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November 4 2014 3 04 /11 /November /2014 19:42

November 4th 2014

Millstreet is small town in County Cork, Ireland, with a population of around 1,500. Located at the foot of Clara Mountain it came to prominence internationally in 1993 when the Eurovision Song contest was staged there. It is also, unfortunately, the venue for one of the vilest blood sports on the planet.

 

Every year, part of the Town Park, (the park plays host to football matches and is frequented by toddlers and keep fit enthusiasts) is converted for use as a live hare coursing arena. Sections of the park are closed to the public for seven weeks leading up to the two day hare baiting session.  Organizers capture hares in the surrounding countryside, transport them to the venue in crates, and hold them in unnatural captivity prior to baiting.  

 

During the seven week “lock-down” period coursing heavies keep watch in the park and anyone who shows an unfriendly interest in the preparations for the hare baiting event is “cautioned” or told off.

 

On coursing day the animals are forced to run from pairs of greyhounds, to be mauled, struck, tossed about like broken toys, or otherwise injured within the confines of a wired enclosure in the park. Injured hares are finished off by coursing officials who wring, stretch, or break their necks. Other hares die after the event from stress-related ailments.

 

Next January 3rd and 4th, hares will again have to endure this real live horror show… unless a decision is taken by the Town Park Committee to say no to the hare coursing club.

 

That such a vile spectacle should be allowed to take place anywhere in Ireland is bad enough, but the Town Park in Millstreet also serves as a sports venue and recreation area. Mothers with their babies in prams or buggies visit it regularly to avail of the facilities at the park, as do very young children.

The holding of a despicably cruel event (one that is a criminal offence in Britain, Northern Ireland and most of Europe) at this urban centre that prides itself on “catering for all the family” is doubly inappropriate.

There is widespread opposition in the town of Millstreet and district to the staging of hare coursing in the park.  The annual event is spurned as an embarrassment to the district that does nothing to promote the town’s image as a tourist attraction. Locals have pleaded with the Town Park Committee, which decides what can and cannot happen in the park, to disallow this horrible cruelty being organized in their name.

 

Last year a petition was handed in to the Committee requesting that the park not in future be closed down for seven weeks to accommodate the hare coursing fixture. To date, the Committee has failed to respond to these concerns.

Maybe this year, with increasing local opposition to hare coursing in the locality, compassion will win through and this stain on the town’s reputation will be removed.

 

If you are planning to visit Millstreet (whether from other parts of Ireland or from abroad as tourists), please consider making known your objection to the use of its prized Town Park for hare coursing cruelty.

 

I can empathize with the plight of locals in Millstreet who find themselves up against a brick wall on this issue. I know from personal experience how powerful the hare coursing clubs can be in some rural districts, the fear they generate, and the bullying tactics they employ against animal protection people…or indeed anyone who stands in their way. I wrote about this in my book Bad Hare Days and the opening chapters can be read on the Amazon site at:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Hare-Days-John-Fitzgerald-ebook/dp/B0077D1BC4

 

 

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It’s that time of year again, when Ireland's Minister for Arts and Heritage must decide whether to license the capture of thousands of hares for use as live bait in coursing. If the Minister grants the license, the gentlest creatures of our verdant Irish countryside will have to face almost five months of abject terror and suffering, starting in late September. They will be snatched their natural habitat by gangs of men and boys using nets,  manhandled and thrown into small crates, conveyed to places of detention, and after weeks of captivity they will be forced to “perform.”

 

None of this activity serves any scientific or pest control purpose. Nor are the animals captured for food. The sole purposes of coursing are gambling and entertainment. Each greyhound has his or her official name, called out proudly over the public address system. The hares have no names. They are mere pawns in a deadly and one-sided game that bears comparison with Russian roulette: Some hares make it through the escape hatch...but others die as a direct result of being coursed, either from being struck forcibly by the larger and faster dogs, or from stress-related ailments arising from their unnatural captivity or the chase itself.

 

Reports from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers that attended a number of coursing events last season have become available in the past week under FOI. They show that hares continue to suffer in coursing despite muzzling of greyhounds. The reports refer to hares being struck, mauled, and horribly injured at coursing events held in different counties. Interesting, these latest NPWS reports quote coursing officials referring to hares that have been savaged by greyhounds as “requiring assistance”. A sickening euphemism, but in keeping with their bizarre, repeated claim that hares enjoy being coursed, and that coursing benefits the hare population.

 

As if this noble creature that survived the last Ice Age required the “assistance” of people who set it up to be hounded, terrorized, and battered by dogs.

 

The NPWS reports are backed up by video recordings made by animal welfare volunteers at other coursing fixtures that show hares being mauled or tossed into the air by salivating dogs. The damning footage can be viewed on Banbloodsports.com.

 

There is no excuse for the use of live lures in coursing. In Australia and Europe, hares have been replaced by mechanical lures and this has in no way diminished the enjoyment of the fans: Recently the European Coursing Championships were held in Italy, drawing thousands of spectators from across the continent and beyond…and not a single hare was subjected to the horrors that Irish coursing clubs inflict on these animals.

Minister Humphreys could make history by refusing the hare capture license. This is 2014, not the Dark Ages. Live hare coursing is way past its sell-by date.

 

A video clip from a hare coursing event in Co. Limerick:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL741E0B6DA3CBB057

 

Further Details of the NPWS reports referred to:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/234875956/Coursing-Cruelty-Catalogue-2014

 

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

 


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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

 

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

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March 29 2014 7 29 /03 /March /2014 21:04

The problem is that the Irish Government's concept of “animal welfare” fully embraces and facilitates the proven cruelty of hare coursing, fox hunting, fox dig-outs, fur farming, badger snaring, among other cruelties, and the so-called Animal Health and Welfare Act permits these activities.

  

The conference is to be open only to people who will stay conveniently silent about these obscenities.

 

All groups opposed to any or all of the above named cruelties will hopefully come together and picket this devious attempt at political whitewashing of animal cruelty.

 

The Government is trying to push its pro-blood sports agenda under the guise of a sham concern for the welfare of SOME animals.

 

Here are some of the government backed "sportspeople"  in action...attempting to suppress filming of a practise they claim has nothing to hide...

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrU088Qz3RI

 

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February 11 2014 3 11 /02 /February /2014 01:14

Proof that hare coursing in Ireland needs cover-up to survive...

 

 

Those of us who have campaigned for decades against the cruelty of live hare coursing have frequently argued that the organisers of coursing events appear to be terrified of adverse publicity.

 

There have been incidents over the years in which cameras have been confiscated at coursing events, and people filming them subjected to threats or physical assault.

 

However, following an assurance by a senior Irish Coursing Club (ICC) official in a recent TV interview that everyone was welcome at coursing events, one might have expected that it would be safe to film what the ICC considers a "a wholesome and traditional rural pastime."

 

Two animal protection campaigners attended the recent National Hare Coursing Festival (the All-Ireland Finals of the "sport") to video-record part of the event. They aimed to gather further evidence of animal cruelty of the kind witnessed at previous coursing fixtures such as dogs mauling the of hares, striking them with great force, or pummelling or pinning the animals to the ground.

 

 When the two women commenced recording with a small camcorder, they were approached by a man who asked them to stop filming. When they challenged this request, they were ejected from the coursing venue and told they wouldn’t be getting their money back.

 

This incident, some of which was captured on film (the camcorder was still running when the women were being ejected) can be viewed on YouTube or the banbloodsports.com website. 

 

It demonstrates very clearly that hare coursing is NOT a normal sporting activity. It is banned in many jurisdictions including Britain and Northern Ireland on animal welfare grounds.  

 

Here in the Republic it continues to depend for its survival on censorship and cover-up.

 

If hare coursing, as the ICC claims, has "nothing to hide", then why this apparent aversion to animal lovers filming the action?

 

(* Here is the footage (just uploaded to YouTube) of ICC President Brian Divilly denying the two women the right to film an event that the ICC claims has “nothing to hide.”)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrU088Qz3RI#t=217

 

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

 

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                Emma Sharma Hayes

 

                               An Appreciation

 

 

A woman who was a friend and inspiration to survivors of institutional abuse has passed away.

   Emma Sharma Hayes died peacefully on June 3rd at age 62. She had worked as a nurse in Britain before returning in later life to Ireland where she lived in Dublin’s Jervis Street.  Emma experienced cruelty at the hands of a religious order in her childhood.

   Only decades later would this wound that marred her early years be acknowledged by the relevant Order. In the interim, however, Emma displayed a remarkable lack of bitterness towards the people responsible. 

   She quietly helped survivors of institutional abuse, availing of her nursing and counseling skills, and her talent and qualifications as a creative writer, to lend support to people struggling to come to terms with the wrongs of another era. 

   She welcomed as a watershed in Irish history the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009 that exposed the horrors of what happened in State-funded industrial schools and the more recent report on the Magdalene Laundries.

   Despite her reservations about organized religion, Emma was a deeply spiritual person. A student of the works of Carl Gustav Jung, she had an open mind on what other levels of existence might await us after death.

   She adopted many causes pertaining to environmental protection and the safeguarding of heritage sites. Emma was a familiar sight on the Hill of Tara during the campaign against the routing of a motorway through the Tara-Skryne valley. For her, it was more than a culturally and archeologically significant location: It was part of Ireland’s soul.

   The preservation of Ireland’s woodland heritage was another cause she cherished. She joined protests at the Dail that urged a reversal of plans to sell off the harvesting rights to our forests.

   Emma was active in the Green Party and though saddened by its 2011 electoral setback, she was delighted with the election of Dublin North TD Clare Daly whose political ethos and social analysis she felt resonated with her own. 

   She organized petitions for a whole range of human rights causes, especially ones pertaining to the ill-treatment and persecution of women.  She also supported the campaign against blood sports.

   Her life of service to others and the causes she held dear were reflected in the attendance at her funeral service at Mount Jerome. Representatives of many campaign groups were there to say goodbye to Emma, as were her daughter Brogan and son Vijay, to both of whom she was a caring mother and friend.

           -John Fitzgerald

 

(Published in Irish Times-July 8th 2013)

 

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July 15 2013 2 15 /07 /July /2013 22:43
Letter in Irish Independent (July 15th 2013)
  
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A COWARD'S BLOODSPORT

 

* The goring of several men in the annual Pamplona bull run has drawn attention again to this barbaric festival that poses a threat to humans and animals alike.

 

You risk being injured or even killed when you take your chances in the event, and the bulls are routinely killed afterwards, some in bullfights where they are stabbed repeatedly before being put out of their misery by a swaggering caped man wielding a sword. Both practices are stains on civilisation.

 

So, too, are other forms of recreational animal cruelty. Ireland's answer to the bull run and bullfighting is hare coursing. We have more than 70 coursing fixtures every year.

 

There are differences, though. Unlike the bull, the Irish hare is a meek, gentle creature that is easily frightened. In Irish coursing, unlike in Pamplona, it is the animals that do all the running and the fans take no risk whatsoever.

 

Having captured the hares and confined them in wired compounds for weeks, they are forced to serve as live bait. On coursing day, the fans and club officials wrap themselves in snug winter garb while the hares perform in torrential rain, snow or hailstorms, or on water-logged fields.

 

They stand, or sit, in safety and comfort as the hares are mauled, pinned to the ground, or tossed about like rag dolls.

 

The fans imbibe whiskey or brandy from flasks as a mammal that survived the Ice Age is forced to run in terror from hyped-up greyhounds.

 

It is interesting that in Spain people feel a need to dress up animal cruelty as a challenge – a test of manliness and courage. They think of the event, perversely and misguidedly, as a showdown between man and bull. Here, hare coursers don't even pretend that the animal they target for their gratification could ever stand up to them.

 

Bullfighting and bull-running may be among the bloodiest cruelties ever devised. But hare coursing could surely rank as the world's most cowardly bloodsport.

 

John Fitzgerald

Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports

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March 21st 2013

 

Dear Friends,

At around lunchtime on Wednesday, March 27th, Ireland’s parliament, the Dail, will begin debating the Final Stage of the Government’s new Animal Health and Welfare Bill. Though the Bill will update some forms of animal protection in Ireland it will also, shockingly, exempt some horrific animal cruelty practises from prohibition.

 

As the Bill stands, it will allow fox hunting, the digging out of foxes and fox cubs that escape underground during a hunt, and hare coursing, to continue. Instead of protecting these wild animals, the legislation would in fact “protect” the powerful foxhunt and hare coursing clubs.

 

This would be a travesty, condemning these creatures to cruel and agonising deaths for “sport”, as the pictures clearly show.

 

However, two members of parliament, Maureen O’ Sullivan and Clare Daly, are determined to challenge the proposed “exemptions” for these blood sports. To have a chance of success with their attempt to have the Bill amended to ban these cruelties, they will need the backing of other parliamentarians.

 

This is where you can really help. Below is a block list of all members of the Irish Parliament. We are asking you to send a message by email (a short one is fine) to them, requesting simply that they consider supporting Clare Daly and Maureen O’ Sullivan on Wednesday so that those cruel practises are outlawed under the new Bill instead of being permitted to continue. Simply address the email to one person and paste the list into the “Blind Back-Up Copy” line. If you need further info on the actual blood sports involved a good website is www.banbloodsports.com

 

 

  Here is a sample message you can send:

  

Dear Parliamentarians,

 

For the sake of the animals and for the sake of Ireland's image as a nation, PLEASE do NOT allow hare coursing and fox hunting to continue under the new Animal Health and Welfare Bill. To do so would be an absolute travesty and make a mockery of what is supposed to be a law to PROTECT animals from cruelty.

List of all members of Ireland’s parliament:

gerry.adams@oireachtas.ie, 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, 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.ie,  joe.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.ie,  michael.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.ie,  nicky.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

 

Thanking you,

John Fitzgerald,

PRO,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports,

Kilkenny,

Ireland

Email: jfitzg3@eircom.net

 

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 two coursing fans with dying hare

 

Irish terrierman with injured fox and dog 

 

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

 

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March 20 2013 4 20 /03 /March /2013 19:02
March 20th 2013
 
The final stage of the Irish Government's Animal Health and Welfare Bill will shortly be discussed in the Dail (Irish parliament) and it still contains those shameful "exemptions" for hare coursing and fox hunting. Animal protection groups in Ireland are pressing the government to remove these exemptions, which grant continued legal status to horrific bloodsports.
 
Some principled TDs (members of parliament) such as Maureen O' Sullivan and Clare Daly (in photograph outside the gates of parliament) are fighting for the protection of hares and foxes. Others, unfortunately, support recreational animal cruelty practises. Signing or circulating this petition will help the campaign to ban blood sports in Ireland:
  
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March 3 2013 1 03 /03 /March /2013 15:53
People are again signing the online petition to ban hare coursing in Ireland in the wake of the horrific scenes of cruelty filmed at the so-called "Irish Cup" hare coursing event in County Limerick...Here's hoping that Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) will at long last listen to public opinion and BAN this obscenity:
  
 
 
And here is the article that sparked renewed outrage against the bloodsport:
 
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