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Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Bank of Ireland, Gain Animal Feeds / Glanbia, Gain Feeds Sales Manager, Barry's Tea, Botanica International, FBD Insurance, Kasko Pet Food, Permanent TSB, Best Car Parks, Irish Independent, Galway Crystal, EOS IT Solutions

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry

The greyhound industry is inherently cruel with dogs injured, killed, illegally doped, mutilated and dumped. No company or organisation should support this deplorable industry through sponsorship, advertising or staff nights at tracks. In the past three years alone, over a thousand greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were destroyed by track vets. In 2017, at least 357 greyhounds suffered injuries and 124 dogs were destroyed.Meanwhile, at least 2,649 greyhounds have been destroyed in Irish pounds in the past eight years. Some of the horrors of the Irish greyhound industry have been highlighted on RTE's Prime Time - Limerick Animal Welfare's Marion Fitzgibbon told viewers: "We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We've had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIUkAGa708s These greyhounds are killed when they are unable to win races and make money for owners. A former chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board admitted on Cork's 96 FM that he believes it is "absolutely" okay for thousands of dogs to be killed and that racing couldn't exist without the destruction of dogs. The blooding of greyhounds - using live rabbits, hares, kittens and other small animals - is a cruel and illegal training method in the greyhound industry. It is believed to be common in Ireland. One Irish Independent greyhound scene journalist noted: "The bald truth is that greyhound racing would not continue to exist without blooding. It follows that, with a constant greyhound population of close on 30,000, blooding must be widespread. Don't expect an admission of that from Bord na gCon." Due to a growing awareness about the animal cruelty and illegal doping of dogs, the Irish public is increasingly rejecting greyhound racing - evident in a 50 per cent fall in track attendance in recent years and a 58 per cent drop in sponsorship. Greyhound racing also has a definite link to hare coursing - a cruel bloodsport which a majority in Ireland want outlawed (It is already illegal in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). All greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club. The registration fees help fund cruel coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild for use as live bait for greyhounds to chase. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and those caught and mauled suffer painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
13,757 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD, Andrew Doyle TD, Paschal Donohoe, Simon Coveney, Dept of Finance, Brendan Howlin TD, Micheál Martin TD

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: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/Tweet to: @campaignforLeo Paschal DonohoeMinister for FinanceEmail: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.iePhone: +353 (0)1 6045810Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/Tweet to @PaschaldMichael CreedMinister for Agriculturemichael.creed@oir.ieAndrew Doyle TDMinister of State, Dept of Agricultureandrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
25,857 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, National Parks and Wildlife Service Licensing Unit, Office of the Minister for Arts and Heritage, NPWS Licensing Unit / Gerry Leckey, Micheál Martin TD, Gerry Adams TD, Brendan Howlin TD, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, TD, Peter Fitzpatrick, TD, Jackie Cahill, TD, Dara Calleary, TD, Shane Cassells, TD, Timmy Dooley, TD, Josepha Madigan, TD, Patrick O'Donovan, TD, Robert Troy, TD, Sean Sherlock, TD, Willie Penrose, TD, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD, Mattie McGrath, TD, Bernard Durkan, TD, Michael Harty, TD, Martin Kenny, TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, Patrick Deering, TD, Barry Cowen, TD, Michael D’Arcy, TD, Leo Varadkar, TD, Willie O'Dea, TD, Paul Kehoe, TD, Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Sean Haughey, TD, Andrew Doyle, TD, Paschal Donohoe, TD, John Fitzgerald

BAN CRUEL HARE COURSING

In Ireland's cruel coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild in nets are forced to run for their lives from pairs of greyhounds. Every coursing season, hare injuries and deaths occur. All hares used suffer fear and stress.ACTION ALERT Contact all your local TDs and encourage them to back a ban on cruel hare coursing. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their contact details http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=memUrgently contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister). Urge them to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares. An Taoiseach, Leo VaradkarDepartment of the Taoiseach,Government Buildings,Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ieTweet to: @campaignforLeoLeave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/ Simon Coveney TD Tanaiste/Deputy Prime Minister Iveagh House 80 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Phone: +353 (0)1 408 2000 Email: simon.coveney@oireachtas.ie Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SimonCoveney Tweet to: @simoncoveney Urge the Minister for Arts and Heritage to stop licensing hare coursing Josepha Madigan TDMinister for Culture, Heritage & the GaeltachtPhone: +353 (0)1 631 3800Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ieLeave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFGTweet to: @josephamadigan Witness the cruelty of hare coursing athttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRkXOvbUPNNjMc6LShwiiXBfnDAPbykf- Join the campaign for a ban on hare coursing athttp://www.banbloodsports.com/camp-hc.htm Support our campaign with a donationhttps://www.paypal.me/banbloodsports

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
16,522 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Irish Government, Mattie McGrath, Leo Varadkhar

Let's Get Freedom of Speech in Ireland

Freedom of speech is the very essence of freedom and liberty in western civilisation. It’s how we spread ideas, debate topics and ultimately come up with the best solution for some of the most controversial topics of our times. It allows us to be intellectual honesty, talk about different ideologies and how we can better our democracy through searching for the truth. However, with the rise of corruption in the Irish government and the distrust in it by its people, there is something we have to realise; freedom of speech in Ireland doesn’t exist, it has never existed and the threat of never having freedom of speech will be imminent in the upcoming referendum in October later this year. Minister Charles Flanagan announced that in October, the Irish public will decide as to whether blasphemy laws under Article 40.6.1i shall be repealed or retained. With that said, we should be pushing for freedom of speech to be implemented into our constitution. Under Article 40.6.1i, we are given the right to “express freely their convictions and opinions” which includes government policy. The State also ensures the “rightful liberty of expression” for the “the radio, the press” and “the cinema”. So that part there is fine. This is essentially part 1 of freedom of speech taken care of. However, the second paragraph which is being currently debated about states that the “The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious and indecent manner shall be punishable in accordance with the law”. This is a great example of doublethink. In one paragraph, the State guarantees the right for the press to criticise the government while in the second paragraph, the State can punish you for “indecent manner” which could mean absolutely anything and result in horrible misinterpretations in the future. The second piece in our laws regarding free speech is the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989.  People can be punished with up to two years in prison and a maximum of a 10,000 euro fine if they are found guilty of saying something in which “hatred would be likely to be stirred up”. This is another very frightening piece of wording due to the fact that if the act is altered or misinterpreted (in particular with the term "insulting"), it leaves a big window of opportunity for strong hate speech laws to be introduced. This type of hate speech law has not been used or manipulated similar to Canada with Bill C-16 or in the UK with their heavily exploited and broad hate speech laws where people have been arrested and fined for telling jokes, but there is a possibility that it could happen here in our homeland.  For these reasons, it is time that we ask members of the Dáil to come together and discuss the following:• an amendment which will abolish the State's interference with the right to freedom of speech• guarantee the Irish people the right to freedom of speech • revision of the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989. Please sign the petition and help get freedom of speech in Ireland!

Daniel Ryan
699 supporters