Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
Tourism Ireland - Stop promoting greyhound racing
Less than two weeks after RTE's Prime Time exposed dog doping and animal cruelty in the Irish greyhound industry, Tourism Ireland welcomed the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) to its stand at a major tourism event in the UK. Despite shocking revelations about the cruelty involved in greyhound racing and the damage undoubtedly being done to Ireland's international image, the greyhound board was allowed to be part of the Tourism Ireland stand at the Tourism and Travel Show 2017, held at the NEC Birmingham on March 22nd and 23rd. A photograph taken at the event shows the Irish Greyhound Board stand which prominently featured the Tourism Ireland logo. Messaging from the tourism show, the greyhound board said: "Ready to go for 2 days of selling a Night at the Dogs in Ireland to Tourism Trade at the British Tourism & Travel Show 2017". In a press release issued ahead of the show, Tourism Ireland confirmed that "Tourism Ireland is exhibiting alongside its stand partners including...Irish Greyhound Board..." The IGB's presence at the show was to encourage tour operators to direct tourists to Irish greyhound tracks. The travel show listing for the Irish Greyhound Board described a visit to a dog track as "the perfect mix of night-time entertainment, Irish culture and good food". There is, of course, no mention of the ugly reality of the greyhound industry - the suffering of dogs, the mutilations, abandonment, injuries or deaths. Speaking on the Prime Time programme, greyhound protection campaigner, Marion Fitzgibbon left no doubt about the appalling cruelty. She 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://youtu.be/PIUkAGa708s Clearly Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and other tourism bodies should have nothing to do with this disgusting industry. They should recognise that the greyhound industry is bad for Ireland's image and note the growing opposition to greyhound racing in Ireland, Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions - there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Fáilte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.
Stop the Export of Irish Greyhounds to Pakistan
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on the government to take urgent action to stop the export of greyhounds to Pakistan, a country where horrendous animal cruelty takes place. In our call to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to act, we have highlighted the dire situation for animals in the Asian country. For example, one of the individuals now in possession of some of the growing number of Irish greyhounds being exported to Pakistan, is involved in brutal pig fighting. Stomach-churning video footage, posted on Facebook, shows a tethered pig suffering a sustained and brutal attack from two of his hunting dogs. With his leg tied to a post, the pig is unable to escape as the dogs bite into his underbelly and attempt to chew off his ears. A crowd of bloodsport enthusiasts looks on as the doomed creature's pain intensifies. The footage is from one of a series of shocking hunting and coursing videos uploaded to the Facebook page of a Dr Aftab Niazi. The caption on the pig attack video confirms that the "dogs belong to Dr Aftab Niazi". In another video, a fatally injured pig is seen being dragged away past the bloodied remains of a dog which Niazi says is his - "my brave dog fight till the end". Dr Aftab Niazi is now the owner of an Irish greyhound named Heavens Quest. Before ending up in Pakistan, Heavens Quest was used in greyhound racing in Clonmel and Kilkenny. According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, he was entered into 11 races between February and October 2014. Responding to a Dail question from Paul Murphy TD in January, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed claimed that "there is no record at this point of direct exports [of greyhounds] to Pakistan". Minister Creed clearly didn't look too hard. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports easily uncovered a document showing a change in ownership for Heavens Quest. An Irish Coursing Club Greyhound Stud Book identity booklet (photographs of which appear online) shows that the ownership of Heavens Quest was transferred from a Joe O'Neill in Newbridge, County Kildare to "new owner" Aftab Niazi in Mianwali, Pakistan. Niazi is also the owner of other Irish greyhounds, including Glenvale Lily, Mineola Sprint and Kierans Hollie. He describes Glenvale Lily - whose last race here was in Mullingar in 2012 - as "the queen of coursing [and racing] and the best brood birch at present in Pakistan", adding that "sadly her career ended up with severe injury to her hind leg, intact fracture of her hind leg." Mineola Sprint last raced at Longford greyhound track in 2012. A listing for Kierans Hollie on the Irish Coursing Club website shows that her previous owners were Der Dineen and Donie Galvin in Cork. The Irish greyhounds are being sent over 6,000 km to Pakistan for use in racing, coursing and for breeding. The route the dogs are being taken, whether directly from Ireland or from the UK or another country, is currently unclear. So too is the method of transport. Crafty Barrazo is another Irish greyhound in Pakistan. Records show that the breeder of Crafty Barrazo is Irish Coursing Club president Brian Divilly. The Irish Greyhound Board website lists the owner as the Divilly Family Syndicate. Video footage shows this greyhound chasing a rabbit during a coursing meeting in Pakistan. Alongside him is Lixnaw Eoin (last raced at Tralee greyhound track in 2013). Another individual in Pakistan who now owns Irish greyhounds is Sher Afgan Challianwalla of the Challianwala Kennel. Challianwalla was present at the Irish Cup hare coursing meeting last weekend where he was photographed alongside Brian Divilly. Among the Irish dogs at his kennels is Portane All In who is being used for breeding. Before being exported to Pakistan, he was used for hare coursing in Limerick, Tipperary and Laois. According to Cork Dog Action Welfare Group, the Irish Greyhound Board held an international sale at Shelbourne Park last August where 117 greyhounds went on sale. "Buyers from around the world attended these sales, so once again some of our Irish greyhounds may end in countries such as China, Pakistan & Spain, all recognised for their cruel treatment of animals," the group said. The CAGED Nationwide campaign adds: "Irish greyhounds 'bred for the racing industry' are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries where there are no welfare laws. Around 80 per cent of dogs are sent to the UK from Ireland, but many later transported to countries like Pakistan to be used for racing, of where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death." Last month Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection condemned the export of greyhound to countries "with no animal welfare laws". Greyhounds sent to Pakistan "will either die at a very young age once they can no longer race or will be bred from," she said, adding that a contact in Pakistan told her that it's "dreadful for the dogs there, it's always mega hot, there's no animal protection laws, no rehoming programs and not many vets and the ones that are out there are hours away." He told her he has seen greyhounds starved to death at the end of their career. Please help convince the Irish Government to act. Respond to the action alert below and share this petition. ACTION ALERT Join us in urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to act NOW to stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan. Email "Stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Pakistan" to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org An Taoiseach, Enda KennyGovernment Buildings,Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020Email: email@example.comLeave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endakennyofficial/Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD Michael Creed TDMinister for AgricultureKildare Street, Dublin 2.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtdTweet to: @creedcnw
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.email@example.com Andrew Doyle TDMinister of State, Dept of Agricultureandrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop allowing cruel foxhunting on your land
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is outraged that the Irish Army hosted a foxhunt at its Curragh Camp HQ. According to a report in the Irish Field, members of the army took part in the barbarism and even helped organise it. The report, which included a photo of army officers standing next to foxhunters on horseback, outlined that "the Irish Army were out in force for the Kildare Foxhounds meet at the Curragh Camp." See the photo at http://www.theirishfield.ie/WEBFILES/306118-195120.jpg It went on to detail how foxes were pursued by hounds and “marked to ground” (this indicates that the terrorised foxes sought refuge underground). We can only speculate as to what happened to these foxes, but terriermen attached to the hunt typically arrive with spades to dig down to the fox. Terriers are sent underground to corner and attack the fox while the earth is dug away from above. The bleeding, injured fox is then pulled out of the ground and brutally killed. The Irish Army must immediately cease involvement in this barbaric activity and stop allowing animal cruelty activities on its land. ACTION ALERT Call on the Irish Army to prohibit animal cruelty on its property Defence Forces HeadquartersCeannt Barracks,Curragh Camp,Co KildareTel: +353 (0)45 44 5306Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgLeave a comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DefenceForces?v=wallTweet to @defenceforces
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
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
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.
Stop allowing foxhunters into Galway's Moyode Wood
ICABS has renewed an appeal to Coillte to stop allowing hunters to terrorise wildlife in its forests. The call follows reports that wildlife is again being targeted in a County Galway wood.It is understood that hunters and hounds have been back in Moyode Forest in Craughwell, Co Galway. Their early morning outings are likely to involve cub hunting. Typically carried out ahead of the main hunting season, cub hunting sees hunters bringing inexperienced foxhounds to fox earths and training them to attack, chase and kill young foxes.Despite being aware of the appalling cruelty of cub hunting and foxhunting, Coillte has continued to allow access to foxhunters.A Coillte representative has previously confirmed to ICABS that foxhunters "have permission from Coillte to use Moyode wood as well as a number of other properties owned by Coillte in the vicinity for hunting purposes in line with traditional usage."The young foxes of Moyode Wood are likely to have suffered an appalling fate this month -scared out of their earths by hunters and bitten, mauled and torn apart by hounds. It is entirely unacceptable for Coillte to disregard this suffering being caused to woodland wildlife. *** ACTION ALERT***Email "Stop allowing hunters to enter Moyode Wood" to Gerard.Britchfield@coillte.ie,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,Mick.Donnellan@coillte.ie or telepehone Coillte's acting CEO, Gerard Britchfield on Tel: +353 (0)1 2011111