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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.

522 supporters
Petitioning Pascal Donogue Minister for finance, Michael Creed, TD

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.

9,332 supporters
Petitioning Cornelscourt Grocery Manager Padraig Kearney, Frank Dunne


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

1,416 supporters
Petitioning Michael Phelan - 087 6000284.


LIVE HARE COURSING IS KEPT ALIVE BY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF COMPANY SPONSORSHIP. One such major sponsor is the dog food company CONNOLLYS REDMILLS. REDMILLS COURSING SUPPORT> We anticipate a ban on hare coursing in the near future in Ireland but we URGE people who support REDMILLS TO NOW BOYCOTT ALL REDMILLS products, we want to stop as many animals suffering as we can.there are plenty of cruelty- free products for dogs available in Ireland. This means the dying 'sport' of Hare Coursing needs to have all support withdrawn. Proof of the inherent cruelty can be seen in footage like this from the “prestigious” Irish Cup coursing event:   And evidence such as this: (Following are summaries of the recent FOI reports re the relevant hare coursing events, and extracts from them) 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.

2,130 supporters
Petitioning NPWS


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".

5,170 supporters


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 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.

2,265 supporters
Petitioning OWNER JOHN MAGNIER, Fethard. Co Tipperary.


Irish Horses are now being exported to China by Coolmore Stud to literally help set up horseracing there. No consideration or concern for these animals being sent to a  nation with a sick history of abusing animals is being shown also these animals will be treated as the Chinese see fit. No government on another continent can monitor their welfare. Going on China's existing record of ill treatment to all living beings , these horses are facing a future of suffering and abuse when their racing days are over if not during training and breeding. The link below is a Sky News Report on China's animal cruelty in CHINA'S Circuses and Safari Parks. The Report contains disturbing footage of animals being abused, including a young cow being fed alive to a pack of tigers. Why should those who are responsible for the treatment of both winning and ultimately slow racehorses be any different as no legislation exists to convict animal abusers in China. Chinas meat trade and fur farms are extreme and brutal also. SEE   B Wright. AFAR.

7,761 supporters
Petitioning Damien and Kevin Quinn. EXPORTER


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.

30,000 supporters