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. 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

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. 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/

    4. 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

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. 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

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • jan davies GT TOTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 13 minutes ago

      there is no justification for this cruelty

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    • Sharon Balduf YPSILANTI, MI
      • about 18 hours ago

      I have always thought this "sport" was particularly barbaric and cruel. This should be made not only illegal, but punishable if people are caught participating in this horror.

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    • jo folini VALLETTA, ITALY
      • about 23 hours ago

      THIS IS HORRENDUOS

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    • Debera Mansfield CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • 10 days ago

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

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      • 10 days ago

      poveri cani ma perchè questa crudelta?firmo subito

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