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					                                                  ARAN
                                                Animal Rights Action Network




       RIGHTS FOR ANIMALS
(The e-news for Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) - Ireland’s national animal rights
                            organization) December 2009

                                         In this online issue

                       1. IKEA UNDER FIRE FROM ARAN FOR SALE OF REINDEER MEAT
                    2. ARAN EXPOSES GORILLA ZOO CONDITIONS AND PLIGHT – UPDATE
     3.   ARAN JOINS INTERNATIONAL FUR FREE ALLIANCE AND WELCOMES PROPOSED FUR FARMING IN
                                                IRELAND BAN
                4. WARD UNION HUNT BACK IN THE HEADLINES – ARAN PUSHES FOR A BAN
              5. ARAN TEAMS UP WITH LUSH COSMETICS FOR NEW FUNDRAISING CAMAPIGN
               6. TURKEY THROW IN FERMANAGH – THANKS TO ALL FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN
                       7. SUZANNE MCCABE – ID RATHER BARE SKIN THAN WEAR SKIN
                         8. ARAN BEGINS CAMPAIGNS TO STOP GREYHOUND RACING
                     9. BAN HARE-COURSING ARAN LEADS LARGE LUNCHTIME PROTEST
                         10. STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING IN IRELAND CAMPAIGN UPDATE
            11. CANADA STOP KILLING SEALS – ARAN’S SEAFOOD BOYCOTT GAINS HUGE SUPPORT
          12. ARAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST LATEST ‘FASHION ACCESSORY’ CRAZE – MIRCO MINI PIGS
              13. 2009 ARAN RALLY ONCE AGAIN ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBERS OF SUPPORTERS
                 14. ARAN HELPS IRISH DAILY MIRROR EXPOSES ANIMAL ABUSE IN IRELAND


                   IKEA UNDER FIRE FROM ARAN FOR SALE OF REINDEER MEAT
        Recently ARAN broke news to the national press calling for IKEA the retail giant to stop selling
    reindeer ‘salami’ to their customers over the Christmas season. In a press statement, ARAN called on
      the company to make a compassionate decision not to support another cruel industry due to the
     cruel exploitation these wild animals suffer at the hands of herders – ARAN also fears it could open
      up a new market in Ireland for the meat which could in turn jeopardize breeding herds in Sweden.
       Due to increasing demand for reindeer meat, traditional methods of herding in Nordic countries
    where they are found, have given way to chasing reindeer on snowmobiles and motorcycles, as well
    as helicopters. This and lassoing according to ARAN causes huge amounts of stress for these animals.
       They can become so distraught that their muscle can literally waste away. ARAN has also being
     inundated with complaints from its customers outraged to be offered such, ‘an offensive product’.
       Press attention has being huge with newspapers such as Sunday Tribune doing a great write up,
     along with articles in the Irish Examiner, Breakingnews.ie, USA Today, various online news websites
     and radio stations such as, Today FM, Limerick 95fm, Galway Bay FM, Q102FM, FM104, Cork’s Red
                                       FM, LMFM, Highland Radio and more.
             ARAN EXPOSES GORILLA ZOO CONDITIONS AND PLIGHT – UPDATE
Animal Rights Action Network began an investigation into Dublin Zoo as part of our ‘Animals in Captivity’
campaign which focuses on animals kept in captivity such as circuses and zoo’s. During our investigation
we documented a family of six gorilla’s living in the most horrific, depressing and visibly poor conditions
at the Zoo. The gorilla family consists of Harry - large silverback male aged 23, Lena a breeding female

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   aged 27, Kesho male aged 10, Mayani female aged 7, Alf male aged 6 and Evinidi male aged 3. The
   investigation also found the giant Silver back to be sitting staring at a concrete wall rocking back and
  forth. We also found the younger ones trying desperately to break the rusty, iron bars that kept them
from the outside world. In their enclosure it appeared that the only bit of activity material was a piece of
   hanging rope and some flimsy straw. Out on the front part of the enclosure the animals had no more
   than two back yards of an area to live, covered with grass and no more than rope to play with. Their
whole enclosure was surrounded by glass that the visiting public would glare through to see the sad eyes
of the beautiful, intelligent animals. Animal Rights Action Network has also received a deluge of calls and
 complaints from members of the public that have visited the enclosure. Since we broke the news with a
     full page spread in the Irish Daily mirror, ARAN has being informed that Dublin zoo had improved
  ‘somewhat’ the conditions the gorillas are in and they say that within the next year the gorillas maybe
 moved to the new African plains enclosure. Although ARAN does not agree with welfare improvements,
      we do accept that for as long as the gorillas are kept in captivity at Dublin zoo, that at least their
conditions can be improved to give these majestic creatures a fairly decent life. We will keep you posted
                                     on developments should they arise.

    ARAN JOINS INTERNATIONAL FUR FREE ALLIANCE AND WELCOMES PROPOSED FUR
                           FARMING IN IRELAND BAN
ARAN is delighted to announce that we have been voted in by the International Fur Free Alliance, which is
   made up of international animal protection groups such as the Humane Society of the United States,
   Respect for Animals and various other animal groups. The alliance is made up of groups campaigning
against the international fur trade and meet up yearly in order to discuss campaigns, programs and more.
    In Ireland ARAN is delighted with the news that fur farming in Ireland is to be included in the new
program for government which will work towards phasing out fur farms in Ireland over three years. Since
ARAN’s formation, we have worked hard to highlight the abysmal conditions of Irish fur farms, the cruelty
  associated with their killing and the needless need for wearing fur. Our campaign to date has included
  high-profile demonstration including a national demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture
with groups such as CIWF Ireland and ISPCA attending. ARAN has continued to lobby up until recently for
 the fur farming ban by pressing TD’s and senators to do all they can to help enact legislation for such a
  ban. Right now, ARAN is working on making sure that the fur farming phase out is enacted as soon as
                                                  possible.

         WARD UNION HUNT BACK IN THE HEADLINES – ARAN PUSHES FOR A BAN
Once again the Ward Union carted stag deer hunt is back in the headlines as they staged a demonstration
  outside government buildings calling on Minister John Gormley not to go ahead with a planned ban on
 the only deer hunt in Ireland. During a radio interview with national radio station 4fm, ARAN welcomed
 John Gormley’s decision to enact new legislation in the revised program for government, we went on to
 discuss the cruelty involved with deer hunting and the chasing of a terrified animal and pointed out that
  tradition has long been used to justify cruelty. A commitment to ban stag hunting was included in the
 revised programme for Government agreed between the Green Party and Fianna Fáil earlier this year. A
spokesman for Mr Gormley said yesterday that heads of the Bill were already agreed by Government and
 detailed legislation was being prepared. In their protest outside of Dail Eirean the union brought hounds
      to the gates of Leinster House, the Custom House, the headquarters for the Department of the
 Environment, and to Navan Racecourse yesterday to publicise the meeting. Another protest was staged
    in Trim co Meath later that evening. ARAN is working to make sure that the Ward Union hunt this
 December is their last and on another interview on Dublin Spin FM we called on their listeners to get on
                                      board to support the campaign.

       ARAN TEAMS UP WITH LUSH COSMETICS FOR NEW FUNDRAISING CAMAPIGN
 For many years ARAN has had a long campaigning relationship with LUSH Cosmetics - a company that is
 strictly against animal testing and whose many products are vegetarian or vegan. Their list of products

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  that do not contain animal products are growing fast! LUSH have many stores across Ireland, the UK,
   Europe and around the world selling all sorts of personal care products such as moisturisers, shower
 gels, face scrubs and much more. At LUSH, the company works hard to lobby against animal testing and
  actively gets involved in campaigns to raise awareness of the cruelty involved with animal experiments
 and the alternatives that are out there. LUSH have also got involved in campaigns to stop shark fin soup,
  Canada’s seal hunt amongst others. In December LUSH has once again teamed up with ARAN – but this
time they have chosen our organization to be the recipient of their popular campaign called ‘Charity Pot’.
   The charity pot scheme helps fund campaigns for groups working to help animals, the environment or
    people. With the charity pot 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the body lotion go to their
 chosen charity, all proceeds except for VAT. Right now in stores across Ireland north and south and even
as far away as across the UK - ARAN can be seeing featured on the charity pot. In Ireland, the charity pot
  is on sale. We would urge our supporters to get into their local LUSH store to buy the charity pot which
 will go onto fund ARAN’s vital work for animal rights in Ireland. The money that LUSH will raise from the
      charity pot for ARAN will be diverted into our campaigns for 2010, with each cent being invested
specifically in education, so that the children and students - the people of tomorrow, will gain a legacy of
                                      kindness, respect and compassion.

 TURKEY THROW IN FERMANAGH CANCELLED – THANKS TO ALL FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN
   Recently ARAN got word that Fermanagh business man and hotelier Joe Mahon was due to perform a
  fundraiser that involved the throwing of live turkeys from a roof top to ‘see if the could fly’. Prior to us
getting the news of this was believed that Joe Mahon was quoted in local newspapers of him wanting to
    ‘fatten the birds’. Shortly after the news of the planned throw we immediately began contacting the
 hotel run by Mr Mahon along with our supporters and members writing and calling the hotel to protest
the decision. In interviews with local radio stations and newspapers ARAN pointed out that the spectacle
 was nothing short of degrading animal abuse and that if you would not throw your dog or cat, then why
 throw a turkey? Thanks also in part to the Ulster SPCA and other animal groups for getting involved, the
   good news is that Joe Mahon contacted ARAN to advise the turkey throw will not go ahead but that it
was actually rubber turkeys he planned on throwing, ARAN once again pointed out it was real turkeys, as
  he was quoted as saying they were real birds, but we also thanked Joe for making the right decision for
                                          cancelling the cruel spectacle.

                 SUZANNE MCCABE – ID RATHER BARE SKIN THAN WEAR SKIN
  Just about anyone with a heartbeat takes notice when top Irish model Suzanne McCabe poses, and her
 brand-new ad for PETA and ARAN is no exception. Wearing nothing but earrings and next to the tagline
 "Fur? I'd Rather Go Naked", McCabe's ad promises to make anyone who sees it think twice before they
   buy or wear fur. The ad debuts just as the Republic of Ireland has announced that it will phase-out fur
 farming in three years – but we are not out of the woods just yet, much more work needs to be done to
make this a reality as we’ve heard similar pledges from governments around the world over the years and
nothing has surfaced. Animals raised on fur farms go insane from being confined to tiny, filthy cages in all
 weather extremes before they are electrocuted, poisoned, or gassed or have their necks are broken. An
    undercover investigation of fur farms in China - now the world's leading fur exporter - revealed that
animals, including cats and dogs, are often skinned alive. On Irish fur farms up to 150,000 mink and silver
 fox are gassed and anally electrocuted. This is PETA and ARAN's first Irish "naked" anti-fur ad. Suzanne is
     in good company. Many international celebrities including Eva Mendes, Pamela Anderson, Jamelia,
 Christy Turlington and more have bared skin to save animals skin. This month Suzanne Mc Cabe has also
 being featured on the cover page of the Vegetarian Society of Ireland magazine to speak about her work
  for animal rights with ARAN and on her being vegetarian. Suzanne is also ARAN’s campaign coordinator
   for the HSUS protect seals seafood boycott of Ireland and has already signed up dozens of Ireland top
    restaurants in our campaign to stop Canada killing baby seals. ARAN would like to mention that this
    ‘naked’ campaign will be the final naked stunt in our ongoing campaign to stop cruelty to animals.



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             ARAN BEGINS CAMPAIGNS TO STOP GREYHOUND RACING CRUELTY
   Kicking off a visual demonstration outside Harold’s cross stadium and working our way from Northern
    Ireland down through Cork city, campaigners and supporters of Animal Rights Action Network held
 peaceful protests and tabling events to highlight the cruel greyhound racing industry in Ireland. During a
week of action from August 24 to 30 we worked hard to get the facts out to the general public about the
   cruelty and exploitation of greyhounds in the racing industry. Over the week and during the month of
       September ARAN will be working hard to raise awareness of the Irish campaign to abolish cruel
   greyhound racing and to educate people about the horrors of what gentle greyhounds endure before,
   during and after their racing lives. Just recently in Co Limerick three Greyhounds were found dumped,
   dead and decaying in Kilteery Pier on Thursday 28th May 2009. All three dogs had their ears cut off to
   avoid detection of who was responsible for this callous but common act. Registered greyhounds have
tattoos of identification numbers in their ears that can be traced back to the people who registered them
with the Irish Coursing Club. Two of the dead dogs looked like they were only recently discarded whereas
    the third dog had only skeletal remains suggesting that this is a habitual occurrence. The dogs were
   discovered by the Environment Department of Limerick County Council as they inspected 2 main local
bathing areas where the dogs were found. Cases like these are not rare in Ireland and will continue for as
 long this industry continues and Animal Rights Action Network firmly believes that no welfare guidelines
  will ever make this industry a ‘nice’ industry, the only true way of ending greyhound abuse is to abolish
 the industry for good. Animal Rights Action Network would like to extend our thanks and appreciation
  for the support and guidance from our dedicated friends at Greyhound Action UK, Greytexploitations
 and Greyhound Crusaders based in the UK, their knowledge and support has proven invaluable to our
                                     work here in Ireland for greyhounds.

               BAN HARE-COURSING ARAN LEADS LARGE LUNCHTIME PROTEST
   Animal Rights Action Network staged a highly visual and lively demonstration outside the offices of
  Department of Environment in Dublin to call on Green Party minister, John Gormley not to renew hare
 coursing license for the upcoming season and to ban the bloodsport outright. In attendance were up to
   sixty members and supporters along with our colleagues from the Irish Council Against Bloodsports
      (ICABS) and independent TD Maureen O Sullivan – friend and colleague of the fierce bloodsport
  opponent late independent TD Tony Gregory along with his brother Noel. Several ARAN members also
  had their hands covered in ‘blood’ whilst holding signs that read ‘Minister John Gormley – You’ve Got
 Blood on Your Hands’ and ‘Minister John Gormley – You Can’t Licence Animal Cruelty’ – others held a
   huge banner that read, ‘Ban Bloodsports in Ireland Now!! – You Can’t Licence Animal Abuse’, whilst
   three campaigners went on a loud megaphone chanting – ‘John Gormley, Ban Hare Coursing’. Many
    members came from Limerick, Tipperary, Wicklow, Kildare, Mullingar, Meath and all over Dublin to
attend the demonstration. The event was also covered by the press with five photographers and Dublin’s
 98fm, 4fm, RTE 1 radio and more. The protest was also covered by Ireland’s most prominent newspaper
  the Irish Times. Animal Rights Action Network will be working hard over the coming weeks to pressure
   John Gormley not to issue new hare coursing license and will work around the clock highlighting the
    cruelty associated with hare coursing. ARAN would like to pay a special thanks to our members and
         supporters who make our work happen and of course for the many that turned out for our
  demonstration today. We’d also like to praise the huge amount of loyal ARAN members who could not
 make it for various reasons, but continue to support our work in countless other ways. ARAN would also
specifically like to thank a special group of supporters that donate their hard earned money to ARAN that
   allows us to organize big events like this and much more, without which we would not be able to do.
                 Again it goes to show that your support really does make a huge difference.

                STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING IN IRELAND CAMPAIGN UPDATE 2009
Over the last few months local campaigners from ARAN have being out on the streets distributing leaflets
 and dvd’s promoting our national ‘Stop Circus Suffering in Ireland’ campaign, a joint campaign with our
partners at Animal Defenders International. As ARAN continues to follow animal act circuses across the

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  country and alert local media outlets plus supporters to their arrival with our message that animal act
   circuses are bad for animals. Our activists have being staging demonstrations in various cities such as
     Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Wexford and Dublin highlighting the suffering of animals in the
   circuses and urging people to boycott such establishments. ARAN has continued to push our boycott
  message heavily in the press and has began work on introducing local motions in two various cities in
   Ireland to ban animal act circuses. Already thanks in large part to ARAN and ADI’s campaign we have
 been successful with motions in Cork and Fingal whoever work on the motions is still progressing. ARAN
 also contacted Newry and Mourne district council in support of their refusal to allow circuses onto their
land and offered or help should they seek legal action. ARAN recently supported circus demonstrations in
  the UK by sending our banners over to be used in demonstrations against the great British circuses. In
 2010 ARAN is announcing that our circus campaign will now be a priority with a national demonstration
  planned, a week of action, local peaceful protests, media campaigns, council motions and much more.
         Please contact ARAN today if you’d like to get more involved in the upcoming campaign.

    CANADA STOP KILLING SEALS – ARAN’S SEAFOOD BOYCOTT GAINS HUGE SUPPORT
    ARAN continues to work on the international campaign to stop Canada killing seals. Of course many
     readers will know that in Ireland ARAN is genuinely leading the campaign to pressure the Canadian
government to end it’s shameful hunt and has been doing so for many years. Right now ARAN is working
      with the Humane Society International and Respect for Animals by taking part in a European wide
 initiative to boycott Canadian seafood from the areas that kill seals. It’s a known fact that the sealers in
Canada are off season fishermen. Despite many decades of protests and public outrage – it now appears
   that the Canadian government will not listen to people nor the Dalai Lama or even Barrack Obama so
    now the only hopes of ending the seal hunt is cutting off the markets and yes a boycott of Canadian
  seafood – hitting the fishermen where it hurts. Why a seafood boycott? Whilst ARAN wants the whole
world to be vegan and not eat fish – we are realistic in our approach and the answer to that is that at this
   stage public protest won’t end the hunt, if we are to be realistic then the only true way of ending the
  hunt just like it was in the 80’s is to support a seafood boycott where putting financial pressure on the
   fishing industries in the sealing communities will push them to end the hunt. In Ireland the boycott is
          hotting up with top restaurants such as Alexis Bar and Grill, Balzac, Bang Café, Café Novo,
         Dali's, Blackrock, dylan restaurant, hartley's, Dun Laoghaire, Il Posto, Il Segreto, Le Mere Zou
 Mantra, Peploe's, Roly's Bistro, The Gallery at The Westbury Hotel, Unicorn, Venu Brasserie, Wilde - The
 Restaurant have already signed up with more on the way. Top hotel brand Jury’s Doyle group have also
   signed onto the boycott as have the O’Callaghan’s hotels. In Dublin ARAN member Aoibhinn Gilroy is
 continuing to gather petitions at a special lobbying information stand near to the Canadian Ambassador
to Ireland. As we near 2009 ARAN is already planning a huge amount of campaigns work in the lead up to
the 2010 seal hunt with peaceful protests, events and much more. Want to get involved to help Canada’s
                                    baby seals? Get in touch with ARAN today.


  ARAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST LATEST ‘FASHION ACCESSORY’ CRAZE – MIRCO MINI PIGS
 If you thought having a fun loving, cute, small dog was a cruel fashion idea and accessory well things are
  about to change once again and this time with pigs and hedgehogs! That’s right, in a recent story ARAN
worked on with The Irish Daily Mail, we helped expose the suffering and cruelty associated with the latest
      fashion craze of keeping micro mini pigs in an almost full page article. Micro-Mini pigs are quickly
     becoming favorite pets of people the world over. These unfortunate adorable relatives of the most
 prolific breeding animal on the planet are extremely fun loving, smarter than your average dog are now
    being sought-after as a fashion accessory. Micro-Mini pigs usually weigh around 9oz at birth and will
   range from 29-50 pounds at maturity. Micro-mini’s also have a rather long life span. These little cuties
can live up to 18 years and come in various colors which are attracting people to buy them. In the article
with the newspaper, ARAN pointed out that fashion comes and goes and that when people but these pigs
   as a fashion accessory it’s not long before they end up wanting to get rid of the animal which leads to
              them being dumped or even killed, ARAN urges people not to buy these animals.

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        2009 ARAN RALLY ONCE AGAIN ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBERS OF SUPPORTS
  Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) staged our third rally in Dublin on December 6th, 2009. Despite
 the torrential rain that poured heavily across the country, which deterred many hundreds of supporters
     that planned on coming - from coming along. In Dublin, however, the weather could not have being
   better – for what many would agree was the most successful and well attended rally for animals ever.
 The weather in Dublin was a summer’s day – the only city in Ireland to have good weather this weekend!
     The sky was bright, clear blue and the sun glared down on top of us. Early that morning some radio
  stations were carrying the story that hundreds were due to protest animal abuse in Dublin and that we
 did – it was upbeat, lively and most importantly peaceful, whilst sending a strong message. Although the
  animal rights movement in Ireland is still young, it is growing. People began gathering shortly after one
  pm at the Garden of Remembrance - at one stage it seemed that there was only a handful of people or
 no more than 100 attending - until shortly after crowds of people began gathering. As we made our way
  onto O’Connell Street, the rally line started filling out and thickening. Passing traffic, tourist busses and
   onlookers cheered, beeped horns and waved in support - whilst a chant ‘There’s No Excuse for Animal
 Abuse’ and ‘There’s No Excuse for Animal Abuse, Animals Have Rights’ kept the march going. There were
 children of a few months of age in attendance, up to supporters in their 70’s – it was a huge spectacle of
 old and young coming together as one voice to call for the war on animals to end and to establish rights
   for them. ARAN would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to many of Ireland’s other animal
   protection groups and their supporters for their attendance and vital support - groups such as, ICABS,
    CIWF, IAVS, Animal Care Society, Mayo SPCA, Limerick Animal Welfare, LSPCA, Galway SPCA, Clare
Animal Welfare, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Northern Ireland Animal Rights Defenders, Ash Animal
 Rescue, Galway Vegetarian Group, Vegetarian Society of Ireland, Supreme Master Television, Rainbow
Re-homing Centre, Dogs in Distress and many more. We thank those that could not attend but helped to
  spread the word and highlight the event on their website, through facebook, distribute leaflets, put up
    posters ect. As the rally proceeded through O’Connell Street, it started building up in numbers as we
 made our way onto Dame Street and up George’s street where we went onto the Camden Court hotel to
hear speeches from our friends at the Vegetarian Society of Ireland, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,
 Animal Consultants and Animals Count. Other speeches were also given by CIWF, ICABS, IAVS and Trish
    Forde Brennan from the Limerick Greens who brought us up to date with the animal welfare bill plus
   many more. Recording the event were a camera crew from Supreme Master Television International
  who are a group that focus much of their work on promoting vegetarian, veganism and climate change,
this international television station has interviewed most of the world’s top animal protection groups and
  campaigners, so ARAN was grateful for them choosing to support our work too. The hotel room where
speeches took place was filled out for the most part. Press coverage for the event was also positive. Great
 coverage in the Irish Independent, Irish Times, Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Sun, Irish Examiner, Eircom.net,
  Breakingnews.ie and various online sites, plus radio stations doing interviews the following day for an
    update on the march and animal welfare bill. Letters of support also came in from groups such as the
BUAV, PETA, Animal Defenders International, National Anti-vivisection Society, Advocates for Animals,
 Animal Aid, Viva and of course Uncaged who organize International Day for Animal Rights which ARAN’s
      rally was also supporting. ARAN also wished to thank a Spanish music band who have been touring
Europe and held a concert in the Academy on Abbey Street in Dublin where they supported ARAN’s work
                    by telling their 800 plus audience to support our work for animal rights!

           ARAN HELPS IRISH DAILY MIRROR EXPOSES ANIMAL ABUSE IN IRELAND
 It goes without saying ARAN is extremely lucky to receive the huge amount of press attention we get for
     whatever issue we choose to aim at. Working with the Irish Daily Mail just recently, we helped the
national newspaper with a double page spread on the general issue of cruelty to animals in Ireland. In the
double page spread, it spoke about fur farming in Ireland, greyhound racing, homeless dogs and cats and
    much more. Shortly after the exclusive article, ARAN received encouraging feedback from its readers
                                  wanting to get involved with our work.

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                 YOU DID IT – ARAN MEMBERS SPEAKING OUT FOR ANIMALS
  ARAN is extremely lucky to have the support of countless caring and compassionate people right across
               the country and beyond! They are normal people ranging from your student –
up to your accountant who supports our work to stop cruelty to animals. Thankfully throughout 2009 our
membership increased and we also seeing a huge increase in the numbers of people attending our events
and demonstrations along with more people getting active with our online campaigns. We have also
seeing a big increase in the number of volunteers working on our campaigns. Much of our campaigns
work is done by a team of 25 volunteers across the country that work on press, campaigns, education,
lobbying, coordination, litigation and member services and overseeing by ARAN founder John Carmody.
In each issue of ARAN’s online e-news, we take an opportunity to thank people who have made a
commitment to the animals and people who help make our work possible. We mention up to thirty
people at any one time, but the list goes well beyond this. Please accept our apologies if you’ve being
omitted, we’ll include it next time.

    1. Well done to ARAN supporter Louise Ray for her constant attendance at ARAN’s event plus her
                                     work to urge Lidl to stop selling Foie Gras.
            2. Brian Dempsey for supporting ARAN’s circus and hare-coursing campaign events
    3. The Vegetarian Society of Ireland for all their amazing work and of course for their double page
                              spread on ARAN’s Suzanne McCabe anti-fur campaign
                         4. Sarah Kearney for her involvement with ARAN’s work.
       5. Sheila Bolger for her work on ARAN’s greyhound campaign and her support for animals in
              Tunisia and for helping to stage a protest outside Harold’s Cross greyhound stadium.
        6. Limerick ARAN member Michael Halloran for his work with ARAN and his tabling events
                 promoting vegetarian and veganism every Saturday in Limerick’s cruises street.
       7. Tatiana, Thomas, Lauren and Rita for their unwavering support of ARAN’s work in Dublin.
    8. Dionne Smith for her support of ARAN and her work in the run up to ARAN’s 2009 rally against
                                                cruelty to animals.
                      9. Kate Geoghegan for her help and support of ARAN’s protests.
        10. Congratulations to five ARAN members who this year had news babies including, Nicola
         Rushin, Karolina Kostrazewa, Aoife Leahy, Farrah Tayob and Joanne Maiben. ARAN would
          also like to say a fair well to Nicola Rushin and family who have since returned home to
                                                   South Africa.
              11. Margaret Reid for her support of ARAN’s ongoing campaigns and events.
    12. Ken Duffy and George Sweetnam for their support for ARAN’s demonstrations and events.
    13. Helena Le Mathieu, daughter and grandchildren from ASH for attendance at ARAN events.
                14. Jessica Dowdall and her friends for their attendance at ARAN events.
                     15. Thomas Janek long-time ARAN member and radio presenter.
                    16. Susan Hughes for her long-time support of ARAN’s campaigns
                   17. Pamela Reddin for her long-time support of ARAN’s campaigns.
                 18. John Coates for his support and attendance for ARAN’s campaigns.
                        19. Thanks to Kristen Turner in Waterford for his support.
                       20. Tammy McDermott for her attendance at ARAN events.
    21. Martin Hughes and Trisha for their help with ARAN’s circus campaign in Killiney, Co Dublin.
     22. Joanne Blackwell, Christina Lynch, Siobhan Higgins, Deirdre Conroy and Jane Jenkins with
                                  their work for ARAN in Cork and Limerick city.
                23. Darragh Fitzpatrick for his help with ARAN’s hare coursing campaign.
         24. Adam Daly for his help and guidance on ARAN’s greyhound racing week of action.
             25. Ian Prendergast and wife Eileen for their long-time support in Roscommon.
                  26. Luke O’Neill for his work on ARAN’s circus campaign in Longford.

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            27. Débora Mateus and boyfriend for their support of ARAN’s rally.
                28. Adrian Bravo for his support of ARAN’s work in Dublin.
                29. Aria Pour for his ongoing support of ARAN’s programs.
30. Kathleen Hogan for her amazing work to promote vegetarian and veganism and her loyal
                            ongoing support for ARAN’s campaigns.




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