was provided with a camera
such as turpentine, putting ball Coughlan to launch an and expert advice from profes-
We were prompted to once bearings in bandages and wrap- investigation into the treat- on the challenge of sional cameraman, Mike Brown.
again contact the minister following ping them around the legs plus lift- ment of horses in the sport photographing the We traipsed through County
a report in the Irish Independent horse industry and to elimi-
which revealed the disgusting
ing the bars as the horse is jump-
nate inhumane practices.
James Dean of the Roscommon and sat rigid late into
ing. the evening waiting, then dragged
practice of tongue tying. It was
ICABS urged Minister Coughlan
animal kingdom. ourselves up again the next morn-
explained that some riders tie the Minister Mary Coughlan
to investigate these allegations but Department of Agriculture The fox is a wonderful and fasci- ing, trailing ineffectively through
tongue of a horse to help control
our correspondence has so far Agriculture House nating animal and I have always the dew.
the animal.
been ignored. Kildare Street, Dublin 2. admired the skill and subtlety of But the foxes of Roscommon
The May 7th article highlighted his adaptation.
We stressed to her that treating were elusive beasts, classic lens
how a member of the Irish eques- Tel: 01-6072000
a horse in this way would surely be From childhood I enjoyed foxes. teasers, appearing on the horizon
trian team was fined for having the Lo-call 1890-200510
in breach of the Protection of They always seemed to be the to sniff the wind and then to lollop
tongue of his mare tied down dur- Email: mary.coughlan
Animals Act, for which she is James Dean of the animal world, away disdainfully.
ing a competition in France.
responsible. Rebels With or Without a Cause,
According to FEI rules, tongue Even when we tried to capture Senator David Norris: Fox
tying is not permitted during com- full of guile and cunning and yet fan since childhood
It’s the latest in a series of dis-
Swatch Watch ends RDS so beautiful with their red coats
and long brush of tail, the dog-like
the suburban fox, they stayed tan-
talisingly diffident. In fact I
observed fox lovers at least as
the back garden!” Of course you
turbing revelations from the equine
world. Late last year, listeners to
Hunt Chase sponsorship nose that might lure you into not
observing the sharp teeth.
much as the foxes themselves.
There seems to be a little group
do, darling, half Dublin seems to.
But there is a hell of a difference
the Pat Kenny radio show were ICABS HAS congratulated the Dublin Horse Show is a Show There were also the foxes of between catching a glimpse of a
disgusted to learn about inhumane Swatch Watch company and Jumping event and not a hunt. of people scattered around the
childish stories, Brer Fox in the fox out of the corner of your eye,
methods employed by some its Irish representatives after could be construed city of Dublin and its suburbs who
Briar Patch, the more ominous or even feeding them every night
showjumpers. they confirmed that they will that we were supporting the have taken the fox to their heart
foxes of Beatrice Potter’s tales, and persuading the damn things
not sponsor any further Hunt activities of certain hunting and who provide sustenance,
and even my treasured Curly Wee to stand still long enough to take a
Hunt trespass Chase events.
During the 2004 Dublin Horse
teams, who whilst participating in
a show jumping event are also
Annuals, where Mr Fox - svelte,
smart, suave, smiling and some-
leaving out scraps and sometimes
quite mouthwatering foxy meals
decent photo.
They have the most acute sens-
raised in Dail Show at the RDS, Swatch Watch known to participate in the more
unsociable elements of hunting.”
times even dressed up in a top
for their regular clients.
Interestingly, these are almost
es, especially hearing and smell.
IN A DAIL question to the was the sponsor of the hunt hat, tie and tails like Jack They also work by indirection. So
chase show jumping competition In our original letter to Buchanan - was always up to no invariably women but with the tacit many times I was in a hide and
Environment Minister, Dan Boyle
which featured 16 hunts. Swatch’s Headquarters in good. support of their spouses. I was the fox would make a pass in the
has highlighted the issue of hunt
trespass and damage caused by Switzerland, we outlined how the made very welcome in these distance, deliberately ignoring the
In a letter to ICABS from BJ Then a few years ago I went to
hunters. majority of people in Ireland and houses but the foxes remained food left out. Then he would cross
FitzPatrick & Company Ltd take care of my adored elderly
across the EU are opposed to aunt in Ballsbridge. She had a fox elusive like the pandas in the Kit back the other way a little closer
Referring to an unnamed hunt in (Swatch representative in
Cork, the Green TD asked Minister Ireland), it was stated that: “We hunting with dogs and want it in her garden. She used to peep Kat ad. gradually coming to a point where
Dick Roche “if his attention has been are pleased to confirm, in associ- outlawed. We explained that out from a back window and call Once I sat for four and a half contact was actually made with
drawn to the fact that there have been ation with Swatch SA that we will although no hunting takes place excitedly any time it appeared. hours with a heavy camera and the food.
repeated complaints regarding the not support this event or any during the hunt chase, all of She loved it. The only thing she just got the exact shot only to As luck would have it a week
activities of this hunt, including it such event in the future.” those competing are registered was afraid of was that it might push the button to find someone after the film was broadcast I was
crossing farmlands without permis- hunts. frighten away her hedgehog - a had put on the safety catch with-
sion, entering fields in which heifers Chief Executive, John B going to a friend’s in Monkstown
FitzPatrick wrote: “It is correct to ICABS will continue to urge the great one, she said, for guzzling out telling me. The entire wait was and across the road ambled the
are in calf, cutting fences and entering
say that we BJ FitzPatrick & Co RDS to drop the hunt chase slugs and snails. wasted. most beautiful fox, brush extend-
game sanctuaries.”
Ltd sponsored the Hunt Chase event from future horse shows. When asked by RTE to take And we had a couple of visits ed, first across one section and
Minister Roche evaded this ques-
tion. Confirming that the hunt is a fox- Show Jumping Competition at You can help by writing to Olivia part in Wild Trials, a series which from an awkward nosey neigh- then the other half of the dual car-
hunt, he simply stated that “a licence, the recent Dublin Horse Show. At O'Reilly, RDS Development challenged individuals to photo- bour who doesn’t approve of riageway unhurried, unfazed, wild
under the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000, the same time, we would like to Manager, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, graph some aspect of Irish foxes being encouraged! And the and beautiful. Any wonder so
is not required for the hunting of non- say that we were not supporting Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)1 240 7203. wildlife, I had no hesitation in numbers who said to me “if you’d many people lose their heart to
protected species, such as foxes.” an actual hunting event. The Email: choosing the fox. only told me - we have foxes in the fox?
Vet’s fox hunting Roche renews licence
despite strong appeal
views rubbished
A VETERINARY surgeon inter- Horseman” carried an article enti- ing their property.
DESPITE impassioned appeals
from Ireland and all over the
world, the Environment Min-
viewed recently on RTE’s tled “Foxhounds in this country ister, Dick Roche, has issued a
These farmers know all about
Marian Finucane show made found to be hosts of difficult para- hare netting licence to the Irish
the damage to grass and bound-
the absurd claim that those sites”. In the Veterinary Record of Coursing Club for another sea-
ary fences caused by hunts; they
who oppose her pastime of May 24th, 1986, a report informed son.
know how the unfortunate fox
hunting do not understand readers that “a major factor in the deliberately runs through flocks of ICABS issued a strong appeal to
country life. rejection of lamb livers for human sheep and cows in an attempt to Minister Roche, asking him to
Her statement raises questions consumption is parasitic infesta- mask its scent and confuse the refuse a further licence to the
about the knowledge conveyed to tion from hunt hounds.” hounds. coursers, and to call on the ICC to
vets in training with regard to From “The Irish Farmers’ Such livestock scatter when the implement mechanical lure cours-
hunting’s integral cruelty. Surely Journal” of 3rd February 1996, pack of hounds come charging ing. In our submission, we high-
the chasing and evisceration of a readers learned that sarcocysto- through and in a bid to escape, lighted abuses and licence breach-
wild animal with a pack of dogs is sis is a brain disease of sheep they risk injury and death. es during the last season, revealed Environment Minster, Dick Roche, has issued another licence
contrary to the ethos of the veteri- associated with contamination of Pregnant animals are at an even in documents obtained under the which allows coursers to abuse hares for their blood sport.
nary profession. pastures by foxhounds. Severe greater risk and have been known Freedom of Information Act.
As regards the new condition hares were netted and from
Another reason why vets should problems, according to that to abort as a result of the stress. Detailed in NPWS reports relat- that pregnant hares shall not be where, again this is impossible to
avoid acting as apologists for report, were encountered in flocks From this, it is clear that farmers ing to the last coursing season netted from the wild, this is going police as figures supplied by
hunting is that it causes serious investigated by the Faculty of who care about their livestock, were instances of hare kills and to be extremely difficult to imple- coursers could not be relied upon,
worry and financial loss to farm- Veterinary Medicine. their livelihoods and the overall injuries; severely injured hares ment for obvious reasons, not and NPWS staff will not have the
ers, a significant part of their clien- These are just a sample of the biosecurity of their farms have no released into the wild; 20 hares least because of the questionable time to supervise the coursers
tele. threats which hunting groups con- other option but to tell hunts to which appeared to be suffering knowledge and expertise of hare while out on their forays.
For several decades now, the tinue to pose to the livelihoods of stay away. from malnutrition; leverets left catchers.
media has been warning farmers orphaned in a coursing compound Piling on more and more condi-
farmers. The seriousness of the For a vet to claim that those
about the dangers posed by indicating that pregnant hares had And what of the nursing moth- tions that are routinely flouted by
situation is reflected in the grow- who oppose hunts do not under-
hunters and their hounds. been captured and coursed; hares ers that get caught in the nets, the coursers will never address
ing number of landowners who stand country life is a complete
found dead in boxes after a four leaving orphaned leverets behind the core issue - coursing is inher-
In August 1972, “The Irish are prohibiting hunts from access- nonsense. Dick Power.
and a half hour journey; suspected in the wild to die of starvation? As ently cruel. The only answer is
for giving returns of how many mechanical lure coursing.
Shooting and golfing Hares released re-coursing of hares; discrepan-

in injured state
cies in hare numbers and obstruc-
tion of Rangers in carrying out their Hares could face extinction
collide at Dromoland TWO SERIOUSLY injured hares
were released into the wild after a
The Minister’s response was to says UCD zoology lecturer
GOLFERS OUT for an after- “Our game of golf was ruined coursing meeting in Milltown sanction just two clubs for ob- THE IRISH Hare species could Referring to the findings of a
noon’s enjoyment were and I have been left with terrible Malbay last October. structing the rangers, by withdraw- be "vulnerable to extinction", a hare survey carried out on Bull
shocked and disgusted when images,” he added. “We’d just The Conservation Ranger who ing their licence (now under senior zoology lecturer at Island between 1990 and 1994,
dead birds began falling from gone for quiet round.” attended noted on his report that one appeal) and to add on new condi- University College Dublin has he added that "isolated popula-
the sky on to the course. hare had an eye injury and another tions to the licence stating that stated. tions are always vulnerable".
Shooting is among the activities
The incident at Dromoland offered on the Dromoland Castle had a severely injured back leg. He pregnant hares should not be Dr Tom Hayden's comment Dr Tom Hayden is co-author
Castle Golf Club was described in decided not to put down this hare, taken from the wild, a vet must be appeared in the Irish Times (7th with Rory Harrington of Exploring
estate. A photo on the venue’s
the Irish Sun by a golfer from but felt that “its survival chances present at every meeting and that May 2005) in response to the Irish Mammals. He is also a mem-
website shows a man standing in
Limerick. were minimal.” returns should be made on how question: Is the Irish Hare endan- ber of the Mammal Research
the grass pointing a gun sky-
Marcus O’Brien stated: “We ICABS finds it very disturbing that many hares were captured and gered? Group and has a particular inter-
wards. from where.
were forced to watch the horren- veterinary attention was not sought He stated: "We are not entirely est in the ecology, reproduction,
dous slaughter of some of the With the sound of gunfire in the for these two hares and another hare There are now 20 conditions clear about distribution patterns, social organisation and mating
most beautiful wildlife. We were background, it is difficult to under- which the ranger noted on Day 1 attached to the hare netting licence whether the national population systems of mammals, the evolu-
captive on the tee for 20 minutes, stand how the owners can claim with “a fairly severe cut above a front and these are almost impossible to consists of an isolated sub-popu- tion and ecology of deer and the
while dead and partly dismem- that Dromoland is a “tranquil world leg”. The fate of this hare is unknown enforce due to lack of NPWS man- lation which would be more vul- population and biochemical
bered birds rained down.” [where] the worries of life recede”. as the ranger did not see it again. power and time constraints. nerable to extinction." genetics of mammals.
Survey of hares to Travellers group slams ICC claim as

finally commence “OUTRAGEOUS”

A HUMAN rights organisation The document reveals that: “The National Parks & Wildlife Service,
THE IRISH Council Against Blood Sports has been calling for AY037790) that one of the working on behalf of Irish trav- Irish Coursing Club stated that which is part of the Department of
a national hare survey for more than 15 years, and now, final- aspects of the project will be “a ellers has reacted angrily to an there is a significant problem coun- the Environment, Heritage & Local
ly, we are pleased to report that it looks set to soon begin. review of data returned to NPWS Irish Coursing Club claim that trywide with itinerants coursing ille- Government, quote marks should
licensing section by the Irish travellers are involved in illegal gally. NPWS advised that if any be used around the offending
The Department of the - Provide the basis for future
Coursing Club (1988-2004)”. coursing. particular information was avail- term.”
Environment has announced that monitoring of the conservation able regarding any unlawful cours-
In an email to Ronan Whelan of A spokesperson for Dublin- Though condemning hare cours-
the survey, the first ever all- status of the Irish hare. ing activity, it should be made
the NPWS, we asked for any based Pavee Point Travellers ing, Mr Collins stated in a letter to
Ireland census of hares, would be - Establish the distribution of available to local conservation
unverified data from the ICC to be Centre described the claim as ICABS that “travellers historically
underway by Autumn 2005. the brown hare in Ireland. management staff who will and traditionally are involved in
discounted. We referred to our “outrageous”.
The Department’s National endeavour to pursue the matter.” hunting which is quite different
Although around 90 NPWS own analysis of such data, point- The accusation appears in a
Parks and Wildlife Service employees have previous survey- ing out the discrepancies we Responding to the statement, from coursing.”
report obtained by ICABS under
(NPWS) division sought tenders ing experience, their existing found between it and information Martin Collins, Assistant Director of “Hunting, which takes place in
the Freedom of Information Act. It
from those with the relevant workload will permit only half of recorded by the NPWS. Pavee Point, stressed that the wide open spaces where there is at
details a meeting between the Irish
expertise and the applicants were them to partake in the hare sur- organisation “is appalled at the least the chance for the hare to
Examples provided included a Coursing Club and officials from
asked to consider the following practice of hare coursing, both ille- escape, is quite different from
vey. Each will be able to liaise Westport coursing meeting where the National Parks and Wildlife
gal and legal.” coursing in an enclosed space
objectives: with the successful contractor for a conservation ranger recorded Service (NPWS).
a total of 3-4 days. “We find it outrageous that the such as practised by the Irish
- Establish the distribution of seven hares killed and the ICC
ICC could make such a claim that Coursing Club,” he added.
the Irish hare in Ireland. ICABS was concerned to note claimed that no hares were killed.
At a meeting in Killimer/Kilrush,
Parking tickets ‘there is a significant problem In reply, ICABS asked Pavee
- Provide density estimates for in the tender notice (published countrywide with itinerants cours- Point to consider highlighting the
the Irish hare according to land online at ICC figures present a mortality
figure of three while a National
for fox hunters ing illegally’ without any supporting current plight of the Irish Hare in a
class and geographic region. search/search_show.aspx?ID=M FOLLOWERS OF the County evidence whatsoever,” he stated. future edition of their newsletter.
Parks ranger who observed the
Clare Foxhounds returned to Mr Collins was also critical of the “It is widely believed that hare
Hunt holiday project coursing documented 10 kills.
“Most coursing meetings have
escaped the direct attention of
their cars after a hunt to find they
had received parking tickets.
use of the word “itinerants” in the
NPWS report.
numbers are low and that any
exploitation of the species could
According to a report in The Irish “The term ‘itinerants’ is extreme- impact fragile local populations,”
approved Eur30,000 NPWS and Department of
Agriculture staff over the years,”
we stated. “Based on our findings,
Field, the vehicles “were deemed to
be causing an obstruction to traffic”.
ly offensive and is a term that
should not be used,” he comment-
we pointed out. “The suspension of
all forms of hare hunting would
ICABS HAS urged the adminis- Projects Officer, Gerard The tickets were said to have “put a ed. “When being quoted in minutes help to facilitate the recovery of
trators of a LEADER pro- Kennedy, promised that our com- we suspect that coursers routine- damper on an otherwise enjoyable by an organisation, especially a this, one of Ireland’s oldest
gramme in County Clare to plaint would be brought to the ly distort figures relating to hare day”. government body such as the species.”
attention of the company board at kills and hare releases.”
stop giving grants to hunt- ICABS has written to the traffic
related projects. their next meeting. Another item in the tender
notice we responded to is the list-
division of Clare County Council to
applaud them for the tickets.
Hunting and coursing could
The call comes following the
discovery that the operators of a
Write Now!
ing of capture-recapture as one of
the suggested survey techniques.
“Over the years we have prove "final straw" for hares
hunting holiday business were observed hunt members and hunt THE ULSTER Wildlife Trust has grasses, low levels of disturbance
Asking the NPWS to disallow this followers causing obstruction,
approved a massive grant of Please urge RRD to give a warned that hare hunting and and adequate shelter for lying up
(or any method which causes a inconvenience and danger to
Eur30,000. commitment that they will coursing could finish off vulner- during the day.”
disturbance to hares), we remind- motorists,” we stated in our letter.
The money was for the restora- disregard any further appli- ed them how hares are vulnera- able hare populations. Low levels of disturbance are
cations for hunt-related “Despite this, it appears that action
tion of farm buildings into “a two- ble to capture myopathy, a poten- is rarely taken by local road safety Listing the activities as one of certainly not possible as long as
bedroom apartment for all-inclu- grants. tially fatal stress-induced condi- several threats to the species, the coursing and hare hunting contin-
officers. It is especially heartening,
sive hunting holiday packages”. It Gerard Kennedy tion. therefore, to learn of the parking Trust states that they “may prove to ue. In contrast to Northern Ireland
was approved by Rural Resource Projects Officer A final report, based on the tickets in County Clare.” be the final straw for some of the where it remains illegal to take
Development, a company which Rural Resource Development hare survey findings, is expected more isolated populations”. hares from the wild, the species is
If you spot hunts obstructing or
administers LEADER in Clare. Shannon Business Centre in June 2007. We will bring you “The hares’ problems mostly still persecuted south of the border.
causing inconvenience or danger to
Registering our disappointment Shannon, Co Clare. more news and updates on the involve habitat, food and shelter Hares are taken from their natu-
motorists or pedestrians, please
to RRD, we stressed the animal Tel: 061-361144 survey as soon as they become loss,” the statement outlines. “They ral habitat and subjected to gross
immediately contact the Gardai
cruelty involved in hunting. Email: available to us. and/or your local traffic warden. need a varied diet of herbs and interference by coursing clubs.
Protest at caging of New online
petition is I LOVE HARE
birds at Belvedere launched
ICABS has launched a new
online petition calling on the

Photos: Philip Kiernan

ICABS TURNED down an invita-
tion to attend a Birdwatch government to ban blood FG Environment Spokesperson
sports. The petition makes it
Ireland-organised event held in
Mullingar. easier for people in Ireland and admits support for blood sport
The guided walk through the around the world to register TOM HAYES, the Fine Gael complain about the comments
grounds of Belvedere House and their opposition to fox hunting, TD for Tipperary South, has made by Deputy Hayes.
Gardens was part of a nationwide coursing, carted deer hunting admitted that he loves Pointing out that party leader,
Dawn Chorus Day event to pro- and all forms of hunting with coursing and hare Enda Kenny, is
mote the beauty of birdsong. hounds. hunting. The opposed to
ICABS declined the invitation The petition can be accessed admission came hare coursing,
from Westmeath County Council’s by visiting the following webpage: during a recent we asked for
Heritage Officer in protest at the Dail debate on fur clarification on
caging of birds at Belvedere.
takeaction/784506550 farming in Ireland. the party’s offi-
A recently opened falconry cen- cial policy on
tre at the venue sees some of or by clicking on the link on the “I attended six
coursing meet- coursing and
nature’s most magnificent birds Petitions page of the ICABS web-
incarcerated. We find the sight of site. ings in the past all blood
any bird being denied flight to be few months and I sports.
Simply type in your name,
very depressing. did not see one Other Tipper-
email address and country before
Among the birds on show are clicking on “Preview” and then on hare killed,” ary TDs on
eagles, hawks, owls and falcons. “Add my Signature”. claimed the record as being
We understand that the only oppor- Deputy Spokes- in favour of
tunity they get to fly is during daily Please sign the petition today
and encourage as many others person on the Environment hare coursing are Maire
as possible to do so too! with Special Responsibility Hoctor and Noel Davern -
Disturbing photographs taken at
for Heritage & Rural Affairs. both Fianna Fail representa-
the centre, show the birds with a A range of paper petitions are
short restraint attached to their feet.
“I love what is good in rural tives.
still available to download from
At feeding time, they sit on perches Ireland, whether it is cours-
our website. These include “Ban
ing, hunting hares, beagling
eating dead day-old chicks (by- Blood Sports in Ireland”, “Ban
products of factory farming). or whatever, and I believe Write Now!
Bullfighting” and “Stop the badg-
When we reported the situation er snaring slaughter”. The latest there is a strong agenda to Please write to Fine Gael
to the National Parks and Wildlife addition (with thanks to Mary stop those sports.” Head Office and express
Service, we were told that the oper- your disgust at Tom Hayes’
Muldoon) is the Irish language “I represent a constituency
ators of the falconry centre had offensive comments about
petition “Cuirtear cosc le spoirt that is proud of its heritage in
been issued with a licence to keep
fola in Eirinn.” the coursing and animal wel- coursing. Remind the party
the birds in captivity.
Don’t worry if you do not have that eight in ten Irish people
“We think it is ironic that the fare world,” he added. “I wel-
Dawn Chorus event which cele-
TAKE ACTION a printer. Just contact us and we come the opportunity to
want coursing banned and
Write Now! ask for clarification on the
brates the beauty of birds is being can post you out copies of the make these brief comments current party policy on
held at a venue which finds it Please write to Belvedere petitions you require.
because I speak on behalf of blood sports.
acceptable to keep birds in captivi- House management to Completed petitions are for-
ty,” ICABS stated in a letter to Flight cancelled: Just some of the
many people who love rural Fine Gael Head Office
express your views on the warded to the relevant
Birdwatch Ireland. We appealed to keeping of birds in captivity. birds kept captive at Belvedere Ireland, the sports we stand 51 Upper Mount Street
Government Ministers to remind Dublin 2
the bird conservation group to join House’s falconry centre. A sleepy for and, above all, who love
us in an appeal to the management
Bartle D'Arcy, General Manager them about the massive opposi- Tel: 01 619 8444
Belvedere House, Mullingar, owl squints against the sunlight the animals and the land of
of Belvedere House to scrap the tion to blood sports. Fax: 01 662 5046
Co Westmeath, Ireland. (top) while a falcon and owl sit awk- Ireland.”
falconry centre. wardly on perches. Like many of Thank you to everyone who or 01 662 7648
To listen to a Mooney Goes Wild Tel: 044-49060. Fax: 044-49002 the birds at Belvedere, a restraint is has signed and collected signa- ICABS has written to the Email: finegael
recording of a dawn chorus, please Email: attached to their feet to prevent tures for the petitions since the
Fine Gael Head Office to
visit them from escaping. last edition of Animal Voice.
Hares die during Bishops don’t condone
priests blessing hunts
140-mile journey
Conservation ranger contends cruelty and criminal negligence
THE IRISH Bishops’ Conference
have announced that they do
not condone the blessing of
hunts by members of the clergy.
We will continue to press the
Catholic authorities to unequivo-
cally denounce blood sports and to
prevent priests from partaking in
Write Now!
these cruel activities. Please contact Reverend
A CONSERVATION Ranger from the National Parks & viously coursed on the day and A letter to ICABS from Executive
O’Boyle to express your
preceding day for entertainment. Secretary, Reverend Aidan A small minority of priests
Wildlife Service has stated that the transportation of approval of the Irish
O’Boyle, confirmed that the around Ireland continue to flout the
hares from Limerick to Leitrim following a coursing meet- “If there are insufficient hares in Bishops’ condemnation of
“involvement of some members of Catechism of the Catholic Church
ing could constitute cruelty and criminal negligence. The a region, this may indicate a loss hunt blessings. Ask him to
the clergy in blood sports” had by supporting or partaking in fox-
of suitable habitat and/or that the convey to the bishops that
four and a half hour journey left three hares dead. been discussed in recent times by hunting and hare coursing activi-
hares in the area cannot sustain the time has now come for
In a report to his boss, the ranger to a nearby stream to see if it the bishops at their quarterly meet- ties. According to paragraph 2418
the level of coursing activity. This the Church to join the call for
outlined how he had been asked would drink. On being put down on ings in Maynooth. of the Catechism, “it is contrary to a ban on blood sports in
to take delivery of 14 hares which the ground, it again made a feeble may be being masked by the net- However, while stressing that human dignity to cause animals to Ireland. Quote paragraphs
had been coursed at Doon, Co effort to move but failed, it being ting and transporting of hares from the Bishops’ Conference “would suffer and die needlessly.” 2416 and 2418 of the
Limerick on Sunday, December very weak. I said I didn’t think it other regions where coursing is not condone the practice of priests Paragraph 2416 states the fol- Catholic Catechism.
5th, 2004. was going to survive long and that not practised. blessing foxhunts”, he indicated lowing: “Animals are God’s crea-
Reverend Aidan O’Boyle
He detailed how the trailer, con- I wasn’t going to leave it. On lifting “I contend that there are wel- that it was an issue to be dealt with tures. He surrounds them with his
Executive Secretary
taining the hares in wooden it in my hands, it expired.” fare, ethical and possible legal locally. providential care. By their mere
Irish Bishops’ Conference
boxes, had set out at 3.30pm fol- The ranger went on to say: “I considerations for our Department “The Bishops’ Conference is of existence they bless him and give Columba Centre
lowing the coursing meeting and contend that there is a very seri- that is charged with the duty of the view that the practice of priests him glory. Thus men owe them Maynooth, Co Kildare.
arrived in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, ous animal welfare issue in trans- protecting the country’s wildlife blessing foxhunts, and indeed the kindness. We should recall the
at 8pm. heritage. I further contend that this regulation of access to Church gentleness with which saints like Tel: +353 (0)1-505 3020
porting ‘protected’ wild animals
At the first release, one hare land for hunts, is a matter for the St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Fax: +353 (0)1-629 2360
(which are recognised as being 4 hour, 140-mile long journey for a
local diocese where these prac- Neri treated animals.” Email:
was found to be dead, and at the ‘timid’ of nature and normally spa- sentient animal with a serious
second, there was another dead tially dispersed) over long dis- physical injury in a bouncing, rat- tices are happening,” he wrote.
hare and a hare that appeared to
be stunned and didn’t move.
According to the ranger, some
tances of miles and time.
Particularly so in having been pre-
tling trailer constitutes cruelty and
criminal negligence.”
ICABS welcomes the bishops’
condemnation of hunt blessings
and hope that the individual bish-
Injured deer chased
attempts to assist or coax the hare
failed. The animal remained
Hunting has contributed to ops which make up the
Conference will act at a local level
by “thugs in jeeps”
upright but was lying on the
ground with its rear legs out
hare’s “threatened” status to prevent further such blessings. A KILDARE woman was so
shocked at seeing a deer being
dogs. What a sight on a main road
in front of children. I try and teach
behind it. The ranger believed it THE IRISH Independent has threat are: Grey Partridge, Hares under threat: chased by “thugs in their jeeps” my children to be kind to animals
placed the hare alongside the Corncrake (just 200 remaining),
was injured.
corncrake and the Marsh Fritillary Marsh Fritillary Butterfly, Little Tern, Westmeath Council that she contacted the Gardai
and followed this up by giving
and now my grandchildren will be
taught the same.”
In his report, he described the Butterfly as species under severe A LEAFLET published by the
Red Squirrel, Purple Hairstreak an on-air description of the inci-
scene as follows: threat in Ireland. Westmeath County Council has Another disturbing deerhunt-
Butterfly, Red Deer (“It has largely dent on local CKR Radio.
“On returning to the ‘shocked’ labelled the Irish hare as a related incident was brought to our
The 23rd May article, entitled “An died out because of hunting and a
hare, it had not made any depletion of its natural woodland threatened species in Ireland. ICABS made contact with the attention the following month. A
unnatural disaster: our dying
progress. Some more attempts and forest habitat”), Lesser The “Biodiversity & Development woman and she forwarded us the caller left a message on the office
wildlife”, makes for depressing read-
were made to raise it to its feet, ing as the top 10 threatened species Horseshoe Bat, Wild Atlantic in County Westmeath” leaflet following account of what she wit- answering machine, alleging that
and these failed. The hare again are presented alongside 10 species Salmon and the Irish Hare. states that “species of fauna whose nessed: “While driving home in during a hunt in Kilmessan in
tried and succeeded in raising its which have already become extinct population is under threat include early February on the road from March, a terrified deer attempted to
Among the species now extinct in
front legs to run, but failed to raise here. the Irish Hare and the Corncrake.” Summerhill to Kilcock, I was jump a wall to evade capture, fell
Ireland are: Corn Bunting, Bittern,
its back or hind quarters off the Referring to the Irish Hare, the shocked at the sight of what I met - back off it and broke its neck.
Great Auk (“Ireland’s only flightless The leaflet was jointly published
ground. It tried dragging itself, but Independent highlights how “hunting bird”; extinct here and worldwide), a beautiful, fully grown deer being ICABS sent both of these reports
by the County Council, Westmeath
lacked the strength. has affected its numbers” and that it Red-necked Phalarope, Crane, Wolf County Heritage Forum and The chased by a convoy of thugs in to Minister Dick Roche, who licens-
“I said I believed the hare to be is “only found in significant numbers (“hunted out of existence in the Heritage Council. A copy can be their jeeps. es deerhunting with dogs, and also
both physically injured in its back on Bull Island in Dublin and a 1700s”), Wild Boar, Cricket, Sea downloaded from: www.heritage- “The deer’s back was all torn and to Agriculture Minister, Mary
and dying. I questioned its possi- Wexford reserve”. Eagle (“shot and poisoned out of it was terrified. The jeeps were fol- Coughlan, who is responsible for
ble need for water. It was brought The species listed as being under existence”) and Brown Bear. holders.pdf lowed by a hunt and a pack of animal welfare legislation.
Mounted hunters Toyota urged to
scrap another Garda investigation
must now have offensive ad

horse passports
TOYOTA IRELAND was urged in
April to scrap a radio advertise-
ment which described cats as
into missing hares
The ad for the company’s Corolla
Who are the culprits - coursers or fence-cutting vandals?
ALL HORSES and ponies must passport for their horses, please ACCORDING TO a report
now be accompanied by an iden- notify the Gardai immediately. car revolved around two women
discussing their likes and dislikes. obtained by ICABS under the
tity passport before they can be According to section 12 of the
One of statements made by them Freedom of Information Act,
moved. The recently introduced regulations, an officer appointed by
is: “cats are disgusting.” Gardai were called in to investi-
European Communities (Equine the Minister for Agriculture “may, if
Stud-book and Competition) ICABS contacted Toyota to com- gate criminal damage and the
accompanied by a member of the disappearance of a large num-
Regulations 2004 compel the Garda Siochana in uniform, stop plain about the advert. We
owners of such animals to have expressed our disgust that this ber of hares from the coursing
any vehicle which he or she rea- compound in East Donegal in
the document in their posses- sonably suspects to contain a unnecessary slur on cats was
sion before transporting them allowed to be included in the ad November of last year, follow-
horse, identification document,
from their premises. and that it was offensive to the ing a coursing meeting.
stud-book or part of a stud-book or
The regulations mean that every any article, book, document or thousands of cat owners around The report stated that the
horse used by Irish hunts will have other record associated with an Ireland. Toyota, however, said they Conservation Ranger and the
to be registered at a cost of identification document or a stud- had no plans to stop using it. Licensing Section of the National
between 35 and 50 Euro. book maintained by an approved Sadly, this is not the first time Parks & Wildlife Service had
An article in the Irish Horse sec- body”. ICABS has had to contact Toyota received “several anonymous
tion of the Farmers Journal “Where an authorised officer about its adverts. In 1998, the com- calls in November alleging that
explained that horses without the finds or comes into possession of pany was urged to withdraw a TV the hares to be used by the East
passports will be breaking the law. any article, book, document or ad in which a Starlet car assumed Donegal club had come from a
other record which he or she rea- the role of a matador and confront- meeting in Limerick.”
“The hunting fraternity will have Hares incarcerated in a coursing enclosure. Gardai are probing
sonably believes to be evidence of ed a bull in an arena.
to ensure that all hunters have The Conservation Rangers had the disappearance of hares from a similar compound in Donegal.
passports as the followers could be the commission of an offence ACTION ITEM arranged with the club to monitor
in a very vulnerable position,” the under these Regulations, he or she Please make a complaint to Toyota the release of hares after the noted two dead hares along the past,” stated the ranger. The club
article stated. “They could find may seize it and detain it for use in and ask them to refrain from using meeting, but when they arrived at fence. The club had 73 hares in are claiming the incident was
themselves, without a passport, in evidence in a prosecution under anti-animal themes in future adver- the coursing compound, they its possession at the beginning of “vandalism and criminal damage”,
a public place illegally and should a these Regulations,” it adds. tising campaigns. noticed that the fence had been the three day event, according to but the ranger raised the possibil-
serious accident occur, the insur- Those who are caught commit- Toyota Motor Centre cut and a large number of hares the rangers. ity that the hares may have been
ance company could have a great ting an offence under the regula- Customer Relations Dept were missing. They gathered up “I am aware that NPWS have ear-marked for further use at a
excuse for not settling a claim.” tions are liable to an on-the-spot Merrion Road, Dublin 4. the remaining 21 hares, and had difficulties with this club in the future coursing meeting.
If you suspect hunt participants fine of Eur100 or up to Eur3,000 if Tel: 01 4190222
are not in possession of an identity convicted. Email:
Ranger rescues leverets from coursers
SIXTEEN LEVERETS found in a The fact that pregnant hares are reason why the taking of hares from
KSPCA alerted to coursing sponsorship coursing compound in Co Offaly
were rescued by a National Parks
among the thousands netted by
coursers every year can be
the wild for coursing should be
AN ANIMAL welfare group due to “free bets from Boylesports”. group to local supporters in a bid to
and Wildlife Service conserva- explained by the fact that Irish
benefit from a Boylesports- In our correspondence to the secure donations, stressed that the Netting pregnant hares and nurs-
tion ranger. ICABS learned of the hares are known to give birth in at
sponsored fund-raiser has been KSPCA, we detailed how KSPCA was "not against field ing females (whose leverets will
ranger’s laudable action from least 11 months of the year. With a
told that the company is a cours- “Boylesports is one of the handful sports". almost certainly die when left
documents obtained under the gestation period of 52 days, any
ing supporter. of remaining companies in Ireland behind to fend for themselves) is
We understand that, at the time, female over the age of one year
An advert in the Irish Field news- who shamelessly sponsor hare Freedom of Information Act. cruel and inhumane. There is no
steps were taken to discipline and may be pregnant or nursing at virtu-
paper in March outlined that pro- coursing.” The company also The very young leverets were ally any time of the year. doubt that both contribute to the
ceeds from the “Cheltenham accepts bets on coursing and has possibly disaffiliate the branch on
found last October while the ranger decline in the hare population.
Preview Evening” were to go to the publicised coursing results on its the grounds that it was contraven- Given that the Edenderry club
was counting hares held by the started with around 70 hares and According to NPWS records,
Kildare SPCA. website. ing the part of the ISPCA constitu-
Edenderry Coursing Club. ran 104 courses over their two day three hares died at the Edenderry
Those who purchased tickets for This is the not the first fund-rais- tion which states that member soci-
eties must adhere to official poli- Their presence in the enclosure meeting, it is possible that some or meeting after being hit by grey-
the event would be entered into a ing-related controversy connected
indicates that pregnant hares were all of the nursing mothers were hounds. As for the leverets, we
prize draw, the advert stated. to the KSPCA. In 1999, we high- cies about the use of animals in
netted from the wild and gave birth used as lures at this meeting. understand that they were brought
Among the prizes on offer were lighted how a letter sent by the sport and entertainment.
while in captivity. This incident points to another to a wildlife sanctuary by the ranger.
Hunters to benefit from U-turn on “bad animal
Stena’s ferry discount
HUNTERS affected by the
husbandry” response
IN THE LAST edition of Animal Voice, we reported how 40 to all and sundry is that hares were
British blood sports ban may sick over the 2 day coursing meet-
hares died following a coursing meeting in New Ross in
be among those to benefit from ing, with the Conservation Ranger
2003, with a veterinary surgeon citing stress as the cause.
a ferry company discount. who monitored the event stating
Stena Line, which operates five “Under the influence of stress, In a memo to the National
the hare’s immune system is com- that “it was obvious that the hares
ferry routes from the UK to Director of the NPWS, Dr Alan
promised,” stated veterinary sur- Craig, he stated that “it appears were not in good condition.”
Ireland, is currently offering
geon, Peter Murphy, in a letter to that in this instance bad animal He recorded that eleven hares
members of the Countryside
the National Parks & Wildlife husbandry was displayed.” It was were hit by dogs on the first day of
Alliance a 10 per cent discount.
Service. “Hares being normally subsequently decided that this club coursing with six dead the follow-
Countryside Alliance cam- Stena Line discount could result in more UK hunters being solitary animals are significantly ing morning. The next day it was
should be refused a licence by the
paigns for the continuance of stressed when corralled and the same, with hares “not willing”
shipped to Ireland to abuse Irish hares, foxes and deer. NPWS and they were advised
“country sports” which, they state, coursed, and this combination of accordingly. to run and four being hit by the
are “central to our vision for a sus- We added that since the major- circumstances has resulted in the
TAKE ACTION However, the club appealed the dogs.
tainable countryside”. Among ity of Irish people are opposed to deaths in this case.”
those on the board of Countryside blood sports, it is very probable Write Now! The death of the hares led to the
decision, and Dr Craig relented, It seems abundantly clear to
agreeing to a scaled down event. ICABS that it was observed on day
Alliance Ireland is Jerry Desmond that a majority of the company’s Please ask Stena to stop offer- NPWS Regional Manager for the
He was, he said, “satisfied that the 1 that the hares “were not in good
of the Irish Coursing Club. Irish-based customers would also ing discounts which could New Ross area, Eamonn Meskell,
recommending that the Wexford & very uniqueness of the outcome (ie condition” and yet, the meeting
In a letter to Stena’s head office object to the discount. encourage hunters to come to
the deaths of 40 hares) meant that
District Coursing club should be went ahead on day 2 with nobody
in Sweden, ICABS expressed our Ireland to kill our wildlife.
In a reply from the company’s excluded from holding a meeting in it could not have been predicted”. crying halt.
objection to this discount. We also Dun Laoghaire office in August, Joakim Kenndal
Stena Line, Head office December 2004. But what must have been clear So why didn’t the NPWS prose-
asked what their policy is in rela- Communications & PR Manager,
tion to hare coursing, foxhunting SE-405 19 Goteborg, Sweden. cute the Wexford & District club for
and other cruel pursuits.
“These activities are now illegal
Eamonn Hewitt stated:
“To my knowledge none of the
pursuits [which CA are involved
Tel: +46(0)31 85 81 80
Fax: +465 (0)31 24 10 38
BARDOT BACKS this apparent breach of a licence
condition? After all, the licence
granted to the coursers states

in England, Scotland and Wales,”
in] are illegal in Ireland...In no way Eamonn Hewitt, PR Manager unequivocally that “hares that
we stated. “Stena Line’s discount Stena Line, The Ferry Terminal
do we condone cruelty to animals become sick or injured while in
could act as an incentive for those Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. captivity may not be coursed.” This
involved in blood sports to travel nor do we see our offer to Tel: 01-2047617 Fax: 01-2047630 ICABS IS DELIGHTED to report question is one which the NPWS
to Ireland where they unfortunate- Countryside Alliance as support Email: eamonn.hewitt that Brigitte Bardot has needs to urgently answer.
ly remain legal.” or subsidisation of blood sports.” expressed her support for our
campaign against coursing. TAKE ACTION
Thousands of UK coursers Thank you to Brigitte (pictured) has signed our
“Stop the Terror - Ban Hare
Write Now!
set sights on Irish hares ICABS Coursing” campaign postcard, a
copy of which we have forwarded
Contact Dr Craig and ask him
why the Wexford & District
AS IF HARES aren’t under enough WISHES to thank all the
forces with clubs in Cavan and to the Taoiseach, the Tanaiste and Coursing Club were not
pressure from existing hunting Donegal. Now, according to a Sunday politicians who have helped us
the Minister for the Environment. prosecuted for apparently
and coursing activities, things Times report, thousands of British with the campaign over the
We have also notified every Irish breaching licence condition
could get even worse for the coursing enthusiasts are looking to past year.
TD and Senator of Brigitte’s desire number 9 at a coursing meet-
species. Irish events. TDs, Senators, MEPs and to see this cruel activity ended in ing in December 2003. Cite
With coursing stopped in Northern A spokesperson for the National Councillors from all political par- Ireland. the evidence of the conser-
Ireland and banned in the rest of the Coursing Club in England was report- ties are among those who have vation ranger as outlined
UK, coursers from outside the ed as saying that “there is a long tra- In a letter received by ICABS and we hope it will encourage
joined us in our bid to try and per- from Paris-based Fondation many others to come forward and above.
Republic have announced their inten- dition of English going to Ireland and
suade the government to rid Brigitte Bardot, it was stated that work with us to ban this blood sport Dr Alan Craig
tion to travel here to terrorise Irish vice versa, but with the ban there will
hares. certainly be greater interest.”
Ireland of blood sport cruelty. “Brigitte Bardot supports the ban- in Ireland. Director, NPWS
We thank them for their valu- ning of hare coursing and the use For more information about the 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Last season, Northern coursers “Ireland is the only other country
prohibited from catching hares were which has a coursing tradition similar able help and look forward to their of an artificial lure instead”. Brigitte Bardot Foundation and its Tel: 01-6472342
able to continue their coursing by to here, particularly open coursing in continued support in the months ICABS has thanked Mrs Bardot international campaigns, please Lo-call: 1890 20 20 21
simply hopping over the border to join Co Cork,” he added. ahead. for this positive gesture of support visit Email:
Heritage Council confirms Judge orders destruction
hare as declining species
THE HERITAGE Council has marsh fritillary butterfly.” nise certain types of important
of duck shoot shotgun

Photo: Philip Kiernan

ICABS HAS urged West-
become the latest to voice con- The Heritage Council goes on habitats or areas of natural her-
cern over the status of the Irish
meath County Council to
to identify several weaknesses in itage value on farms.
Hare population. remove a gun club sign
the REPS scheme which can The administration of the REPS
In a review of the Rural from a public pathway in
adversely affect wildlife and habi- scheme by Department of
Environment Protection Scheme tats.
the village of Ballynacargy.
Agriculture staff is also pinpointed
(REPS), the council describes the as being potentially problematic. The call comes following a court
Among these are: REPS plan-
hare as a species in decline. case which revealed how a man
ners putting farmers first instead The Heritage Council states:
The review points to certain shot tame ducks which swam
of the aims of the scheme - “their “Some of the most interesting ele-
styles of farming as being crucial close to the Royal Canal path.
appreciation of the ecology of ments of Ireland’s heritage do not
to achieving nature conservation farmland is coloured by their own, At Mullingar District Court,
conform to a simple pattern of
objectives over large areas. Judge John Neilan heard how
often agricultural, training.” clearly compartmentalised blocks,
Maintaining these will be the Paul Lonican (22) of 51 Ginnell
The scheme engendering the making for understandable Terrace, Mullingar arrived in
only effective, long term way to
attitude that “more wildlife means administrative difficulties. How- Ballynacargy at 6.30 on the morn-
protect animals, plants and inver-
more restrictions” instead of con- ever, this should not be seen as ing of September 12th 2004.
tebrates, the statement outlines,
veying that more wildlife means an excuse.”
adding that this applies “not only Using a licensed shotgun, Mr
to a range of widespread, but more reasons for farmers to feel To read the full text of the REPS Lonican shot the ducks. A person
declining, species, such as the proud of their contribution to con- review, please visit: www.heritage who accompanied him had lured
cuckoo, yellowhammer or hare, servation. the birds into the line of fire using
but also to rarities, such as the REPS planners failing to recog- general.html. bits of bread.
Quoted in the Westmeath A pair of ducks swimming happily in the normally tranquil
Hare-friendly tips Hunters relocate to Ireland Examiner of 2nd July 2005, waters of the Royal Canal at Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath.
for landowners defending solicitor, Fiona Hunt,

LANDOWNERS and farmers in bid to avoid British ban said it was the duck-shooting sea-
son at the time and that her client
Judge Neilan commented that it
was understood that one didn’t
children enjoy feeding them.
The judge ordered the defen-
who wish to play their part in AN IRELAND ON Sunday article lems landowners here have to “didn’t appreciate you could not shoot at tame ducks. Garda dant to pay Eur1,000 which, he
helping local hare populations has highlighted how hunters deal with are hounds disturbing shoot tame ducks”. She went on McEntaggart pointed out that said, he hoped would be used by
are being asked to consider the from the UK are queuing up to livestock (sometimes resulting in to say that he was now ashamed there are quite a few ducks in the the villagers to replace the ducks
following hare-friendly tips. move to Ireland. With a hunting injury and death), the spread of of his actions. harbour at Ballynacargy and that they had lost. He adjourned the
More details can be found on ban now in place in England, diseases as hunts move cross case to February 16th, 2006 and
the Ulster Wildlife Trust website
Wales and Scotland, Ireland
has apparently become a prime
country from one farm to the next,
damaged land and crops and the Drag hunting praised on ordered the destruction of Mr
Lonican’s gun.
Maintain varied grass species
in pasture. Reduce dominance of
Two foxhunters who recently
destruction of boundary fences
and ditches. Pat Kenny radio show In our letter to the secretary of
Westmeath County Council, we
ryegrass species (Lolium spp). moved from Kent to Tipperary If you are a landowner, please DRAG HUNTING was praised as a For example, a love of horses, a asked for the gun club’s “Game
Defer cutting of grass - to reduce were quoted in the January 9th make your property off limits to humane and fun alternative to sense of community and the Sanctuary - No Shooting” sign to
leveret mortality. Reduce stocking article as saying: “Some people the hunt. If you have friends or foxhunting during RTE Radio 1’s upholding of countryside traditions be replaced.
levels of livestock; notably cattle are bound to want to move when family who have land in areas “Today” show in March. without the bloodshed.”
where hunting takes place, please “Considering that ducks were
and sheep. Reduce application of the [UK] ban is implemented.” Host Pat Kenny read out com- The caller added: “On Sunday mercilessly slaughtered at this
appeal to them to close their land ments from a drag hunting enthusi- last, I was on a hunt with all the
Nitrogen-based fertilisers that This was confirmed by an site by a shooter, it is unfortunate
to hunts. To download and print a ast who phoned in following an thrills of the chase. Over eighty rid-
stimulate competitive grasses. estate agent contacted by the that those who enjoy walking
“No Hunting” sign, please visit the interview, the previous day, with the ers jumping ditches, hedges, fences
Manage hedgerows for biodiversi- newspaper who said the pair are along the pathway or feeding the
“Farmers” section of the ICABS author of a foxhunting book. During in the Kildare/Offaly countryside -
ty. Maintain habitat variety, with “only the first of many British ducks at this location are being
website. Why not distribute some that interview, it was claimed that with the agreement and encourage-
plenty of cover. blood sports enthusiasts interest- of our “Troubled by the Hunt” reminded that members of a gun
farmers would not welcome drag ment of local farmers. Two to three
Please copy this list and pass it ed in moving to Ireland”. leaflets to landowners in your hunts on to their land. club continue to blast birds out of
hours later the thrills and spills are
on to friends, family and neigh- It’s a development which is sure area. The leaflet offers advice on “Many farmers are happy to allow being recounted in a local pub with- the sky in surrounding areas. We
bours who are landowners. Ask to infuriate landowners who are how to keep hunts off land. draghunts on their lands,” the caller out a fox having been touched...I hope the council will replace this
them to take positive action to already plagued by hunts coming Please get in touch with us now insisted. “Access is given for more have never hunted a fox and I don’t sign with an official “Wildlife
help the Irish Hare. on to their land. Among the prob- for copies. reasons than the slaughter of foxes. regard them as vermin.” Sanctuary - No Shooting” sign.
Fox hunted for over Tony Gregory questions
3 hours in Limerick licensing of Ward Union
DOES THE Ward Union continue to get a licence
A FOX WAS pursued for over 3 detail the condition the animal was “because it is controlled by some of the richest,
hours during a hunting festival in in when the hunt came to an end. The physio fate most powerful and most influential developers
County Limerick, the Irish Field
newspaper has reported.
Neither did the Countryside Alliance
who described the outing in their
of hunted foxes and businessmen in this country”?
That was one of the ment to Ray Burke and
What happens to foxes as they are
The eight day festival - praised by Spring 2005 newsletter as “a chased by a pack of hounds? questions recently posed tried to destroy the
the paper as “a marathon of hunt- superb day's hunting, the like of Research carried out by the United by Tony Gregory, TD in Planning Tribunal...In an
ing” - was organised by Limerick’s which many people never have the States Department of Agriculture Dail Eireann. interim report, the judge
Abbeyfeale Harriers and involved good fortune to experience”. provides some answers. Responding, Batt recorded that Bailey had
several harrier and fox hunts. Their study investigated the physi- lied to the tribunal, had
Foxes being pursued for prolonged O’Keeffe (Fianna Fail TD
ological stress responses in foxes breached its confidentiali-
“Plenty of foxes were found,” the periods is nothing unusual during pursued for approximately 5 minutes for Cork South Central
report stated, focussing particularly foxhunts. For example, a separate and Minister of State at ty and had colluded with
by dogs and then killed.
on the one which had to endure report on the Limerick Foxhounds Autopsies performed on the foxes the Department of the others to make false alle-
several hours of hunting during a in a February edition of the Irish revealed haemorrhage of the heart Environment, Heritage gations in an attempt to
Limerick Foxhounds outing. and lungs and congestion of adrenal and Local Government) cover up his crimes, which
Field told of how they had a “run of
glands and kidneys. Blood analysis said: “The Minister and included bribing the
“With no horses, [the huntsman] two hours and 20 minutes”.
showed high levels of enzymes that the officials in the Dublin County manager,
was in Wellingtons and a Barbour ICABS has renewed its appeal to reflect tissue damage. Edema, discol-
Department do not know George Redmond’.”
but his hounds hunted none the landowners in Limerick and around oration, haemorrhage and inflamma-
worse for that. They found and tion were found in muscle tissue. who is involved in the We sent a copy of the
the country to show compassion
hunted the same fox for three hours The study also observed that the Ward Union Hunt.” letter to Minister Dick
and make their land off limits to
and 10 minutes.” foxes had experienced a breakdown ICABS took the oppor- Roche who licences the
hunts. If you have friends or rela- of muscle tissue caused by the exer- Ward Union hunt. In a
We can only imagine the poor tives with land, please tell them tunity to write to Deputy
tion of the chase. This is often fol- two-sentence reply, the
state of the fox during and following O’Keeffe to tell him that
about the suffering of hunted ani- lowed by brain damage, paralysis Minister stated: “Thank
this deadly pursuit. and death, meaning that even foxes “the master of this hunt is
mals and appeal to them to make you for the email. I have
which evade capture are at risk. Michael Bailey who,
Of course, the Irish Field didn’t their property a haven for wildlife. forwarded your message
according to newspaper
reports, was found by Mr to MoS O'Keeffe for reply.”


have ‘made a corrupt pay-
Minister of State Does power and money earn you the right to
O’Keeffe never did reply. do this to animals in modern Ireland?

SAYS DISTRICT COURT JUDGE Hares at Sligo coursing were “poor runners”
THE FOLLOWING article was published in the They claimed that they tered club within the Irish TWENTY HARES used by coursers become sick or injured while in cap- back into the wild. Were some of
Anglo Celt in December 2004. It appeared were licensed to do so but Coursing Club. It was at a meeting in Westport, County tivity may not be coursed”. these creatures still suffering when
under the heading "Catching live hares was an didn't have the licence with granted in Northern Ireland Mayo were “poor runners and Curiously, the official NPWS form released? It’s not clear from the data
exercise in cruelty, states Judge". them. The men refused to under the supervision of appeared to be suffering from mal- on which details about the meeting we have.
release the hares they had the Irish Coursing Club. nutrition”. That’s according to the are recorded was incomplete. The What we do know is that there was
Two Monaghan brothers A summons for failing to
captured and they put NPWS conservation ranger who tick boxes next to the question “were no veterinary involvement in the run-
who appeared before desist from continuing the He said that there were
them into the back of a monitored the two-day meeting hares coursed more than once - ning of the coursing meeting. Taking
Judge S McBride at the activity under the Wildlife 28 men catching hares
van. last October. yes/no” are blank for both the first into account the ranger’s assessment
local District Court charged Act 1976 was taken into that day and two of them
with hunting wild ani- account. Mr O'Carroll said that a A total of 56 courses were run on and second days of coursing. of the hares’ health, this is very dis-
were from Monaghan. The the first day even though, from our turbing.
mals/birds without a Mr E O'Carroll, State licence was granted to the On day two, according to the
Coursing Club had issued analysis of the ranger’s records, it ranger, hares were "graded" before
licence were convicted Solicitor, prosecuting, said Irish Coursing Club but One can only speculate on how
a licence to the Dun- appears that there were less than 56 coursing and only healthy hares long these hares had been suffering
under the Wildlife Act. that the defendants were Dungannon was not speci-
Frank and Seamus not authorised to carry out fied. Dungannon was not gannon Club to catch hares available (including the 20 sick used. However, given that there were and how they fared on return to the
one of the stated clubs. hares. ones). only 42 hares remaining for 27 cours- wild. But one thing is sure - their wel-
McKenna, Shevlins, their activity.
Glaslough, were each Mr Higgins, a Wildlife Mr C Jones, solicitor Judge McBride said that This would suggest that licence es, it is quite possible that some of fare was of little concern to the
fined 350 Euro for commit- Ranger, observed a group defending, said that he he would describe them as conditions were breached by the the sick hares from Day 1 were coursers.
ting the offence at Tiravray, of men netting hares. They had a letter from the Irish "bootleggers" as they were club. The licence, issued by Minister coursed. ICABS has called for Westport
Castleshane on were catching them for Coursing Club stating that catching live hares which Dick Roche, states that hares “may Shortly after the meeting ended, Coursing Club to be prosecuted for
September 22, 2002. coursing in Dungannon. Dungannon was a regis- was cruelty. not be coursed more than once on according to the NPWS document, what we believe are breaches of
the same day” and that “hares that the surviving hares were released licence conditions.
Poundworld thanked for Hunt details deleted
ICABS has thanked the
Poundworld chain of shops for
areas of skin. The mice broke or takes anywhere from three to five
even bit off their own legs, and the days for the mouse to finally die.
from Failte website
29 down, 2 to go. Blood sport mostly gone from
withdrawing an inhumane glue caused their eyes to become This is nothing less than torture.”
mouse trap from sale. badly irritated and FAILTE IRELAND has ues, guesthouses, hotels in January. A Failte
Veterinary surgeons who con- removed 29 references and equestrian centres spokesperson was quot-
The “Mouse & Insect Glue scarred. After three to demned the traps are quoted on
five hours in the to hunting from its and among the hunts ed as saying that they
Traps” were being sold in the website. One states that “there website. The mentioned were the Tara
glue traps, the have “a policy of not pro-
Poundworld branches around the is much suffering by the entrapped positive move was in Harriers, the Meath
mice defecated moting hunting”.
country but when ICABS highlight- animals - it is not a sud- response to an Irish Foxhounds, the North
ed the cruelty of the traps, the and urinated heavily den or merciful This campaign against
Council Against Blood Tipperary Foxhounds,
company’s head office promptly because of their death, but one Failte Ireland giving pub-
Sports’ appeal in April. and the Westmeath Hunt.
assured us that they would be severe stress brought on by licity to hunts was largely
and fear, and It’s the second such One listing for an successful but not entire-
taken off the shelves. starvation and
q u i c k l y response from the nation- equestrian centre high- ly so. Hunting continues
A Poundworld spokesman stat- thirst.” Another
became al tourism board. Regular lighted the availability of to be included in two
ed: “I have instructed our man- says: “Because all
covered Animal Voice readers will hunting holidays with the remaining listings.
agers to withdraw the Mouse and mammals have
with their recall that further to a local foxhunts. Another
Insect Glue Traps from sale. I similar nervous sys- The listing for Bansha
o w n similar appeal back in centre proudly claimed Failte Ireland’s Senior
agree totally with your comments. tems, they are House Equestrian Centre
excrement. Cruel trap: Cartoon image on the capable of experi- 2003, five web pages on that it was located “at the Marketing Officer,
The traps were bought over the packaging of the glue traps. the equestrian section of heart of our great hunt Rhonwen Watson refers to “Hunting
Animals encing the same
phone as ‘Mouse Traps’ from one the site were country”. A guesthouse Holidays with the
whose faces become stuck in the type of pain and suffering. Thus, that “The North Tipperary
of our suppliers. I was not made amended to exclude entry stated that “hunting Tipperary and Scarteen
glue slowly suffocate, and all rodents suffer as much as any Foxhounds hunt the dis-
aware that they were of the glue hunting. At the time, we can be arranged” while a Hounds” while hunting is
trapped animals are subject to other mammal and are capable of trict”. The information for
type.” thanked and congratulat- hotel listed hunting as also listed as a facility
starvation and dehydration. It being traumatized and abused.” Navan reminded readers
ICABS thanks Poundworld for ed the board for its one of the local attrac- available through New-
that “The Meath
this positive response. action. tions. Yet another listing castle Riding School in
We now call on members of the
public to check other discount
Horse charity removes Imagine our surprise
then, when we checked
on the site offered the
“opportunity to hunt with
Foxhounds and the Tara
Harriers hunt in the
area.” The Craughwell
We will continue to
chains and hardware shops to see
if the traps are available else-
hunting from auction back in on the Failte
Ireland website earlier
the famous Galway
page revealed the prox-
imity of the Galway
press Failte to eliminate
these two remaining hunt
A BIG thank you to Wicklow- after wrecking three horses this this year to find numer- Hunting was also men- Blazers’ hunt kennels. references. You can help
where. If you spot glue traps for
based Irish Horse Welfare Trust year, and the whipper-in - I suppose ous references to hunting tioned on the general Mallow, meanwhile, was us by responding to the
sale, please tell the manager
for removing a day’s hunting he has seven or eight or them had crept back into the information pages for praised as being “well action item below.
about the animal suffering they
from a fundraising auction. wrecked.” content. certain towns. known as a hunting cen-
cause and appeal for them to be TAKE ACTION
withdrawn. The Star newspaper revealed on They appeared within The Templemore entry tre”.
Paul Carberry’s involvement with Write Now!
6th September that among the the controversial Ward Union deer-
entries for various ven- drew attention to the fact Thankfully, all of the
For those not familiar with glue Please write to Failte
items up for auction by the charity hunt has been documented in the above have been
traps, the aim is to catch the
mouse in a gluey base from which
was a “day’s hunting with jockey
Paul Carberry”.
past. In March 2003, the Irish Learn about Lagomorphs removed as well as
numerous others. ICABS
Ireland to applaud
their removal of hunt-
it has no escape. The unfortunate Independent highlighted how “a col-
creature is not killed outright but But when ICABS drew attention lision with a stag while hunting with in brand new fact sheet thanks Failte Ireland -
again - for acting to
ing from the
site. Ask them to
instead slowly dies over a number to the animal cruelty involved in the Ward likely to sideline Hares and rabbits belong to found in an informative new
ensure that their market- remove the remaining
of days. hunting, the IHWT announced that champion jockey Paul Carberry the family called leporids and fact sheet by Mike Rendle of
ing material does not in two hunt references
the hunt outing would be removed along with pikas (a small ani- the Irish Hare Initiative.
Information presented on the In until next week” while a GG Racing any way promote blood as soon as possible.
from their auction. mal found in Asia) Available to
Defense of Animals website, report in March 2005 told of how they form the order sports. Rhonwen Watson
As well as cruelty to the animals download from the
explicitly outlines the animal suf- Carberry “missed his rides after tak- of Lagomorphs. Marketing Officer
being chased, hunts are also “Leaflets” section In correspondence to
fering which glue traps can cause. ing a heavy fall while out hunting Lagomorphs are of the ICABS web- Failte Ireland
responsible for suffering to horses. Senior Marketing Officer,
It states: with the Ward Union Hunt”. distinctive in that site, the 4-pages of Baggot Street Bridge,
To illustrate this, we quoted a hunter they have a sec- Rhonwen Watson, we
“A 1983 test that evaluated the The work of the IHWT includes facts, photos and
reminded her of Failte Dublin 2
as saying: “I’d need four horses to ond set of incisors. illustrations will
effectiveness of glue traps found keep me going for the season, rescuing, rehabilitating and re-hom- Ireland’s anti-hunt Tel: 01-6024 380
This and many help ensure that
that trapped mice struggling to between horses getting cut and ing horses and ponies. They also more interesting you never mix up stance. This was con- Fax: 01-855 6821
free themselves would pull out broke down and whatever, and the campaign against the export of Irish facts about hares It’s...a hare! rabbits and hares firmed most recently in Email: rhonwen.watson
their own hair, exposing bare, raw same with the joint master - he’s horses for their meat. and rabbits can be (Photo: Mike Rendle) again. an Irish Examiner article
Stop the cruelty Coursers mis-inform
RTE about hare kills
festival funding
IN OUR LATEST appeal to In another email message, a
MUZZLING OF greyhounds has
effectively taken the kill out of
coursing. So claimed Irish
Failte Ireland, ICABS has Failte official wrote: “The organis- Coursing Club, Chief
called for a commitment that ers have produced a flyer - Executive, Jerry Desmond,
no further funding will be given 20,000 copies are in circulation, when he appeared on a RTE
to festivals which promote which carries the [Failte Ireland] News and Sport report last
blood sports. logo. Coursing and hunting are February.
Despite maintaining that they listed as festival activities – it’s no It’s a claim the coursers first
surprise there is such a negative started spouting in 1993 when
do not promote these cruel activ-
reaction from people who have muzzling was introduced to the
ities, Failte Ireland last year gave
seen this. blood sport. But it wasn’t true then
a massive grant to Clonmel
and it certainly wasn’t true in
Country Festival which show- “SERTA (South Eastern
February as we can now reveal.
cased foxhunting, hare coursing Region Tourism) have since
and lurcher and terrier work. And asked them to drop all reference In an RTE Sports report on the
ICABS has learned that the to these activities - I think we National Coursing Finals in
Eur12,000 grant - given to should ask them to destroy any Clonmel, it was stated that,
Countryside Alliance, a blood remaining copies from the first according to the organisers, there
sports lobby group - was made print run.” were no kills over the three day
event. However, as we suspected News to us: The Irish Coursing Club’s Jerry Desmond claiming
despite the reservations of Failte So, while Failte Ireland saw fit to RTE that the kill has “effectively” been taken out of coursing.
Ireland’s Head of Regional The controversial festival at the time, this turned out to be
in the end to give Eur12,000 to totally untrue. A National Parks
Development. flyer which sparked a McNamee, president of the Irish aren’t necessarily available to be
the Countryside Alliance, they and Wildlife Service report
negative public reaction Coursing Club, stated that present at subsequent hare
ICABS first became aware of were extremely reluctant to be obtained by ICABS under the Conservation Rangers from the releases. Only a proportion of
Failte’s involvement after their Failte, having decided after all to associated with the event and Freedom of Information Act, National Parks supervise hare hare releases, therefore, are actu-
logo was spotted on the back of proceed with grant aiding the wanted their logo dropped from reveals a different story altogeth- releases after every coursing ally witnessed by rangers.
advertising literature circulated event, tried to hide their associa- advertising literature in breach of er. meeting around the country. It is this fact, aligned with docu-
by Countryside Alliance. We tion with it. “I have told the their own rules for grant aid.
According to this report, the Again, not so. Rangers do not mented instances of coursing
called on the tourism body to Countryside Alliance that if they In order to comply with the Conservation Ranger who super- attend all coursing meetings, due clubs flouting licence conditions
avoid using taxpayers’ money to were producing any further litera- grant aid criteria under the vised the meeting documented to manpower and time restraints. and presenting false information,
help fund this animal cruelty pro- ture that they should not publish Festival and Cultural Events eight hares hit by greyhounds. This year, according to records that fuels speculation about the
motion but our Initiative, it is Three of these hares were killed supplied to ICABS, less than half illegal trafficking of hares from
pleas fell on deaf expressly stated that and one put down due to injuries.
ears. “It’s no surprise there is such a Failte’s logo must
of the meetings were monitored one club to another. The evidence
points to increased difficulty in
In a further piece of mis-infor- by NPWS staff. Furthermore, the
Later, under the
Freedom of
negative reaction...I think we appear on all adver-
tising material.
mation on the RTE report, Tony rangers who do monitor meetings, catching hares for coursing activi-
ties - exacerbated, we believe, by
Information Act, should ask them to destroy Another condition for a decline in the hare population -
we discovered grant aid is that the
that Failte’s Head any remaining copies.” event must have
and it is not difficult to imagine a
trade in hares when NPWS offi-
of Regional either been involved cials are absent.
Development, Donal Guilfoyle, the Failte Ireland logo,” one offi- in overseas marketing in the past
ICABS has informed RTE News
stated in an email to another cial wrote to another. or, in the case of new events,
about the misinformation which
Despite numerous complaints have plans for overseas market-
Failte staffer: “I expect that we do was presented to them as fact.
from members of the public, ing.
not grant aid this event. Would We have suggested that, instead
Failte continued on with their ICABS hopes that Failte of blindly accepting statements
you please consult with S.E.
plans to grant aid the event, while Ireland will, in the future, refuse from coursers, they should always
[South East] Tourism to ensure
attempting to cover up the fact any application for funding for seek confirmation from an official
that they are not grant aiding it.” Running for its life: A hare tries to stay ahead of a
that blood sports were going to festivals which promote blood source such as the National Parks
greyhound at the coursing finals in Clonmel.
Other documents reveal that be promoted. sports. and Wildlife Service.
Badger snares
Investigation into pig laid in Coillte Foxhunting isn’t
massacre demanded forest, Galway
ICABS HAS learned that badger
snarers from the Department of
an Irish tradition
A CLAIM BY Michael Martin that
Agriculture placed snares in a
ICABS HAS called for a Garda foxhunting is an old Irish tradi-
Coillte forest in Kilcournaun,
investigation into what has to be County Galway last year.
tion was dismissed by ICABS
one of the most horrific instances on TG4’s “An Tuath Nua” pro-
The Agriculture Minister, Mary
of animal cruelty ever perpetrated gramme in December.
Coughlan, confirmed the May 2004
in Ireland – the massacre, involv- snaring in reply to a Dail Question Mr Martin - Fianna Fail TD for
ing a stun gun, sledgehammer from Galway TD, Michael D Higgins. Cork South Central and current
and attempted suffocation, of
She stated: “Farm Relief Service Minister for Enterprise, Trade and
4,300 pigs on a Waterford farm in
operatives under supervision of my Employment - made the claim on
Department and licensed by the RTE’s Questions and Answers
Shockingly, this horrendous bar- Department of Environment, Heritage last September.
barity was carried out in the pres- and Local Government placed some
ence of Department of Agriculture restraints in this area as part of the “It’s not a countryside tradition
officials. We understand that the Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme.” in Ireland,” ICABS spokesperson
Department ordered the slaughter It is very disappointing that Coillte Mary Muldoon stated. “Foxhunting
because they found a banned sub- allowed the snaring of badgers at this was brought to Ireland from ICABS spokesperson, Mary
stance on the farm. The farmer who location - particularly as they list the Britain.” Muldoon, on An Tuath Nua
carried out the killing is claiming that forest as a site of Tourism and “The problems we see with involves placing an artificial scent
he couldn’t get the animals slaugh- Recreation. The presence of wildlife
hunting is that it is entirely cruel along the ground before the hunt
tered in an abattoir or factory due to is integral to the forest experience for
his farm being the subject of a and barbaric and it’s not right to begins. The hunt follows it across
tourists and should be protected from
Department of Agriculture restriction a Department scheme which has allow it in the 21st Century,” she the fields, avoiding dangerous or
order. been discredited as “slaughter mas- added. “There is another kind of private grounds, and they get on
According to reports in the querading as science”. ‘hunting’ called drag hunting which great.”
Sunday Independent and Ireland on
Sunday (June 19th 2005), a video
was filmed of the gruesome slaugh-
A stun gun is aimed at the head of a pig (main picture) while
a pig squeals and falls to the ground after being shot (inset).
Greyhound board hands over Eur296,000
ter, which was apparently overseen
by officials from the Department of
as other animals looked on and
awaited their own gruesome end.
when the entire process was com-
pleted. With regard to the attempted
of taxpayers’ cash to hare coursers
Agriculture. What is really astonish- THE IRISH Coursing Club is to Bord na gCon and the Irish Coursing Sport and Tourism, John
It also states that the stun guns suffocation of the pigs, records
ing is that a very senior official from receive more than a quarter of a Club. What makes the move signifi- O’Donoghue, allowed this transac-
over-heated and ceased to function indeed show that the herdowner
the Department was quoted in million Euro from Bord na gCon cant is that it overrides a decision tion to take place. The Minister is
properly. At this point, according to a was legally instructed to maximise
Ireland on Sunday as follows: “...I (the Irish Greyhound Board), it has made by Bord na gCon at the end of well aware of the overwhelming
vet’s report referred to in the Ireland the ventilation capacity of his units in
saw nothing on the video to suggest been announced. last year not to advertise at all with opposition to hare coursing in Ireland
on Sunday article, the farmer order to minimise the negative wel-
The major cash injection will reach the weekly industry organ.” and has disregarded appeals for tax-
that anything illegal occurred.” claimed that the Department of fare impact associated with payers’ money to kept out of the
And in the Sunday Independent, increased liveweight capacity of the the coursers in the form of a payment The massive payment is seen as a
Agriculture officials suggested that hands of blood sports groups.
he is quoted as saying: “The sec- units. Department veterinary staff for greyhound racing advertising in temporary lifeline for the Irish
he attempt to suffocate a group of
ondary role was to oversee the effi- did not report any attempt to deliber- the ICC’s “Sporting Press”. We Coursing Club who have been crying TAKE ACTION
pigs en masse by sealing off the air
ciency of the slaughtering process. ately deprive the pigs of air.” understand the exact amount will be out for a grant.
supply to their houses and when this Write Now!
Two of our veterinary inspectors did plan failed, that the Department offi- ICABS has written to Minister Eur296,000 over an initial two year Animal Voice readers will recall
inspect the situation and found no cials looked on as 50 animals were Coughlan, demanding a full investi- period. from the October 2004 edition that Ask the Minister why Bord na
cause for concern.” Apparently, their slaughtered with sledgehammers. gation into this horrific incident. We The move was described as “an Bord na gCon had previously gCon was permitted to make this
primary concern was that the prod- extraordinary about-turn” by Irish approved “in principle” a quarter of a payment to the coursers.
In response to this claim, Minister want to know why officials from the
Remind him that 80% of Irish
uct did not find its way into the food for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, Department of Agriculture allowed Independent greyhound columnist, million Euro grant out of the 12 mil-
people want coursing banned.
chain. issued a written answer on June this carnage to take place when it John Martin. lion Euro of taxpayers’ money they
receive annually from the Minister John O’Donoghue
The Ireland on Sunday report out- 30th to several Dail questions tabled was clearly in breach of animal wel- “Bord na gCon have decided to Department of Arts, Sport and
lines how the pigs, scraping desper- by TDs, as follows: “An official of my fare legislation. double what they spend on advertis- Department of Arts, Sports and
Tourism, Frederick Buildings
ately at the side of a concrete cell Department observed the herdown- We are also calling for animal wel- ing with the Irish Coursing Club-pub- Tourism. South Frederick St, Dublin 2.
can be seen shaking violently as er use a lump-hammer to slaughter fare legislation to be removed from lished Sporting Press newspaper,” This grant never materialised. But Tel: 01-631 3802
blood drains over their faces on to a small number (five) of the pigs and the remit of the Department of he wrote. “The significant increase what we have instead is an even Locall: 1890-383000
the floor, and how others were, in ordered the practice to cease imme- Agriculture and assigned to another comes following a high-powered greater payout to the coursers by the Fax: 01-679 9291
many cases, ineptly stunned and left diately. The implement was seized department such as the Department meeting at Powerstown Park in Irish Greyhound Board. ICABS is Email: customerservice
to suffer a slow and horrific death, and only returned to the farmer of the Environment. Clonmel between the top brass of disgusted that the Minister for Arts,
“Big Bite” discussion Praise for ICABS from
former Bush assistant
on cruelty of hunting
THE CRUELTY of hunting and the problem of
A FORMER speechwriter for
George W Bush has praised the
Irish Council Against Blood
“I felt that the organisers could
Sport for its work against ani-
have been quicker to intervene
hunt trespass were among the issues dis- mal cruelty. when dogs hit a hare and not allow
cussed on RTE’s “The Big Bite” in February. Matthew Scully, who worked for them continuously hit, and there-
Those speaking in favour ing as her “sport of the US President for five years up fore increase the risk of injury to
of a hunt ban were ICABS choice” and presented it until August 2004, expressed his the hare.” (Eamonn Doran,
Conservation Ranger, National
Vice-president, Tony as a social outlet she was thanks “for the good work of
Parks & Wildlife Service, in a
Gregory, TD, ICABS drawn into when she ICABS” and said that he would report on a Wexford coursing
spokesperson, Aideen moved to the countryside. “make a point of visiting your web- meeting in October 2004, at which
Yourell and Henry “It’s a community thing,” site now and then to see what the thirteen hares were hit and five
McDonald of The she said. “There’s the Council is up to”. He emailed us died as a result of their injuries)
Observer. Defending the GAA, the local national with the comments after reading
blood sport were Brian school and there’s the “Country sports are not the be-all
an Animal Voice article in which and end-all of the answer to rural
Munn (Irish Masters of hunt and you get involved ICABS spokesperson, Aideen Yourell, explains drag he was quoted. Dominion author and former sustainability but they are a very
Foxhounds Association), if you want to live there hunting to Big Bite presenter, David McWilliams. presidential speechwriting
The Summer 2004 article out- important part of it...Yet, regret-
hunter Orla Duffy and and be involved with the director, Matthew Scully.
that hunt followers could ling foxes were firmly dis- lined how he had called for reli- tably, those many ordinary rural
Scarteen Hunt master, community.” communities who espouse country
still enjoy the social missed. Stating that foxes gious people to show more mercy 0312261470) catalogues the
Chris Ryan. Responding, Ireland sports now face entrenched bias
aspect if the cruelty and are “disembowelled, bit- towards animals. He was quoted seemingly endless inhumanity
The programme began editor of The Observer, and increasingly active political
kill were eliminated. “If ten to death and ripped as saying that “Religious peo- towards animals all over the
with video footage of a Henry McDonald said: “I threats - especially against hunt-
people want to dress up apart”, Aideen Yourell of ple...hold a kind and merciful view world. ing.” (Countryside Alliance web-
stag being pursued heard the word ‘communi- ICABS said it was not
in their red jackets and of life, the faith of the broken, the Described on as site, September 2005)
through a private garden ty’ bandied about and that humane and not a form of
their nice caps and ride hounded, the hopeless. Yet too a “book of lasting power and
and across a field by a [hunting] is a great social fox control. “Hounds are to be exhibited by
cohesion and perhaps it around the countryside, I often, they will not extend that importance for all of us [which is]
pack of dogs - a scene Hunt staff in Hunt uniform. No
have no difficulty at all “It’s a most inhumane spirit to our fellow creatures.” painful, infuriating, controversial,
which caused outrage is. But I wonder what the responsibility will be accepted...for
with that,” he said. “All I’m thing to take a pack of passionate and deeply intelligent”,
and disgust in Northern communities who lived in He also stated that “it is wrong any injury or damage caused by a
asking them is to take the dogs and hound a wild
Ireland when broadcast those fields and in those to inflict needless cruelty on ani- Dominion explores numerous hound while in the showgrounds.”
cruelty out of it. There is animal - be it a stag, a fox (Foxhound show notice on the
on BBC’s Newsline. gardens where the hunt mals for profit and to use wildlife aspects of animal abuse.
just one aspect to all of or a hare - around the website of the Tullamore Show &
Big Bite presenter, was charging through and farm animals as ‘resources’ Foxhunting, shooting, whale
this that I object to and country for ‘sport’ for an AIB National Livestock Show,
David McWilliams, asked chasing the stag thought no different from hunting, factory
that is subjecting an ani- afternoon. Especially August 2005)
Brian Munn how this of that hunt. I’m sure they wood and steel.”
when you have a humane farming, zoos and
weren’t too pleased and I mal to being terrorised.” “He’s a foxhunter/ His Daddy
activity could be alternative which is drag Mr Scully held vivisection are just
described as a sport. Mr think that indeed was the Claims by the hunters taught him well/ When his hounds
hunting.” the positions of some of the topics
Munn evaded the ques- case.” that foxhunting is a scent de smell/ Excitement meks
She went on to highlight special assistant to covered.
tion, saying instead that Tony Gregory added humane way of control- him yell/ He’s a Fox Hunter/ Know
the ongoing problem of President Bush While the him by his killer eyes/ Something
although he doesn’t go hunt trespass. and director of accounts of animal dead must be his prize” (from “A
stag hunting, he didn’t presidential Killer Lies”, a poem by Benjamin
“It is a big problem. We suffering make for
have any objection to it. speechwriting and Zephaniah. From Talking Turkeys,
get more calls to the office difficult reading at
Referring to the Ward formed part of the Puffin Books)
on that than any other times, the style of
Union hunt, Tony Gregory issue. Farmers are getting team which drafted the book ensures "Actor Jeremy Irons has joined the
described deer hunting as very angry and very the President’s that it is always battle against the [UK] ban on
“absolutely cruel”. “The annoyed. I got a call last post-September more inspiring and hunting with dogs. The pompous
hounds terrorise the stag week about a heifer that 11th addresses. A twit is the joint master of the West
empowering than
right across the country- ran into wire [after being former literary edi- Carbery Hunt in County Cork.
side over barbed wire, chased by foxhounds] tor of National 'We're not harming anyone,' he
over hedges, over what- The aim of says. 'The whole situation is terri-
and was choked to death. Review, Matthew
ever obstacle is in front of the author is to inspire the reader bly depressing.' Will somebody tell
The farmer was trauma- Scully is also a well known author.
the stag,” he said. “The to stand up and voice opposition him it's not a terribly nice feeling
tised. I get farmers calling His book “Dominion: The Power
stag is terrorised for an against the systems which allow for the hundreds of dismembered
me in a very distressed foxes he and his mates leave scat-
entire afternoon.” state asking how they can
of Man, the Suffering of Animals, the cruelty to continue. And that
tered around Ireland each year."
Huntswoman, Orla You must be joking: Tony Gregory laughs as a keep these arrogant peo- and the Call to Mercy” (Saint makes this book an absolutely (Daily Mirror, December 4, 2004)
Duffy, described foxhunt- foxhunter describes the blood sport as humane. ple off their land.” Martin’s Press, ISBN: essential read.
Girl’s pet cat ripped Garden invaded
apart by foxhounds
AN eight-year-old girl for example, we reported by staghounds
was left in tears after in Animal Watch how a
she learned that her

Image: Philip Kiernan

sheep dog was viciously A HOMEOWNER in County
beloved pet cat, Mitzi, attacked by hunt hounds Meath was furious to find a pack
was ripped apart by a in Galway. The dog sur- of hunting hounds bounding
pack of hunt hounds. vived, miraculously, but into her garden.
The appalling incident suffered severe injuries. The dogs, from the Ward Union
took place on St Patrick’s According to the Belfast Hunt, ran onto the lawn, around
Day when hounds from Telegraph, an apology the rear of the house and across
the Banbridge-based from the Iveagh hunt was the driveway. The homeowner was
Iveagh Hunt ran riot in a subsequently issued for seen frantically chasing the dogs
residential area in Lurgan,
the cat killing. off the property and shouting at
Co Down.
But, of course, it was no them to “Get out”.
The vicious attack was
consolation to the dis- As the woman did her best to
witnessed by local chil-
traught girl whose pet suf- clear the dogs, a mounted Ward
dren out playing. They
fered the same fate as Union hunter called out to the pack
were horrified to see the
dogs coming into a back that of the wildlife which but he remained out of the home-
garden, descending on normally fall victim to owner’s sight by halting his horse
the cat and mauling it to packs of hounds. behind a boundary hedge.
death. The Belfast Her mother, Audrey The dogs pushed their way One of several Ward Union staghounds which ICABS witnessed
Telegraph reported that Spence, described the through the barrier and back onto running around the property of a County Meath homeowner.
the youngsters “saw the gruesome state of the the road before the red-coated hunt hounds invading private prop- charge of a dog shall not permit the
dogs in a complete frenzy unfortunate cat as follows: hunter galloped away with them erty. dog to be on the premises of
and heard the squeals of “Its legs were pulled off, behind him.
the cat as she was head pulled off, and Our advice to landowners who another person without the con-
attacked”. According to ICABS monitors at experience this type of incident is sent of that person.
insides ripped out.”
the scene, there was no apology to immediately call the Gardai. The person in charge of the dogs
In a report in the Lurgan A Lurgan Mail photo showing a sad and dejected Responding to the inci- from the hunter to the homeowner. Under the Control Of Dogs Act, must keep the them under “effectu-
Mail, an official of the hunt Zara Spence with her mother, Audrey. Zara is seen dent, the Ulster SPCA’s
tried to dismiss the eye This is just the latest example of 1986, the owner or person in al control”, the Act states.
here holding the basket which her cat, Mitzi, used CEO, Stephen Philpott,
witness account of what before being brutally killed by foxhounds. renewed the group’s call
occurred. He was quoted
as saying that “it’s only
the road escaped for back. The cat must have for a hunt ban. Councillor raises complaint Receive Animal
about noisy death row dogs Voice by email
about an hour. They left run across their path.” “The need for a total
children who saw it”, as if
mud all over the roads Added to this was another ban on hunting with dogs
their word didn’t matter.
and then just left.” outrageous statement has been brutally outlined A WESTMEATH Councillor has on horseback during a Westmeath WOULD YOU like to receive
The Iveagh Hunt’s bad from the hunt’s joint mas-
Meanwhile, an Iveagh by the obscene spectacle called for soundproofing to be Hunt outing - to be entirely insensi- Animal Voice by email direct to
behaviour didn’t stop
Hunt joint master and ter who declared that “the of a child’s pet being torn installed at a dog pound because tive. your computer?
there, according to the
Ronan Gorman of hounds are not vicious, to shreds in the sanctuary the doomed creatures within are
newspaper report. They The dogs making the noise are The electronic version of the
Countryside Alliance they’re just like any other of an urban garden,” he making too much noise.
also allegedly trespassed almost certainly on a countdown to magazine appears every 1-2
attempted to pour oil on pet.” stated. being put down. Strays which end
on to farm land. The son Cllr Jim Bourke was quoted in
troubled waters. As for their claims that The demand for a hunt months and will keep you even
of a local farmer told the the Westmeath Examiner of April up in a pound are typically killed
paper how the hunt The latter claimed that foxhounds are pets and ban was echoed by Ms within five days. Dogs surrendered more up-to-date on all the latest
5th as saying that “the noise com-
“ploughed through the “the hounds wouldn’t ordi- attacks like this are rare, Spence. She said: “Before by their owners may be destroyed campaigning news and appeals.
ing from the dogs is getting to staff
fields and pulled down narily chase a cat never this is certainly not the this, hunting would not immediately. You can receive the email ver-
in offices close by.”
fence posts”. mind attack.” And he car- case. Foxhounds are have annoyed me but The latest available figures from
“Is there any chance soundproof- sion instead of, or in addition to,
“[They] came up here ried on in this incredible trained to hunt as a pack now, I can’t tolerate it at the Westmeath County Council
and kill. There are several ing could be installed?” he asked. the printed version. Simply send
and opened all the gates vein, stating that “When in all. It is an absolutely dis- website show that, in 2003, a total
and yards,” he went on to full cry, which isn’t fre- documented cases of gusting, cruel sport that ICABS considers these com- of 766 dogs were surrendered or us an email with “Animal Voice” in
say. “A cow and a calf at quently, [hounds] are hunt hounds attacking should be banned imme- ments by Cllr Bourke - who previ- seized and out of these, 519 were the subject line and you will auto-
my father’s yard just down obviously difficult to call domestic pets. In 2002, diately.” ously appeared in the newspaper destroyed. matically receive future editions.
Death of a young badger Jailed dogfighter freed

Photo: Badger Watch

SHE WAS A soft target from the Ireland’s Department of
start. The young sow, possibly
one of last year’s cubs, lay
exhausted in the wire snare that
now pulled tightly around her
Agriculture and Food had secured
the necessary licence from The
National Parks and Wildlife Service
to snare and shoot badgers.
pending court appeal
A MAN FOUND guilty of animal The dogs had lacerations to the
hind quarters. cruelty at a dog fight in County face, ear, head, neck and forelimbs,
Now she was merely one more
She had spent many hours during badger to be added to the list of Kildare spent just one night in the court was told.
the night trying to free herself. Her almost 50,000 casualties that the prison, after lodging an appeal to
night’s work was clear to anyone Dan Boland BL for the state said
Department have killed over the the Court of Criminal Appeal. The
passing by. The fresh mud that cov- that the group of men had been
past 15 years or so for their alleged case has yet to be heard.
ered her striped face bore testimony found by Gardai in an isolated area
role in the spread of TB to cattle. Troy Jordan (35), of Blackthorn
to her gallant efforts. The loose The young badger killed as part of on a Friday morning beside the dog
Cottage, River Road, Allenwood
earth, softened after the previous the Department of Agriculture’s Later that morning passers-by fight. Such was the ferocity of the
South, Co Kildare, was jailed by
day’s torrential rain was scattered so-called TB Eradication Scheme. would halt and look at the spot. fight between the dogs, he said, a
Judge Pat McCartan at Naas circuit
around the perimeter of the hole she Among the bluebells and primroses, ladder was needed to separate
over. She lay with her head resting court on 28th July 2005. It emerged
had been excavating. It was her the sunshine picked out the small them.
on one of her front paws and await- in court that Jordan had been previ-
final bid to free herself of the snare, pool of blood in the clay. It told its
ed the shot that would end her ously convicted of cruelty to six pit- ICABS congratulates the ISPCA
but it had all been in vain. own tale on that summer morning in
young life. Her small carcass would bull terriers. and the Gardai for helping to secure
Now she had given up, too tired May 2005. (Thanks to Bernie Barrett A photo published in The Star
then be bagged, tagged and casual- Four other men were also found this outcome. We appeal to anyone
and too weary to go any further. of Badger Watch Ireland for this arti- showing one of the bloodied
ly tossed into the back of the trap- guilty of the October 2003 offence. with any information about dog
Instinctively, she knew her life was cle). victims of the Kildare dogfight.
per’s vehicle along with the rest of They are: Richard Somerville, fighting activities to please contact
the morning’s carcasses and taken Visit the Badger Watch website Dunard Drive, Navan Road, Cabra, the Gardai. You can also pass on
Deegan received an 18-month sus-
away for autopsy. ( for more Dublin; Karl Breen, Nangor information to ICABS (044-49848)
pended sentence which was also
Far from being an illegal wire information on badgers in Ireland. Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin; suspended on condition that he or to the ISPCA (043-25035).
A poem by Francis Kennedy snare, set by the local lowlife, this To sign a “Stop the badger snar- Thomas Codd, Cloonmore
paid Eur3,000 to the ISPCA.
ing” petition, click on Petitions at Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin and
“It’s called drag-hunting” she said
was in fact a very legal and sani-
tised exercise. David Deegan, Maplewood Park, The five men, charged under the Coursers want
Cruelty to Animals Act 1911, had all
“Like all great ideas,
It’s simple,” she said.
Springfield, Tallaght.
Somerville received an 18-month
pleaded not guilty to ill-treating two to breed hares
“You go to the butcher and get
A bag of cheap meat.
suspended sentence on condition
that he paid Eur3,000 to the ISPCA. Reporting on the disturbing case,
in captivity
the Irish Independent detailed how THE IRISH Coursing Club moot-
You pack it into a hessian sack Breen received a nine-month sus-
The Hare by Jill Mason. Photography by David Mason. a team of gardai and ISPCA inspec- ed the issue of breeding hares
And tie the top pended sentence on condition that
With a rope,” she said. Merlin Unwin Books. ISBN 1 873674 813 he paid Eur5,000 to the ISPCA. tors raided a farm at Brockagh, in captivity for coursing at a
Codd received a nine-month sus- Robertstown, Co Kildare and found meeting last year with the
“On the morning of the foxhunt THE JACKET notes of “The selective nature of the material she
pended sentence on condition that two pit bull terriers in a bloody National Parks & Wildlife
You saddle your quietest hunter, Hare” by Jill Mason declare that has presented.
Tie the rope to her saddle, “few researchers have had the he paid Eur500 to the ISPCA. embrace in a corrugated steel pen. Service.
Whilst some of the factual mate-
Feet in the stirrups patience and skill to untangle rial is accurate, the errors con- The coursers were told by
And off you go,” she said. fact from fiction, to reveal sur- tained in this book are too numer- Minister shoots down proposal to NPWS officials, however, that “any
prising evidence about this truly such proposal would be controver-
“Over the fields at a canter
Leaving the sweetest scent wild mammal.”
ous to list here.
Scientific opinion is misrepre-
allow hunting in nature reserves sial and would require extensive
For the pack,” she said. It is not made clear who these ICABS AGAIN heaves a sigh of Wildlife Service of his Department.” research and discussion with
sented and misquoted, with snip-
rare researchers may be but it is relief that new attempts by the ICABS welcomes Minister Dick expert authorities”.
“You won’t even have to ride pets of received knowledge slipped
Into John Beirne’s land because clear from reading this book that its National Association of Regional Roche’s decision to stand firm
in to support the pro-hunting case. It has long been acknowledged
Beirne doesn’t like fox-hunting,” author is not one of them. Game Councils (gun clubs) to
Sadly, for most readers of “The
against the gun clubs and keep our that hares are notoriously difficult
she said. gain access to national parks
There is a lot of interesting Hare”, fact and fiction will remain national parks hunter-free. We are to breed in captivity. The fact that
and state reserves have been
“Assemble your warriors at noon material about the hare in folklore well and truly tangled. In its much relieved that these sanctuar- the coursers now want to attempt
And let the beagles out,” she said.
shot down by the Minister for the
and hunting, but when it comes to defence, the colour photos are ies for wildlife, of which there are to breed them sounds to us like a
“Tally-ho and the redcoats are away, Environment.
presenting accurate contemporary indeed “stunning” and would precious few in this country, are note of desperation, and is anoth-
Galloping through the fields, knowledge about the hare, Jill ICABS has received confirmation
brighten up any coffee table. The kept off limits to hunters in the inter- er sign of their increasing prob-
Following closely their excited Mason has a different agenda. from Minister Dick Roche’s office as
publisher may herald this as “the ests of wildlife and the public at lems in sourcing wild hares.
Tail-wagging guides,” she said, follows: “The Minister has asked me
Her background as a game- first major book on the hare in thir- large. Let us hope that the Minister
“In hot pursuit of the sweetest scent, to assure you that he has no plans
keeper and her clear enthusiasm ty years”, but despite its polished Thank you to all the ICABS sup-
Left by a bag of meat,” she said. to change the current policy of not and his officials in the NPWS
for exploiting hares as a quarry appearance this is no reference
But you can’t kill a bag of meat. allowing hunting on the properties porters who contacted Minister unequivocally reject this prepos-
species has clearly influenced the work. Mike Rendle.
© Francis Kennedy 2005 managed by the National Parks & Roche on this issue. terous suggestion.

ABBEY TO OBLIGE Marketing group “No Frontiers”

host acts out
Holiday company responds positively to anti-bullfight appeal
ABBEY TRAVEL has indicated
directs visitors matador kill
ICABS HAS lodged a complaint

that, further to a letter of appeal with RTE and Frontier Films fol-
from ICABS, it will keep bull-
fighting out of its 2006
to bullfighting
A SPANISH marketing organisa- ICABS has also made contact
lowing yet another promotion of
bullfighting on their “No
Frontiers” travel programme.
The Dublin-based company tion has been criticised for offer- with the Irish Direct Marketing Broadcast in February, the pro-
was contacted by us in July after ing free bullfight tickets as part Association to convey our hope gramme featured a visit to a bull-
we noticed that the blood sport of a bid to attract Irish marketers that no Irish marketing representa- fighting museum in Spain where
was included in its Short Breaks to a conference. tives took up the bullfight offer. presenter Kathryn Thomas simu-
brochure. The Federation of Electronic lated the killing of a bull by thrust-
They didn’t reply.
Commerce and Direct Marketing ing a sword into a bale of straw.
In the Seville section, the local
(FECEMD) made the offer in a TAKE ACTION She went on to tell viewers that the
bullring is presented as a city
statement published on the Irish museum was well worth a visit.
highlight. The La Maestranza Write Now!
venue is described as “one of Direct Marketing Association’s In a letter to RTE, ICABS
Spain’s most famous” and is website. Please write to FECEMD and Campaign Director, Aideen
included on the accompanying Those who registered to attend ask them to stop supporting Yourell, stated: “It is very disap-
map of Seville. the Concentra conference in animal cruelty by offering free pointing that No Frontiers chose to
Madrid in April were promised “a tickets to bullfights. promote bullfighting in such a triv-
In a letter to Abbey, we stated
complementary programme of Mar Moya-Angeler, Manager ial conveyed a callous
that we were particularly dis-
activities” which included trips to a FECEMD indifference to the plight of count-
mayed at the brochure content Un-Sevillised: This savage animal abuse sadly remains bullfight, a football match and a Avenida Diagonal, 437 5 less innocent animals tortured to
because it conflicts with our anti- common in La Maestranza and other Spanish bullrings. museum. 08036 Barcelona, Spain. death in bullrings around Spain.”
bullfighting campaign
the Seville Tourist Board. letter has achieved its aim.” In a letter to FECEMD General Tel: 00 34 3 240 4070 No Frontiers previously promot-
“We have an ongoing cam- Manager, Mar Moya-Angeler, F: 00 34 3 240 3134
ICABS is happy that Abbey is ed bullfighting on their first
paign aimed at encouraging Irish “Despite all that,” he concluded,
ICABS expressed its disgust that Email: episode back in 1999. Past pre-
holidaymakers in Spain to avoid “I don’t see any great reason for acting to avoid giving any publici-
visitors to Madrid were being senter, Christy Kenneally, stood
supporting bullfighting in any us to mention bullfighting or bull- ty to this gruesome blood sport. directed to a bullring. Sick of junk mail, faxes, phone calls
and text messages from direct mar-
outside a Seville bullring and
way,” we revealed. “We urge peo- rings in our future brochures so I We have thanked the Managing declared in upbeat fashion, “if your
“It is shameful that your organi- keters? Visit, click on
ple to boycott the bullrings and suppose you could say that your Director for his positive response. taste is for blood and sand, then
sation is prepared to support this “News” and read “The Mailing
any bullfight-related activities barbaric activity, particularly when the bullfighting takes place here
Preference Service - Your Right To
such as tours of bull rings or bull-
fighting museums.” Bullring to go from a majority want it outlawed.” Choose“ for details on how to stop it. every weekend.”

Denying that the company is

Make Catalonia bullfight-free: plea to MPs
actually promoting bullfighting,
Abbey Travel’s Managing
Director, Joe Balfe responded by
Slattery’s itinerary ANTI-BULLFIGHT groups from
around Europe met with mem-
bullfighting in Catalonia may now
finally be in sight.
on bullfighting in Catalonia. An
opinion poll carried out by
SLATTERY’S TOURS have prom- eliminated from next year’s itiner-
saying that “it may be men- ised to exclude a bullring visit ary. bers of the Catalan Parliament Demoscopia on behalf of ADDA
“We understood from the con- our Short Breaks from its 10-day excursion in in April to urge them to rid the has found that 73.1 per cent of
“We will be omitting any refer- versations with the MPs that the
brochure but in our main Spain. region of blood sports. Catalans think the Parliament of
ence to visiting a bull ring in Spain opposition against bullfights grows
European Holiday brochure, we The tour of the bullring in as we all know bullfighting is a hor- Spain’s ADDA as well as the bigger and bigger in Catalonia,” Catalonia should outlaw bullfight-
have 24 pages on Spain and Valencia was listed as part of the
rendous act,” Ann King of Slattery’s Belgian and Dutch branches of she said. “Most Catalans want a ing. Over 80 per cent support
there is absolutely no mention of company’s Spanish Wonder tour. It
it at all.” stated. “Thank you for sending us the Anti Bullfighting Committee ban on the bullfights as soon as Barcelona City Council’s decision
was brought to our attention by an
this information; it has made us all (ABC) held discussions with all the possible and even bullfighters say last year to declare itself anti-bull-
Commenting that bullfighting is ICABS supporter in Mayo.
more aware of these terrible blood political parties represented in the that bullfighting is declining very fighting.
“a part of Spanish culture whether When ICABS sent Slattery’s
we like it or not”, Mr Balfe pointed sports.” parliament. fast in Catalonia.” The parliamentarians are
some leaflets about the barbarity of
out that the La Maestranza is one bullfighting, they moved swiftly to A big thank you to Slattery’s for According to Saskia Oskam of More than 450,000 people have expected to debate the issue
of the city highlights promoted by assure us that the bullring would be this decisive announcement. ABC the Netherlands, the end of signed a petition calling for a ban again later this year.
Hares suffer
FOX IS NOT A “severe hits” Animals and Farmers will
not tolerate
in County
MAJOR PEST: Roscommon the Churches trespassing
A RANGER who monitored the
The Roman Catholic Church FOXHUNTERS HAVE been derid-

coursing meeting at
Roscommon race-course last ed as abusive, arrogant, bad-
The following is an extract from Animals mannered, gutter-mouthed tres-
December was sceptical about and the Churches - the first compre- passers by an anti-hunt farming
the survival of some of the hares hensive guide to the resolutions and
THE FOX IS NOT a major pest wouldn’t be interested in hunting statements by churches world-wide on
she saw hit by dogs.
to farmers and any claims by myself - the idea of 50 people animal protection. This and other arti- Writing in the farming section of
hunters that they control the chasing after a fox seems a little “I find it difficult to believe that no cles by Reverend Professor Andrew the Irish Independent (23rd August
species are untrue. That’s the pointless to me.” hares were injured or killed, judg- Linzey can be found at: www.godan- 2005), Philip Lynch, Chairman of
ing by some of the severe hits, we
clear message relayed on an However, despite this, he Farmers against Foxhunting and
edition of Farm Week currently reveals that the Meath Hunt “has observed,” the National Parks and ALTHOUGH VARIOUS Catholic the- Trespass, stated that 90 per cent of
Wildlife Service official stated in her ologians and bishops have spoken farmers don’t want foxhunters com-
available to listen to on RTE always crossed our land and will
report. positively about animals, including ing onto their land.
Radio 1’s website. continue to do so”. Cardinals Manning, Newman and,
Speaking on the Farm Opinion But his discomfort with killing Over the two day meet, 12 hares most notably, Cardinal Heenan in Referring to mounted hunters
portion of the were hit, yet the club claimed that 1970, it is the Catholic Catechism tearing up crops, leaving gaps in
for kicks is
programme, no hares were injured or killed. which provides the “official” church ditches and terrorising livestock
once again
former RTE view on animal welfare. with their “horses, hounds and
emphasised. The rangers present also
broadcaster, PJ Although it recognises that we hooters”, Mr Lynch said that the
“The whole encountered obstruction from the
Nolan, dismiss- have a duty of “kindness” to ani- farmer has “everything to lose by
idea of killing coursing club when they tried to mals (which is a welcome advance
es foxhunting allowing his property to be used as
animals is noth- count the hares on day two, follow- on some previous viewpoints), the Reverend Professor Andrew
as merely a day a freebie”.
ing new to the ing discrepancies noted regarding Catechism endorses almost all the Linzey: a leading authority on
out and not countryside,” current uses of animals in farming, Christianity and animals “Everywhere one goes, there are
the number of hares in captivity.
some form of he says. “I have research and domestication (with charges for car parking or to use
pest control. The club stated they had 69 the possible, un-named, use of ani- Enquiries to national Catholic another person’s property in any
killed thou- hierarchies have not indicated any
“The notion sands of hares, yet the rangers counted 73 mals for entertainment). way,” he stated. “But no one is pay-
development of view from that of
of the fox as a turkeys and hares which ran the course. In her Even though it accepts that ani- the curia, except that Roman ing the farmer for the recreational
major pest of chickens and report, one of the rangers stated mals should not “suffer or die need- Catholic bishops joined with use of his land. People need to
that she had “serious concerns lessly”, it fails to consider whether Anglican bishops to defend fur trap- realise that his land is out of
the countryside put down sick
with regard to the actual number of any of the traditional uses of ani- ping in 1986, and that the Catholic bounds to trespassers and van-
is a spurious cattle but I mals pass a proper test of moral Education Commission of the
one and the wouldn’t hunt or hares” the club had in their posses- dals.”
“necessity”. Catholic hierarchy in Australia has
idea that hunt- shoot anything sion. But foxhunters often enter land
Particularly disappointing is its laid down some welfare regulations
ing in some for the fun of it.” When NPWS turned up at the failure to endorse the long-standing (largely as required by law) for the
without permission, the former IFA
way controls A fox: Wrongly portrayed by Very inter- venue to count the hares as Christian opposition to cruelty as use of animals in Catholic schools chairman complained. “Generally,
the population estingly, Mr arranged, the club secretary told something wrong in itself, and its and institutes of higher education. they never ask permission. If a
hunters as a pest.
is wrong,” he (Photo: Peter Akokan) Nolan also them that he would prefer if the prejudice against giving money to farmer asks them to leave, or tries
The National Conference of US
says on the hares weren’t counted.
animal charities. Catholic Bishops has produced a to prevent them from encroaching
programme which was first reveals on the programme that Finally, the notion that animals statement on Environmental on his land, he gets bad-mannered
In her report, the ranger recom- should not usurp the love that Justice, but it does not mention ani- abuse, even from so-called ladies
broadcast on March 11th last the Meath Hunt own a 6-acre
mended as follows: “I consider that humans owe only to other humans mal welfare. (c) Copyright Andrew with gutter mouths. If the farmer
year. area of fox coverts in the county. signifies a spiritually impoverished
we (NPWS) did not receive ade- Linzey. sends a bill to the hunters, they
Though admitting that, from It’s described as a wildlife haven. quate co-operation from the cours- vision of our relations with other
Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, generally do not pay because there
childhood, he has had “a certain One wonders if this could be ing club officials of the Roscommon creatures. Can Christian love PhD, DD, is an Anglican priest and the- are solicitors and members of the
part of an effort to encourage exclude animals? – one might ologian. He is one of the world’s leading
prejudice against foxes”, Mr United Coursing Club and Galway judiciary riding with them. They are
foxes to breed locally, thereby respond. authorities on Christianity and animals
Nolan - now a farmer in Navan, and Oranmore Coursing Club. a law unto themselves.”
ensuring a steady supply of quar- For my critique, see “Why Church and holds the world’s first academic
Co Meath - expresses his disap- There are also the anomalies with Teaching Perpetuates Cruelty” in post in Ethics, Theology and Animal “Irish farmers will no longer toler-
ry during hunt outings. It’s a tech- regard to actual numbers of hares ate what happened in the past,” Mr
proval of the hunters’ treatment of Andrew Linzey, Animal Gospel: Welfare at Oxford University. He has
nique which other hunts have and injured hares. Therefore, I Christian Faith as If Animals written or edited 20 books, including Lynch added. “It would greatly help
been known to use and one would recommend that NPWS con- Mattered (London: Hodder and “Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology” the landowner in the present cli-
“I don’t particularly like the idea which further annihilates any Stoughton, 1998, and Louisville, (Columbia University Press, ISBN:
sider not granting either club a mate if the government would now,
of a fox being torn apart by claim that hunting has anything to licence to hold a coursing meeting Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox 0231134215) which was published ear-
like England, Scotland and Wales,
hounds if it’s caught,” he states. “I do with fox control. Press, 2000), pp 64-72 and 56-63. lier this year.
next year.” ban foxhunting.”
Hunters granted Ambulance and bus
tax exemption halted by hunters
IN THE past, Animal

Images: Philip Kiernan/Aideen Yourell

Voice has highlighted
ICABS HAS learned that sever- District Hunt Club Limited, The According to related Revenue how members of the
al hunting and shooting groups Island Hunt Limited and United documents, games and sports Ward Union deerhunt
are currently enjoying exemp- Hunt Club. The gun clubs are: bodies may be eligible for exemp- and their followers act
tion from tax. Clare Gun Club, Skibbereen & tion from Income Tax, Corporation as if they own the pub-
This sickening revelation District Gun Club and St Hugh’s Tax and Dividend Withholding lic roads in Meath and
appears on the Irish Revenue’s Gun Club. Tax. Relief from Capital Gains is North County Dublin.
website in a list of 1,492 sporting In an email to ICABS, a also available on gains made by
We’ve caught them
bodies granted tax exemption Revenue spokesperson con- sports bodies.
causing huge tailbacks
under Section 235 of the Taxes firmed that all were exempt from No definition is given in the when they come on to
Consolidation Act, 1997. tax. They qualified for the exemp- Taxes Consolidation Act to clarify busy major thorough-
As of August 2005, this list con- tion, he said, because they are what constitutes games or sports. fares, creating road A Bus Eireann school
tains seven hunts and three gun “established for and exist for the However, in a letter to the Irish blocks while posing for bus driver carefully
clubs. The hunts are: Carbery sole purpose of promoting an ath- Revenue, ICABS pointed to the photographs, jumping navigates around
Hunt, County Limerick Hunt Club, letic or amateur game or sport Finance Act, 1932 which appears through hedges onto vehicles abandoned
Fingal Harrier Hunt, Laois Hunt and their entire income is applied to define them as being “ordinari- country lanes, chasing by hunt followers.
Club Limited, Shillelagh And solely for that purpose”. ly played or contested out-of- deer onto and along Some cars are even-
doors by two or more persons or roads and causing gener- tually moved, allow-
ing the delayed bus
Rail hunter reported by two or more groups of persons
and [which] do not involve the use
or participation of horses, dogs, or
al inconvenience and
danger to to slowly edge its way
past. An ambulance

to Iarnrod Eireann other animals or the use of

mechanically propelled vehicles”.
ICABS is disgusted that among
We can now add
another incident to the
was also caught up in
the hunt obstruction.
and had to come to a lane was littered with day when the bus was
A FOXHUNTER who reportedly those who trespass onto railway list. While monitoring the
jumped over a level crossing those enjoying tax exemption are Ward Union last season, complete standstill abandoned cars as their more than likely on an
lines could face a fine and/or six
barrier as a train approached groups involved in terrorising and we witnessed a Bus because the road ahead owners hung around to active school run - en
months in prison.
has been reported to Iarnrod killing Irish wildlife. We have Eireann school bus being was impassable. The catch a glimpse of the route, perhaps, to collect-
This is the just the latest account deer the hunt was chas- ing waiting children.
Eireann. urged the Revenue Comm- forced to make an reason? Poorly parked
of the Galway Blazers on railway ing that day.
The hunter from the Galway issioners to stop giving considera- unscheduled stop when it cars owned by hunt fol- But even worse was to
tracks and is the third time ICABS
Blazers Hunt was described in the tion to such applications. met the hunt. lowers. Some returned to come at this scene of
has contacted Iarnrod Eireann.
Irish Field as being “amongst the The bus slowed down The narrow country move their vehicles as a traffic chaos. When the
best horseman to follow hounds”.
In February 2000, for example, TAKE ACTION hunt member acted as bus squeezed through, it
we photographed mounted mem-
The December 2002 article, bers of the hunt trotting along the
Write Now! GARDAI POSE WITH WARD traffic warden. He emerged that directly
motioned to the bus driv- behind was an ambu-
which only recently came into our
possession, boasted how nothing
tracks. Iarnrod Eireann’s response Please join us in appealing UNION DEERHUNT RIDERS er that in order to avoid lance vehicle.
to our submission was merely to to the Revenue Commiss- ICABS WAS dismayed the two uniformed Gardai scraping along the side of
got in his way when he was follow- The “Patient Care
issue a warning to the hunt. ioners to disregard future to see two Gardai hap- on horseback. a car, she would have to
ing hounds. Transport Service” am-
This despite a previous state- applications from any group pily posing alongside move in closer to the
It outlined how “one day at Given that the Ward bulance had also been
ment from the company that "tres- involved in killing animals representatives of the ditch. It was a delicate
Craughwell...he jumped the double Union continues to be the halted on its journey by
pass remains a major for sport. Ward Union Hunt in a operation but finally the
gates at the railway level crossing subject of complaints to the hunters. We dread to
concern...and it is the company's Revenue Commissioners, photo published in The the Gardai, ICABS feels it bus edged its way past think what affect the
to keep with them and beat the
oncoming train to it.” policy to prosecute trespassers." Games & Sports Exemption Irish Field. is highly inappropriate for and continued on its jour- delay had on the care of
Section, Government Offices, ney.
Such recklessness appears to ICABS has again called on the The photo in the June members of the force to patients.
Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
be a clear breach of Iarnrod rail company to take action to keep 11th edition showed four be aligning themselves What makes this inter- ICABS has written to
Eireann’s Safety and Security hunters off the lines. Trespassing Tel: 067–44181 of the hunt’s riders after with the hunt. ference with the freeflow Bus Eireann and the
guidelines which state that people incidents pose danger not only to Fax: 067–32916 they had won an inter- of traffic even more Health Service Executive
We have brought this to
“must always stop...when crossing those trespassing but also to train Email: sportexemp hunt chase event. the attention of the Garda appalling is that it hap- and urged them to lodge
gates are down". It also states that drivers and passengers. pened at a time of the a complaint to the Gardai.
Flanking the team were Commissioner.
Hunters continue to Stop your coursing or
hound landowners
HUNTERS have been farmers who chose to
we’ll crush your car
branded arrogant, bad- make their land off-limits
mannered trespassers to the hunt. In our series
Successful police campaign to tackle blood sport criminals
and now ICABS pres- of sample images, we POLICE IN England equipment, they rely on
Long arm of the law: a
ents the evidence to show how hunts are mak- have dealt a crushing the vigilance of local
courser’s vehicle about
prove it! ing life a misery not just blow to the country’s landowners and members
to be crushed
remaining hare cours- of the public to initially
Throughout the fox and for our wildlife but for ers.
farmers up and expose the coursers.
deer hunting
down the Since the introduction “We continue to encour-
seasons, our
country. of the UK-wide ban on the age members of the rural
office receives
blood sport earlier this community to report all
countless calls ICABS urges
year, chasing hares with incidents of illegal hare
and emails the ever hounds is now strictly ille-
from landown- g r o w i n g coursing to provide us
Beagles on the scent of a hare - inside a wildlife gal. And to emphasise with information and intel-
ers plagued by number of sanctuary. The landowner told ICABS that when he their zero-tolerance policy,
hunts. These a n t i - h u n t challenged the hunters during the January hunt, they ligence to assist us in our
a police force in Cam- aim of disrupting an activ-
unfortunate landowners “laughed and made fun of the situation”. bridgeshire is leading the
individuals to immedi- involved in illegal hare munity and surrounding ity that has a serious
farmers/landowners can and how to keep it that way in the campaign to impact on rural communi-
have to con- ately contact net coursing criminals. coursing that the activity police forces to build
tend with hunts the Gardai if be found in the Farmers way. Also available is a will not be tolerated in cases against the illegal ties," Inspector Lowings
They have warned that
trespassing there are any section of our website. selection of “no hunting Cambridgeshire," Inspect- coursers." commented.
anyone caught terrorising
onto their land incidents in- Included is a “Troubled signs” to print. hares risks having their or Richard Lowings stat- Though the Dornier “We encourage the use
and causing A hunter makes volving hunt- by the Hunt” leaflet which Please contact us for vehicle impounded - and ed. "Police are continually team comprises a dedi- of the 999 emergency
damage to an obscene ges- ers or hounds. details the recommended copies to give to destroyed! gathering intelligence cated ground force as well number when members of
boundary ditches ture to an anti- Telephone the action to take to make landowner friends and against these people, by as a helicopter with on- the rural communities feel
Officers from the force
and fences. This hunt farmer in local Gardai but land off limits to hunters neighbours. liaising with the local com- board video surveillance frightened or terrorised by
recently had the opportu-
in addition to County Kilkenny. also put the nity to demonstrate their hare coursers who are
invasions by marauding complaint in writing and determination to “do Before currently on their land or
everything within our property.”
hounds which pose a forward a copy to the
power to make life very Since its launch in
severe threat to any pres- Garda Commissioner at
difficult” for the coursers. September 2004, the anti-
ent livestock. Garda HQ, Phoenix Park, A car impounded by the coursing operation has
Even worse are the Dublin 8. courts as part of led to at least 191 people
attempts to intimidate More information for “Operation Dornier” was being reported for sum-
brought to a scrap yard mons. In addition to the
and crushed beyond car crushing, other penal-
recognition. ties issued included forfei-
Photos supplied to ture orders on cars and
ICABS by Cambridgeshire dogs, driving bans (for
Constabulary show the both driver and passen-
coursers’ car before and
After gers) and fines of up to
after the crushing £650.
machine went to work on ICABS has congratulat-
it. ed the Cambridgeshire
The arresting series of Police on the success of
images aims to convey to their pro-hare campaign.
coursers that when they’re We have forwarded
caught, they can expect to details to Garda HQ in
walk away from court with Dublin and suggested that
A farmer in Kilkenny narrowly escapes being a hefty penalty. they consider replicating
Foxhunters happily trot through the mud of a trampled on as he tries to prevent mounted "We want to make it the operation in rural
saturated, winter field. Dozens more followed. foxhunters from entering a private lane. clear to the people Ireland in the future.
Hunting fund pays In-flight entertainment
out Eur4m to date Winner of an Oscar for Best Documentary
Feature in 2002, Jacques Perrin’s Winged

in compensation “When a hunt blocks a road, it is all

to [sic] easy to annoy passing
Migration remains one of the most stunning
records ever of nature in action.
Lovingly captured by a lines of New York and
A COMPENSATION fund liability protection by, for example, motorists, who may be under pres-
team of 14 cinematogra- Paris form the backdrops.
formed by the National the government, the Department sure of work. Other hunts take
note; don’t antagonise the phers based on all seven As they swan into the city,
Association of Regional Game of Defence, Coillte, ESB, IFA, the
motorists. They aren’t having the continents, this is an it’s hard not to feel envi-
Councils has paid out nearly Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' absolute must for anyone ous at their boundless
fun that we are.” (Brian Munn,
Eur4 million, ICABS has Association and Bord na Mona. spokesman for the Irish Masters of with an interest in wildlife. freedom.
learned. In a description of the fund, a Foxhounds Association. The com- Now available on DVD, But soaring majestical-
According to details supplied on disturbing insight is given into the ment appears on the IMFHA web-
Winged Migration will ly above the wingless is
site a few paragraphs below a
the shooting organisation’s web- type of incidents shooters can bring you on a spectacu- only part of the story. The
photo of a County Cork hunt block- A goose flies into New York harbour in a
site, the fund was formed in 1984 cause while out with their guns. ing a road with horses and lar species-by-species life of a migrating bird has
and has handled over 975 claims hounds) journey as the film’s sub- its downsides and these serene scene from Winged Migration.
The NARGC website states:
to date. "The scope of protection in sim- jects embark on their are touched upon are seen spiralling Commenting on the
“It can be near midday when trap-
The claims relate to a range of pers have completed the check of migratory journey through throughout. towards the ground with scene where the hunters
plistic terms protects members for
all snares. Thus, badgers are held 40 countries. As well as the gruelling the sound of gunfire shoot from the shadows,
incidents - from what NARGC call third party and/or member-to-
captive for many hours of daylight Thanks to a dedicated journey they instinctively accompanying their he points out that these
“minor occurrences like dogs col- member liability arising in the
in a state of high risk from both team of 17 pilots (in make twice yearly (this deathly descent. It’s a particular birds had flown
liding with motorcars or killing course of their shooting activities animals and humans. Are we any planes, gliders, helicop- ranges from hundreds to powerful moment where for 5,000 kilometres
sheep” (ICABS doubts that the while using a shotgun or rifle and wiser for the killing? Yes, we now
ters and hot air tens of thousands of viewers are left with no before being blasted from
motorists or farmers would view pursuing any game or pest know for certain that slaughtering doubt about the enormity
badgers on a massive scale,
miles), they have to con- the sky. “Some people
them as minor) to “more serious species or while involved in clay of this transgression
which has been operating in this tend with pollution, are waiting [with their
incidents like accidental bodily target shooting. modern farming tech- against nature. The birds
country for more than 20 years has guns] and they stop this
injury and even fatalities”. "In addition, members are pro- made little enough impact on the niques, the have flown an exhausting moment. They stop the
The fund has amassed assets tected if their dog causes injury or cattle TB levels.” Bernie Barrett in journey only to be movement of life. It’s diffi-
approaching Eur5.5 million, we damage to persons or property, Badger Watch Ireland’s An Broc stopped by bullets fired cult to accept that. It’s
are told, and the ceiling of indem- e.g. bites someone or, while on a
newsletter, Spring 2005) by hunters lurking in the
very difficult.”
nity it provides for each claim is “I have no doubt there will be more bushes.
public road without a lead (unlaw- Says co-director
Eur7 million. Although initially people from Britain seeking to Shooting is an
ful in itself), collides with a motor Jacques Cluzaud:
course here. However it will be a trade in exotic activity producer
viewed with "some general scep- vehicle or perhaps knocks some- “Hunters have acquired
matter of finding room for them as pets and, of course, and co-director
ticism", the fund is said to have one off a bicycle. there is already a huge demand stronger means [with] a
balloons!) you shooting. Jacques Perrin clearly
now "gained wide acclaim" and is "In addition, members are pro- for places at present meets.” series of cartridges.
will ascend skyward to One scene poignantly disapproves of. He has
accepted as a valid provider of tected for liability arising from poi-
(Jerry Desmond, chief executive of Some areas are final
the Irish Coursing Club, Sunday experience a breathtak- presents the awful impact the greatest of respect for
son laying activities (vermin con- ing flight above, behind walls for these birds.
Greyhounds trol) or the use of a lamp at night
(fox shooting)."
Times, February 2005)
“There are no such things as hunt-
and alongside the varied
cast of characters.
shooters have on the
birds. One moment, a
the birds and you can tell
that he struggles to
Blocking their progres-
sion. For a migratory bird
flock are happily flying understand this abhorrent
in pounds In an online Accident Report
Form, subscribers to the fund are
ing rights, only the goodwill of the
farmers. If a club is split, farmers
will say to sort things out and
Largely commentary-
free and with minimal use
along and the next, some hobby of killing for fun.
to remain free, it needs
two places for summer
A CONSULTANT to a dog come back when things are set- of informational subtitles, and winter. And the trip in
pound has highlighted how requested to submit details of the between must be possi-
tled, and when that happens the the uninterrupted feeling
greyhounds are among the incident, including: how long they landowners might have become ble and hopefully doesn’t
have been shooting, the name of being there, free
most common dogs dumped. so used to not having the hunt end with lead in their bod-
and age of gun involved, the dis- around that they won’t give per- among the flocks, is
Vet Syd Nagle told the Irish encouraged. Join them ies.”
tance from target and in the case mission. There might be no hunt-
Independent in May: “I see far too ing.” (Former Limerick County as they circle the poles, If Winged Migration
of a dog attack incident, the
many greyhounds surrendered. If Hunt chairman, Tim O’Brien. The shelter from a downpour isn’t already part of your
they're injured or not performing breed, age and sex of the dog Limerick Leader of April 30th, 2005 in the Amazon, take their DVD collection we highly
well on the racetrack many own- involved. detailed how Mr O’Brien was recommend flying out
first dizzying dives from a
ers don't want them, and they are Is it any wonder that so many sacked as chairman at an acrimo- now to get a copy. Once
cliff and touch down for a Bird’s eye view:
nious hunt EGM which saw offi-
often handed into the pound in Irish landowners are now telling rest on a warship. As Following a feathered you watch it, you’ll never
cers being removed and several
groups of up to five dogs at the hunters of all kinds to stay off their members walking out) spectacular are the friend on a flight see birds in the same
same time.” property? scenes where the sky- through a river valley. light again.
ICABS HAS expressed its
deep disappointment to the
president of Young Fine Gael
after learning that the organi-
sation is defending blood
At their national conference
last November, a motion was
passed stating that “Young Fine
Gael is committed to the preser-
vation of the rights of foxhunters
and other such rural blood
In a letter to YFG President,
Patrick O’Driscoll, ICABS con-
demned the policy, saying that it
was particularly disappointing
now that foxhunting and other
cruel blood sports have been
banned in neighbouring jurisdic- A terrier bites into a fox. Young Fine Gael are defending the
tions. rights of hunters to carry out this appalling animal cruelty.
The pro-blood sports motion She maintained that “much an effort to persuade them to
was presented to conference debate and discussion” had reverse this incredible policy. Our
delegates by the organisation’s taken place on the motion and presentation will show how ani-
Social Affairs Committee. that “it was stressed that regula- mal cruelty is integral to foxhunt-
YFG Vice-president, Elizabeth tions in this regard must be strict- ing and that regulations will do
Munnelly, confirmed to ICABS ly implemented and enforced.” nothing to eliminate the suffering.
that the motion was passed and ICABS is currently preparing a Only a complete ban will achieve
remains as an official policy. submission to Young Fine Gael in this.

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