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April 22 2014 3 22 /04 /April /2014 20:28

April 21st 2014  

   

Dear Friends,

 

The Irish Government has commissioned report on the country’s greyhound industry that will focus on all aspects of this appallingly cruel industry.  When complete (likely sometime in June though the exact is unknown as yet) the report and its recommendations will be debated by the Irish Parliament, the Dail.

 

Regardless of what recommendations the report makes (and no animal protection organization expects any hard-hitting ones), we all wish to see an end to the horrific practise of live hare coursing in Ireland, a practise that is cruel to hares and greyhounds alike.

 

The hares are snatched from the Irish countryside and forced to run from pairs of greyhounds in wire-enclosed fields or parks.  Fans place bets on the competing dogs.

 

Many hares are mauled or pinned to the ground by the dogs, or tossed up into the air like paper toys. Others die literally of fright, suffering heart attacks. Hares that survive the coursing ordeal often stagger away to die later from stress-related conditions.

 

The greyhounds are doped to make them run faster, or to slow them down if this is what suits a trainer or the various gambling gangs. They are also fed LIVE animals such as cats, rabbits and unfit hares, the idea being to “blood” them and thus enhance their performance in coursing.  (A link to footage of hare coursing is provided below for anyone who wishes to see what it involves).

 

Greyhounds that fail to perform in coursing are killed, usually by being beaten to death with spades or shovels, or are simply abandoned in the countryside.

 

The Government had an excellent opportunity to outlaw this blood sport under its Animal Health and Welfare Bill a few months ago. Instead, it did the exact opposite: to the astonishment and revulsion of animal rights and animal welfare groups, it inserted a provision into the legislation to PROTECT hare coursing and exempt it from prohibition.

 

The upcoming report and the parliamentary debate flowing from it will present another opportunity to persuade our government to ban hare coursing.

 

We are appealing to all friends of animals to press for an end to hare coursing and the ill-treatment of greyhounds in Ireland in the coming days...(up to the end of May) in the run-up to the report’s publication... by sending a simple message to members of the Irish Parliament, requesting action on the issue.

 

You can send the message to ALL members of parliament by emailing it to yourself and sending a “Blind Back-up Copy” to them.

 

Having typed your message (even the briefest one will suffice) simply copy & paste the list below into the Blind Back-up Copy (“BBC”) line and then email the message to yourself.

 

Here is the “block” list of all members of Ireland’s parliament.

 

james.bannon@oireachtas.ie, sean.barrett@oireachtas.ie, tom.barry@oireachtas.ie, richard.boydbarrett@oireachtas.ie, pat.breen@oireachtas.ie, tommy.broughan@oireachtas.ie, john.browne@oireachtas.ie, richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie, gerry.adams@oireachtas.ie, joan.burton@oireachtas.ie, ray.butler@oireachtas.ie, jerry.buttimer@oireachtas.ie, catherine.byrne@oireachtas.ie, eric.byrne@oireachtas.ie, dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie, ciaran.cannon@oireachtas.ie, joe.carey@oireachtas.ie, paudie.coffey@oireachtas.ie, aine.collins@oireachtas.ie, joan.collins@oireachtas.ie, niall.collins@oireachtas.ie, michael.colreavy@oireachtas.ie, michael.conaghan@oireachtas.ie, sean.conlan@oireachtas.ie, ciara.conway@oireachtas.ie, noel.coonan@oireachtas.ie, marcella.corcorankennedy@oireachtas.iejoe.costello@oireachtas.ie, simon.coveney@oireachtas.ie, barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie, michael.creed@oireachtas.ie, lucinda.creighton@oireachtas.ie, sean.crowe@oireachtas.ie, jim.daly@oireachtas.ie, john.deasy@oireachtas.ie, jimmy.deenihan@oireachtas.ie, pat.deering@oireachtas.ie, pearse.doherty@oireachtas.ie, regina.doherty@oireachtas.ie, stephen.donnelly@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, timmy.dooley@oireachtas.ie, robert.dowds@oireachtas.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie, bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie, dessie.ellis@oireachtas.ie, damien.english@oireachtas.ie, alan.farrell@oireachtas.ie, frank.feighan@oireachtas.ie, anne.ferris@oireachtas.ie, martin.ferris@oireachtas.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oireachtas.ie, peterm.fitzpatrick@oireachtas.ie, charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie, lukeming.flanagan@oireachtas.ie, terence.flanagan@oireachtas.ie, sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie, tom.fleming@oireachtas.ie, eamon.gilmore@oireachtas.ie, noel.grealish@oireachtas.ie, brendan.griffin@oireachtas.ie, john.halligan@oireachtas.ie, dominic.hannigan@oireachtas.ie, noel.harrington@oireachtas.ie, simon.harris@oireachtas.ie, brian.hayes@oireachtas.ie, tom.hayes@oireachtas.ie, seamus.healy@oireachtas.ie, michael.healy-rae@oireachtas.ie, martin.heyden@oireachtas.ie, joe.higgins@oireachtas.ie, phil.hogan@oireachtas.ie, brendan.howlin@oireachtas.ie, heather.humphreys@oireachtas.ie, kevin.humphreys@oireachtas.ie, derek.keating@oireachtas.ie, colm.keaveney@oireachtas.ie, paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie, billy.kelleher@oireachtas.ie, alan.kelly@oireachtas.ie, enda.kenny@oireachtas.ie, sean.kenny@oireachtas.ie, seamus.kirk@oireachtas.ie, michael.kitt@oireachtas.ie, sean.kyne@oireachtas.ie, anthony.lawlor@oireachtas.iemichael.lowry@oireachtas.ie, ciaran.lynch@oireachtas.ie, kathleen.lynch@oireachtas.ie, john.lyons@oireachtas.ie, padraig.maclochlainn@oireachtas.ie, eamonn.maloney@oireachtas.ie, micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie, peter.mathews@oireachtas.ie, michael.mccarthy@oireachtas.ie, charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie, marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ienicky.mcfadden@oireachtas.ie, dinny.mcginley@oireachtas.ie, finian.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie, mattie.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie, michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie, john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie, joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie, sandra.mclellan@oireachtas.ie, tony.mcloughlin@oireachtas.ie, michael.mcnamara@oireachtas.ie, olivia.mitchell@oireachtas.ie, mary.mitchelloconnor@oireachtas.ie, michael.moynihan@oireachtas.ie, michelle.mulherin@oireachtas.ie, catherine.murphy@oireachtas.ie, dara.murphy@oireachtas.ie, eoghan.murphy@oireachtas.ie, gerald.nash@oireachtas.ie, denis.naughten@oireachtas.ie, dan.neville@oireachtas.ie, derek.nolan@oireachtas.ie, michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie, caoimhghin.ocaolain@oireachtas.ie, eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie, sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie, aodhan.oriordain@oireachtas.ie, aengus.osnodaigh@oireachtas.ie, jonathan.obrien@oireachtas.ie, willie.odea@oireachtas.ie, kieran.odonnell@oireachtas.ie, patrick.odonovan@oireachtas.ie, fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie, john.omahony@oireachtas.ie, joe.oreilly@oireachtas.ie, jan.osullivan@oireachtas.ie, willie.penrose@oireachtas.ie, john.perry@oireachtas.ie, ann.phelan@oireachtas.ie, johnpaul.phelan@oireachtas.ie, thomas.pringle@oireachtas.ie, ruairi.quinn@oireachtas.ie, pat.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie, james.reilly@oireachtas.ie, michael.ring@oireachtas.ie, shane.ross@oireachtas.ie, brendan.ryan@oireachtas.ie, alan.shatter@oireachtas.ie, sean.sherlock@oireachtas.ie, roisin.shorthall@oireachtas.ie, brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie, arthur.spring@oireachtas.ie, emmet.stagg@oireachtas.ie, brian.stanley@oireachtas.ie, david.stanton@oireachtas.ie, billy.timmins@oireachtas.ie, peadar.toibin@oireachtas.ie, robert.troy@oireachtas.ie, joanna.tuffy@oireachtas.ie, liam.twomey@oireachtas.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, jack.wall@oireachtas.ie, mick.wallace@oireachtas.ie, brian.walsh@oireachtas.ie, alex.white@oireachtas.ie, paulj.connaughton@oireachtas.ie, patrick.nulty@oireachtas.ie, helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie

 

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Alternatively you can send a tweet to the Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland (message already included in tweet), which calls for a ban on hare coursing and other cruel practises.

 

To do so, just click on this:

 

Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

 

 

Further info:

A brief film on hare coursing in Ireland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D58qbzC-GI4

 

 

Video clips showing typical hare coursing scenes:

 

 

Video clip one: Hare cries out when hit and mauled...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zcx9n7SEpTI#!

 

 

Video clip two: Hare severely mauled and carried off field...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el8RIHTQA_U&feature=player_embedded#!

 

Thanking you,

 

 John Fitzgerald,

 PRO,

 Campaign for the Abolition

 of Cruel Sports

 

two coursing fans with dying hare

 

 

clare d with dog and protesters

 

Anti hare coursing protest at St Patrick's Day Parade in Ne

picture of cruelty in action

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