Ireland's Agriculture Minister: Please Ban Extremely cruel practices under Animal Welfare Law
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Minister for Agriculture, Ireland
An Observer
member of Irish parliament
Tom Barry TD
member of Irish parliament
Pat Deering TD
member of Irish parliament
Andrew Doyle TD
member of Irish parliament
Martin Ferris TD
member of Irish parliament
Martin Haydon
member of Irish parliament
Colm Keaveney TD
member of Irish parliament
Michael McNamara TD
member of Irish parliament
Eamon O' Cuiv TD
member of Irish parliament
Thomas Pringle TD
Minister for Arts and Heritage
Ms. Heather Humphreys

Ireland's Agriculture Minister: Please Ban Extremely cruel practices under Animal Welfare Law

    1. John Fitzgerald
    2. Petition by

      John Fitzgerald

      Kilkenny, Ireland

Because these activities make life a living hell on earth for animals in Ireland.

Ireland’s animal welfare rules are supposedly being updated under a new law. Please 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) possibly the worst obscenity, 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.

TheMinister for Agriculture 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 is not in favour of it.

This is where you come in, and where you can really help to end this horrendous form of animal cruelty. Please relay to the Minister via this petition 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.

The picture shows the effects of this “sport”. We are sure you will agree that such treatment of an animal, any animal, is abhorrent in the extreme. It shows a foxhunter proudly displaying a fox his dog has “unearthed” and the dog that is, sadly, also a victim of this depraved activity.

Hare coursing can, and should, also be banned under the Animal Welfare Act, though it is currently 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.

So, we are asking you to sign this petition to ensure that fox hunting, digging out of foxes, and hare coursing are banned once and for all under the Animal Welfare Act.

Here is a brief video clip of a dig out:

www.dailymotion.com/video/xnmvhc_fox-hunting-blood-sports-in-ireland_animals

 

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

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8hnku_stop-digging-out-cruelty-in-ireland_animals

 

 

To:
An Observer, Minister for Agriculture, Ireland
Tom Barry TD, member of Irish parliament
Pat Deering TD, member of Irish parliament
Andrew Doyle TD, member of Irish parliament
Martin Ferris TD, member of Irish parliament
Martin Haydon, member of Irish parliament
Colm Keaveney TD, member of Irish parliament
Michael McNamara TD, member of Irish parliament
Eamon O' Cuiv TD, member of Irish parliament
Thomas Pringle TD, member of Irish parliament
Ms. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts and Heritage
Please Ban Extremely cruel practices under Irish Animal Welfare Law

Because these activities make life a living hell on earth for animals in Ireland

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Catholic priest BLESSES cruel hare coursing venue in Ireland!

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      The Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) has lodged a complaint with the Catholic Bishop of Limerick about the recent BLESSING of a hare coursing field.

      At Glin Coursing club’s official venue (in County Limerick) a priest blessed the new arena where the cruel baiting of vulnerable hares then took place. The coursing club referred in the media to this venue as a “field of dreams”.
      Field of Nightmares would be a more apt analogy!

      That hare coursing is legal in Ireland is bad enough, but the involvement of some members of the clergy in the bloodsport is scandalous.

      ICABS says on its website:

      The identity of the priest is currently unknown, but he is to be seen performing the grotesque blessing with holy water and wearing liturgical garb.
      ICABS has made a complaint to the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy, pointing out to him that this is a gross misuse of a blessing, and that this priest is in direct contravention of the official Catechism of the Catholic Church which clearly states that "it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly."

      We also pointed to the part of the Catechism which says that “animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness.”
      "The blessing of a hare coursing field by a Catholic priest is a gross misuse of a blessing and should not be permitted in your diocese," ICABS stated in a message to Bishop Leahy. "It is even more inappropriate, given the fact that this coursing meeting took place last weekend, which not only coincided with World Animal Week but also with the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

      We have also sent a tweet to Pope Francis, asking him to "act to stop clergy involvement in Ireland's cruel hare coursing."

      The hares used at Glin coursing meeting were trapped from the wild in nets, kept captive in compounds and on the days of coursing, used as bait to run before two greyhounds. Hares that are struck by the dogs can be mauled and severely injured, resulting in death. Every year, hares die at coursing meetings from such maulings, and every hare is subjected to stress and terror.

      This priest should be thoroughly ashamed of himself, giving his blessing and that of the Catholic church to this barbarity.
      This is the latest in a long line of Irish clergy association with bloodsport activity.”

      Articles on blessing of hare coursing venue:

      http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105061

      http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1010/651525-coursing/

      Catholic priest BLESSES venue used for cruel hare coursing event - Indymedia Ireland

      I have to ask: does the Catholic Church have a death wish? Hare coursing is a horribly cruel "sport" that is a crime in many jurisdictions. It's bad enough that the Irish government allows it...but this week pictures circulating on social media (twitter and facebook) clearly show a Catholic Priest officially BLESSING a hare coursing venue.

    2. Campaign to ban "digging out" of foxes and fox cubs in Ireland continues...

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      The campaign to ban the so-called "digging-out" of foxes and fox cubs in Ireland continues. It is an integral part of the cruel sport of fox hunting.

      Foxes that escape underground during a hunt are retrieved by the hunters with the aid of spades and half starved terriers.

      The hunters dig deep until they see or hear the terrified animal. Then the terriers are dropped down, resulting in a battle that inflicts horrific injuries on dogs and fox alike. When the fox or fox cub has been dragged from its refuge, the animal is thrown to the pack of hounds.

      Ireland's Minister for Agriculture has reneged on a promise he made to ban "digging-out"...he now says that this practice can be "regulated" instead of banned and that the hunters can be trusted to "regulate" the activity.

      We campaigners say it is impossible to regulate a practice that is no better than dog fighting in terms of animal cruelty and that it should be abolished immediately, along with fox hunting itself. This video outlines the objection to "digging-out":

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xyde3n_digging-out-and-terrierwork-must-be-banned-in-ireland_animals

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. Interview on international "Animal Voices" radio re bloodsports

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      A big thank you to the international "Animal Voices" radio station for kindly interviewing me on the subject of the Irish government’s Animal Welfare Act, a deeply flawed piece of legislation that supposedly protects animals but in fact exempts some of the worst cruelties from prohibition.

      Here is the interview:

      http://animalvoices.ca/2012/12/04/john-fitzgerald-on-the-fight-to-ban-blood-sports-in-ireland/

    5. Veteran anti bloodsports campaigner passes away

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      Many thanks to all who seek protection of Ireland’s wildlife from organised animal cruelty posing as “sport”, including organizations and individuals worldwide who have lobbied the Irish government on the issue.

      Sadly, though 2012 saw some progress in the campaign against hare coursing and fox hunting, it also witnessed the passing of a long-time campaigner who had worked for many decades to end the suffering of these animals.

      A tribute to this compassionate woman was published in Ireland’s widely read Irish Times daily newspaper, and can be accessed on this link:

      http://banharecoursinginireland.over-blog.com/article-lifelong-anti-bloodsports-campaigner-passes-away-113787551.html

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Protest outside Ireland's parliament calling for a ban on cruel bloodsports

      John Fitzgerald
      Petition Organizer

      On Thursday, October 18th, animal protection groups protested outside Ireland's Parliament, the Dail, calling for a ban on cruel blood sports. The TG4 TV Channel covered the protest

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcst5ZXmhT0

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Kimberly Collingwood AVONDALE, AZ
      • 4 days ago

      This is a tragedy. Stop it!

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    • debbie brosnan ENNISKILLEN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      All animals have feelings and rights.

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    • wendy woodward SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 10 days ago

      this is important to ban as it makes your country look like a third world ignorant sucky bog full of blood crazed "hunters".

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    • Neil Sherwood PUDSEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      It is the 21st century and the time for cruelty to animals has to stop...

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    • Gina Chronowicz LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      This is a sick and shameful reflection on Ireland and these practices also reflect badly on the many sane Irish people who don't enjoy seeing animals experiencing terror and forced to suffer intentional cruelty for enjoyment of a few deficient individuals.

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