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Petition to Colm Keaveney TD (member of Irish parliament), Tom Barry TD (member of Irish parliament), Mr. Micheal Creed TD, Thomas Pringle TD, Eamon O' Cuiv TD, Martin Ferris TD, Andrew Doyle TD, Pat Deering TD, Josepha Madigan TD, Simon Coveney TD

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

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

John Fitzgerald
49,394 supporters
Started 16 hours ago

Petition to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, Mario Omoss, Jim Klauer

Add vegan hot dog to the Costco food court menu

Shopping at Costco is an experience that many people look forward to, and the food court and its iconic menu items have historically been a big part of that. A giant slice of pizza, or the $1.50 hot dog/soda combo are meals that I've always looked forward to. But I've been vegan for 8 years, and meat-free for over a decade. Sorry, but when I feel like a hot dog or pizza, a salad is the last thing on my mind. Veganism is growing at an incredible pace, with millions of people opting to eat meat-free for animal rights reasons, the health benefits, or because meat production is unsustainable and is destroying our planet. IKEA recently unveiled a vegan hot dog that has been a huge success. Before that they added vegan Swedish Meatballs. The Impossible Whopper has been such a huge success that Burger King is now rolling it out nation-wide. KFC's recent test of vegan fried chicken by Beyond Meat shows exactly how high the demand is for animal-free versions of the foods we love. Costco is headquartered in the Seattle area, and it so happens that the best vegan hot dog (in my opinion) is also from a Seattle company. The Field Roast Frankfurter is one that I'd put at the top of the list if I were commissioned to pick a mass-market vegan hot dog that everybody would love. Costco already sells Field Roast sausages in a 12-pack, so presumably they already have a good relationship with Field Roast. But competition is heating up, and Beyond Meat's sausages are also very viable options. The future is vegan, it is critical for animals and it is critical for the environment. But veganism as a mainstream trend is relatively new, so we need to work together and tell companies exactly what products we want them to sell to us. Please sign my petition to add a vegan hot dog option to the Costco food court menu.

Clearly Veg
585 supporters