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to end animal violations by direct action

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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.

4,314 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

1,428 supporters
Petitioning NPWS , Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service, Division: Heritage Division Grade: Assistant Secretary E-mail:,


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".

2,028 supporters
Petitioning John Shovlin and Gerry Dillon DIRECTORS ACS


   OUR IRISH HORSE AND DOG  POUNDS SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO EASTERN EUROPEAN BUSINESS INTERESTS. SUFFERING ANIMALS NEED CARERS NOT PROFITEERS! ACS MUST STOP TENDERING FOR OUR LOCAL POUNDS. The Company ACS (Animal Collection Services)  who want to take over Clare Dog pound has very little documentation online and its Irish Handlers Four Seasons Promotions Ltd 'trading as ACS' is made up of business men involved in Security and stocks and finance.(Including a Brinks Ireland Director). ACS is owned by a  Latvian man named DACE INDA.  These people have no connection to or history of interest in  abandoned dogs  and horses and at best are seeing this as a business interest. At worst as the only way to raise finance from unwanted animals is either to rehome them with the receipt of a donation from possible new carers  or the ship/kill/slaughter route on a large scale we could be facing major problems.  Killing animals and disposing of their bodies is the most expensive part of running a pound , why then is this company  interested in taking over this and many other pounds/horse slaughter facilities etc. They already run horse pounds with exceptionally high kill rates.  What I am coming to is the point that the animal carcasses  ‘produced’ by the sought after Ennis Pound and other pounds must be either lined up for some purpose producing huge profits for those tendering or the rehoming /donation option comes into play. With ACS's record on other pounds and their high kill rate with horses will the high kill rate be applied to dogs?.  Do the Local Council know where the carcasses from the ACS ‘s current ‘working pounds’ are already being rendered or sent to? Has this been researched ? The AFAR group are ultimately working with some journalists and politicians  to expose the future and current workings of this undertaking or group, with particular emphases on the link to Latvia where coincidentally   a huge slaughterhouse is already located.  We do not as yet have all of the answers but some Dail questions and Minister questions are pending have been put forward at our request and we will be highlighting and publishing the answers to these or indeed the possible  lack of transparency.  Given the grave situation possible for Irish animals if ACS are awarded this contract, it would be wise of local councils to await all of the findings and to reconsider giving the contract to an Irish ‘fully transparent’ humane Animal Rehoming group. Many unfortunate sentient lives are at risk here. Also at risk  is the credibility of any contracts that could possibly be issued and found to be not what they seem. The Council remain silent and tell us the elected Councillors have no say at all in this venture.  We will endeavor to continue researching this conundrum and the alleged Latvian connection to  the Rendering plant BIOVAST to explore the possibility of unfortunate Irish animals being rendered there as a premium financial option.  We are searching for answers ACS refuse to meet with interested parties. Maybe the Councils  have aired all of these concerns already ,maybe not but The AFAR group will do all we can  to stop Clare Dogs being  under the management of people who want to use them either a business investment or other? Animals who end up alone, injured, abandoned and frightened deserve respect and the best care within our capabilities.

1,311 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.  

4,627 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.

1,981 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.

7,535 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.

24,908 supporters