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Ward Union deerhunt ban secure
There is no legislation in the pipeline." Also quoted is a spokesperson for An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore who says "there is no plan to revisit the issue." ICABS greatly welcomes this confirmation that the Ward Union ban will remain in place in line with the majority view that terrorisation of deer for "sport" is unacceptable. We are now renewing our call on the government to introduce a ban on the bloodsports of foxhunting and hare coursing. THE IRISH Council Against Blood Sports has welcomed a statement from Taoiseach Enda Kenny's office which reveals that there is "no commitment" to reversing the widely welcomed ban on the Ward Union hunt. Speaking to the Irish Independent, the spokesperson dismissed a claim by Junior Minister, Shane McEntee that the hunt "will be back". In the report by Political Editor, Fionnan Sheahan, the Taoiseach's spokesperson says: * Mr McEntee was merely expressing "an opinion" and there is "no commitment" to reverse the ban. * "He [Mr McEntee] wasn't speaking for or expressing government policy in that instance." * "There is no such commitment in the Programme for Government." * "[Enda Kenny] would not resile from what's in the Programme for Government. There is no commitment." The article goes on to quote a spokesman for Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan as saying "No, there isn't (a plan). Taoiseach Kenny: Won't be reversing ban on stag hunt
Labour Party commits to keeping hunt ban
LABOUR PARTY leader and Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, has restated his party's opposition to any reversal of the ban on carted deer hunting. In an email, Mr Gilmore wrote: "The Programme for Government contains no commitment to reverse the ban on stag hunting. The Labour Party position is as stated, we do not support reversal of the ban." This stance was re-iterated by a party spokesperson who was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying: "It has been passed and should not be reversed." He was responding to a statement from Meath TD Shane McEntee that "the legislation will be reversed as Fine Gael said it would during the election campaign. There’s an understanding between Fine Gael and Labour on this." However Labour's spokesperson told the Times that he didn’t know where Shane McEntee got the impression there was any such agreement.
Newsletter of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports - Winter 2011-12
Newsletter of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Winter 2011-12
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Dear Supporters. Welcome to the Winter 2011/12 edition of Animal Voice. This year has seen another historic achievement with the permanent banning of hare coursing in Northern Ireland. We take heart from this victory, as it's a step forward in the campaign to rid the whole of the island of Ireland of this barbarism. Much credit is due to the League Against Cruel Sports and indeed the Northern Ireland Assembly members, with the exception of Sinn Fein who voted against the ban, and did their best to overturn it. Towards the end of 2011, there was positive news that Fine Gael will not reverse the ban on the Ward Union deer hunt as they had pledged to do before their election in February. We can now say that the chapter is finally closed on this 20-year campaign. We had a sad event earlier this year with the passing of a founder member of ICABS and one of our stalwarts, Dick Power, at the age of 84. Dick was active in the campaign up until shortly before his death, and was a regular at our coursing protests in Clonmel. Dick was deservedly honoured by a wonderful tribute in the Irish Times obituary column, and by Brian May of the legendary group, Queen, who is a committed campaigner in the UK. Another sad event this summer was the untimely and sudden death of a truly committed animal welfare activist, Anne Fitzgerald, from Cork. Anne was a great friend of ICABS and a regular at our protests. She is greatly missed. The ICABS campaign for a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting is ongoing, and we are encouraged by the number of new TDs in Dail Eireann who support our cause. Also we continue to push for businesses to quit sponsoring or associating with blood sports, and we have had a number of further successes over the past year. Amazingly, some members of the clergy are still giving blessings to hunts, and sadly, some charities are still taking funds raised by hunts. The spotlight will remain on these until it finally comes to an end. As always, fund-raising is vital to our campaign, and we are so grateful to you, our loyal supporters, who continue to support us, despite the gloomy recessionary climate we find ourselves in. Also, we thank you for your messages of support and encouragement. Finally, I would like to pay a special tribute to my colleague, Philip Kiernan, for all his great work and commitment to the campaign. Our banbloodsports.com website, which he maintains, and monthly enewsletters are amazing campaign resources. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all good wishes for 2012. Aideen Yourell, Campaign Director
New Tony Gregory book is published
A NEW book about former ICABS vice-president, the late Tony Gregory TD, has just been published by O'Brien Press. "This is the biography of a true Irish political legend," the publisher states. "As harsh economic times return to Ireland, it is time to celebrate this inspirational Irishman who made his name as a grassroots community activist and went on to hold the balance of power in Ireland. Tony Gregory's political life has left an exceptional legacy."
The book by Robbie Gilligan a Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin - covers Tony's career "from local agitator to elected politician, and the campaigns from 1978-2009". "Tony Gregory", 256 pages, O'Brien Press Ltd (10 Oct 2011), ISBN-10: 1847172261, ISBN-13: 978-1847172266
MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN, TD ASKS MINISTER TO REFUSE LICENCE
AHEAD OF the current 201112 hare coursing season, ICABS President, Maureen O'Sullivan TD called for a refusal of the coursing licence. The Dublin Central Independent TD made the request in a Dail question to Minister for Arts and Heritage, Jimmy Deenihan. Minister Deenihan was asked "if he will consider refusing this year’s application ...for a licence to net hares for the 2011 to 2012 season". Maureen urged the Minister, if unwilling to refuse the licence, to "at least add a number of new conditions to the licence that will eliminate much of the unnecessary suffering to which hares are subjected during the netting phase of the coursing process." In the June 11th reply, Jimmy Deenihan stated: "My Department has received an application under the Wildlife Acts from the organisation in question on behalf of its affiliated clubs to facilitate the tagging and the capture of hares in relation to the holding of coursing meetings for the coming 2011/2012 season. The application is under consideration and a decision will be made as soon as possible." Sadly, the County Kerry Minister ignored the request, as well as appeals from antiblood sports citizens around Ireland, and the licence was eventually granted in August.
ICABS President, Maureen O'Sullivan TD, with our VicePresident, Noel Gregory. Both have been a great support to the campaigns against hunting and hare coursing cruelty
Ricky Gervais condemns Irish Greyhound Board proposal
THUMBS UP to actor Ricky Gervais who condemned plans by the Irish Greyhound Board to send thousands of greyhounds to China. jured through commercial racing in the UK, Ireland and other parts of the world," he said. "Now the Irish racing industry wants to expand and send greyhounds to China.”
In a front page Irish Sunday According to the Dublin Times report in April, Ricky SPCA, greyhounds that end up said he is "extremely conin China face a "dire and cerned for these dogs”. unthinkable" future. Thankfully, “It is bad enough that many the IGB export plan was evengreyhounds are killed and in- tually scrapped.
Coursing permanently banned in the North
17th AUGUST 2011 marked another milestone in the campaign to outlaw hare coursing on the island of Ireland, as a permanent coursing ban came into effect in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland's Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, said in a statement to the media that "hare coursing events should not take place in a modern, progressive, civilised society." However, here in the Republic, now the last bastion of this backwoods barbarism, it was business as usual for the hare coursers, with the licence to net hares issued by the Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan. The two remaining Northern Ireland clubs, Ballymena and Dungannon, now travel south to be hosted by Tubbercurry and Cavan, putting even more pressure on our timid hares. Hare coursers claim that the muzzling of greyhounds, introduced in 1993, eliminates the kill from coursing. However, while preventing the ripping apart of hares, muzzles do not prevent hares from being struck and mauled by greyhounds, resulting in injuries and death. In any event, hares are terrorised from the time they are snatched from the wild in nets to the day they are used as live lures before greyhounds at coursing meetings. This is unacceptable in what passes for a supposedly civilised country. Surely our government should be acting in tandem with the Northern Ireland Assembly in protecting hares on the island as a whole. Welcoming the ban, Mary Friel of the League Against Cruel Sports Northern Ireland said: "The League is delighted that the Northern Ireland Assembly has finally and permanently banned the barbaric sport of hare coursing. This historic decision is a huge step forward in eradicating cruel blood sports and we look forward to the Assembly making more improvements to animal welfare such as banning the use of snares." ICABS congratulates all the campaigners and politicians in Northern Ireland who helped achieve this historic ban. May it not be long before the whole of Ireland can celebrate an end to coursing and permanent protection for the hare.
Sinn Fein asked to change ICABS video its pro-coursing stance shortlisted
ICABS IS calling on Sinn Fein to reverse its pro-coursing stance and stop defending an activity that causes suffering and death to the Irish Hare. On BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback show on 3rd August, Sinn Fein representative Francie Molloy MLA tried to defend the party's policy. You can listen to the show at www.tinyurl.com/sfcoursing Previous to 2010, Sinn Fein had an anti-coursing policy and many within the party remain anti-blood sports. Please join us in urging the party to reinstate its previous policy, in line with the majority view that this cruel activity should be outlawed. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01) 8726100 / 8726932 OR 02890 347350
AN ICABS campaign video has been shortlisted in the 2011 Better Together awards. "Make hunting a thing of the past" (tinyurl.com/huntingpast) features contrasting footage of foxes living undisturbed in nature alongside scenes of foxhunting cruelty, Thanks to all who helped us secure over a thousand votes and a number six shortlist position out of 187 entries.
Coursing cruelty continues with Deenihan's licence
ICABS HAS expressed disappointment to Minister Jimmy Deenihan following his shameful renewal of a coursing licence that is resulting in suffering for thousands of Irish hares. The licence issued to the Irish Coursing Club allows affiliated clubs all around Ireland to capture hares from the wild for another season of coursing cruelty. From August 12th, coursers were free to net hares for use as lures at coursing meets. There are around 70 coursing clubs in the country and each club requires approximately 100 hares for their 2- or 3-day meetings which take place from October to February. As in the past, pregnant and nursing hares may end up in the nets, leaving vulnerable young behind in the wild. "The coursing licences you have approved will cause immeasurable suffering to thousands of Irish hares," ICABS stated in an email to Minister Deenihan. "Hares will suffer the fear and stress of being captured from the wild and running for their lives in front of greyhounds. Among the injuries likely, thanks to these licences, are broken bones, dislocated hips, damaged toes and mashed internal organs." This latest licence comes as a huge disappointment to the majority who want blood sports banned. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports' campaign will continue, however, until the day coursing becomes history. We have renewed our appeal to the government to follow the example of our neighbours, UK and Northern Ireland, and ban this despicable animal abuse. A copy of Minister Jimmy Deenihan's licence can be seen at www.tinyurl.com /jdlicence
Contact Minister Jimmy Deenihan now and urge him to follow the example of Northern Ireland and permanently ban coursing in the Republic. Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Email: ministersoffice @tcs.gov.ie Tel: (01) 631 3802. Fax: (01) 661 1201.
Hares like this are continuing to run for their lives, thanks to a coursing licence from Jimmy Deenihan
COURSING'S CRUELTY CATALOGUE 2010/11
DEFENDERS OF hare coursing continue to assert that the muzzling of greyhounds has eliminated the kill, but the annual monitoring reports obtained by ICABS under FOI say otherwise. For example, in the last season, 2010/11, 2 hares died as a result of being mauled by greyhounds, while another was put down at a coursing meeting in Donegal. At Tradaree, a total of 6 hares died as a result of injuries, while 1 was put down. At Freshford, 6 hares were hit by dogs, 3 injured and two died from injuries. At Wexford & District, 2 hares died of injuries. A vet's report on Liscannor stated that 3 hares were injured, 2 euthanised and 9 hares "sick or otherwise unfit" after coursing. At Doon, 7 hares were pinned, 4 injured, 2 of which were put down. At Tubbercurry, 2 hares were injured, 2 "sick or otherwise unfit after coursing", according to a vet's report, with one hare "injured in box before release and died". At Borrisoleigh, 1 hare was put down at the request of a National Parks ranger as it had a broken leg, while a veterinary report for the same meeting noted that 6 hares were "unfit" for coursing over the two days. At Galbally, a ranger stated
Disturbingly, at a coursing meeting in Westmeath, the ranger was concerned that two hares, which were mauled by the dogs and placed in a box, were not receiving veterinary attention. She drew the attention of a coursing official to this after the vet had left the event, and was told that he was "going to bring them up to the that "1 hare did not look well vet's surgery". before coursing started and was The ranger decided to follow euthanised." At Mitchelstown, 6 hares were the official to the vet's surgery, hit by dogs, 1 put down and 1 whereupon the vet came out to found dead in box during look at the hares. release. The vet's report stated According to the ranger, the that 8 hares were "sick or other- vet checked the hares' tag wise unfit" after coursing. numbers and said he thought At Loughrea, 2 hares were they seemed fine, although the injured and put down, while hares remained in the box duranother died "in transit to Mayo". ing the examination. At Glanworth, a vet report stated that 4 hares were injured during coursing and 5 hares were "sick or otherwise unfit" afterwards. The vet kept the hares and said he would release them later if they were all right. The following day, the ranger was told that the vet had released At Ennis, 3 hares were hit by the two hares, and would send dogs, 1 injured and put down, on a report, which the ranger and another died from injuries. never received. At Thurles, 8 hares were hit by The next day, during the dogs, 2 died "overnight" and at release of hares, the ranger Ballyheigue, 3 hares were hit, 1 saw a hare limp away, carrying its front left foot. injured and put down.
MAKE FOXHUNTING A THING OF THE PAST
Latest campaign video calls for hunt ban
Carlow men convicted of trapping wild birds
TWO MEN were convicted of offences under the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) at Carlow District Court after they pleaded guilty to illegally trapping protected wild birds. Paul Kelly and Martin Lannigan, both with addresses at Crossmeen, Graiguecullen, County Carlow were fined Eur500 each.
OUR LATEST campaign video asks you to help make foxhunting a thing of the past by joining our anti-hunt campaign. Foxhunting involves many acts of cruelty, beginning with the killing of defenceless foxcubs at the start of the season. New hounds are brought to earths, goaded into attacking the young foxes and introduced to the taste of fox blood. In the months that follow, countless foxes will be chased to exhaustion across the countryside. When caught, they are knocked off their feet and brutally bitten and torn apart by the pack of hounds. Foxes that succeed in finding temporary refuge underground are dug out with spades and killed. A ban on foxhunting is long overdue. Help make history for Irish foxes - support our campaign and help us secure a ban on this horrific activity.
Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to amend the Protect ion of Animals Act so that foxes and all wild creatures are protected from unnecessary cruelty. Minister Simon Coveney Department of Agriculture Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Email: minister @agriculture.gov.ie Tel: 01-607 2000 / 1890200510. Fax: 01-661 1013. If you are a landowner, you can play a big part in protecting wildlife. Simply make your land off-limits to hunters. Please click on "Farmers" at banbloodsports.com where you will find advice as well as a set of downloadable "No Hunting" posters to display.
The case resulted from a raid on a property owned by Mr Lannigan on the 3rd February 2010. Gardai conducted a search under warrant and were assisted by members of the ISPCA Inspectorate. In excess of 30 protected wild birds were discovered in captivity with some being employed as live lures in cage traps. Any birds which it was suspected were wild were initially seized but were set free the following day when a court order authorising their release was obtained. ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling who attended the scene commented: "It appeared to me that the birds were distressed and some had caused damage to their wings and faces from trying to escape through wire and bars." Source: www.ispca.ie
Watch the video now at tinyurl.com/huntingpast
Former ICABS vice-chairman is Ireland's ninth President
THE IRISH Council Against Blood Sports congratulates Michael D Higgins who has become the 9th President of Ireland. President Higgins is a former vice-chairperson of ICABS. During the presidential campaign, his team issued a statement to remind voters that "Michael D Higgins has a long track record of commitment to the campaign against bloodsports." As far back as 1975, the then Senator Higgins was endeavouring to have coursing outlawed. During a Seanad debate he condemned coursing as a "barbaric practice" and said that it was "a terrible reflection" on fellow Senators who expressed support for the blood sport. More recently, when the Labour Party controversially opposed the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 which succeeded in banning carted deer hunting, Michael D Higgins absented himself from the final vote. Despite the party's stance, Deputy Higgins stated that "it is absolutely outrageous to suggest that I and any member of the Labour Party are in favour of cruelty to animals or bloodsports." ICABS is delighted that the new President is anti-bloodsports. We wish him well in his Presidency.
The President of Ireland, and a former Irish Council Against Blood Sports vice-chairman, Michael D Higgins
HOTEL'S SPECIAL COURSING RATE
"Coursing is an extremely cruel activity which results in stress, injury and death to hares," we stated. "We are calling on the Savoy Hotel to please show compassion for The advert showed a photo the Irish hares and no longer of a coursing greyhound along advertise in coursing booklets with the offer of a "Special or give special offers to coursRate for Irish Cup Meeting". ers." In an email to manager We drew to Mr Branigan's Ronan Branigan, ICABS attention photos from this expressed dismay that the year's Irish Cup coursing hotel was offering discounts to meeting showing hares being those involved in cruelty. terrorised by greyhounds.
LIMERICK'S SAVOY Hotel has been criticised for advertising in the booklet for the National Coursing Finals in Clonmel in February.
Death of ICABS founding member, Dick Power
IN MARCH, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports sadly lost one of our most ardent advocates - Dick Power of Boherlode House, Ballyneety, County Limerick. Despite his illness, Dick remained active in the campaign up to shortly before his death on March 22. He is greatly missed by all of us. Dick was a farmer, who had a great love and respect for wildlife. He abhorred cruelty, thus prompting him along with others to found the Irish Council Against Blood Sports in 1966. For the next 45 years, Dick was a constant in the campaign to outlaw hunting wild animals with dogs, his wonderfully penned letters appearing regularly in the national and local newspapers. He routinely fed foxes on his farm, and they would be waiting for him to turn up in the evenings for their snack, he often told us. Dick was a highly intelligent and very well read man, with an encyclopedic knowledge of things agricultural, nature, history and much more, and we all benefitted from his vast store of information and wise counsel. He had an amazing memory and could detail long past events with the greatest of accuracy. Dick was also a deeply spiritual man with great devotion to his faith, which he truly lived ICABS founding member, Dick Power - 1927-2011 every day. He was also a very Mary and Cora, his grandson, caring man, devoted to his lov- sister, brother-in-law, sister-ining family. law, extended family, neighICABS has offered our deep- bours and friends. est sympathy to his sons, Suaimhneas Siorri da Anam Martin and Pat, daughters dilis.
Death of devoted animal campaigner, Anne Fitzgerald
ICABS WAS saddened to learn of the untimely death of Anne Fitzgerald, a deeply compassionate and caring individual who was devoted to animal rescue and protection. Anne, who worked with the Cork Animal Care Society, will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Her selfless care and devotion to animals was legendary, and her death will leave a huge void in the animal welfare and activist community.
Anne was a great campaigner on all animal welfare issues, and attended many anti-blood sports protests. In October 2010, she travelled all the way from Cork to Edenderry in Co Offaly to take part in an ICABS/ARAN protest against coursing. She was truly committed to making the world a better place for animals. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her loving family and friends at this very sad time. Ni bheidh a leitheid aris ann. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Brian May pays tribute to Dick Power - an "amazing man"
ANTI-BLOOD sports rock legend, Brian May, has paid tribute to ICABS founding member, Richard (Dick) Power, who sadly passed away in March. "I'd like to pay tribute to this amazing man, whose courage and humanity shines out like a beacon, proving that the countryside does not have to be cruel," the Queen guitarist wrote in his blog. Next to a photo of Dick, Brian stated: "I love looking at this man's face, in the picture, and wish so much I had met him. You look into his eyes, as I have looked into the eyes of so many farmers now, and counQueen guitarist, Brian May try people, and you wonder how his mind works. "He could be just another man who was content to carry on just as his forbears did, and his neighbours, and turn a blind eye to things that 'didn't seem quite right'. But he listened to his own feelings about what is right, and what isn't, and had the courage to speak up against what he knew was cruel and unacceptable behaviour. I hope the Farming newspapers publish an article on Richard Power - if only to alert the good farmers out there to the fact that they CAN have the courage to stand up against tradition. But also to give credit due to this great human being. "Long may his voice be heard. RIP Richard Power." ICABS has thanked Brian May for his kind tribute to Dick.
Dick was "a man of great compassion"
AN APPRECIATION of Dick Power by Philip Lynch of Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass My late friend Dick Power of Ballyneety, Co Limerick, was a man who abhorred acts of cruelty to animals and to farmers. He wrote many an enlightened article in the national and local papers, appealing for legislation to end the tearing apart of defenceless animals in the name of sport. Being a farmer of ability himself, he was always concerned with the hardship inflicted by the fox hunting trespassers on his fellow farmers, also in the name of sport. These vandals trampled and broke these protective fences and destroyed the life-giving crops, in addition to terrorising and often cruelly killing livestock. Dick was an exemplary Christian who strove to love his neighbour as Christ directed him. He hungered and thirsted for justice, as urged by the Gospel, in his case, for farmers who had suffered so much injustice and loss as a result of fox hunting. Dick was a man of great compassion who appreciated the wonders of our multi-faceted landscapes and the abundant wildlife that forms an essential part of God's wonderful creation... He wished to see as his legacy an end to wanton cruelty to either man or beast.
He failed to see why drag hunting could not satisfy the fox hunters and offer them as much fun and recreation. This alternative, he believed, would demonstrate greater respect for the farmer, his property, his livestock and his livelihood...in the true spirit of Christian tolerance. May the sod of Ballyneety that he cultivated lie soft upon his earthy frame and may the lord welcome him with these words. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant...welcome to the place prepared for you." May he rest in peace. His admirer and friend, Philip P Lynch, Chairman, Farmers Against Foxhunting And Trespass
A farmer and campaigner: Dick Power's life recalled
DICK POWER'S determination to end cruelty was recalled in an Irish Times obituary on April 9th. The following are a selection of extracts... Richard Power who has died aged 84, was the last surviving founder member of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports. With like-minded people such as comedienne Maureen Potter and actors John Cowley and Desmond Perry, he founded the organisation in 1966, remaining an active member until his death. In the run-up to last year’s Dail debate on stag hunting, he reminded campaigners and TDs alike that St Eustace had been an avid stag hunter prior to his conversion to Christianity, after which the future saint renounced both the persecution of Christians and the hunting of stags. A story he enjoyed recounting was of how St Patrick rescued a fawn from a deer hunt in the sixth century. Born in Monaleen, Castletroy, Co Limerick, in 1927, he was the son of Patrick Power and his wife Nora (nee Noonan). Educated locally and by the Jesuits at the Crescent (now Mungret) College, from 1955 he farmed at Boherlode, Ballyneety, Co Limerick. He attended his first coursing meeting when he was nine. He recalled that he always felt there was something “wrong or inappropriate” about these events, but kept his reservations to himself. One incident that remained fixed in his mind was hearing a coursing club official advising a dispatcher to turn his back to the crowd while finishing off a dying hare, in order not to give the sport a bad reputation. His wife was from a hunting background, and he accompanied her to a number of hunt meets in the mid-1950s. One afternoon he observed a hunt in full flight from a vantage point on a hill close to the family farm. He saw the fox run outside the farm boundary, making a speedy U-turn in a bid to elude the pursuing pack of hounds. But the exhausted creature slowed down and the dogs caught up with it, tearing it to pieces. What disturbed him about the incident was that the particular fox had been released from a sack for the hunt – a “bagman”, in hunting jargon. And he was equally disturbed by the practice of hunt followers smearing the fox’s blood on their faces. In the 1950s, however, tradition held sway to the extent that few people in Ireland were prepared to speak out against blood sports. And it
was a tradition that enjoyed some clerical backing. An encounter with a “dogcollared” huntsman prompted him to study church history. Subsequently, in magazine articles, and in correspondence with newspapers, he drew attention to early synods and councils of the Christian church that denounced animal cruelty. He emphasised that while God gave dominion of his creatures to man, man’s dominance over them is not absolute; the integrity of creation had to be respected. It was his belief that blood sports enthusiasts reject drag hunting as an alternative to hunting live quarry because it fails to “satisfy the desire to punish a fellow creature, the desire to put death in the place of life”. Deeply religious, he attended the Tridentine Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Limerick every Sunday, and was a devoted member of the Third Order of St Dominic (Lay Dominicans). Predeceased by his wife Carmel (nee Conway) in 2001, he is survived by his sons Martin and Pat and daughters Mary and Cora. Richard Power: born 1927; died March 22nd, 2011 You can read the entire Irish Times obituary at www.tinyurl. com/dpobituary
ASK ALLIANZ TO CANCEL HUNTING INSURANCE
ALLIANZ IRELAND is being asked by ICABS to end its insurance for hunters. "By providing cover to those involved in foxhunting and hare hunting, your company is facilitating the continuation of these cruel activities," we stated. In a letter to Allianz CEO, Brendan Murphy, ICABS expressed dismay at the company's connection to blood sports. According to the website of Wexford Insurance: "in conjunction with Allianz PLC we are pleased to announce that we can offer Hunt Liability Insurance for HAI [Hunting Association of Ireland] registered Hunts.
The moment an Irish fox is viciously attacked and torn apart by a pack of foxhounds at the end of a hunt
those involved in some of Ireland's worst acts of cruelty to animals," we added. "Please show compassion for the creatures that suffer and "This is a tailor made policy die in hunting and immediately providing the widest cover scrap this cover." available to all members of the In a renewed appeal to IMFHA [Irish Masters of Allianz, we asked how they Foxhounds Association] & IMHA [Irish Masters of Harriers can expect animal lovers to Association] and automatically take out pet insurance with the includes cover for Hunt Balls, company when Allianz is Terrier, Hound and Puppy involved in insuring those Shows. Extensions are avail- involved in horrendous animal able for Point to Points, cruelty. Charity Rides & Hunter Trials." Providing cover to foxhunting Allianz has been told about and hare hunting activities is the suffering caused to Irish very likely to alienate the wildlife by hunters and the fact majority of people in Ireland that most people want such who abhor these activities and respect animals, we added. cruelty outlawed. ICABS hopes that Allianz will "It is extremely disappointing urgently act to disassociate that a modern insurance company like Allianz would tarnish the company from hunting and its image by associating with scrap this insurance cover.
Urge Allianz to disassociate from bloodsports and scrap its hunt insurance. If Allianz's association with hunters would make you choose an alternative company, make this clear. Brendan Murphy CEO Allianz Ireland Allianz House, Elmpark, Merrion Road, Dublin 4 Email: email@example.com Tel: +353 (0)1 613 3000 Fax: +353 (0)1 613 4444 Allianz Head Office KoniginstraBe 28 D-80802 Munchen Germany Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +49.89.3800-0 Fax: +49.89.3800-3425
Complaints to athletics club over pig race
DUNBOYNE Athletics Club ignored appeals to cancel a pig race which went ahead as part of its sports day in September. The club has been told that the pigs used are likely to suffer stress as a result.
CORK TD TOLD THAT COURSING IS CRUEL
FIANNA FAIL TD, Michael Moynihan has claimed that coursers are "decent and honourable people". Deputy Moynihan's ridiculous comments were made during a Dail debate on the Welfare of Greyhounds Bill 2011 on 30 June. "Those involved in the industry and coursing clubs are genuine, decent and honourable people, providing employment and entertainment and maintaining animal welfare standards second to none," he claimed. ICABS has told the Cork North West TD that there is no decency or honour in forcing a timid creature to run for its life in front of greyhounds. "Praising coursers for their animal welfare standards is laughable," we added. "Coursing subjects hares to stress, injury and death. Among the injuries hares suffer are broken legs and dislocated hips."
Pig racing has been condemned by the ISPCA who have stated that "the animals will be exposed to large crowds of people cheering them on in an unsuitable environment for farm animals." An RSPCA scientific adviser on farm animals is on record as saying that the transportation of pigs to and from races is likely to cause stress to the animals. "Pigs are highly social animals and separation from their groups causes stress," he stated. "Potentially, any animal transportation causes problems."
BORD NA gCON SEEKING BAILOUT FUNDS
GREYHOUND welfare group, Grey2K USA, is calling on the Irish Government to refuse to give cash from the EU-IMF bail-out fund to the greyhound industry. "We have recently learned that the Irish Government may use money received from an international rescue package to subsidise dog racing and also to explore an expansion of the Irish industry into China," the group says in a statement. "This outrageous use of public funds must be stopped." In 2009, Bord na gCon received Eur 13.6 million in government subsidies. Last year, it received Eur 11 million. It is now seeking another Eur 15 million. For more information, see www.tinyurl.com/bailoutfunds
Please contact pro-blood sports TD, Michael Moynihan, and tell him that those involved in hare coursing are cruel and heartless. Urge him to stop defending their deplorable activity. Michael Moynihan, TD Dail Eireann, Dublin 2 Email: michael.moynihan.td @oireachtas.ie CC: micheal.martin @oireachtas.ie LoCall 1890 337889 Ext.3595 Fax: 01 6184612 Please send a copy of your correspondence to Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, TD Email: micheal.martin @oireachtas.ie Tel: 021-432 00 88 (Constituency Office) Tel: 01-618 3000 (Dail)
Please urge Dunboyne Athletics Club to drop pig racing from future sports day events and replace it with human races. Email: dunboyneac @eircom.net
Call on 3 to disassociate End coursing: from pro-hunting group FF Senator
MOBILE operator, Three, has teamed up with pro-hunting group, Countryside Alliance, for a project aimed at getting people online in England. The Countryside Alliance, previously known as the British Field Sports Society has defended not only foxhunting but also cruel activities such as hare coursing and terrier work. It is campaigning for a repeal of the Hunting Act which brought foxhunting to an end in England and Wales. A spokesperson for Countryside Alliance is record as saying "we always have field sports blood sports] at our core." the on will [i.e.
Please join us in complaining to Three about their association with a pro-bloodsports group. Hugh Davies Director of Corporate Affairs, Hutchison 3G UK PO Box 333 Glasgow G2 9AG Email 3 UK: Hugh.Davies@three.co.uk Tel from UK: 333 (free from a 3 mobile) or 0843 373 3333 Tel from Ireland: Freephone 1913 or 083 333 3333
FIANNA FAIL Senator, Averil Power, has been thanked by ICABS for joining calls for an end to hare coursing. The Dublin North East politician was among those urging Minister Jimmy Deenihan to refuse a coursing licence.
Despite appeals from compassionate TDs, Senators and citizens around Ireland, however, the Minister for Arts issued the licence.
TDs DEFEND COURSERS
DURING A Dail debate on the Welfare of Greyhounds Bill 2011 on 30 June 2011, ICABS was disgusted to note that a number of TDs shamelessly defended the cruelty that is coursing and those involved in the bloodsport. Please send a complaint to each. "Those involved in the industry and coursing clubs are genuine, decent and honourable people, providing employment and entertainment and maintaining animal welfare standards second to none." Michael Moynihan TD, Cork North-West, Fianna Fail Email: michael.moynihan.td @oireachtas.ie "I acknowledge the contribution made by the vast majority of those involved in greyhound racing and coursing to the sporting and cultural landscape in Ireland, and in rural Ireland in particular, and to the welfare of dogs." Sandra McLellan TD, Cork East, Sinn Fein. Email: Sandra.McLellan@oireachtas .ie "Hopefully, the Minister will be able to find Eur1 million or so for the track in Clonmel. It is very important. Coursing is a huge industry and is worth Eur6 million or Eur7 million to South Tipperary. The Clonmel event is known throughout Europe. "I have been there many times. There is none of the savagery that is often spoken about." Mattie McGrath TD, Tipperary South, Fianna Fail Tel: 052 6129155 or 086 8184307 Read the full debate tinyurl.com/daildebate0630
15 Dublin Senator, Averil Power
Homeless hero is honoured
ANIMAL RIGHTS Action Network presented an award to homeless hero John Byrne who hit the headlines in July after bravely jumping into the Liffey to rescue his rabbit. "Ever since the Evening Herald wrote about what happened, myself and Barney [the rabbit] have been getting so much support," Mr Byrne, 38, said. "But to be given an award is unbelievable. It's nice to know that despite living on the street, people still care and want to do a nice thing for me."
Students union urged to end live fish eating
PLEASE JOIN us in calling on the National College of Ireland's Students' Union to stop the cruel eating of live fish. certainly be launching a full investigation.
Please urge the NCI Students Union to act to stop events involving cruelty and killing. Peter McDonnell Students Union President Email: email@example.com Please send a copy of your letter to the Students Union of Ireland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask them to convey to students unions around Ireland that animal cruelty is unacceptable.
* The college itself does not and would not condone anything that involved the eating of It was revealed on RTE's a live animal and would certainLiveline show in October that ly have stepped in to prevent students swallowed live gold- the event from taking place. fish as part of a sickening "Iron "NCI now calls on The Union Stomach" event. of Students in Ireland to open a The National College of national dialogue with their Ireland, who stressed that the members about what is approevent was organised by the priate for events organised by Students' Union ("an entirely Students' Unions on all third
Complain to Japanese Ambassador about Antarctic whaling
UNITED PRESS International has reported that Japan is planning to resume whaling in the Antarctic.
autonomous organisation run level campuses," the statement completely independently to added. the college") said that: ICABS is disgusted to learn of * National College of Ireland this event which we believe has not and never would hold a breaches the Protection of competition for eating live gold- Animals Act. fish or any of the other items In an email to the students that were reported to be union, we stated that such cruinvolved. elty reflects poorly on the * We take this very, very seri- National College of Ireland stuously from both an animal wel- dents union. fare and a student welfare per- "We urge you to investigate spective and had we been noti- this, take appropriate action fied, the matter would have and move to reassure people been thoroughly investigated that events involving cruelty under the college's disciplinary and killing will not form part of procedures. Now that it's been future Students Union events," brought to our attention we will we stated.
In an email to the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, ICABS called for Japan to show compassion for the whales and immediately scrap plans for any further whaling activities. Please register your opposition to this barbaric assault on one of the planet's most spectacular creatures. Urgently contact: Ambassador Chihiro Atsumi, The Embassy of Japan in Ireland, Nutley Building, Merrion Centre,Nutley Lane, Dublin 4 Email: email@example.com
Foxhunt refused planning permission for kennels
THE IRISH Examiner has reported that the South Union foxhunt "has been denied planning permission for kennels after Bord Pleanala upheld an objection by the Brothers of Charity". The May 2011 report outlined that the Brothers of Charity objected to the development because of concerns that barking dogs would disturb the children in its nearby residential centre and that it would lead to increases in traffic on a narrow country road. In their objection, the Brothers of Charity wrote: "Welfare and care of the children in the community house takes precedence and priority over animals housed for the recreational enjoyment of others." Bord Pleanala also considered submissions from individ-
In the grip of fear: This terrified fox was dug out of the ground during a South Union hunt and thrown to hounds
uals who expressed concern about the possibility of dogs escaping or causing distress to sheep. The Board's move followed an earlier decision by Cork County Council to grant permission for the kennels to be built. Horrific footage from a South Union hunt is featured in our "Ban Foxhunting" campaign video. Scenes of a fox being dug out of the ground with a terrier biting into its scalp have disgusted tens of thousands on Youtube.
IT HAS BEEN brought to our attention that in March 2009, Labour TD, Pat Rabbitte, asked the then Environment Minster if he would grant a licence to permit the use of glue traps. ICABS has expressed disappointment to Deputy Rabbitte, currently the Communications Minister. We told him that glue traps are one of the most cruel and inhumane traps and that they are illegal in Ireland.
Labour's Pat Rabbitte sought ELIMINATING licences for cruel glue traps HARES FROM COURSING
"Animals caught in glue traps have been known to bite off their own limbs in a bid to escape," we stated. "When their faces get stuck in the glue, they suffocate. Animals also die of starvation in these traps. Victims include rodents, birds, frogs, squirrels and other small mammals."
A NEW ICABS campaign video entitled "How to eliminate the hare from coursing" shows drag coursing in action. Drag coursing, in which dogs enthusiastically chase a plastic lure, eliminates the suffering associated with hare coursing. You can watch this video on our Youtube drag coursing playlist at www.tinyurl.com/ dragcoursing
Join us in our appeal to Pat Rabbitte to refrain from making any further licence requests. Email: minister.rabbitte@dcenr. gov.ie Tel: 01 678 2000
Clare Daly, TD "pushing for Sharon backs outright ban" on coursing spay/neuter
SOCIALIST PARTY TD, Clare Daly, has said that she is "pushing for an outright ban" on hare coursing and urging Minister Jimmy Deenihan to stop issuing licences for the blood sport. During a Dail debate on the Welfare of Greyhounds Bill 2011, Deputy Daly said that she "looks forward to the day when coursing, fur farming, fox hunting and all such activities are banned". Speaking about the treatment of dogs in the greyhound industry, she outlined that "a large number of the 27 dogs put down daily [in dog pounds] are greyhounds which breeders do not want because they do not make the grade." "There have been shocking and repeated cases of vicious mutilations being carried out, the most popular method being the removal of dogs' ears to avoid identification before being abandoned," she stated. Clare Daly, TD: Working to secure ban on coursing "This practice has been carried out using battery acid, blow torches and other means as people try to avoid the identification of the dog. In other cases, dogs have had their throats cut or have been dumped in rivers having had weights tied to them." A big thank you to Deputy Daly for all her efforts in helping to bring animal cruelty to an end in Ireland.
RTE NEWS anchor Sharon Ni Bheolain is backing a campaign to neuter dogs because of the large numbers of unwanted pets put down every year. Last year there was a "shocking destruction of 5,296 unwanted dogs", a report in the Irish Independent reveals. However, this figure was an "improvement" on the year before when almost a third more dogs were put down. Speaking at the launch of Spay Ireland 2011, Sharon observed that "one in three dogs who go through the pound system will not make it out alive." Ireland remains one of the worst offenders in Europe when it comes to disposing of unwanted pets. Please visit your local pound or animal shelter to save some of the doomed creatures.
Protest against coursing in Clonmel
Last February, ICABS joined with Animal Rights Action Network for the annual protest against hare coursing outside the national finals at Powerstown Park, Clonmel. Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you at the next protest in 2012.
Sinn Fein won't support any reversal of hunt ban
SINN FEIN Senator, Trevor O Clochartaigh, has confirmed that the party "will not be supporting the repeal of the ban on stag hunting". TD, Shane McEntee, that the hunt would be back. A spokesperson for Enda Kenny made it clear that "there is no such commitment in the He said that Sinn Fein "con- Programme for Government" sider stag hunting to be a and that the Taoiseach "would bloodsport [that] causes the not resile from what's in the infliction of cruelty to animals". Programme for Government." The Labour Party has also stressed on several occasions that it would not support a reversal of the widely welcomed ban. Carted stag hunting was outlawed last year after a majority of TDs voted in favour of the then Environment Minister John Gormley's Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010.
ICABS welcomes this statement from the Galway Senator who is on the Seanad's Agricultural Panel. We are continuing to call on Sinn Fein to also recognise that foxhunting and hare coursing are cruel and to support a ban on these bloodsports. Last November, Fine Gael dismissed a suggestion by Meath
No ban reversal: Senator, Trevor O Clochartaigh
THE IRISH Times has highlighted concerns over cockTHE HUNTING Association fighting in Dundalk following of Ireland has acknowledged the discovery of injured birds that its cruel activity is "very "in a dreadful condition". The August 2nd report details much under threat from those who oppose our how Louth SPCA were called to "two incidents where fighting sport". cocks had been abandoned". In a Summer 2011 newsletter, Three were found dumped on HAI chairman, Donal Boyle, the Dublin Road near the local stated: "Many may feel with the hospital while two others were demise of the Green influence rescued from Blackrock Road. in government that the danger "We know cock-fighting goes has receded, but nothing could on in places all over Ireland and be further from the truth." that there is big money passing Appealing for increased hands," Louth SPCA inspector, membership support, he went Fiona Squib, is quoted as sayon to note that "many involved ing. "My concern is that cockin hunting question the rele- fighting is going on around the vance of HAI". place or else that the birds are
HAI: Hunting COCK FIGHTING IN DUNDALK under threat
being used to bait dogs. They tease the dogs with the birds because a cock will use its talons to draw down on an animal and draw blood." Gerry Donaghy of Louth Poultry Fanciers Club said the birds found in Dundalk "were in a dreadful condition".
Cock-fighting is illegal in Ireland. ICABS calls on members of the public to report any information about cockfighting activities to the Gardai. For the phone numbers of Garda stations all over Ireland, please see www.garda.ie/Stations/ Default.aspx. You can also pass on information to the ISPCA National Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.
3 EURO FOR KILLING MINK
MINISTER FOR Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan has announced that he will introduce a bounty for dead mink. According to a report in the the Irish Independent of 1st November, claims are being made that mink are "believed to be harming populations of native ground nesting birds and game birds" and that the 3 euro bounty per mink is expected to "increase the 5,000 mink being trapped or shot here every year by at least 10pc". ICABS has expressed concern to Minister Deenihan about the move and the suffering that will undoubtedly be caused by mink hunters. Last year, then Environment Minister, John Gormley, outlined in a Dail reply that "mink found in the wild in Ireland are
Ask Minister to end fur farming
FIGURES OBTAINED by CIWF from Central Statistics Office show that 141,301 mink pelts and 106 fox pelts were exported from the Republic of Ireland in 2009. From January to July 2010, 85,977 mink pelts and 675 fox pelts were exported. Foxes and mink live a life of misery on fur farms. The foxes are electrocuted to death and the mink are gassed to death before fur is ripped from their bones. Mink farms in the Republic of Ireland are licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Fox
Mink: Under threat from Jimmy Deenihan's bounty scheme descended from animals that report which admitted that escaped from fur farms". escapes from Ireland's mink fur Minister Deenihan has been farms invalidate any attempt to told about a National Parks and eradicate feral populations. Wildlife Service-commissioned Concerns have also been expressed about the disturbance that is likely to be caused to otters which inhabit the same fur farms require no licence. stretches of river as mink. Please email the Minister for Agriculture and appeal to him ACTION ALERT to make fur farming illegal in Please join us in urging the Republic (as it already is in Minister Deenihan to priNorthern Ireland). oritise the closure of mink Minister Simon Coveney fur farms instead of wastDepartment of Agriculture, ing taxpayers' money on a Kildare Street, Dublin 2. bounty scheme. Email: Simon.Coveney Minister Jimmy Deenihan @oireachtas.ie Department of Arts, Tel: 01-607 2000 Heritage and the Gaeltacht or LoCall 1890-200510. 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Fax: 01-661 1013. Email: ministersoffice Witness the terrible cruelty of @tcs.gov.ie fur farming in Ireland - watch Tel: (01) 631 3802 Youtube video footage at Fax: (01) 661 1201 www.tinyurl.com/furfarm
Boylesports Complaints about mink offering free cull item on 2FM show bets to hare coursers
BETTING COMPANY, Boylesports, has been slammed for offering free bets to hare coursers. A company advert on the Irish Coursing Club website declares that Boylesports is "No 1 for coursing betting" and offers a free 20 Euro bet to coursers. "Your association with an activity that causes terror, stress, injury and death to the Irish Hare is appalling," ICABS stated in an email. "It is extremely distasteful that your company considers it appropriate to profit from the suffering of animals. We hope you will reconsider your stance and stop the sponsorship and bets." Brought to Boylesports' attention was some of the victims of coursing, including "a hare "squealing in distress" after being caught by a muzzled dog and "a hare in agony in a coursing enclosure with its leg "almost completely broken off". THE NATIONAL Animal Rights Association has complained to 2FM about the content of a segment on the Colm Hayes show about a proposed mink cull. One caller invited on air described how he kicked a mink in the head. Also discussed on the November 2011 show was the best guns to use to blast mink to death. "Your show yesterday did a huge disservice for animal welfare across this country," NARA responded. "Kicking an
animal to death is not something to laugh about, and encouraging people to shoot mink is both disturbing and reckless." "Mink are not malicious creatures and they are not to blame for being in Ireland," they added. "If the fur farms were shut down, they wouldn't be here!" In an email to the show, ICABS expressed concern about a text that was read out by Mr Hayes. It encouraged people to not only kill mink but also pine martens. We have expressed fear that the broadcast of this message could inspire persecution of a protected species. The show has been asked to clarify that pine martens are a protected species and that it is an offence to disturb or kill them. The show has also been criticised for its handling of the issue of fur farming after it was suggested that the pelts of slaughtered mink could be made into hats and coats.
ICABS TV is relaunched
ICABS HAS relaunched its online channel, ICABS TV. The new-look channel features lots of campaign videos and Irish wildlife footage. Check it out now at www.banbloodsports.com/icabstv and share the link with friends.
Ask Boylesports to disassociate from coursing. Boylesports Finnabair Industrial Park Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: +353 42 939 3000 Fax: +353 42 939 3167 Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
The suffering caused to mink and foxes on Ireland's fur THE IRISH Wildlife Trust has said that it wants the Depart- farms has been highlighted to ment of Agriculture's cruel the programme. "There should only be one snaring of badgers to "stop approach to dealing with the immediately". A new campaign highlights that issue of fur and that is with dis"115,000 badgers have been gust and condemnation," we killed by the Government since commented. 1984" and that taxpayers' cash In an email response, the is being used to pay 75 individu- show's producer has stated: als to snare and kill. "Our programme does not conSupport the IWT's campaign at done cruelty to animals - mink or otherwise." tinyurl.com/stopsnaring
IWT says "stop the snaring"
Failte Ireland restates its position on bloodsports
ICABS HAS thanked Failte Ireland for restating its antibloodsports stance. In an email in July, a spokesperson said: "Failte Ireland has a policy of not supporting blood sports." The tourism body has previously emphasised that it does not promote blood sports. ICABS is grateful to Failte Ireland for this latest confirmation. If you are planning a home holiday in Ireland or travelling to Ireland from abroad, please visit Failte Ireland's websites at: discoverireland.ie, discoverireland.com and failteireland.ie
Coillte asked to stop profiting from killing
ICABS IS calling on Ireland's forestry board, Coillte, to stop selling licences to hunters to shoot defenceless forest creatures. The licences Coillte are selling will allow hunters to target deer, birds and "other wild quarry species". The animals that will be gunned down include both forest wildlife and creatures introduced to the forests and released as living targets for shooters. In an email to Coillte CEO, David Gunning, ICABS said that it is saddening that the company is happy to boost its profits from wildlife destruction. "Coillte is owned by the Irish people, the majority of whom value our wildlife and would abhor killing for fun," we stated. "We hope you will take this into consideration, end the killing and give protection to the defenceless forest creatures." On its website, Coillte says it respects "the traditional nature" of hunting and stalking. Ironically, in another section of the site, Coillte urges natureloving visitors to the forests to "respect wildlife", "avoid disturbing" animals and birds and avoid feeding wildlife as "our foods damage their health and leave them vulnerable to predators." Watch our campaign video at www.tinyurl.com/coilltehunting
Please contact Coillte and demand that they stop selling hunting licences and making profits from the killing of defenceless animals and birds. David Gunning CEO, Coillte The Irish Forestry Board Newtownmountkennedy Co Wicklow Tel: 01 201 11 11 Fax: 01 201 11 99 Email: email@example.com
Hotel urged to delete "hunting" from website
A HOTEL in County Donegal has been asked by ICABS to stop presenting "hunting" on its local activities page. "Donegal has so much to offer visitors, without directing them to hunting," ICABS stated in an email to An Grianan Hotel. Please join us in our appeal. Contact the manager now at: An Grianan Hotel, Speenogue, Burt, Co Donegal. Email: info@angriananhotel .com Tel: 074 93 68900. Fax: 074 93 68906
Ireland's largest online book store removes bullfight book
ICABS HAS applauded and thanked Kennys.ie (Ireland's largest online bookstore) for removing a pro-bullfighting book from sale. In our June appeal to the company, we highlighted that "How to Watch a Bullfight" endeavours to attract readers to bullrings where bulls suffer the most horrendous end. "Please be assured that
Kennys in no way condone animal cruelty," a company spokesperson responded, confirming the removal of the book. A big thumbs up to Kennys for this compassionate move. You can visit their website at www.kennys.ie ICABS has called on Eason and other Irish book sellers to follow this good example.
Cllr Perry calls for Download ban on coursing Bad Hare
DUBLIN CITY Councillor, Cieran Perry, has called for a ban on hare coursing. The Independent councillor stated that it's "now time to consign this cruel and shameful practice to the dustbin of history once and for all". In a statement issued to coincide with the final day of the coursing finals in Clonmel, Cllr Perry called for an "outright ban on live hare coursing". "I believe that the netting and coursing of wild hares is a cruel and barbaric practice that has no place in the Ireland of today," he states. Referring to the continuing death of hares during coursing, Cllr Perry added: "Despite the introduction of muzzling, which coursing enthusiasts reassured the public would remove the 'kill' element of this so-called sport, it is clear that the coursing fraternity cannot be trusted to police their own events.
"BAD HARE DAYS" by anticruelty campaigner, John Fitzgerald, is now available as a free download. This revised edition of the popular book contains updated content as well as a selection of photos showing the cruelty of coursing and the ongoing protests against it. The 61 chapters include "Supper with the hare catchers", "Michael D bids to end hare coursing", "Coping with bullies", "Showdown in Tipperary", "Tricks and Threats" and "An anti-hare coursing protest on Fifth Avenue". In addition to highlighting the hare's sad plight, Bad Hare Days is also a campaigner's story. The author recounts vividly the ups and downs of his own fight against cruelty. He outlines the major price in suffering he paid as a result of being persecuted for his beliefs. The gentle hare, apart from its use and abuse in coursing, has now become an endangered species in Ireland, and this book reinforces its right to be protected. John's book has been praised as "compelling, inspiring and alarming", "a gripping story", "riveting and enlightening" and "splendidly crafted". A highly recommended read, Bad Hare Days can be read online or downloaded as a pdf from tinyurl.com/bhdbook
Compassionate Councillor: Dublin City's Cieran Perry
"It is surely now time to consign this cruel and shameful practice to the dustbin of history once and for all." In October 2010, Councillor Perry succeeded in getting a motion passed in Dublin City Council to ban the import and sale of real fur, in the jurisdiction of Dublin City. ICABS has thanked Cllr Perry for his support.
"I'm against any type of blood sport": Dublin Cllr, Gino Kenny
SOUTH DUBLIN County Council member, Gino Kenny, has said that he is "against any type of blood sport which wantonly hurts any animal". Cllr Kenny of People Before Profit Alliance told ICABS that he hopes that blood sports will soon come to an end in Ireland. "I hope one day soon that blood sports in Britain and Ireland are a relic of the past," the Clondalkin Councillor stated. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports greatly welcomes Councillor Kenny's compassionate stance. Find out more about him and his work at www.ginokenny.com
Traps Campaign Updates
Traps removed from European shopping site
THUMBS UP to European shopping website, Fruugo, for responding positively to an ICABS appeal. The company has removed from its website glue traps, electronic traps and Nooski traps (all illegal in Ireland). The cruel traps have been removed not only from its Irish website but also from its entire range of European sites. We thank them for their compassionate response. Visit Fruugo at www.fruugo.ie and www.fruugo.co.uk
GOLDEN EAGLE TRUST STOPS LARSEN TRAP RECOMMENDATION
Following complaints, the Trust removed a page entitled "Eagle Friendly Farming" on which farmers were encouraged to shoot foxes and trap birds and foxes. In our appeal to the Trust, we highlighted the suffering caused to animals caught in Larsen traps, the RSPCA's condemnation of the traps as "inherently cruel" and the fact that foxes are not a significant threat to farmers. Also brought to their attention was the threat Larsen traps pose to protected species. According to a Veterinary Ireland Journal report, a protected buzzard was found in one of the traps. A doomed magpie captured in a cruel Larsen trap ICABS welcomes the Golden Eagle Trust's positive response to our appeal. The group is continuing to appeal to farmers to stop laying poisons - now strictly illegal in Ireland. If you have any information about the use of poisons, please contact the Gardai or the National Parks and Wildlife Service - Tel 01-888 2000.
Image: Against Corvid Traps
THE GOLDEN Eagle Trust has responded positively to an ICABS appeal to remove references to Larsen traps from its website.
Mr Middleton stops selling Larsen traps
ICABS HAS welcomed the removal of cruel Larsen traps from the website of Dublin garden shop, Mr Middleton. The suffering caused to trapped birds was highlighted to the store as part of an ICABS appeal. Thank you to everyone who supported our action alert earlier this year. You can find Mr Middleton at 58 Mary Street, Dublin 1 or online at mrmiddleton.com Find out more about our campaign to secure a ban on Larsen traps - click on "Campaigns" at www.banbloodsports.com
Derek Mooney highlights the illegality of glue traps
MOONEY SHOW presenter, Spokesperson Aideen Yourell Derek Mooney, has highlight- clarified that glue traps are not ed the fact that glue traps are only cruel but also illegal. illegal in Ireland. You can listen to an extract An ICABS comment was read from the September 2nd ediout on the show in response to tion of Mooney show at: a listener who said that he www.tinyurl.com/mooneytraps stopped using the traps due to Thanks to Derek for passing the cruelty involved. this information on to listeners.
Traps Campaign Updates
BLOW-TORCH HORROR FOR TRAPPED BIRDS
THANKS TO columnist Joe Kennedy for highlighting the cruelty of Larsen traps in the Sunday Independent of October 23 2011. Below are extracts from his article... A horror story to equal anything from the creative imagination is revealed in an email from the Irish Council Against Blood Sports. The heading tells all: "Blow-torched birds prompt call for cruel trap ban". Magpies, and some crows, had been caught in Larsen traps in Kerry and burned to death while imprisoned. The original news story appeared in The Kerryman and was described as "one of the most sickening cases of animal cruelty ever seen in the county". A "barbaric gang" is blamed, and a local wildlife conservationist Mike Mitchell is quoted as saying: "They are simply getting a kick out of it ... by burning them alive ... This is psychopathic behaviour." Larsen traps use a live decoy to attract other birds of its kind. They get curious and fall through a spring door... Magpies, which have reached almost pest proportions, according to one prominent naturalist, get a bad press as predators of songbird eggs and nestlings. But this is the way of nature and in fact they will seek out and eat almost anything they can find. Years ago, in this column, I wrote about the use of Larsen traps in magpie control - where they might be located and how they could be made. There were complaints, and support. These birds were attractive and intelligent. They were also the "pimproll gangsters" of the hedgerows. Now I am embarrassed at ICABS's generosity in quoting a supportive piece, rather than a negative one, from an early column. This related to the famous naturalist of a century ago, WH
Hudson, who wrote of a caged magpie pushing scraps to a robin with a damaged beak which visited the prisoner daily. The burning alive of any wild creature is a horrific business. ICABS has brought the incidents in Kerry to the attention of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. It is also calling for a complete legal ban on Larsen traps which, incidentally, is the case in Denmark where they originated. You can read the full report at www.tinyurl.com/traphorror ICABS congratulates Mike Mitchell and John Houlihan for exposing this horrendous cruelty and for rescuing and releasing a magpie that was found in one of the traps.
Farmer fined for illegal trap
A FARMER who used a 25year-old pole trap to try to catch grey crows has been fined Eur50 and ordered to pay Eur500 in costs. State Solicitor, Hugh Sheridan explained that the defendant (Michael Flatley, Aughris, Templeboy) had a trap which was not licensed and not capable of being licensed on his lands at Aughris in June 2010. In a statement to Tim Roderick, District Conservation Officer, Flatley confirmed that the trap seized was his. Read more in the Sligo Champion www.tinyurl.com/ farmerfined
Please join us in calling on Arts and Heritage Minister, Jimmy Deenihan, to save birds from the cruelty of Larsen traps and urgently introduce a ban. Minister Jimmy Deenihan Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Email: ministersoffice @tcs.gov.ie Tel: (01) 631 3802 Fax: (01) 661 1201
Christmas foxes "chopped" and "overhauled" by Westmeath Hunt
LATE LAST year, as our vulnerable wildlife struggled to survive in the unprecedented Siberian conditions, it was "sport" as usual for the Westmeath Foxhunt which continued terrorising foxes. According to a hunting report in the January edition of Farmers’ Journal, the Westmeath Hunt, comprising 16 mounted followers and 29 hounds, were in the Sonna area of Westmeath shortly before Christmas. Along the Sonna boreen "they found two foxes, one heading the wrong way, but the other was chopped." Later on, they "put up a fox" which the hounds "overhauled before he managed to put any distance between himself and them". Both "chopped" and "overhauled" in hunting terminology means that the fox was caught by the hounds and killed. One can only imagine with horror the gruesome scenes of foxes being torn apart and disembowelled by the pack). The fox which was "chopped" was, no doubt, a disappointment as it was immediately caught on sight and failed to give these "sporting" people a run for their money. This begs the question, if it’s the thrill of the chase that excites hunters, why don’t they switch to drag hunting, where they’re constantly on the move, following a scent laid down over a designated route.
Photo: Peter Akokan
Defenceless foxes like this one were terrorised and killed by the Westmeath Hunt in the period before last Christmas
Mercedes takes note of concerns
MERCEDES IRELAND has told ICABS that our concerns about the appearance of an advert for a Vito van in a coursing booklet have been noted. name, logo and products from being included in any future coursing booklets. We highlighted the cruelty involved and outlined that a majority want coursing outlawed and that it is The full-page colour advert already illegal in our neighfor Tipperary-based Mercedes bouring jurisdictions. dealer, Surehaul Ireland, was A Mercedes Benz spokesperincluded in the coursing booklet for the coursing finals in son stated in reply: "Your comClonmel in February. ments have been duly noted ICABS has called on and will be passed on to our Mercedes to act to prevent its marketing department."
PR group criticised for shortlist praise
THE PUBLIC Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) has been criticised for applauding "all" those shortlisted for a PR Excellence award and for saying they "can afford to be proud." ICABS has expressed disgust at the statement, pointing out that an animal cruelty campaign was on the shortlist. relations' - that the stance adopted in relation to animal cruelty is so out of step with public opinion in Ireland," we added. "Opinion polls show that a majority here want blood sports and other forms of animal abuse outlawed."
Performance bulls banned
CAS INTERNATIONAL has reported that the Ministry of Environment and Forest in India has decided to add bulls to a list of animals which may not be trained or used in performances. Bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions are among the animals already on the list. Welcoming the development, Dr Chinny Krishna, chairman of Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, stated: "Hundreds of bulls are tortured in barbaric events like Jallikattu and Rekla races in south India and the Dhirio of Goa. With this notification, bulls are to be considered performing animals for the purpose of such events". Please send an email of thanks to the Minister responsible for getting this protection for bulls - Mr Jairam Ramesh. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PRCA co-hosted the Awards for Excellence in Public Relations 2011 at which The association's website the RISE cruelty campaign did proclaims: "Congratulations to not win an award. all our 2011 winners, who Thanks to all the individuals received their Award at the and groups who joined us in Conrad Hotel on 17 June. And complaining about the incluwell done too to everyone who sion of RISE on the shortlist. made this year's very competitive shortlist - you can afford to ACTION ALERT be proud. Ask the Public Relations "Now in its 18th year, the PR Consultants Association Awards for Excellence reflect to clarify its stance on anithe scale and diversity of the mal cruelty. great work being done the length and breadth of Ireland Laurie Mannix, Chairman and we look forward to seeing Public Relations the results of more great camConsultants Association paigns next year." 8 Upper Fitzwilliam St, Dublin 2 In an email to PRCA Chairman, Laurie Mannix, we Email: email@example.com stated: "Given that one of Telephone: (01) 661 8004 those shortlisted was RISE, a Fax: (01) 676 4562 campaign that defended some of Ireland's most disgusting Ask the PR Institute of cruelty to animals, it is indeed Ireland to reject animal regrettable that the PRCA cruelty campaigns from deems it appropriate to make future awards. this statement. Those who Mr Gerry Davis, CEO defend activities such as foxPR Institute of Ireland hunting, deerhunting and hare 8 Upper Fitzwilliam Street coursing should feel not pride Dublin 2 but absolute shame." Tel: +353 1 661 8004 "It reflects very poorly on the Fax: +353 1 676 4562 PRCA - an association purportEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org edly concerned with 'public
Call for a ban on blood sports
CHECK OUT the new ICABS online banner which asks people to "call for a ban on blood sports". The banner displays the phone numbers for the Dail and Seanad - 1890 Deputy (1890 337 889) and 1890 Seanad (1890 732 623). Click on "Links" at www.banbloodsports.com to download the banner. Help highlight our political appeals by displaying the banner on your website or blog. Thank you.
Ireland's hare coursing is "horrible, cruel and vile"
HARE COURSING is not only opposed by a majority in Ireland but also by compassionate people all around the world. On the Care2 website, they have been condemning the blood sport and expressing support for a ban. In a renewed appeal to Minister Jimmy Deenihan to refuse another licence for coursing, ICABS highlighted the comments and said they show how coursing brings international shame on Ireland. You can read some of the comments below... This is a vile 'sport'. Should definitely be banned - Tracey, Edinburgh I've owned wolfhounds and competed in coursing events, but never with live lure...to catch live prey is no longer a necessity...and should be outlawed - Ellen, USA Another so called sport. How can anyone be entertained by the inflicted cruelty on another sentient being? - Esther, USA Disgusting, it makes me sick!! - Valerie, Paris This is not a sport, this is plain CRUELTY!! - Ruth, Florida Absolutely terrible. This is not a sport or a means of entertainment by any stretch of the imagination - Meg, Texas It is horrific what people think up for entertainment - Susan, Canada This is just so horrible - Sally, Melbourne, Australia Disgusting. How can people find pleasure in the death of innocent animals who have done no wrong? - Cristina, New Zealand How low can people go? Julie, South Africa Anyone who would participate in this VILE display of animal abuse...needs intensive psychiatric counsel - Valerie, Canada This is not a sport - it is entertainment for morons! - Wendy, UK This is terrible cruelty to the poor Hares. It needs to be stopped with immediate effect Sameera, Sri Lanka
FF to push for animal welfare legislation
THE OFFICE of Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, TD has promised that the party will "put pressure on the Minister for Agriculture to publish legislation on animal welfare". The statement says that "Fianna Fail strongly supports improvements in animal welfare legislation" and points to "the introduction of the Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 banning stag hunting with hounds" when the party was in government with the Greens. Micheal Martin had previously rejected the idea of banning bloodsports. In relation to foxhunting, he stated in 2004 that he didn't believe a ban was "the way to deal with the issue". We are asking him to now accept that, to eliminate the unacceptable cruelty of foxhunting and coursing, a ban is the only way to deal with the issue.
Urge Fianna Fail to support the introduction of bans on hare coursing, foxhunting and all forms of cruelty to animals. Micheal Martin, TD Leader, Fianna Fail 137 Evergreen Road, Turner's Cross, Cork. Email: micheal.martin @oireachtas.ie Tel: 021-432 00 88 (Constituency Office) Tel: 01-618 3000 (Dail)
Complaint to Volvo over hunt mag ad
ICABS HAS complained to Volvo about the appearance of a car advert in a probloodsports magazine. The company has been asked to clarify its position in relation to animal cruelty. The full page ad for the S60 car appears in a section about foxhunting in the Summer 2011 edition of hunting and shooting magazine, Countrysports and Country Life. ICABS has told Volvo about the cruelty of foxhunting and questioned why the company deemed it appropriate to advertise in a hunting publication. We pointed out that a majority of Irish people support a ban and that the blood sport is already illegal in England, Scotland and Wales. "The foxhunting reports on either side of the Volvo advert, describe how several foxes were terrorised by packs of hounds," we outlined. "One of the unfortunate creatures 'took a line out of the Estate... crossed the road again...at which time he looked tired but was still running.' Another fox 'ran at speed' after being 'put afoot from the trees to give a very fast hunt'." "It is surprising that a company like Volvo would choose to associate its product with cruelty and killing," we added.
Galway Blazers hunt in court over trespass
ACCORDING TO a report in the Connacht Tribune of October 21, 2011, two leading members of the Galway Blazers foxhunt have been prosecuted for entering on lands, without the permission of the owner. Claire Smyth, the landowner, told the court that up to 60 hounds and 40 horses had entered her farm at Earlspark, Loughrea, in March 2010, without her permission. Ms Smyth told a hunt member, William Leahy, that he had "a brass neck" to be on her land, and he proceeded to leave the property, while the huntsman, Tom Dempsey, continued to move through her land. She said the hunt continued to ignore her and was still on her land at 4pm, walking around, looking for lost hounds. She said that she found the incident quite distressing, and threatening, and that she was on her own at the time. She told the judge that boundary walls and fencing had been destroyed to the tune of Eur3,270. The case was adjourned to a later date after the hunt's solicitor claimed that there was a flaw in the prosecution's case because the Minister's consent had not been given to bring the case, under the particular section of the Wildlife Act.
Ask Volvo to clarify its stance on animal cruelty and urge it to stop advertising in hunting magazines. Volvo Car Corporation 405 31 Goteborg, Sweden Email: email@example.com Tel: +46 (0)31 59 00 00
Find out the facts ICABS challenges about red foxes IAPI bull remark
AFTER HUMANS, foxes are one of the most widespread animals on earth. Foxes have up to 20 different calls. Fox cubs only weigh 50-150 grams at birth and are unable to open their eyes till they are 9-14 days old. Learn lots more interesting facts about the red fox in a factsheet from ENFO's Wild series. You can read it now at www.scribd.com/doc/6290097 5/ ICABS HAS told the Advertising Practitioners in Ireland that a Spanish majority are against bullfighting and that associating the cruel activity with Spain is considered outdated and offensive. We were responding to a remark from IAPI CEO, Sean McCrave. He claimed in an Irish Independent article that "Guinness is synonymous with Ireland in the way the Royal Family is with London and bullfighting is with Spain."
ADIDAS ASKED TO SCRAP OFFENSIVE BULLRING AD
ICABS HAS joined calls on Adidas to drop a bullfighting-themed advert which shows a basketball player in a bullring with matadors. The ad, which was filmed in the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, can be viewed at www.tinyurl.com/ bullringadidas A strong complaint has also been made to the company about a "matador-inspired" Adidas track top and shorts. The Torero Superstar Track Top "fuses the legendary track jacket style of the Adidas Superstar with the matador's flamboyant 'suit of lights'" while the Adidas Torero Shorts are A basketball player confronts a matador in a scene from the "inspired by the Adidas bullring ad. Please complain to Adidas now flamboyant style of image by associating Please respond to our urgent the matador's 'suit of with bullfighting - one of action alert now and tell Adidas lights'" and contain the world's most horren- that bullring-related marketing "matador-inspired dous acts of cruelty. It is campaigns are unacceptable. embroidery, tassels, also extremely surprissequins and crysACTION ALERT ing that your company tals". would deem it approIn an email to the Contact Adidas and priate to produce and Adidas head demand that they scrap market 'matadoroffice, ICABS statthe offensive advert and inspired' products." ed: "We wish to product range. If the bull"Surely Adidas is express our great ring ad prompts you to aware of the fact that disappointment boycott Adidas products, bullfighting is opposed and disgust at please make this clear in by a majority of peoyour new bullfightyour correspondence. ple around the world, ing-themed comAdidas Headquarters most of whom would mercial which Adi-Dassler-Strasse 1 surely share our view shows a basketD-91074 Herzogenaurach that using an aniball player in a Germany bullring. It is Dress to kill: The Adidas mal cruelty theme Tel: +49 (0) 9132 84-0 matador-inspired shorts in a marketing absolutely Fax: +49 (0) 9132 84-2241 incredible that Adidas would campaign is in very poor taste Email: consumer.relations jeopardise its international indeed," we added. @adidas.com
Source of information: The International Movement Against Bullfights (www.iwab.org)
Letters to the Editors
'ABHORRENT' CRUELTY BEING COMMITTED
Galway Independent, 21 Sept 2011
CRUEL ANIMAL TRAPS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED
The Kerryman, Sept 28 2011 Sir, Last week's revelations in The Kerryman about the horrific cruelty to birds caught in traps, presumably Larsen traps, is utterly sickening, and all the more reason for these cruel traps to be outlawed. Ironically, the Larsen trap, developed in Denmark, is now banned in that country as it was deemed to be inhumane. The Larsen trap has been condemned by the many animal welfare experts, including the chief superintendent of the RSPCA, who stated that they were inherently cruel. The Larsen trap uses a decoy bird, i.e. magpie, crow, jackdaws, rooks and other members of the crow family, to lure in one of its species, and then watch as it is killed in front of it. The decoy bird, according to law, is supposed to be fed and watered, but scant regard is paid to this legal requirement in many cases. Furthermore, confined in this trap, its most vital instincts are frustrated and, close to the ground, it is terrorised by predators. And now we learn from The Kerryman story the "unspeakable cruelty" meted out to these sentient creatures by some sick individuals in the north and east of Kerry i.e. birds left to die in cages, burned alive with blow torches or beaten to a pulp with metal bars. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is campaigning for the Larsen trap to be banned on the grounds that it is cruel and inhumane to confine and terrorise a bird or animal in this manner. We again call on Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts & Heritage, who has responsibility for our vulnerable wildlife, to outlaw this barbaric trap.
IT'S TIME SF STOPPED BACKING COURSING Belfast Telegraph, 2 Aug 2011
I wonder if Sinn Fein will denounce the recent incidents of cruelty to rabbits at a public park in east Belfast? According to reports, trainers were seen feeding rabbits to their greyhounds in broad daylight at the venue. I imagine it might be a difficult issue for the party at present, owing to its official policy, adopted at last year's ard fheis, of fully supporting live hare coursing. Blooding of greyhounds is a brutal practice, with the unfortunate rabbits serving as mere bait for the dogs. But hares are also subjected to a terrifying ordeal when they are captured, crammed into little boxes and then confined in large open-air cages until the day they are used as bait. In spite of all the evidence of cruelty in hare coursing, Sinn Fein has not only committed itself to backing its legal status in the Republic, it also made an unsuccessful attempt to have the coursing ban lifted in Northern Ireland. This, despite the fact that the majority of Sinn Fein TDs, councillors and MLAs have declared themselves to be personally opposed to it. With the Sinn Fein ard fheis due to be held in September, we hope delegates will act to rescind the shameful pro-hare coursing motion adopted last year. Ireland, north and south, would be a better place without it.
John Fitzgerald, Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports
Dear Editor, Throughout September and October, one of the most abhorrent examples of cruelty is being committed in the countryside. Cub hunting involves flushing infant foxes out of their earths and goading hounds into tearing them apart. The existence of this gruesome practice spotlights the glaring inadequacy of our animal welfare laws but also the lies hunters hide behind. Trying to downplay their depravity, they often maintain that only old and sick foxes are killed (as if this might make it more acceptable). The casualties of "cubbing", however, are unmistakably young and healthy. They claim it's natural for a pack of hounds to chase a fox but the truth is that, during cub hunting, new hounds are unnaturally introduced to the taste of fox blood and trained to attack a creature which poses them no threat. They tell farmers they are eliminating a so-called pest species, whereas part of the purpose of cub hunting is to force the dispersal of foxes. Siblings of slaughtered cubs are scattered so that their wider distribution will later provide a greater hunting area. Unsurprisingly, farmers are increasingly recognising that any perceived problem with foxes is eclipsed by hunters poaching pastures, spreading disease, disturbing livestock and damaging boundaries. This autumn, landowners and legislators are urged to hear the cries of the cubs and act to spare them the suffering. Philip Kiernan, Irish Council Against Blood Sports
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"Animal Padre" commends ICABS on appeals to Church
THE "ANIMAL Padre", Reverend James Thompson, has commended ICABS on our ongoing appeal to the Church to prohibit clergy involvement in blood sports and condemn the cruelty. "Allow me to congratulate you on the wonderful work you are endeavouring to do, especially in trying to disturb the consciences of clergy who could do so much for the animals, yet do nothing," the Wales-based priest wrote in an email. After reading on our website about priests blessing foxhunts and attending hare coursing meetings, Rev Thomson asked: "Where has the spirit of St Francis gone within today's church communities?" He added: "As an octogenarian priest, it disturbs me immensely that the church which claims to be the ark of salvation is so far removed from Noah's ark. He included them in, while today's church casts them out!" While many members of the clergy in Ireland would oppose animal cruelty, there sadly remains a small minority that shamefully support hunting and coursing. ICABS continues to urge Church authorities to take action to prevent priests from associating with blood sports.
The "Animal Padre", Reverend James Thompson
Animal deaths on our roads
age, serious injury and even fatalities," added Mr Farrell. "One AA member, while unhurt, reported doing over Eur4,000 The article by Paul Kelly out- worth of damage to their car lined that the results of an AA having struck a deer." survey revealed that 5,469 out Leitrim was found to be the of 13,243 members questioned most dangerous county for anisaid that they had hit a pet or mals, with nearly 60 per cent of other animal. drivers claiming they had hit John Farrell of AA is quoted one. Dublin was considered as saying that cats and rabbits the least dangerous. are among the most common You can help prevent animal casualties. deaths on our roads. Purchase The survey revealed that a set of wildlife warning sheep and cattle are also vic- devices for the front of your vehicle. When air passes tims of road collisions. "A collision with a larger ani- through them, they emit a high mal such as a horse or deer, pitched noise which alerts aniparticularly when drivers are mals to danger. Find them in online marketplaces and auction sites. THE IRISH Daily Mail has reported that 40 per cent of Irish motorists have accidentally run over an animal.
ICABS has thanked Rev James Thompson for his words of support. Find out more about him, his books and his tireless and wide-ranging work for ani- travelling at higher speeds, can lead to a huge amount of dammals at www.animalpadre.org
TV3 admits "Truth" documentary not based on scientific evidence
TV3 HAS SAID that its "The Truth About Irish Blood Sports" documentary was not intended to reflect scientific evidence but rather personal opinions. The significant statement was part of a response to an ICABS complaint about the propaganda-filled programme. In the reply, forwarded to ICABS by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, a TV3 spokesperson says: "The programme was an exploration of people's opinions of hunting and coursing and was not intended to be based on scientific evidence." The series of "Truth" documentaries, presented by Henry McKean, were originally claimed by TV3 to provide a "look at the real story" behind the issues covered. However, without a focus on the well-documented evidence, the truth about blood sports was always going to struggle to emerge. In our complaint to the programme's producer back in March, ICABS observed that it didn't appear that the purpose had been to uncover the truth, despite its title. We criticised the lack of proper research which would have helped convey the real truth about foxhunting and hare coursing cruelty. The evidence the documentary chose to sidestep, shows the truth to be that foxhunting and hare coursing are inarguably cruel from beginning to end and that the suffering inflicted on animals is integral and not isolated, as suggested. ICABS hopes that TV3, despite having rejected the complaint, will revisit the issue of blood sports in the future and produce an evidence-based expose about the shocking suffering caused to our wildlife by hunters and coursers.
County Limerick hotel asked to disassociate from coursing
THE WOODLANDS House Hotel in Adare, Co Limerick has been asked to disassociate from the cruel blood sport of coursing. The Irish Coursing Club website listed the hotel as a sponsor at the Irish Cup coursing event. The coursing connection was also highlighted in a report in the Kerryman in March: "There was some Kerry success at the Irish Coursing Cup meeting as Homestead Kerry...showed terrific gusto to collect the prize...in the Woodlands House Hotel Irish Purse." ICABS understands that the hotel was the venue for a coursing event in February at which a preview of the Irish Cup meet was scheduled to be shown. In a letter of appeal to the hotel proprietor, we highlighted the suffering caused to Irish hares by coursing. We pointed to photos from this year's Irish Cup coursing meeting showing hares being terrorised by greyhounds. The Woodlands House Hotel has also been criticised for suggesting that visitors to the area take part in hunting. In a list of "top visitor attractions in Adare as recommended by us", the hotel states: "Adare is also well renowned in Hunting Circles as a meeting point for local hunts...arrangements can be made with local hunts if you wish to go hunting during your stay."
Ask Woodlands House Hotel to end its sponsorship of coursing and stop recommending foxhunting on its website. If its current stance on blood sports would make you choose a different hotel, make this clear in your correspondence. Mary Fitzgerald Proprietor Woodlands House Hotel Email: mfitzgerald @woodlands-hotel.ie Tel: +353 (0)61 605105 or +353 (0)61 605100 Fax: + 353 (0)61 396073
Complaint to Church over TV3 hunt prayer
Jedward message to animal lovers: "Adopt, Don't Buy"
ANIMAL-LOVING pop duo, Jedward, have posed for a new Animal Rights Action Network poster which encourages people to adopt homeless pets instead of buying from breeders. The poster declares that "Buying animals is killing animals" and asks for homeless dogs and cats to be saved. Check out the poster now at scribd.com/doc/54613733 Visit your local animal rescue centre and dog pound to find animals waiting for good homes.
THOU SHALT KILL: A pre-hunt prayer broadcast on TV3 THE IRISH Council Against Blood Sports has complained to Church authorities after a member of the clergy was shown on a TV3 documentary saying prayers at the beginning of a hunt. On "The Truth About Irish Blood Sports", viewers were shown an unidentified cleric praying for the safety of Laois hunters before they set out in pursuit of foxes. During the programme, we were told that foxes targeted by hunts are savagely mauled by the pack of hounds and suffer broken backs and necks. In correspondence to church authorities, ICABS expressed disappointment about the prehunt prayer and stressed that associating with hunts is inappropriate. "The clergy should denounce hunting and all forms of cruelty to God's creatures and spread a message of compassion," we added.
ANOTHER CAT BRUTALLY KILLED BY HUNT HOUNDS
ANOTHER CAT has been brutally killed by a pack of hunt hounds. The incident, which took place at the end of January, is the latest in a growing list involving pets being attacked during hunts. The distraught and outraged owner told ICABS that when she heard yelping and animal cries in her garden, she looked out the window and was shocked to see hounds chasing something into a hedge. "I then saw a hunter come in my front gate and run up the lawn to where his dogs were going wild at the trees," she recalls. "I remember feeling rooted to the ground, unable to believe what I was seeing. I knew they were savaging some poor animal and it was only when the hunter bent down and picked up my dead family pet
cat by the hind legs, that I realised in further horror what had happened - my beloved cat had been cruelly savaged to death, purely because the poor thing was too old to run away quick enough." She says that the hunter then ran off with the dead cat and that pleas for the body to be returned have been ignored. Horseback hunters in front of her property "fobbed my tears off saying nothing had happened". After the incident was reported to the Gardai and the hunt was cautioned, a hunter came to apologise and, to add insult to injury, left a box of chocolates for the absent cat owner. "If I had been there," she says, "he would have had the chocolates thrown back in his face."
Red Mills pet food company is a hare coursing sponsor
THE SUMMER 2011 edition of pro-bloodsports magazine, Countrysports and Country Life, has reported that "the Connolly family has a long association with country pursuits and are actively involved at present." The hunting and shooting magazine highlights a new Connolly's Red Mills "Country Dog Food" range, quoting the company as saying "whether it's walking, flushing, pointing or setting, it will give your dogs just what they need." Red Mills, which also produce pet food such as Leader, Winner and Super Premium Cat, has been previously criticised by ICABS over its association with hare coursing. Despite assuring us that they had "very strict policies against associating our brand with such sports [as hare coursing]", an advert for Red Mills appeared in the booklet for the Thurles and District Coursing Club meeting last year. In addition, the company was a "sponsor of the presentation sheets" at the Edenderry coursing meet and also advertised in the club's booklet. According to a report on a coursing website, one of the events at the 2010 Tipperary and District Coursing meet was the "Red Mills All Age Cup". At a coursing meeting in Templetuohy in January, one of the events listed was the Red Mills All Age Bitch Stake.
Ask Red Mills to fully disassociate from "country pursuits". If the company's current stance would make you choose an alternative brand of dog or cat food, please make this clear in your correspondence. Mr Michael Connolly International Business Director, Red Mills Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny Tel: +353 (0)59 9775800 Fax: +353 (0)59 9775378 Email: michael.connolly @redmills.ie [CC firstname.lastname@example.org]
Minister Shatter urged to push for blood sports ban
FORMER ICABS President, and current Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, has been urged to push for bans on blood sports. Please join our appeal to Minister Shatter to use his influence to end animal cruelty in Ireland. On his website, Minister Shatter proudly notes that he was "for many years President of the Irish Council against Blood Sports". He is on record as saying: "I am totally opposed to hunting wild animals with dogs." In 1993, he defied the party whip to support the late Deputy Tony Gregory’s Bill which aimed to outlaw hare coursing. In a letter to Minister Shatter, ICABS urged him to use his influence within the party to push for a ban on all forms of hunting wild animals with dogs, including foxhunting, hare hunting and hare coursing. You can help by responding to our action alert. Thank you.
Ask Minister Shatter, as an anti-hunt TD and former ICABS president, to push for a ban on hunting and coursing. Minister Alan Shatter Department of Justice, Equality and Defence 94 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Email: alan.shatter @oireachtas.ie Tel: 016183911
IGB scraps deplorable plan to export dogs to China
IN MAY 2011, the Department of Agriculture announced that the Irish Greyhound Board had agreed to abandon its deplorable proposal to export greyhounds to China. The U-turn came amid growing international opposition and fears for greyhound welfare. The positive development came to light in response to a Dail Question from Labour Party TD, Joe Costello, who outlined that "the proposal of Bord na gCon to set up a racing franchise and export Irish greyhounds to China has given rise to considerable concern among animal rights and welfare groups, and ordinary dog own- considerable scope for abuse ers," the Dublin Central TD stat- under the circumstances." ed. Responding, Minister of State at the Department of Agricul"I am sure the Minister of State and every Deputy will have ture, Shane McEntee, TD said: received numerous letters and "The Department of Agriculture, emails on the issue in recent Fisheries and Food is aware days, raising concerns about that Bord na gCon is exploring the possible export of grey- possible business opportunities hounds to a country which has in China and has been in conno animal welfare legislation tact with the Department in this and no regulation, supervision regard. Today I met the chairor mechanism for protecting man and chief executive of Bord na gCon to discuss the propossuch animals. al. I made it clear that I am not "There is no ban on the killing in a position to approve the projof dogs there and we are all ect as presented. It was agreed aware that some dogs are reguthat Bord na gCon would modilarly eaten or are on the menu fy its proposal to exclude the in China. Obviously, there is export of greyhounds from Ireland but would continue to explore possibilities of developing the proposal to assist in the management of greyhound racorigin of the dogs, the grave ing in China."
welfare concerns remain the Thanks to everyone in Ireland and around the world who made same. "In China, there is a massive their voices heard and helped amount of well-documented save Irish greyhounds from a evidence of dogs and cats "dire and unthinkable" future in being thrown alive into boiling China. water, and then skinned, alive, to eventually end up for sale in open markets," the 37 outline. "The Department of Agriculture may sign off on this new proposal. Now they need to take responsibility for deciding whether or not Ireland’s reputation is worth more than the money that may be generated by this ominous project."
Irish celebs called on Dept to block IGB involvement in China
BRENDAN GLEESON, Imelda May, Louis Walsh and other stars were among a group of 37 who urged the Department of Agriculture to block plans by the Irish Greyhound Board to help establish greyhound racing in China. In a letter published in the Irish Times in May, the musicians, actors, comedians, designers, etc., condemn the IGB's proposal as "cynical", "sinister" and "ominous".
Urge the Minister for Agriculture to order the IGB to play no role whatsoever in establishing racing in China. Minister Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture Kildare Street Dublin 2 Tel: 00353 (0)1 618 3753 Email: minister @agriculture.gov.ie
While welcoming the Department of Agriculture's rejection of an IGB attempt to export Irish greyhounds to China, they go on to point out ICABS commends all who that the IGB in China would signed this letter and who are have to get greyhounds from elsewhere. Regardless of the speaking up for the animals.
"450 foxes throughout the Republic of Ireland are to be tested for Trichinellosis over a 6 to 8 week period...Foxes are to be procured [i.e. shot dead] by the regional game council [i.e. shooting clubs] whom have kindly agreed to participate... The fox should be doubled bagged in black (to avoid confusion with the green bags used for badgers) heavy-duty black plastic bags and the ends tied tightly." From a Department of Agriculture document on the website of shooting group, NARGC. Zanesville, Ohio, sheriff's deputies armed with assault rifles opened fire on dozens of "mature, very big, aggressive" lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, and bears who had escaped from a private menagerie in Ohio after the farm's owner, Terry Thompson, was found dead and the animals' cage doors were left open and fences unsecured." www.PETA.org, October 19th, 2011. "I am proud to have established in law my philosophical belief in the sanctity of life including fervent anti-fox hunting and hare-coursing beliefs... Succeeding with my case was all I ever wanted to achieve. Therefore I was happy to accept the first offer made to me on behalf of Orchard Park, alongside a public apology, in respect of a defamatory memo written about me to their staff." Statement from English gardener, Joe Hashman, following an employment tribunal in October. BBC Dorset News, 27 October 2011, reported that the tribunal ruled that Mr Hashman was unfairly dismissed from his job at a garden centre because of his anti-hunting beliefs. Oxford animal theologian Professor Andrew Linzey has been awarded a top university honour for his pioneering work around the world. The University of Winchester is to recognise Professor Linzey with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his work in animal theology in a graduation ceremony on 9 November. From a news release, 3rd November 2011. "Always be aware that the roads are for public use and should never ever be blocked by the hunt field. Blocking the roads really infuriates the local people. Never ride on mowed road edges, these are part of someone's garden or a joint local effort for tidy towns." from the County Roscommon hunt website. "[Irish Coursing Club president Brian Divilly] pointed to his record of investigating irregularities in the ICC, claiming to have shown that monies had been 'used as a cash cow to fund the extravagant lifestyle of certain staff and their associates'. He added that the activity of another member of staff 'is the subject of an ongoing Garda investigation and they have sent a separate file to the DPP for consideration.'" The Phoenix, September 23, 2011. "Bord na gCon, the Irish Greyhound Board...receives state subvention of 12m a year..." from Bookmakers cast doubts over greyhound integrity, Sunday Independent, 4th September 2011.
Animals and the election for President
THANK YOU to all who read and shared our "Presidential Election 2011" booklet. The booklet, which revealed the views of the candidates in relation to animal cruelty issues, was read over 1,000 times ahead of election day. Readers were reminded that winning candidate, Michael D Higgins, is a former ICABS vice-chairperson. See the booklet online at scribd.com/doc/ 68784218
13,700 deer shot in Co Wicklow
AT LEAST 13,700 deer were shot to death in Wicklow in 2009-10, it has been revealed. Responding to a January 2011 question from Billy Timmins TD, then Minister Eamon O Cuiv said: "The number of wild deer culled in County Wicklow, based on figures provided by deer hunters to my Dept for the 2009/2010 season, was almost 13,700. This compares with just over 4,200 during the 1999/2000 season.
Hurling manager enjoys coursing
ICABS WAS disgusted to learn that Dublin hurling manager, Anthony Daly is a fan of the cruel blood sport of hare coursing. Quoted in the Irish Examiner of July 30, 2011, Mr Daly said: "I like the greyhounds - and coursing in winter." Daly is also a VHI Cul Camps ambassador.
FBD offering insurance cover to cruel hunters
FBD INSURANCE is offering cover to hunters who cause damage and injury during hunting activities. The company has been asked to scrap its pro-hunt policy. In a booklet dealing with FBD Liability Insurance, a number of questions and answers are presented, including: Q. I own a horse and go hunting - any cover here? A. The standard FBD Public Liability policy provides cover for damage caused to property or injuries caused to third parties while you are hunting on horseback. Q. How are animals covered while away from the farm? For example, animals at shows, horses at shows or at the hunt. A. You are covered under your public liability insurance for any injury or damage that these animals may cause to members of the public or their property ICABS has complained to FBD about its pro-hunt policy. In a letter to CEO, Andrew Langford, we stated: "By offering coverage to hunters, your company is facilitating the continuation of foxhunting - an extremely cruel and barbaric activity that a majority of Irish people want made illegal. Hunting involves the terrorisation of foxes - a pack of hounds and a group of hunters chase the defenceless animals to exhaustion. When caught by the hounds, foxes are ripped apart. Those that try to find refuge underground are dug out with spades and thrown to the hounds." For a company with its roots in the agricultural sector, it is ironic that FBD is facilitating an activity which poses a threat to farm biosecurity and causes stress and inconvenience to farmers trying to keep trespassing hunts off their land. We hope that FBD Insurance will show compassion for the foxes, and the farmers plagued by hunts, and scrap this hunt cover. Landowners who experience hunt trespass are advised to contact the Gardai and urge them to prosecute.
Urge FBD Insurance to stop insuring those involved in animal cruelty and scrap its pro-hunt policy. If FBD's association with hunters would make you choose an alternative insurance company, please make this clear in your correspondence. Andrew Langford, Group Chief Executive FBD Insurance, Bluebell Dublin 12 Email: company.secretary @fbd.ie Tel: Locall 1890 617 617
National Parks censor FOI coursing documents
The irony of this was not lost on ICABS who could not be accused of being a threat to hares. In fact, we used this information to good effect, most notably in 2010, when we spotted that hares were netted from Oyster Island, off the Sligo When we received the docucoast, in breach of licence conments, the locations of hare ditions. captures were blanked out. Following our complaint to the In a letter from Gerry Leckey, Gardai, and a subsequent 'Species Protection Unit', we investigation, it was decided were told that "disclosure of that Tubbercurry & District information contained in the coursing club be prosecuted for records could be reasonably three breaches in relation to expected to prejudice the well taking hares from Oyster being of a species, or the habi- Island, and the case is ongoing tat of a species." as we go to print.
THE NATIONAL Parks & Wildlife Service withheld hare capture information records from ICABS this year - information we request annually under the Freedom of Information Act.
10 REASONS TO KEEP HUNTERS OFF YOUR LAND
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Hunters, whether on foot or horseback, are a major threat to the biosecurity of your farm. Dozens of farms may be crossed during the course of a hunt. Diseases can be carried long distances on the clothing and footwear of hunters, on horses' hooves, on the hounds and on hunt vehicles. Hunts scatter sheep and cows when they come through your farm with their horses and hounds. The result can be stressed animals, miscarriages, injuries and death. Fields of crops are also at risk. If hunters have no insurance or insufficient insurance, you may be held liable for injuries they sustain while on your property. Saying yes to hunters could prove extremely costly. When horseback hunters plough through your farm boundaries, or leave gates opened behind them, the result may be livestock escaping into neighbouring farms or on to public roads. Pastures are very vulnerable to poaching and not just when they are wet. According to an article in the Irish Farmers’ Journal, "plots that had been severely damaged in the autumn produced over 70 per cent less grass the following spring, compared to plots that were not damaged." Wildlife experts, the Department of Agriculture and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, all agree that foxes do not pose a significant threat to farming interests. The major threat comes from the hunters who get their kicks from chasing and killing wildlife on your property. Most farmers recognise the fox as a friend who helps keep down the numbers of rabbits and rodents. Farm dogs and pets are at risk during hunts. Among the victims are a sheep dog in Galway which suffered injuries to its hind quarters, back and paws after being attacked by a pack of foxhounds. Beloved farm pets have also been attacked by hounds and ripped apart. Hunts pose a risk to children on your farm. In 2009, the Vice-President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Family and Child Protection called on the Minister for Agriculture to ban hunting with hounds. Referring to hound attacks on pets and public fears for child safety, Kathy Sinnott MEP said she was "greatly concerned that, if action is not taken, such attacks could result in the death of a child." Hunters are responsible for horrific cruelty to animals. Foxes, hares and rabbits are chased to exhaustion and ripped apart. Foxes that try to escape underground are dug out and thrown to the hounds. The use of ferrets can leave rabbits blinded and mauled before they're killed. Struggling farmers are exploited by wealthy, money-grabbing hunters. Did you know that hunts charge participants up to 150 Euro each for a day's hunting. They take the financial benefits while you endure the risks to your livelihood. Please read on to find out how to make your land off-limits to hunters.
HOW TO KEEP HUNTERS OFF YOUR LAND HOW TO KEEP HUNTERS OFF YOUR PROPERTY
In advance of the hunt season, send a warning-off letter by registered post to all hunt masters in your area. You may also wish to put a notice in your local newspaper to highlight that your land is strictly off-limits. These are both optional - hunters have no right to enter lands without permission and it is unacceptable for them to claim that they didn't know that your lands are private and preserved.
Immediately contact the Gardai if members or followers of the hunt trespass on your land. Under the Control of Dogs Act, dogs must be kept "under effectual control" so if hunt hounds come on to property where they do not have permission to be, the Gardai should be notified. Try and take photos or video footage as evidence. Contact the Gardai also if there is a breach of Section 44 of the Wildlife Act. This makes it an offence for any person who is not the owner or occupier of land to carry onto that land, without permission, any firearm, net, or other weapon, instrument or device capable of being used for hunting a wild bird or a wild animal. If trespass occurs, ascertain the name of the hunt and the person in charge. Have the damage independently assessed and contact your solicitor with a view to seeking compensation. Avoid accepting an informal apology from the hunt or "off the record" payment as this is unlikely to stop further trespass.
For more information, click on "Farmers" at www.banbloodsports.com. Please copy and share with neighbours.
Anti-bullfighting campaign news
Penela: the latest city to become antibullfighting
THANK YOU to everyone who contacted the authorities in Penela, Portugal, to appeal for an end to bullfighting in the city. Although a planned bullfight sadly went ahead on October 2nd, 2011 (the first ever in Penela), the good news is that a motion calling for a ban on bullfighting in the city has been overwhelmingly approved. According to International Movement Against Bullfights, at a general assembly of the City Hall of Penela, the motion was passed with 21 votes in favour, 0 against and 1 abstention. Congratulations to Penela on becoming the latest in a growing list of anti-bullfighting cities.
Bullfight barbarity condemned in TLS
EXTRACTS FROM a Times Literary Supplement review of pro-bullfighting book, Into the Arena (29 Sept 2011). The full review by Mark Rowlands is well worth reading at tinyurl.com/into-the-arena "The moral case against bullfighting is straightforward: making an animal suffer unnecessarily is morally wrong...it is widely accepted that suffering undergone in the name of entertainment is unnecessary. "This is the primary justification for the banning, in much of the developed world, of a wide variety of blood sports, including, dog-fighting, cock-fighting, bear-baiting, bull-baiting, deercoursing and fox-hunting." "The World Society for the Protection of Animals estimates that around 40,000 bulls are killed each year in Spain's 600 bullrings and 3,200 bullfights. Around 210,000 bulls die annually in Latin American bullfights. There have, reportedly, been fifty-two matador deaths in the arena since 1700 - five matadors have died in the ring since the mid-1990s and some ten in the past fifty years. "The ratio of dead bulls to dead bullfighters is generally understood to be several hundred thousand to one." "It is to be hoped that bullfighting will eventually be consigned to the dustbin of history, along with other blood sports. "No matter how much one tries to spin a narrative of heroism, culture, art, tradition; no matter how many ad hominem manoeuvres one makes, the truth is always the same. Bullfighting is the deliberate and gratuitous inflicting of suffering and, ultimately, death on a creature that is essentially helpless done in the name of spectacle." And finally, a quote from the book's author, Alexander FiskeHarrison, in which he notes the similarities between bullfighters and psychopaths: "I cannot help but remember research done on bullfighters by the Madrid psychiatrist, Jose Carrasco, finding much lower than average levels of monoamine oxidase, a similar neurochemical phenomenon being found in those members of the prison population who have been classified as clinical psychopaths."
RESPONSE TO MATADOR GORING
ICABS HAS little sympathy for the bullfighter gored at a bullfight in Zaragoza in October. This man engages regularly in the torture of animals for entertainment, so what can he expect? The terrified and enraged bull, in pain from being stabbed with lances and hooked spears embedded in its flesh, will try to ward off its torturers in the only way it can. As for the audience screaming in horror at the incident, where is their sense of horror at the barbaric treatment of bovines in Spanish bullrings? Thankfully the Spanish region of Catalonia has banned bullfighting. Let's hope that other regions of Spain will follow suit; and for those going on holidays to Spain, we appeal to them to stay away from the bullrings. Every visit by a tourist to a bullfight perpetuates the cruelty.
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