ALLIANCE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS

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to end animal violations by direct action

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Petitioning Taoiseach Leo Vradakar

NO to extended hedge-cutting laws, protect Irish wildlife.

Wild birds belong in the wild , farmers don’t seem to accept that. Save our wildlife. Are there not enough animals being killed  by farmers.?   People’s lives cannot be put at risk for the sake of birds, Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae said in the Dail recently while discussing hedge-cutting amendments to the Heritage Bill. “With regard to all the talk about birds, I do not object to birds, bees or any other wildlife. However, there is a place for them.’ The people who support the wildlife cannot put other people’s lives at risk for the sake of birds. The country is wide enough for the birds to nest.   The Heritage Bill proposes to allow the cutting of hedgerows from August 1st each year, rather than from September 1st. It also extends the winter period during which upland habitats could be burned until March 31st. Currently it is illegal to cut, remove or destroy hedgerows and burn vegetation in our uplands between March 1 and August 31 in order to protect breeding birds. Minister Humphreys said the provision was being proposed to harmonise road safety and wildlife legislation. The Bill, sponsored by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, was strongly criticised by Opposition Senators, and also by wildlife and conservation groups. It allowed the cutting and grubbing (removing from the roots) of all hedgerows during August. This would not have been confined to hedgerows near roads but to all hedgerows surrounding fields. Some species of birds will still be nesting in August and could by physically destroyed by the cutting. The Yellowhammer, which is “red-listed”, would still have chicks in their nests in hedgerows at that time of year. The cutting would also be detrimental in August to other birds, bats and bees who are still using the hedgerows for their wildflowers and fruit. The other damage would be the removal of a food source from species that are already in decline. During these months, birds are trying to lay eggs and raise chicks and other wildlife, such as bees and hedgehogs, are still dependent on these ecosystems. Farmers, however, are in favour of the bill. The Irish Farmers' Association lobbied senators last year to ensure its progress. According to Thomas Cooney of the IFA, the proposed measures to extend hedge cutting and gorse burning on a pilot basis, must be immediately introduced. “They are balanced and will facilitate better land management and road safety,” he says.  A reason this Bill has been proposed is to allow for cutting of hedgerows in August for ‘road safety reasons’ but there already exists legal exemptions to the Wildlife Act to allow cutting where there are road safety issues. A total of 27 wild fires were recorded by the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) during the bird nesting season in 2016.Information received from the National Parks and Wildlife Service show that only one of these fires received the required permission. Farmers who disturb birds, their nests, or eggs deliberately disturbed at any time but particularly during the nesting season, whether by burning or cutting vegetation, are in breach of cross compliance rules, and will have their EU payments reduced if this is detected during an inspection. This bill was brought in under the guise of road safety. described as “complete and utter fraud” by Fianna Fail TD Thomas Byrne. We all put road safety first but there is no road safety issue in this case. We already have a Roads Act which allows for the cutting of hedges for the sake of road safety. There is no reason to change the law on the grounds of road safety. It simply allows certain vested interests – these vested interests were very few because no farmer I asked was looking for this provision – to take over legislation and use road safety in a fraudulent way to essentially give free rein to hedge-cutting in August. leo.varadkar@oir.ie

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Petitioning Pascal Donogue Minister for finance

Stop grants of 64 million to the Horse and Greyhound Racing fund in 2017

The State’s horse and greyhound industries have been allocated funding of €74m in Budget 2016. State support to both industries is provided through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund. There will be increased funding of €6 million, or almost 9 per cent, with €4.8 million for horses and €1.2 million for greyhounds.The additional funds bring the total exchequer spend for greyhound racing to €14.8 million in 2016. Both of these so called sports cause untold suffering and deaths to Irish Horses and Greyhounds.The Irish Greyhound Board are now sending dogs to China, many dogs are subjected to horriffic abuse like skinning alive, being boiled alive and being beateh to death in the meat trade. Greyhound breeders are exporting Irish dogs to Pakistan, China and Argentina via the UK and other EU states to stop them being tracked by Government officials.Many of the dogs are then subjected to horrific abuse due to a lack of animal welfare legislation in those countries. Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture with responsibility the greyhound sector, said the Irish Greyhound Board provides “a range of infrastructural supports and services without which this sector could not continue to exist”. “The additional funding should be used to encourage participation in the sport,” he added. Thoroughbred horses that are too old, too slow or not good enough jumpers, have a brutal end. A bullet through the temple or a metal bolt into the side of the brain. Then their carcasses are loaded on to freezer lorries and driven to France, where their flesh is sold as gourmet meat. We want an end to the grants that promote so much suffering to Dogs and horses used for racing and abused in the associated lucrative meat trade.

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Petitioning Cornelscourt Grocery Manager Padraig Kearney, Frank Dunne

REMOVE THE CRUEL AND UNNECESSARY LOBSTER CONTAINMENT TANK IN DUNNES STORES CORNELSCOURT

REMOVE THE TANK WITH SUFFERING CRUSTACEANS IN CORNELSCOURT DUNNES STORES. Crustaceans have a complex central nervous system and their behaviour shows that they feel pain. Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt have recently added a LOBSTER TANK to their Grocery Section and they sell Live lobsters which are held in tanks with no viseable food and they will be butchered alive either by the customer or the fishmonger  section staff. Many employees are opposed to the tank and it's obvious controversial status and we have been told many complaints have been received by Dunnes. A manager i complaineed to there hung up on me when I rang , (great public training he has). "Scientists say that there is no dispute that [lobsters] have brains and nerve endings and feel pain like other animals. [They should not be] stewing in their own excrement before being boiled alive."The treatment of lobsters is of particular concern as they are typically cooked alive in boiling water. The animals struggle violently during this process. Crabs and lobsters can also suffer during transportation and storage in overcrowded conditions, with lobsters often having their claws bound together with plastic bands. Many lobsters get open wounds and injuries between capture at sea and arrival at the processing plant."This petition will be delivered to:Dunnes Stores grocery Manager Cornelscourt

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Petitioning NPWS

KEEP IRISH PINEMARTENS PROTECTED BY IRISH LEGISLATION.

CULL OF PROTECTED PINE MARTINS CALLED FOR:  The Irish Farming Independent contained an article where  Padraig Brady, a Fine Gael Councillor, also a SHEEP FARMER (who breeds and kills sheep for profit) made a remarkable claim. He said  that a pine marten "killed two of his lambs and injured three others" and that an unidentified woman was bitten by a pine marten.The Irish Wildlife Trust has condemned the report as sensationalist and "truly misinformed" and the councillor's claims as "alarmist and irresponsible". Pointing out that WE SAY the IWT emphasised that "pine martens do not attack sheep or people."According to the Farming Independent report: "although local Fianna Fail and Fine Gael councillors have informed the National Parks and Wildlife Service about the problem, they say the issue has 'fallen on deaf ears'....The pine marten is a protected species with no predator. Local representatives are calling for this order to be lifted and for an URGENT CULL." WE SAY NO to any KILLING OF THESE WILD PROTECTED AND RARE ANIMALS.   The secretive and elusive pine marten was once found throughout Ireland, but a combination of habitat destruction, hunting for their skins and persecution by gamekeepers during the early part of the 20th century meant that by the 1950’s few martens survived. These days pine martens are protected and their fortunes are improving. Numbers are increasing slowly, and in areas where suitable woodland habitat exists the species is gradually extending its range. The Burren in Co. Clare is considered to be the pine marten’s Irish stronghold. The Vincent Wildlife Trust's "Mammals in Ireland" website describes the pine marten as Ireland’s rarest native mammal species, revealing that "recent abundance estimates suggest that the total population of pine martens in Ireland is approximately 2,700 individuals".

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5,191 supporters
Petitioning Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald

Minister for Justice Prosecute Pig Killer Tom Galvin and let justice be served.

Tom Galvin Irish pig farmer has been found not guilty of any crime by the Irish Court system, this is a grave injustice and a message to all animal abusers that the severe suffering of non humans is above the law.There are distressing images of a farmer slaughtering 4,000 pigs almost single-handedly under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture officials that shocked the Public Accounts Committee. The video footage, shot on Tom Galvin's farm in Waterford in 2002, was presented to PAC by a group of farmers interviewed privately as part of its investigation into the activities of the department's controversial special investigations unit. It shows the farmer killing pigs without restraining them, or in isolation, using a captive bolt gun which EU regulations say should only be permitted to stun an animal. John McGuinness, the chairman of the PAC, said he was "horrified" by the footage which he viewed for the first time this weekend. He told the Sunday Independent: "It was horrific. It raises questions for the department officials that they would have allowed this to happen. Surely there are laws that this in breach of." Mr McGuinness plans to raise the disturbing video with the Department of Agriculture officials who are due before the PAC on June 18 to provide information on the cost of failed legal actions initiated by the special investigations unit, and other matters. The video was first highlighted by the Sunday Independent in 2005, three years after Tom Galvin slaughtered his herd. The farmer's animals were impounded by the department after officials accused him of having a banned substance on his farm. Disease broke out and Mr Galvin claimed he felt compelled to slaughter the pigs on welfare grounds, which he did over six days under the supervision of Department of Agriculture officials. The five-minute film captures a fraction of the slaughter. It is dated July 19, 2002, and timed at 4.35pm. A farmer standing in the pig enclosure, steers pigs towards a gated pen. He herds six animals into the narrow space and shuts the gate. The pigs jostle and butt him as he stands in their midst brandishing a captive bolt gun and begins to shoot them in the head one by one. One pig collapses in a loud squeal and starts convulsing violently - a natural reaction in stunned pigs. The other pigs appear distressed and trample over the stricken animal as though trying to escape. The farmer aims at another pig. The animal squeals loudly, but does not go down, and is shot a second time. The pig collapses on its side and the paroxysms begin, its limbs flailing wildly. The remaining pigs are clearly distressed. They are each shot with the captive bolt gun. Towards the end of the video, a man's voice is heard saying: "An awful racket so it is." "Ah it is," comes the reply. Strict EU regulations and guidelines govern the slaughter of animals, punishable by a fine of €1,000 or jail. Animals must be spared avoidable "excitement, pain or suffering" and must be properly restrained prior to stunning. Veterinary Ireland advises that animals "cannot see any carcass, blood or offal prior to stunning". In a statement to the Sunday Independent, the Department of Agriculture said: "During the course of the slaughter process, veterinary inspectors visited the farm on a number of occasions to assess the ongoing slaughter operation where they observed the collection, restraint, slaughter and disposal process, and were satisfied that in the circumstances of a large-scale on-farm slaughter process, that the matter was progressing satisfactorily and the farmer in question was acting appropriately." However, the statement continued that individuals will no longer be allowed to slaughter their own animals, "notwithstanding the legal circumstances and indeed the competence or the stated willingness of a person to undertake such a task". Four Department veterinary officials appeared before the Veterinary Council's disciplinary body, following complaints from Mr Galvin. They were cleared of any professional misconduct and were found to have properly discharged their duties. Mr Galvin was prosecuted and convicted on several charges relating to the use of the illegal substances but his convictions were overturned on appeal. The department said this weekend it did not contest the appeal on legal advice, due to a court judgement that was made in a separate, unrelated case. The Sunday Independent can also reveal that Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney complained about the tactics used by his own department's special investigations unit while he was an opposition TD. In 2003, he wrote to then minister Mary Coughlan, objecting to the "hardline" and "heavy handed" approach taken by the unit when raided six veterinary practices involved in embryo collection to confiscate a drug not fully licensed for use here. The vets were treated like "common criminals", he said. Mr Coveney has replaced the special investigations unit with a new division following a sustained campaign by farmers and a series of costly failed legal actions which the PAC is investigating. LET US GET JUSTICE FOR THE BLUDGEONED AND BEATEN TO DEATH PIGS, CARRIED OUT BY WHAT MUST BE A SERIOUSLY PSYCHOTIC INDIVIDUAL WHO IS STILL LIVING FREE AND STILL BEING LET HAVE ANIMALS IN HIS CARE.  

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Petitioning DROGHEDA BOROUGH COUNCIL

DO NOT LEGALISE URBAN 10 seater HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES IN COUNTY LOUTH

Drogheda in County Louth is planning to have Horse-drawn carriages in the future if they are approved by the Drogheda Borough Council. Also a set of draft bye-laws still have to be  passed  to facilitate the stopping and picking up of passengers on the streets of the town and its surrounds. The draft byelaws are on the Louth County Council website until 4th April. In a town where driving and parking is a nightmare due to very heavy traffic this appears to be an ill-conceived idea. Horses and heavy traffic do not mix well. In a time when many countries and cities have banned Horse – drawn carriages this move to start up the trade is archaic and devoid of any animal welfare considerations or research.  >Forcing horses to pull oversized loads isn’t romantic—it’s cruel. Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge heavy traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. These gentle animals suffer from respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they develop debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. Horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises and unexpected sounds—and busy city streets have plenty of both. Horses and people have been seriously hurt—with some injuries resulting in fatalities—when horses have become spooked and run amok. Income generated by this cruel trade will be minimal when offset by street cleaning, enforcement issues and opposition to horses being forced to carry heavy loads with carriages already planned to transport 10 people. According to research in the USA many tourists do not approve of Carriages using horses and prefer more up to date transport. Carriages are a danger to people in vehicles, bicycling and on foot. Traffic will be seriously impeded particularly emergency vehicles on Drogheda’s narrow thoroughfares. SUBMISSIONS: PLEASE HELP BY MAKING ONE.  Submissions can be made to Louth County Council up until 14th April 2014. From these a report will be drawn up to be given to Drogheda Borough Council for their recommendations. Notice of Proposal to Adopt Horse Drawn Hackney Carriages Bye-Laws, 2014   The Local Government Act 2001, Part 19 (Bye-Laws) Drogheda Borough Council in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act, 2001 gives notice that it proposes to make bye-laws for the control of horse drawn hackney carriages upon expiry of not less than two months from the publication of this notice, within the boundary of Drogheda Borough Council. The draft bye-laws are available for inspection, or a copy is available free of charge during normal office hours from the Drogheda Borough Council Offices, Fair Street & Boyne Centre, Drogheda, County Louth in the period from Wednesday 5th March 2014 up to and including  4th April 2014, or may be downloaded fromwww.louthcoco.ie http://www.louthcoco.ie/en/Drogheda_Borough_Council/Bye_Laws_of_Council/Draft-Control-of-Horse-Drawn-Hackney-Carriages-ByeLaws.pdf Submissions in relation to the draft bye-laws may be made by any person in writing before 5:00pm on 14th April 2014, to Director of Services & Town Clerk,Drogheda Borough Council,Fair Street,Drogheda,Co. Louth or alternatively by e-mail totclerk@droghedaboro.ieclearly marked 'Submission Draft Horse Drawn Hackney Carriages Bye-laws 2014'. The name and address of the person making the submission must be provided.

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Petitioning Damien and Kevin Quinn. EXPORTER

END THE LIVE EXPORTS OF FARMED ANIMALS FROM IRELAND

The Al Mahmoud vessel has now left Waterford -February 2013 loaded with Cattle to make the 10-day trip to Tripoli in Libya.We know they tried to avoid the media and our VIGIL held on TUESDAY resulted in the ship leaving early to ‘avoid trouble at the dock’. Five security manned the checkpoint and even RTE were refused access to the ship. Two Irish firms Murphy Hunter International and Quinn International are partnering with Syrian business Al Mahmoud to export the cattle to Libya. We want to stop this trade and we ASK your help • It will be early April before the vessel returns to Waterford, at which point Mr Hunter hopes it will operate full-time on a three-week shipping route between North Africa and Ireland. If the route becomes established, it would provide an outlet for 40,000-50,000 head of the extra 150,000 cattle that are predicted to come on-stream in Ireland later this year. • I have been told that these cattle have been bred by farmers who cannot afford to buy their feed. Mr Hunter, whose firm already export cattle to Morocco, Spain and Italy.said that there was also a possibility of Friesian type animals being included in future shipments. • Minister Coveney has repeatedly stressed the importance of any live-shipping venture adhering to the highest animal welfare standards. "It's no joke crossing the Bay of Biscay in January and the last thing I want is reports of cattle breaking legs on their journey to wherever," Mr Coveney said recently. • When loaded, the boat will make the 10-day trip to Tripoli in Libya. It will be early April before it returns to Waterford, at which point Mr Hunter hopes it will operate full-time on a three-week shipping route between North Africa and Ireland.

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