Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
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 14.8 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. Taoiseach Enda Kennytaoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie Michael CreedMinister for Agriculturemichael.firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Doyle TDMinister of State, Dept of Agricultureandrew.email@example.com
Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China
Greyhound protection group, CAGED Northwest, has reported that "Lufthansa are the airline shipping greyhounds to their death in Macau, China". On its Facebook page, CAGED (Campaign Against Greyhound Exploitation & Death) states: "The following detail was brought to us via numerous reliable sources; 'Six greyhounds were transported by Lufthansa airlines from Dublin to Hong Kong on 12th April 2016'." The doomed Irish dogs were destined for the infamous Canidrome, condemned as the world's deadliest racetrack from where no dog gets out alive. As many as 800 greyhounds are housed at the Canidrome, with racing taking place five nights a week on a track that is deemed by animal welfarists on the ground as too hard, resulting in injuries to dogs. If a greyhound does not finish in the top three in five races in a row, he/she is destroyed. It is understood that around 400 dogs are killed by lethal injection each year and every greyhound arriving at the track is dead within three years. During a four day period from April 30th to May 3rd 2016, over 50 dog injuries were documented on the Canidrome website. These included bite wounds, torn hip-supporting muscle, fractured paw, lame leg, swollen leg, inflamed joint and wounded tail. Greyhounds were also listed as having arthritis, eye infection, ear infection and dermatitis. Incredibly, many dogs with bite wounds, arthritis and torn muscles were said to be "cured" before a clearance certificate was issued for them to be used at the next race. In response to dozens of complaints posted online, Lufthansa is not denying that it was the airline that flew the dogs to China. One complaint stated: "I have learnt that Lufthansa are the airline that transport greyhounds from Ireland to Macau for a life of misery in the Canidrome." The official reply from Lufthansa: "Please appeal to your responsible authorities to change the legal framework that allows such mistreatments to happen. As a company, we are not able to determine the purpose for which animals are making their journey." This response from Lufthansa is in stark contrast to that of other airlines. For example, Emirates Airlines moved quickly to confirm to the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that it has "never shipped greyhounds to China (Hong Kong or Macau) on our services from Dublin". British Airways has also assured us that they "have not transported greyhounds from Dublin to Macau on any BA aircraft". In December, following a damning TV report about the cruelty of the Canidrome, Qantas and Cathay Pacific airlines announced that they would no longer transport racing greyhounds from Australia to Asia. Luftansa did not reply to a 22nd April 2016 email, urging the company to refuse to transport Irish greyhounds to China. ACTION ALERT Contact Lufthansa and urge them to put in place a policy of not transporting greyhounds from Ireland to China. Leave a comment on the Lufthansa Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/lufthansa/ Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
Stop offering foxhunting internship
A job to kill for: Department of Social Protection shamefully continuing to list JobBridge internship for the position of 'First Whipper In' with a Waterford foxhunt. Given the appalling and barbaric cruelty involved in foxhunting, it is entirely unacceptable that the Department of Social Protection is facilitating and subsidising a foxhunt to the tune of €52.50 per week. Many citizens will be astounded and appalled that their hard earned tax euros are going to fund this horrific animal cruelty, which involves hounding a fox for hours across countryside. If the fox is caught overground, it is torn apart by the pack, and if it does manage to go to earth, terriermen will dig it out, using terriers to fight the fox underground, resulting in horrific injuries to both dog and fox. It is outrageous that the Department of Social Protection is subsidising animal cruelty. We call on the acting Minister for Social Welfare, Joan Burton, to intervene to have Waterford Foxhounds excluded from the JobBridge scheme. By approving the Waterford Foxhounds for the scheme, Social Protection are in effect condoning and promoting the barbaric bloodsport of foxhunting, and encouraging an unemployed person to become immersed in animal cruelty. According to the description on the JobBridge website: "The intern will gain practical experience in all aspects of venery, hound management, horse management, country preservation and preparation and veterinary care. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following hound management, whipping in, etiquette. On completion the intern will have attained skills in whipping in and will be positioned well to take up a position in hunt service as a whipper in and continue their training to take up the role of a professional huntsman...Skills Requirements: Appititude [sic] to learn, a passion for hounds and strong horseman skills." ACTION ALERT Tell Minister Leo Varadkar and the Department of Social Protection to immediately exclude animal cruelty groups from its JobBridge scheme. Email “JobBridge – Stop offering foxhunting internship” to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone Minister Leo Varadkar: (01) 704 3000 Leave a comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/leovaradkarTweet to @campaignforleo
Order of Malta - Stop attending cruel hare coursing festival
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has renewed an appeal to voluntary first-aid organisation, Order of Malta, to show compassion for Irish wildlife and stop attending a hare coursing cruelty festival. The Order of Malta has a presence at the coursing finals in Clonmel to provide first aid to those getting their kicks from watching hares running for their lives. A posting on the Order of Malta's Facebook page shows the group's First Aid Station at the Powerstown Park venue alongside the message "Good week of duty over in Clonmel, with coursing and races". The Order of Malta says it has nearly 4,000 members "volunteering their time to provide first-aid medical services at community and large national events". In an email to the Order of Malta's Dublin headquarters, ICABS praised the organisation's valuable work across the country but pointed out that volunteering at an animal cruelty event at which defenceless animals are forced to run for their lives is surely contrary to the Order of Malta's ethos of compassion and alleviating suffering. "The coursing meeting in Clonmel is the culmination of a season of animal cruelty," we stated in our letter. We brought to their attention photographs taken at Clonmel which show hares desperately running for their lives in front of greyhounds. "Every coursing season, hares are hit and mauled, resulting in painful injuries and deaths," we added. "Injuries include bruises, broken bones and dislocated hips. This is not the type of activity the Order of Malta should be associating with." ACTION ALERT Please join us in urging the Order of Malta to stop providing volunteers to the national hare coursing meeting in Clonmel. Order of Malta Ireland,St John's House,32 Clyde Road,Ballsbridge, Dublin 4Tel: 01-6430000Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Clonmel@orderofmalta.ie
Stop promoting cruel bullfighting
Bullfighting involves horrendous cruelty to animals. Bulls are painfully tortured with lances and spiked spears before the bleeding and wounded creatures are killed with a sword into the heart. As a grisly trophy for the matador, the ears and tail are cut off (sometimes when the bull is still conscious). This barbarism should have no place in modern Spain. By trying to lure holidaymakers into the blood-soaked bullrings, the Spanish Government's tourism body is complicit in the continuation of this cruelty. As a majority of Spaniards no longer have any interest in bullfighting, it is in many cases the tourists who keep bullrings afloat. If tourism authorities and travel agents stopped pushing tickets on tourists, it would surely spell the end for many bullrings. On the Spain.info website, Spanish Tourism states: "Come to Spain and discover the world of bullfighting - you are sure to have fun." It is not only encouraging people to attend bullfights but to also participate in the barbarity, saying "there are many companies in Spain that prepare everything necessary for you to bullfight young cows and bulls". In a world where most people oppose cruelty to animals, it is unwise of Spain's national tourism body to present it as a holiday attraction. By doing so, they risk alienating many potential visitors who view bullfighting as the abhorrent and unacceptable obscenity that it is. ACTION ALERT Contact your local Spanish Tourism Office and make it clear that, as one of the majority opposed to animal cruelty, you find it very offensive that they are actively promoting bullfighting and bullrunning. If their promotion of animal cruelty would make you chose an alternative holiday destination, please point this out in your correspondence. Gonzalo Ceballos, DirectorSpanish Tourism Office in Ireland1-3 Westmoreland Street, Dublin Tel: 01-6350200 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Tweet to @Spain @SpaininIreland Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spain.info.ie
About.com - Stop promoting cruel bullfighting
About.com is being asked to stop publicising bullfighting and providing links to sites selling bullfighting tickets. On the About.com GoSpain page, travel writer Damian Corrigan declares: "I recommend heading for the bullring as soon as you arrive in the city to secure your tickets." Dates and locations are listed along with links to bullfighting websites where tickets may be purchased. Elsewhere on About.com, the torturing and killing of bulls is shockingly described as "art". Beneath a photo of a matador plunging a sword into the bleeding body of a bull, it is stated: "The exact manner in which the fighter takes the bull's life is important to the art." In a letter to About.com CEO Neil Vogel and CEO of parent company InterActive Corp, Jeff Kip, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports stated: "Bullfighting is an extremely cruel and violent activity in which bulls are terrorised, tortured and killed. Most holidaymakers lured in to the bullrings are left feeling shocked and disgusted at the bloody scenes they witness. Please show compassion and remove bullfighting from your website." ACTION ALERT Urge About.com and InterActive Corp to stop publicising bullfighting on their website. Mr Neil Vogel, Mr Jeff KipCEO, About.com / InterActive CorpEmail: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +1 212 314 7277 (New York)Twitter: @neilvogel @AboutTravel @gospain
Easons: Act against graphic hunting magazines
Easons is being urged to stop displaying hunting magazines on the bottom shelves of its stores and to ensure that they are not sold to under 18s. “We believe that it is highly inappropriate for publications which contain very graphic and violent images to be positioned in a way that makes them so accessible to youngsters,” the Irish Council Against Blood Sports stated in an email to Easons. “Often these publications present images of dogs or wildlife on the covers, which could entice unsuspecting children to open and look through them. The horrific images inside – including bloodied carcasses of foxes, deer and birds hunted to their deaths – could prove very upsetting and traumatic.” These offensive publications glorifying violence and killing should not be accessible to minors. Easons should move them to the top shelf or behind the counter and never sell them to under 18s.
Support a ban on cruel hare coursing
The Sinn Fein party, while it has opposed stag hunting in Ireland and backed an anti-bullfighting motion in the European Parliament, has a policy of supporting cruel hare coursing. Despite the suffering, injury and death caused to Irish hares and the fact that many party representatives are in favour of a ban, Sinn Fein's current stance is that they "oppose an outright ban". Please sign and share this petition and urge the party to change its policy and come out strongly in favour of a ban on hare coursing. Hare coursing is illegal in most countries, including England, Scotland, Wales and also in Northern Ireland. It continues in the Republic of Ireland, even though the vast majority of citizens want it outlawed. In coursing, hares are forcefully netted from the countryside, kept in captivity for weeks or months and eventually forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of greyhounds. Using live animals as bait for dogs would normally be a serious offence of animal cruelty but the government has provided immunity from prosecution for those involved by inserting an exemption for coursing into animal welfare legislation. Witness the cruelty of hare coursing at http://youtu.be/4LrFGNrL0rA
Reject foxhunt's fundraiser
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is appealing to Loreto College secondary school in Mullingar, not to associate with a Westmeath Foxhounds fundraiser planned for March 14th. The hunt which is involved in terrorising and cruelly killing foxes is organising a charity ride and have nominated the school as the beneficiary. At the November 2014 meeting of the Loreto College Parents Advisory Council, it was stated "Westmeath Hunt has allocated its annual charity ride to Loreto College this year and it is hoped to raise substantial funds to refurbish the library in the spring. A venue, sponsors and volunteers will be needed to ensure the success of this major event." ICABS has written to the Principal, Marese Bell, appealing to her not to allow the school to be associated with the Westmeath Foxhounds. In our letter to Ms. Bell, we outlined the horrendous cruelty engaged in by the hunt, twice a week, when they take a pack of hounds out into the Westmeath countryside to hound and kill foxes for “sport”. In our letter, we outlined instances of cruelty perpetrated by this hunt club, which had been documented in hunt reports in the Farmers Journal and the Irish Field. For example, a 2011 report in the Farmers Journal revealed that sixteen mounted followers of the Westmeath hunt, along with 29 hounds, found a fox that was caught and “chopped”. Later on, another fox was “overhauled before he managed to put any distance between himself and them”. Both “chopped” and “overhauled” in hunting terminology mean that the fox was caught by the pack of hounds, torn apart and disembowelled. In 2007, the Irish Independent reported that there was a probe into allegations that during a Westmeath Foxhounds hunt, a rope was tied to the leg of a fox and that it was pulled out of a burrow and fed alive to the dogs. In 2008, an Irish Field report revealed that the Westmeath Hunt chased a fox into the freezing water of the Royal Canal. And in another report in the Irish Field in 1991, it was reported that a fox was dug out by Westmeath Foxhounds as follows: “Terriers were some time coming as car followers were the wrong side of the wind for hearing. A quick dig followed and two foxes were dispatched. Eamon had a brush for Clarissa and a fox’s tongue which he intends pickling in vinegar to cure warts and draw thorns.” Hopefully, Loreto College Mullingar, will show compassion for Irish wildlife and reject this cruel hunt’s fundraiser. __________________ ACTION ALERT__________________ Email "Loreto College - Please reject cruel foxhunt's fundraiser" to email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +353 (0} 44 93 42055. Suggest a readathon as an appropriate alternative fund-raiser, given that funds are being sought for the school's library..
Stop selling bullfighting tickets
Companies selling bullfight tickets are helping to keep the blood-drenched bullrings in business. They are profiting from the slow torture to death of bulls in a cruel spectacle which millions around the world want outlawed.