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January 29 2013 3 29 /01 /January /2013 15:56

Venue: Dail Eireann, Kildare Street, Dublin.

 Date: Friday, February 1st.

 

 Time: 12.30 pm to 2 pm

 

Just letting you know that a number of animal protection groups will be holding a peaceful protest outside Dail Eireann in Kildare Street, Dublin, on Friday, February 1st. The purpose of the protest will be to focus attention on the marathon three-day National Hare Coursing “festival”, which commences at the weekend. Everyone welcome.

 

The protest runs from 12 noon to 2 pm and we hope to have some sympathetic politicians join us outside the Dail.

 

We aim to draw attention to the fact that hares continue to be horribly injured and mauled at coursing events, despite the muzzling of greyhounds. This is borne out by reports of National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers who attend a number of coursing fixtures each season in a monitoring capacity.

 

The reports for the 2011/2012 season, obtained under FOI, show that hares were struck by greyhounds, mauled, tossed about, or otherwise injured at many events around the country.

 

The protest comes at the crucial phase in the campaign to ban hare coursing in Ireland: The Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Bill is still proceeding slowly through the Oireachtas and Fine Gael is insisting that it wants to exempt hare coursing from the prohibition on animal cruelty.

 

We believe this is an outrageous perversion of what the government initially promised would be a comprehensive piece of legislation to update animal protection and stamp out all forms of cruelty to animals.

 

·         Here is a brief film showing hare coursing in Ireland (it’s about one and a half minutes long):

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

It will be great to see you there on Friday if you can make it.

 

Thanking you,

 

Sincerely,

 

John Fitzgerald,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

 

two coursing fans with dying hare

 

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December 25 2012 3 25 /12 /December /2012 21:14

The following article appeared in the Irish Times of December 24th 2012. It is a tribute to a lifelong campaigner against blood sports in Ireland...

 

 

Appreciation: Hilda Allen

 

A woman who played a major role in the campaign against blood sports for over three decades has passed away.

 

Hilda Allen (nee McCawley) of Blackrock, Dublin, died of heart failure on November 24th, aged 93.

Hilda became involved with the Irish Council Against Blood Sports shortly after its formation in 1966. Her husband Sean was Irish Council Against Blood Sports chairman and Hilda was equally devoted, as Treasurer and Executive Committee member, to the wildlife protection cause.

 

Hilda grew up in Rathmines. In her teens, a motor bike rolled over her left foot on a beach, resulting in amputation below the knee. But she never allowed this to diminish her zest for life. She worked for many years with Mitchell’s, the wine merchants, in Kildare Street, later taking up freelance typing as a career.

 

After her marriage to Sean Allen, an ESB accountant, the couple moved to Dun Laoghaire. Hilda was a great socialite. Though she had no children, she also had no shortage of friends. Her interests ranged from debating societies to a love of theatre and gardening. But her main preoccupation outside working hours was the campaign.

 

Despite her disability, she travelled to pickets all over the country, carrying a placard outside fields in the depths of winter in remote country districts. She might stop for a rest now and then, but she insisted on continuing until the picket dispersed.

 

Among her friends and fellow campaigners were comedienne Maureen Potter, actor Desmond Perry (of RTE’s 1960s drama series Tolka Row), and actor John Cowley, of RTE’s The Riordans.

 

She was a gifted organiser, and her ability was tested to the utmost in 1976 when ICABS launched a national anti hare coursing petition.

 

Hilda devoted enormous energy to the task, coordinating the nationwide initiative. Months passed, and ICABS counted the signatures. These exceeded 100,000, at the time the largest petition in the history of the State.

 

She always sought to strike an optimistic note, and she predicted that some day, if not in her own lifetime, a courageous government would ban hare coursing.

 

She did live to see the otter hunting ban in 1990, and, a full twenty years after, the abolition of carted stag hunting.

 

Special friends Ron, Fran, John, and Bunny miss her, as do her two Mongolian carers Mogi and Gilda, who lived above her house and developed a close friendship with Hilda, enabling her to continue living at home.

 

I suspect that the warmth of Hilda’s reception on the “Other Side” would have corresponded roughly to the final tally of the 1976 petition:

 

A hundred thousand welcomes.               

 

 

 -John Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

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October 6 2012 7 06 /10 /October /2012 14:29

A quick simple email from you can help to end some of the most barbaric animal cruelty practises on this planet!

October 2012

 

Dear Friends,

 

Ireland’s animal welfare laws are being updated...and we need people from around the world to tell our government to outlaw, as a matter of urgency, a number of extremely cruel practises that make life a living hell on earth for animals in Ireland...

 

Three of the worst practises are 1) Fox hunting, 2) Hare coursing, and 3) the use of half-starved terriers and cross-bred dogs in “unearthing” foxes that seek refuge underground from pursuing hounds and hunt followers.

 

Foxhunting itself is bad enough, with the animals being hounded for hours until exhaustion delivers them to the hounds to be killed in a frenzy of biting and savagery, but the practise known as the “dig-out” is the by far the worst part of it.

 

This involves hunters using terriers and spades to “dig out” foxes that escape underground during a hunt. The spade men dig deep into the earth and drop a terrier down to attack the fox. The fox and dog savage each other, with the fox usually coming off worse, though the terrier also suffers horrific injuries. The terrier is then pulled back up, usually with its teeth sunk into the still live fox.

 

The fox is then thrown to the pack of hounds. If a hunt cannot retrieve a fox even after sending a terrier down, a pole wrapped with barbed wire is lowered into the hole and used to drag the distressed animal to the surface. This is immensely cruel in itself but the still live fox is then fed to the waiting hounds to be torn to pieces.

 

The Government Minister who will push through the Animal Welfare Bill has already indicated that although he does not wish to ban foxhunting itself in its entirety, he is repulsed by the “dig-out” practise and MAY ban it.

This is where you come in, and where you can really help to end this horrendous form of animal cruelty. Please relay the message that Ireland’s image as a nation will not in any way benefit from allowing this appalling practise to continue for one more day.

 

We attach pictures showing the effects of this “sport”. We are sure you will agree that such treatment of an animal, any animal, is abhorrent in the extreme. One picture shows a foxhunter proudly displaying a fox his dog has “unearthed” and the dog that is, sadly, also a victim of this depraved activity. The other picture shows a fox whose jaw has been broken by hunters during a dig-out.

 

Here is a brief video clip of a dig out:  

 
  
And here is a series of slides exposing what happens during a dig-out:
  

  

Hare coursing can, and should, also be banned under the Animal Welfare Bill, though a powerful lobby is pressing for rit to be exempted from prohibition. This practice, as you may already know, involves setting greyhounds after live hares in wired enclosures and results in thousands of these gentle creatures being horribly mauled or battered every year by the dogs for “sport”. And of course many dogs also are injured or die in the process. The attached picture shows two coursing fans with a dying hare during a coursing event.

 

So, we are asking you to send a message (however brief) to the Parliamentary Committee deciding on which amendments to include in the Bill. Please ask the Committee simply to ensure that fox hunting, digging out of foxes, and hare coursing are banned once and for all under the new law.

You can send your message to the entire committee by emailing the members as a group. Following is a block email list of the Committee members. Just paste this list into your address column, or BBC (Blind Backup Copy) or CC column and send your message...

 

To:

 

tom.barry@oireachtas.ie, pat.deering@oireachtas.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie, martin.ferris@oireachtas.ie, martin.haydon@oireachtas.ie, colm.keaveney@oireachtas.ie, michael.mcnamara@oireachtas.ie, eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie, thomas.pringle@oireachtas.ie

 

Here is a sample message/letter. You can simply copy this if you wish and email it...or compose your own message. Either way, you will be helping to ensure that one, or hopefully, all of these revolting cruelties are outlawed under Ireland’s new Animal Welfare Act.

 

Dear Committee Members, I urge you to support amendments to Ireland’s new Animal Welfare Act to outlaw the horrific practises of fox dig-outs, fox hunting, and hare coursing. We have received information on these and are appalled that such cruelty is still permitted by law in Ireland.        End of sample letter.

 

Thanking you,

 

John Fitzgerald,

PRO,

 

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

 

Irish terrierman with injured fox and dog

 

fox broken with broken jaw after dig out

 

two coursing fans with dying hare

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September 7 2012 6 07 /09 /September /2012 23:16

 

Animal protection groups are calling for an end to the staging of live hare coursing events at a town park frequented by toddlers and keep fit enthusiasts.

The town park at Millstreet, County Cork, is to be used again as a venue for horrific live hare coursing event. Captive wild hares will be forced to run from pairs of hyped-up greyhounds in the park, which will be wired off to “contain” the action.

As happened last year, hares will be terrorized and forcibly struck by the dogs, tossed up into the air, or pinned to the ground, suffering severe injuries in the process. The event is scheduled for January 2013.

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 as a recreation area for small children.

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 frequented by children is doubly inappropriate.

We are appealing to the politician who represents the area containing the park to intervene directly to have the horrific animal cruelty event cancelled. She is Aine Collins, TD (Member of Parliament) for the Fine Gael party which is currently in government.

Ms. Collins lives in the town itself and must be aware of the issue.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has written to Ms. Collins, stating:

"The hosting of this animal cruelty in Millstreet Town Park represents a major black mark against a town that has so many positive attractions and associations. Hare coursing subjects these delicate, timid creatures to an appalling ordeal. They are torn from their habitats in nets, manhandled into crates, kept in captivity for weeks/months and finally forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of greyhounds.It reflects poorly on Millstreet that this internationally condemned cruelty has been allowed to take place in your town,"

Please join the campaign groups in appealing to Deputy Aine Collins to speak out against hare coursing in Millstreet and back calls for an end to cruelty in the town park.

Her contact details are as follows:

Deputy Aine Collins
Email:
aine.collins@oir.ie (Copy to noel.buckley@corkcoco.ie)
Telephone: 01-6183873
Fax: 01-6184522
Twitter:
@AineCollinsTD
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/aine.collins.fg

And please urge Millstreet-based Fine Gael Councillor, Noel Buckley, to support calls for coursing to be ended in Millstreet town park.

Cllr Noel Buckley
Ballyvouskil,
Millstreet, County Cork.

Email: noel.buckley@corkcoco.ie
Tel: 029 70322
Mobile: 087 779 7422
Fax: 029 71170

The Millstreet Town Park Chairman, William O’Leary can be contacted at: Tel: 029–71171. Please urge him to prohibit any further coursing from taking place in the town park.

A brief clip which shows an Irish government minister attempting to defend live hare coursing in Ireland:

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

 

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June 29 2012 6 29 /06 /June /2012 13:08

                                                           

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

 

Lower Coyne Street, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland

 

The horrific practice of live hare coursing in Ireland is kept alive by THREE main financial sponsors:

 

One of them is County Louth-based betting company, Boylesports, which also has an office in Douglas on the Isle of Man.

 

On its website, it refers very briefly to the fact that it sponsors “coursing”, without elaborating or explaining that it is LIVE hare coursing, as distinct from drag coursing as practiced in some countries in which no hares are used.

 

Boylesports offers massive financial backing to the National Coursing Event, the three day fixture which is the culmination or “finals” of the whole barbaric season of this appalling blood sport in Ireland.

 

By persuading sponsors to withdraw support from hare coursing, you can help to bring it to an end even before our slow-moving politicians get around to accepting that it should be banned.

 

Here are the contact details for Boylesports. Please request the company, by email, letter, phone call (or any method that is convenient for you) to cease all funding of this despicable form of animal cruelty:

 

John Boyle
Managing Director
Boylesports
Finnabair Industrial Park
Dundalk, Co. Louth.

Tel: +353 42 939 3000
Tel (ROI): 1800 22 00 66
Tel (UK): 0800 22 00 66
Tel (International): +353 42 9393168
Fax: +353 42 939 3051

 

Email: care@boylesports.com
CC:
media@boylesports.com, marketing@boylesports.com, lblanche@boylesports.com, nmcgeady@boylesports.com

 

UK Office:

 

Boylesports Ltd,
First Floor,
Millennium House,
Victoria Road,
Douglas,
IM2 4RW,
Isle of Man

 

Here is a brief film showing exactly what happens in hare coursing as practiced in Ireland:

 

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

Footage of the “Irish Cup” hare coursing event; held on Limerick racecourse in the last weekend of February 2012:

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

 

 

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June 6 2012 4 06 /06 /June /2012 21:26

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

Lower Coyne Street, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Email: jfitzg3@eircom.net

June 2012

 

Appeal for cruel blood sport to be banned under Ireland’s new Animal Welfare Act

Ireland’s parliament (the Dail) will, over the summer, be considering a new Animal Welfare Bill that aims to update our country’s laws on animal cruelty. However, supporters of the horrific practise of live hare coursing are seeking to have this blood sport EXEMPTED from prohibition under the new law.

Hare coursing is a so-called "sport" in which hares (jack rabbits to Americans) are set up as bait for greyhounds to chase and terrorize. Many hares are killed or horribly injured each year as they are mauled or tossed about like rag dolls on the coursing fields. Some hares die within seconds of being struck by the fast moving dogs. Others die of agonizing internal injuries, such as bone breakages that cannot heal.

Here in Ireland animal protection/rights/welfare advocates are campaigning to have hare coursing banned under this new law.

We are appealing to anyone, anywhere, who shares our abhorrence of this activity to send a brief email to members of the Irish parliament, simply asking that hare coursing be abolished under the Animal Welfare Act, and NOT exempted from abolition as pro-animal baiting groups are demanding.

Your email can be most effective if sent to ALL members of the Irish parliament. You can do this by addressing the email to one person (or to yourself) and simply “pasting” the entire list of members (below) into the “CC” or BBC” (blind back-up copy)…and then sending.

That way, your message will reach all 166 members of the Dail (Parliament).

 

Here is the “Block” list of email addresses of all members of Ireland’s parliament, the Dail:

 

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, clare.daly@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, brian.lenihan@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, shane.mcentee@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, maureen.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

 

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A brief video showing live hare coursing in Ireland:

 

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

 

 

 

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Many thanks and best wishes,

 

Sincerely,

 

John Fitzgerald,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

 

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June 5 2012 3 05 /06 /June /2012 11:41

Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

  

Lower Coyne Street, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland

  

 

 

 


 

June 2012
 
 
Dear Friends,


Sincere thanks to all who have signed the online petition calling on the Government of Ireland to ban the cruel practice of hare coursing.

 

If you haven’t signed it, it takes just a few seconds. Each time a person signs this petition, an email immediately goes to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, requesting the abolition of hare coursing.

 

Hare coursing is a so-called "sport" in which hares (jack rabbits to Americans) are set up as bait for greyhounds to chase and terrorize. Many hares are killed or horribly injured each year as they are mauled or tossed about like rag dolls on the coursing fields. Some hares die within seconds of being struck by the fast moving dogs. Others die of agonizing internal injuries, such as bone breakages that cannot heal.

 

Here's the petition:

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-ban-horrific-hare-coursing-cruelty-in-ireland

 

 

Financial sponsorship keeping hare coursing cruelty alive in Ireland

 

 

Apart from lobbying the government on this issue, we are seeking to persuade various companies that financially sponsor hare coursing to withdraw such support.

 

Though many small sponsors have withdrawn support from hare coursing in Ireland, mainly in response to appeals from the various animal rights/protection groups, a few companies persist in pumping money into the practise.

The major sponsor is Greyhound and Pet World, which gives massive financial backing to hare coursing events. In particular it sponsors the annual marathon three-day hare coursing “festival” in which captive hares are terrorized and subjected to horrific injuries for three successive days on a converted racecourse.

Without this kind of sponsorship, many hare coursing clubs would have to cease their activities due to lack of funding. Already the number of clubs operating throughout the country has decreased over the past twenty years for this very reason.

We are therefore appealing for the help of other groups in our bid to persuade this major hare coursing sponsor, Greyhound and Pet World, to stop financing the practise. The company is probably weighing the pros and cons of any decision on whether to continue sponsoring hare coursing or otherwise. Your requests to it may tip the balance in favour of the animals.

So, bearing in mind that sponsorship is the very lifeblood of this appalling animal cruelty, we’d be grateful if you (or you members) could send a message to Greyhound and Pet World, asking the company to cease all financial sponsorship of hare coursing in Ireland. A brief email, letter, or phone call would suffice.

Here are the company’s contact details:

Address: Greyhound and Pet World, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland.

Email: greyhounds@eircom.net

Phone:  (from outside Ireland)  00 353 6831389

And from within Ireland: 068-31389.

 

Thanking you,

 

John Fitzgerald,

 

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

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Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports

Lower Coyne Street, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Phone: (056) 7725543

 

 

Cutting off the Financial Lifeline to Hare Coursing

 

May 21st 2012

 

Dear Friends,

We wonder if you could help us win a crucial battle in the ongoing campaign against hare coursing in Ireland.

As the campaign to persuade the Irish government to ban hare coursing continues, financial sponsorship is keeping this horrific practise alive.

In Ireland, as you may know, hare coursing events are staged in wire-enclosed fields. Though muzzled, the greyhounds inflict agonising injuries on the hares as a result of mauling them, forcibly striking the animals, pinning them to the ground, or literally tossing them into the air like playthings. We include links below to brief films of this activity.

Though many small sponsors have withdrawn support from hare coursing in Ireland, mainly in response to appeals from the various animal rights/protection groups, a few companies persist in pumping money into the practise.

The major sponsor is Greyhound and Pet World, which gives massive financial backing to hare coursing events. In particular it sponsors the annual marathon three-day hare coursing “festival” in which captive hares are terrorized and subjected to horrific injuries for three successive days on a converted racecourse.

Without this kind of sponsorship, many hare coursing clubs would have to cease their activities due to lack of funding. Already the number of clubs operating throughout the country has decreased over the past twenty years for this very reason.

We are therefore appealing for the help of other groups in our bid to persuade this major hare coursing sponsor, Greyhound and Pet World, to stop financing the practise. The company is probably weighing the pros and cons of any decision on whether to continue sponsoring hare coursing or otherwise. Your requests to it may tip the balance in favour of the animals.

So, bearing in mind that sponsorship is the very lifeblood of this appalling animal cruelty, we’d be grateful if you (or you members) could send a message to Greyhound and Pet World, asking the company to cease all financial sponsorship of hare coursing in Ireland. A brief email, letter, or phone call would suffice.

Here are the company’s contact details:

Address: Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland.

Email: greyhounds@eircom.net

Phone:  (from outside Ireland)  00 353 6831389

And from within Ireland: 068-31389.

 

We will let you know if the company decides to quit sponsoring hare coursing. Many thanks for your time and best wishes with all your own campaigns.

Sincerely,

John Fitzgerald,

PRO,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

 

 

Here is a brief film showing exactly what happens in hare coursing as practiced in Ireland:

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

Footage of the “Irish Cup” hare coursing event; held on Limerick racecourse in the last weekend of February 2012:

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

 

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Irish animal protection groups are renewing our call for a total ban on live hare coursing following the latest series of shocking reports on coursing events compiled by State appointed wildlife rangers

Reports on hare coursing meetings in Ireland for the 2011/2012 season filed by wildlife rangers attached to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have just been received under FOI by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and passed on to other animal protection groups including our own.

The reports refer to hares being struck, mauled, and horribly injured at coursing events held in eleven different counties.

We include (below) summaries of the reports, and extracts from them. The ranger’s report on the “Westmeath United” coursing event is especially graphic and hard-hitting, referring to a hare being “tossed and mauled”, another animal mauled on the ground by two dogs, another struck five times by the dogs, and the ranger refers to the distressed crying of a hare that has suffered injury.

Reports for other meetings tell a similar story of terror and suffering, related in factual, objective language.

CACS regards this new information as especially significant because it completely demolishes the case for coursing made by three Fine Gael government ministers who have repeatedly defended the practice. Their ludicrous claim that hares come to no harm in coursing and that the existing rules governing the “sport” protect the animals is completely blown away by this evidence.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan (who presented a trophy at one coursing event in February), Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan, and Junior Agriculture Minister Shane McEntee have repeatedly claimed that the hare faces no danger in coursing. Minister McEntee said he could see no problem whatsoever with the practice as, he opined, “the hare is never in any danger   whatsoever”. Minister Hogan believes coursing is a “legitimate rural pursuit”, and Minister Deenihan recently assured the Irish Coursing Club that he would do everything in his power to support hare coursing.

We are challenging all TDs and Senators to examine, honesty and objectively, the latest reports which demonstrate very clearly that hares continue to be mauled, forcibly struck, and subjected to horrific injuries in coursing despite muzzling of the greyhounds. And this is apart altogether from the immense stress and suffering for the animals involved in capture (with nets), transportation, and confinement in unnatural captivity.

The government cannot dismiss the wildlife rangers’ reports as “anti blood sports propaganda” as the rangers are appointed by the State and are completely independent in their duties. The reports make it clear that the only way to eliminate cruelty from coursing is to take the hare out of it. A mechanical lure would recreate all the fun and excitement of the practice, minus the suffering of a timid and defenseless animal.

In the light of these revelations, we are calling on members of the Oireachtas to reject the government’s proposed exemption of hare coursing from prohibition under the new animal health and welfare bill. Far from exempting such a horrific practice with a proven track record of extreme and unnecessary animal cruelty, we believe it should be comprehensively banned under the Act, as it has been in Britain, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and indeed most of the countries that once permitted it.

Incidents of the kind referred to in the NPWS reports were filmed at the so-called “Irish Cup” hare coursing event at Limerick racecourse last February. That event was sponsored by multi-millionaire businessman JP McManus:

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

 

Following are summaries of the FOI reports re the relevant hare coursing events, and extracts from them, courtesy of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports:

Ennis/Clarecastle, December 10/11, 2011
According to ranger’s report, on day one, five hares were hit, with three dying
in the escape after coursing. On day two, seven hares were hit, two killed, four
injured, one put down and two died from injuries. This amounts to a total of
eight fatalities.

Gorey, Co. Wexford, 29/30 October, 2011
Over the two days of coursing sixteen hares were hit by dogs, with nine pinned
and seven dying of their injuries, according to NPWS ranger’s report.


Listowel, Co. Kerry, Oct 12/13, 2011
Seven hares hit by greyhounds, three killed, three injured and two put down because of
injuries, plus one died in coursing compound. A total of seven fatalities.

Millstreet, Co. Cork, December 30/31, 2012
Three hares were hit by dogs, three hares were dead at end of coursing. Ranger
noted that “a number of hares (at least three, probably more) had
conjunctivitis, as confirmed by Vet. At least nine hares had foot injuries.”

Murrintown, Wexford, 26/27 December, 2011
Ranger reported six hares hit by muzzled dogs on Day two, with six injured and
two killed. Meanwhile veterinary report cited twelve hares unfit for coursing,
four hares injured and sixteen “sick or otherwise unfit” after coursing.
According to this coursing club’s Hare Capture Return, eighty-six hares were
captured for coursing. However a figure of seventy-five was cited at the start of
coursing on day one, leaving a discrepancy of eleven hares. In a memo from the
ranger to his superior, he cited that the club informed him that they
had a “break in on their hare paddock” and that “eight hares were missing
and three killed”.

Tradaree, Co. Clare November 12/13, 2011, 2011
On day one, two hares were hit and one killed. On day two, ranger noted that four
hares had died overnight and one after coursing. Vet’s report stated that
nine hares were “unfit for coursing, one injured and one unfit after coursing.

Thurles & District, Co. Tipperary, 29/30, October, 2011
Ten hares hit over the two days, two hares killed, two injured and two died
overnight in coursing compound.

Kilflynn, Co. Kerry, October 1 & 2, 2011
Twleve hares hit by dogs, three hares killed, three died of “natural causes”, one
injured and one put down because of injuries.

Sevenhouses, Co. Kilkenny, January 14/15
Twelve hares hit by muzzled dogs, one killed, four injured and one put down because
of injuries.

Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, November 4/5/6, 2011
Two hares hit by greyhounds, one killed and one died of “natural causes”.


Parksgrove, North Kilkenny, December 26/27, 2011
Thirteen hares hit by muzzled dogs, two killed two put down because of injuries,
with two “escaped”.

Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, November 5/6, 2011
Seven hares hit by dogs, three injured and two put down as a result of their
injuries, plus one found dead in escape.

Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry, October 22/23, 2011
Six hares hit by greyhounds, one killed.

Limerick City, November 5/6, 2011
Ten hares struck by greyhounds, with four injured and one put down because of
injuries, one “escaped”.

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, November 26/27, 2011
Seven hares struck by greyhounds with three injured.

Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, November 26/27, 2011
Nine hares hit, one injured, according to NPWS ranger, with vet’s report
stating that two hares were injured and two “sick or otherwise unfit” after
coursing, and ICC control steward stating that one died of natural causes,
and one injured hare released.

Westmeath United,
October 15/16, 2011
Ranger described coursing as follows: “There were nine hares hit on Day one.
Of these, one hare was tossed and rolled on the ground; another hare was
tossed and mauled; another was mauled on the ground by the two dogs and
placed in a wooden box; another was hit about five times and mauled on
the ground by the dogs. When the dog owners came running in, one of them
grabbed the hare and lifted it away from the dogs by its side and then
the steward took it from him and handled it in a more appropriate
manner. The hare cried with what I presume was distress during this
incident. The steward placed this hare in the wooden box. Another hare
was tossed and badly mauled by the dogs later in the day. In all, three hit
hares were retrieved and placed in a wooden box”. The box was subsequently
taken away by the vet, who stated in his report that one died and two were
released.

Fermoy, Co. Cork, October 19/20, 2011
Six hares hit by muzzled dogs, one injured and one put down because of
injuries, with the ranger being informed that a hare was found dead the
morning after in the escape. Vet’s report stated that five hares were
injured (four more than ranger stated) with one hare euthanised.

Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, November 18/19, 2011
Four hares hit by dogs, and one died of “natural causes”.

Ballyheighue, Co. Kerry, October 14/15/16, 2011
Ranger didn’t attend on Day one. Four hares struck over two days, with one hare
killed and one dying of “natural causes”.

Limerick Regional, Clarina, October 15/16, 2012
Fifteen hares hit by dogs, five “pinned” and ten “tipped”, five injured and two died
of injuries. Ranger stated that a post mortem was sought on the hares
that died, with his line manager requesting via a note on the form the
findings of the post mortem, stating “I presume it was internal injuries
rather than muzzles coming off?” Ranger noted “Yes – muzzles did not
come off.”

Ballinaboola, New Ross, Co. Wexford,
October 8/9, 2011
Fourteen hares hit by dogs, fourteen hares injured, one killed and one died from
injuries.

Loughrea, Co. Galway, October 22/23, 2011
Fourteen hares hit by muzzled dogs, with three put down because of injuries. It
was noted that three hares were “unaccounted for” on release.

Glin, Co. Limerick, October 7/8/9, 2011
Ranger stated that two hares were killed.

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, December 17/18, 2011
Four hares hit by muzzled dogs.

Mallow, Co. Cork, October 22/23, 2011
Nine hares hit by muzzled dogs, and one “escaped” from paddock.

Galway & Oranmore, Nov 10 & 11, 2011
Ten hares hit, four pinned.

Charleville, Co. Cork, Oct 29/30,2011
Five hares hit. It was stated that no vet was present, but on call, while
the ICC control steward said there was veterinary involvement. The vet
completed a veterinary report, despite not being present.

Castleisland, Co.Kerry, October 30/31, 2011
One hare hit by muzzled dogs.

Castletown-Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath, December 17/18, 2011
Six hares hit by muzzled dogs, with one “bad grazing”. Vet stated two hares
were injured.

East Donegal, December 3 and 4, 2011
Ranger stated one hare hit, one injured and died from injury.

 

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May 1st 2012

...Press Release...

Symbolic victory for anti-blood sports campaign as “I Love Hare Coursing” accessories destined for Ireland and the UK withdrawn from sale.

 

The so-called “sport” of live hare coursing has been shamed yet again. As Dail Deputies Clare Daly and Maureen O’ Sullivan prepare to move a Bill to ban the activity in Ireland, a major international producer of charm bracelets and key-rings has yielded to pressure from animal protection groups and withdrawn a series of trinkets bearing the message or motto “I Love Hare Coursing” from sale on Amazon.

The motto hailing the blood sport had been prominently depicted on key-rings, beads, cufflinks, bracelets, “foto-charms” and necklaces that were advertised and promoted by Sven Licht Manufactory of Berlin, Germany, on Amazon as being available worldwide.  

We believe the main target of the promotion, however, was Ireland and the UK as the hare coursing motto would mean nothing to most people in mainland Europe. Hare coursing is still legal in the Republic of Ireland, and though banned in Northern Ireland and Britain there are diehard elements in the UK who continue to hold illegal coursing events.

The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports contacted animal protection organisations in Germany regarding the issue, asking for help in persuading Sven Licht Manufactory to cease promoting hare coursing.

Following a three-week long campaign instigated by the Berlin-based EcoTerra International organisation and involving lobbying by many other groups across Europe, as well as members of the public in EU countries, Sven Licht Manufactory has now withdrawn the pro hare coursing accessories  from sale, as you will see if you try to elicit information on the items on Amazon.  

 References to them (see link to Mitra World Media below) still show up in internet searches, but all pages displaying them have been removed from Amazon. We understand that Sven Licht Manufactory was inundated with phone-calls and emails objecting to the pro-hare coursing trinkets.

The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports regards the success of the campaign and the withdrawal of the items as a sharp reminder of the fact that hare coursing projects a negative image of Ireland and is detested worldwide as a deliberately cruel blood sport.

Link to page on Mitra World Media referring to “I Love Hare Coursing” accessories:

http://worldmedia.mitrasites.com/hare-coursing.html

 

Here are two brief videos showing hare coursing in Ireland:

1)      Irish Council Against Blood Sports Hare Coursing campaign video

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

 

2)      Film footage of the “Irish Cup” hare coursing event, held in late February 2012 at Limerick racecourse:

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

 

Thanking you,

John Fitzgerald,

PRO,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

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