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Petition to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD, Andrew Doyle TD, Paschal Donohoe, Frances Fitzgerald, Dept of Finance

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Please sign our petition calling on the Irish Government to stop funding the cruel greyhound racing industry. The Irish Greyhound Board - which has control over track racing and hare coursing - received 16 million euro of hard-earned taxpayers' money in the latest budget (an increase of over a million euro compared to the previous year's figure), while other desperately needy sectors of Irish society saw cuts in grant aid. This despicable industry is responsible for the premature deaths of huge number of greyhounds, considered no longer fit to race on the track and those who don't make the grade. The average lifespan of a greyhound is 12-14 years, but Irish racing greyhounds can only expect to live 3-4 years. Also, many greyhounds are sent abroad to destinations that have little or no animal welfare protection legislation, where they are kept in appalling conditions and raced to death. It is also a corrupt industry with owners and trainers "openly admitting to doping" dogs as revealed on BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, while blooding (using hares, rabbits and small animals to keep the greyhounds keen) is an "open secret" in the industry. Given the ongoing fall in attendances at tracks, it is clear that the general public has little interest in greyhound racing. The Irish Government must stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Government Buildings, Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2 Telephone: +353 (0)1 619 4020 Email:, Leave a comment on Facebook: to: @campaignforLeo Paschal DonohoeMinister for FinanceEmail:, +353 (0)1 6045810Leave a comment on Facebook: to @PaschaldMichael CreedMinister for Andrew Doyle TDMinister of State, Dept of

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
20,689 supporters
Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Environment agency, Canal & River Trust, UK Government and Opposition

River Lea Oil Disaster ▶ We call for effective environmental protection for our waterways

The River Lea flows south from the Chiltern Hills through East London to the River Thames, and is a major source of London’s drinking water. The Lea Valley is home to over 200 bird species, over 35 species of mammal and over 500 species of plant; all of which are under persistent threat from contaminated waste entering the river at Pymmes Brook. On Sunday 11th February 2018, the River Lea saw its worst – but by no means only – incident of waste crime in recent history when used engine oil entered the river at Pymmes Brook. The slow emergency response by both the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust enabled the contamination to spread up- and downstream over five miles of waterway.  By the Environment Agency’s own calculations, over 78,000 litres of oil-polluted water has been removed from the contaminated area since the incident. The Swan Sanctuary rescued more than 30 swans and other waterbirds. Many other animals died. There were already 40 swans in care at The Swan Sanctuary following another recent pollution event from Pymmes Brook on 28th December 2017 – otherwise admissions in February 2018 would likely have exceeded 70. Local residents, businesses, rowers, walkers, tourists and live-aboard boaters have been subject to harmful fumes, along with the sight of dead and contaminated wildlife; not to mention the toxic waste itself. Some local river-based businesses and organisations have had no option but to cease operations during this time. A boater and Canal & River Trust joint volunteer clean-up effort was undermined when hazardous waste held in unsealed tonne bags, including dead animals, was left on public towpaths uncollected by the Environment Agency for over three weeks. Volunteers have noted the Environment Agency’s proactive work at the source of the spill, as well as the initial dedication of a handful of Canal & River Trust staff on the ground. It is, however, over one month since the incident and volunteers are still organising regular clean-up operations with no support from the Environment Agency or the Canal & River Trust. After one month, the oil spill has still not been contained or cleaned Throughout this environmental disaster communication between agencies and the affected communities has been substandard, and has fallen short of the most basic expectations: No clarity between Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust’s responsibilities No evidence of an emergency response contingency plan or strategy Insufficient briefing of Canal & River Trust staff and volunteers No proactive or clear communication with boat licence holders, rowing clubs or marinas No education of towpath users or local businesses Lack of clean-up resources available to boaters and volunteers Failure to close waterways quickly and the premature reopening of Hertford Union Canal leading to spread of the contamination The Canal & River Trust has acknowledged they “deal with on average six pollution events each year relating to the discharges from Pymmes Brook”. Why then were authorities so unprepared to cope with this major incident? The Canal & River Trust’s purpose is “to act as guardian for the canals and rivers of England and Wales – ensuring that history, nature and communities are central to everything we do.” The Environment Agency “protect and improve the quality of water, making sure there is enough for people, businesses, agriculture and the environment.” We, the Undersigned, call upon the Addressees to provide:  Explanations – Why was an environmental disaster neither acted upon immediately, nor respective actions clearly communicated? Transparency – We call on the Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust to share publicly their waste crime response and communication strategy, including roles and responsibilities and allotted emergency budget. Improvements – We demand an inter-agency investigation and root cause analysis of the February 2018 River Lea Oil Disaster and clean-up response. Lessons learnt and future measures to prevent and cope with disasters of such nature should be shared publicly. Accountability – We call on DEFRA, EAC and the EFRA select committee to hold the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust to account for their handling of this disaster and to consider whether the agencies are adequately funded to meet their public objectives. Scrutiny – A process established whereby charities and community groups can review the approach to water quality and pollution management within the Lea Valley. Open letter and online petition created and signed by: Lea Boaters CollectiveAnna Kröger, Emily Nicholl, Graham Ryder, Gwennan Thomas, Jola Mackenzie, Laurie Watkins, Elizabeth Perrett, Sophie Scott, Tom Whitehead, Topher Dagg Thames21Debbie Leach, Chief Executive The Green PartyCaroline Russell, Assembly MemberSian Berry, Assembly MemberAlastair Binnie-Lubbock, Hackney Green Party Mayoral Candidate The Swan SanctuaryDorothy Beeson MBE, BEM, Founder London WaterkeeperTheo Thomas, Chief Executive NBTA LondonDave Mendes da Costa, Chair Residential Boat Owners’ AssociationAlan Wildman, Chair Moo CanoesKaty Hogarth, Founding Director Alfie Hatt , Founding Director Alfred le RoyBen Perkins, Captain Save Lea MarshesCaroline Day, RepresentativeAbigail Woodman, Representative Lea Rowing ClubLucy Stackpool-Moore, Club Captain Amwell Magna FisheryFeargal Sharkey, Chairman Tottenham & Wood Green Friends of the EarthQuentin Given, Co-ordinator Stonebridge Lock CoalitionFrances Dismore, Chair Sue Wend Ho, Secretary A copy of this letter will be sent to: Environment Agency: Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive; Dr Toby Willison, Executive Director of Operations; Sarah Chare, Director Operations South East Simon Hawkins, Deputy Director Hertfordshire & North London. Canal & River Trust: Richard Parry, Chief Executive; Peter Birch, Group Environment Manager; Jon Guest, Waterway Manager in London; Nick Smith, National Waste and Contamination Surveyor. Government and Opposition: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA): Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment. The Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee: Neil Parish MP, Chair. Environmental Audit Committee (EAC): Mary Creagh MP, Chair. Labour Party: Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. David Lammy MP, Tottenham. Dianne Abbott MP, Hackney North & Stoke Newington, Shadow Home Secretary. Meg Hillier MP, Hackney South & Shoreditch

Lea Boaters Collective, Green Party, Thames21, NBTA London, Residential Boat Owners’ Association, Moo Canoes, Save Lea Marshes, Alfred le Roy, The Swan Sanctuary, London Waterkeeper, Lea Rowing Club
6,770 supporters