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									Foxhunting cut from
documentary awards
FILMBASE and Setanta                       ICABS stated in our appeal.
                                                                                                                                Campaign Newsletter of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports                       2008 Edition


                                                                                                                                Gormley grants another
Sports have responded                        Describing foxhunting as
positively to an ICABS                     “an insult to sport”, we argued
appeal for foxhunting to be                successfully that, as it
dropped from a sports doc-


                                                                                                                                 hare coursing licence
                                           involves dozens of men and
umentary competition.                      women on horseback along
  The       “Sports     Short              with a pack of hounds terroris-
Documentary Awards 2008”                   ing one small, defenceless
had been inviting submissions              creature, this unequal and                                                           Thousands more hares will now suffer blood sport cruelty
on the theme of foxhunting                 mean-spirited set-up could                                                           THOUSANDS of hares will suffer the cruelties of                      Hare is “POOR”. The reasons
but after ICABS complained,                never be considered a sport.                                                                                                                              given included loss of habitat,
                                                                                                                                coursing, thanks to the latest blood sports licence
the category was cut from the                                                                                                                                                                        increased urbanisation and
                                             In       response,       Alan                                                      issued by Environment Minister, John Gormley.
scheme.                                                                                                                                                                                              hunting.
                                           Fitzpatrick, the Managing                                                              Despite compelling conser-      will be kept in captivity for up
  “We appeal to Filmbase and               Director at Filmbase, assured               ICABS argued successfully                vation reasons for the licence    to three months. During this          We also highlighted how the
Setanta Sports to accept that              us that “it was never our inten-             that abusing foxes could                to be refused - as well as a      time, they will be mercilessly     coursers themselves have
since foxhunting is not a sport            tion to offend anyone by                    never be considered a sport              pre-election promise by the       used as lures for greyhounds.      complained about a lack of
and that it involves horren-               including foxhunting as a                   pro-hunting or to promote fox-           Green Party that they would                                          hares. We cited a National
                                                                                                                                                                     In one of several appeals to
dous animal cruelty, it is inap-           topic. Nor was it the intention             hunting generally.”                      end blood sports in govern-                                          Parks and Wildlife Service
                                                                                                                                                                  Minister Gormley, ICABS
propriate to include it in the             of Setanta Sports or Filmbase                                                        ment - the licence was issued                                        monitoring report which quot-
                                                                                         “Having considered the                                                   highlighted the injuries and
sports documentary awards,”                to present an agenda that is                                                         on Friday, 29th August.                                              ed one coursing official as
                                                                                       points raised in your email,”                                              deaths suffered by hares in
                                                                                                                                ICABS has expressed our                                              admitting that “this particular
                                                                                       he added. “We have, in con-                                                the last season following the
  URGENT APPEAL FOR YOUR                                                               sultation with Setanta Sports,           extreme disappointment to         coursing licence he issued in
                                                                                                                                                                                                     year the most difficult ever to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     find and capture wild hares.”
                                                                                                                                Minister Gormley.
    SUBS AND DONATIONS                                                                 made the decision that fox-
                                                                                       hunting should be removed                  The licence allows thou-
                                                                                                                                                                  2007. We also flagged the
                                                                                                                                                                  conservation reasons for a           He went on to tell the ranger
  THE      IRISH      Council             www.banbloodsports.com                       from the scheme.”                        sands of hares to be forceful-    licence refusal. We reminded       that “more man-hours were
  Against Blood Sports                    for more details.                                                                     ly removed from the wild in       the Minister of a report he        spent this year looking for
  campaign relies entirely                                                               ICABS        has       thanked
                                            A big thank you to those                                                            nets. The creatures, which will   himself issued in May (Status      hares and yet the number
  on your generosity to con-                                                           Filmbase and Setanta for
                                          who have sent in subscrip-                                                            have suffered the stress of       of EU Protected Habitats &         caught was low...the hares
  tinue campaigning against                                                            showing solidarity with our
                                          tions and donations since                                                             being netted, handled by          Species in Ireland) which          are just not out on the land
  blood sport cruelty.                                                                 campaign and cutting foxhunt-
                                          the last edition of Animal                                                            humans and transported in         warned that the overall con-       anymore.”
                                                                                       ing from its list of categories.
    Please help us by sending             Voice. We are very grateful                                                           crates to coursing enclosures,    servation status of the Irish         Continued on page three
  in your subscription today or                                                          The winning documentaries
                                          to you for these vital funds.                in the award scheme will be
  by making a donation.                                                                                                          Minister John Gormley’s licence means
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Capture data adds                                                                                             Letters to the Editors
to fears for hares
REVELATIONS in a National           spent this year looking for
                                                                                                            Badgers controversy
                                                                                                             Bernadette Barrett, Extract from
                                                                                                               letter to the Editor, Limerick
                                                                                                                                                  sometime the following day. To
                                                                                                                                                  add to this, the number of badgers
                                                                                                                                                                                           Irish wildlife
                                                                                                                                                                                           under threat
Parks & Wildlife Service            hares and yet the number                                                                                                                                    Aideen Yourell, ICABS,
                                                                                                                   Leader, January 2008           killed illegally on Irish farms can
report that coursers are find-      caught was low.”                                                                                                                                       Extract from letter in Irish Times,
                                                                                                               MICHAEL McElligot’s letter only be guessed at.                                       3rd June, 2008.
ing it difficult to find hares        “He said that the hares are                                           published in Leader of January           If killing badgers was the solu-
have sparked fresh fears for                                                                                12 relating to cattle TB and the tion, Ireland should be TB-free
                                                                                                                                                                                             A REPORT issued recently
                                    just not out on the land any-
the future of the species.                                                                                  alleged role of the badger mer- long ago. According to available               by Minister for the Environ-
                                    more,” the ranger continued.
                                                                                                            its a response. His suggestion figures, we removed 25,291 reac-                ment John Gormley revealed
   A report on coursing in Offaly   “He also told me that his club
                                                                                                            that a small number of the ani- tors in 2007, an increase on the               shocking news about the
says that the Ballinagar club       might have to amalgamate with
                                                                                                            mals be humanely culled and 22,071 taken out in 2006.                          state of our wildlife and its
could only find 63 hares            Edenderry as the Ballinagar
                                                                                                            tested at Government laborato-                                                 habitats. Some species are
(including one leveret) for use     club is struggling to find hares                                                                                 Bovine TB is a cattle disease.
                                                                                                            ries suggests that he is out of                                                described as on the brink of
in their blood sport.               any more.”                                                                                                    The skin test for TB in cattle is not
                                                                                                            touch with the reality of the sit-                                             extinction, while the status of
                                                                                                                                                  100% accurate and it is not diag-
  The quality of the hares            The reports also revealed                                             uation.                                                                        others, including hares and
                                                                                                                                                  nostic. Healthy animals some-
caught “appeared to be poor”,       that other clubs had low num-                                              We have been slaughtering times fail it but more alarming still             otters, is “poor”.
the NPWS ranger outlined,           bers of hares with Galway and                                           badgers for ‘scientific research’ for is that occasionally an infected            In the case of the otter, it took
pointing out that the club had to   Oranmore with just 49, Trim                                             almost two decades. Since the animal can slip through. It only                 a directive from Europe to stop
reduce the number of courses        with 50 and Loughrea with 55.       Without proper protection,          East Offaly study, 55,800 badgers takes one missed animal to start             its persecution by hunters...but
over the 2-day meet.                   The Irish Council Against       the future for hares is bleak        have made the journey to the six the ball rolling again. These ani-            the danger still remains from
  The ranger added that a club      Blood Sports has brought this                                           regional labs for autopsy.            mals are like time bombs in a            those who have switched to
                                                                                                               First, they required capturing in herd.
official told him that the cours-
ers found “this particular year
                                    to the attention of Minister
                                    Gormley as part of our latest
                                                                       Status of Irish                      the most inhumane way, by               It is very likely that badgers orig-
                                                                                                                                                                                           mink hunting along the same
                                                                                                                                                                                           rivers, thereby creating huge
the most difficult ever to find
and capture wild hares” and
                                    appeal to him to refuse further
                                    licences to the Irish Coursing
                                                                       Hare is “poor”                       means of the barbaric multi-strand
                                                                                                            wire snare which is our
                                                                                                                                                  inally picked up the disease from
                                                                                                                                                  cattle through their dietary habits
                                                                                                                                                                                           disturbance for otters.
                                                                       THE OVERALL conservation             Government’s chosen method.           of foraging under infected cow              For many years now, the Irish
that “more man-hours were           Club.
                                                                       status of the Irish Hare is          They are snared overnight, left       pats. How and if they transmit it        Council Against Blood Sports
                                                                       “poor” according to the                                                                                             has been calling on successive
Trapped hare “squealed                                                 “Status of EU Protected
                                                                       Habitats and Species in
                                                                                                            struggling for freedom and shot       back to cattle is pure conjecture.
                                                                                                                                                                                           ministers for the environment to
                                                                                                                                                                                           stop    issuing      hare-netting
  with distress”: report                                               Ireland” report.
                                                                         Issued in May by MInister
                                                                                                             HUNTERS NOT THE                                                               licences and to outlaw harrying
                                                                                                                                                                                           and beagling, all to no avail.
A HARE “squealed with dis-
tress” after being caught by
                                     Among the disturbing inci-
                                    dents witnessed by the
                                                                       John Gormley, it states that “fac-
                                                                       tors likely to reduce hare num-
                                                                                                             FARMER’S FRIENDS                                                                Meanwhile our neighbours in
                                                                                                                                                                                           Northern Ireland have suspend-
a muzzled greyhound during          National Parks and Wildlife        bers locally include loss of          Nuala Donlon, Lanesborough,           thankfully, been spared the
                                                                                                                                                                                           ed all hare hunting and coursing
a coursing meeting last sea-        Service rangers during the         refuge areas, change from             Co Longford. Extract from letter      presence of a foxhunt and I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                           in the past few years. Not to be
son. Just one of the                                                   grassland to silage growing, and       in Irish Times, 5th Feb, 2008.       glad to report that the area has
                                    2006/07 season are:                                                                                                                                    thwarted, the Northern coursers
deplorable instances of ani-                                           hunting.”                               AS SOMEONE born, reared             not been over-run by foxes.
                                                                                                                                                                                           travel south to be hosted by
mal cruelty uncovered by             Hares being killed after being                                          and still resident in rural
                                                                         The report confirms that the                                                Nor is predation of farm ani-         clubs from the Republic, creat-
ICABS from the latest NPWS          viciously mauled by grey-                                                Ireland, I am getting increas-        mals by foxes a problem of any
                                                                       “main pressures” and “threats”                                                                                      ing more pressure on our hares.
reports.                            hounds,      hares    suffering                                          ingly tired of the pro-foxhunt-       significance; by far the majority
                                                                       to the hare include “trapping,                                                                                        Will we have to wait for anoth-
                                    injuries so severe that they                                             ing lobby’s attempts to paint         of farm animal mortality relates
   The documents provide yet                                           poisoning and poaching”.                                                                                            er slap on the wrist from Europe
                                    had to be put down, a hare                                               themselves as the guardians           to issues of sub-standard hus-
another horrifying insight into                                           If Minister Gormley does not       of the rural way of life and the                                              to protect our wildlife? I hope
the fate of hares caught by         suffering with “a badly broken                                                                                 bandry, as is the case through-
                                                                       halt the netting of hares for         farmer’s best friend.                                                         Minister Gormley will take the
coursing clubs. The abuse out-      hind leg”, a hare “carrying a                                                                                  out Ireland, and this fact is well-
                                                                       coursing, Ireland could very like-                                                                                  initiative now to give our pre-
                                    hind leg” and a hare with “a                                               I come from a part of rural         documented by the Department
lined is some of the worst ever                                        ly be in breach of an EU direc-                                                                                     cious wildlife the protection it so
                                                                                                             Ireland where we have always,         of Agriculture.
encountered by ICABS.               damaged hind toe”.                 tive on wildlife conservation.                                                                                      desperately needs.
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                                                                                                       Hare coursing
  Letters to the Editors                                                                              licence granted                     Welcome Message
                                                                                                         by Gormley                       WELCOME to the 2008 edi-            loyal supporters, how impor-
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                                                                                                                                                                              Animal Welfare Bill is being
  Philip Kiernan, Irish Council                                                                       Hare, ICABS emphasised               As we go to press, sadly, we       drafted by the Department of
     Against Blood Sports,            John Fitzgerald, Kilkenny.    Rua failed to put in an appear-   Ireland’s obligations in rela-                                          Agriculture, on which ICABS
       Letter to the Editor,
                                                                                                                                          have to report that the cours-
                                     Letter to the Editor, Galway   ance on the very day when         tion to the EU Directive on                                             has made a submission, out-
  Irish Times, July 22, 2008.                                                                                                             ers have again been licensed
                                   Independent, 13 August 2008.     thousands of TV viewers           the Conservation of Natural                                             lining the cruelty of hunting
                                                                                                                                          to net hares from the wild for
  VODAFONE’S inclusion              IRELAND’S     equestrian        could have seen for them-         Habitats and Wild Fauna and                                             wild animals with dogs.
                                                                                                                                          another season of cruelty
of a bullfighting scene in        prowess has been show-            selves how he gets such a         Flora.
                                                                                                                                          and abuse, despite the fact           Our website continues to be
its  current     television       cased magnificently at the        thrill out of being chased by       We pointed to Article 14.1 of     that Minister Gormley had           an important and powerful
advert is both insensitive        RDS, with some of the best        hounds, and how being             the Directive which states that     compelling reasons to refuse        campaigning tool, and is kept
and offensive.                    riders and horses in the          caught and savaged by them        any exploitation of a protected     the licence on conservation         updated regularly by Philip
                                  country having performed          doesn’t bother him a bit, as we   species must be “compatible         grounds, not to mention the         Kiernan, whose technical
  The footage of a matador        for the crowds.                                                     with their being maintained at a
                                                                    know from the Hunting                                                 ‘Catalogue of Cruelty’ from         and artistic brilliance knows
taunting a bull was used, the                                                                         favourable conservation sta-
                                    And of course the show has      Association of Ireland.                                               last year’s season that we          no bounds, evidenced by the
company           maintains,                                                                          tus.”                               presented to him, showing           compelling videos presenta-
                                  once again been used by the         Or how the fox that runs to
because “bullfighting is seen                                                                           We also reminded the Green        that nothing changes in             tions posted on our Youtube
                                  country’s foxhunts to glam-       ground is so sporting…
as an important part of           ourise their delightful sport.                                      Party Minister that coursing is     coursing and hares continue         Channel - youtube.com
Spain’s tradition and cul-                                          absolutely delighted with him-
                                  Riders dressed up in immacu-                                        now illegal in the UK and it has    to be mauled, injured and           /icabs - which leave no doubt
ture.”                                                              self, about being dug out of      been suspended in Northern
                                  late Tally-ho outfits went                                                                              killed.                             about the cruelty.
                                                                    his refuge with the aid of        Ireland since 2003.
  This may be the view of         through their paces, and          spades and terriers and                                                 Meanwhile, we continue to           The hunters meanwhile try
lazy advertising executives       packs of hounds were dis-                                              Just week’s before this latest   highlight the cruelty in the        to keep a low profile, with
                                                                    tossed to the pack.
stuck in the past but it’s cer-   played proudly, in a sanitised                                      licence by Minister Gormley,        media with a record number          their policy being to shun
                                  re-enactment of a hunting           The foxhunters lost a golden    his Northern counterpart,           of letters to editors and radio     radio and TV debates. They
tainly not based on any mod-
                                  scene.                            opportunity to win over all       Minister    Sammy       Wilson,     interviews over the past year.      managed to sabotage the
ern truth. Bullfighting is now
                                                                    those ignorant folk who           extended the ban on hare per-       Our well attended protest last      Late Late Show debate
to Spain what hunting and           It made foxhunting look so
                                                                    believe hunting is cruel, or      secution there until at least       February outside the cours-         scheduled for last January by
coursing are to Ireland - an      pretty and harmless … fun for
                                                                    unfair to the fox.                March 2009.                         ing ‘festival’ in Clonmel also      objecting     to    opposition
offensive        anachronism      all the family.
                                                                      What a pity he was so damn        Minister Wilson’s brave and       received great coverage.            speakers, and the show was
which most want ended.               But there was something
                                                                                                      commendable move came                                                   axed as a result, which goes
                                  missing: Okay, you had the        conspicuous by his absence.                                            The Ward Union carted deer
  A Gallup opinion poll car-                                        We could have watched from        amid fears for the “the stability   hunt are awaiting their             to prove that their arguments
                                  hunts people in their colourful                                     and sustainability of the hare                                          are indefensible and they
ried out last year leaves no                                        our sitting rooms or barstools                                        licence, and after their court
                                  costumes, the sturdy horses                                         population”.                                                            have a lot to hide.
doubt      whatsoever    that                                       as the hunters displayed that                                         victory overturning Minister
                                  in top form, and the hounds
Spaniards are overwhelm-          with their tails wagging happi-   characteristic affection for           ACTION ALERT                   Gormley’s restrictive licenceThe fight goes on and we in
ingly rejecting this horror       ly.                               Ireland’s wildlife that they       Please contact Minister
                                                                                                                                                                      ICABS will not rest till our
                                                                                                                                          last year, it will be interesting
show. A mere 7 per cent                                             claim is at the heart of the                                                                      aims have been achieved.
                                                                                                                                          to see what the Minister will
                                    The notable absentee from                                          Gormley to express your
expressed support for the                                           whole field sport ethos.           disappointment about his           do this time. We are, of    Your support is absolutely
                                  this supposed replication of                                                                            course, pressing for him to vital, both financial and other-
activity while up to 82 per       hunting skills and pageantry        At the end of the televised      granting of the hare
cent said they had no inter-                                                                           coursing licence.                  refuse this licence.        wise, and we thank all those
                                  was the humble fox. He was        hunt, we might even have
est in it.                        nowhere to be seen at the         detected on the fox’s bloodied       Minister John Gormley               We continue to lobby the who sent donations through-
                                  RDS.                              and mutilated face … the faint       Dept of the Environment          politicians on foxhunting, out the year and wrote kind
  Vodafone should recog-
                                                                    traces of a smile.                   Custom House, Dublin 1.          hare coursing and carted letters of encouragement.
nise that torturing animals is      While playing a central role
                                                                                                        Email: minister@environ.ie        deer hunting, and we can’t    Aideen Yourell
cruelty, not culture, and         in a typical day’s hunting in       Then we’d know for sure it                                          stress enough to you, our     Campaign Director
immediately cut this scene.       the countryside, An Madra         died laughing.                          Tel: 01 888 2403

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Coursing’s catalogue                                                                                         Irish singer recounts
of cruelty continues
NOTHING      CHANGES        in                                            Another stress-related condi-
                                                                                                               encounter with fox
                                                                                                             MUSICIAN Dónal Donohoe                                                                       about a half an hour and
coursing as far as the cruelty                                         tion claimed the lives of eight       has said that foxes are                                                                      although it was hard, I resisted
is concerned, and the 2007-                                            hares at Glin - the creatures         always welcome to his Co                                                                     giving him any food hoping
08 season was no different,                                            were found dead before the            Wicklow garden. In his web-                                                                  instead that he would turn his
as reports obtained by                                                 meeting with haemorrhagic             site blog, the singer and gui-                                                               attention to catching one of
ICABS under Freedom of                                                 enteritis.                            tarist recounts the moment                                                                   the many wild rabbits that
Information were to reveal.                                               At Mallow, the system of tag-      he came face-to-face with                                                                    inhabit these hills. Eventually
Hares continue to be struck,                                           ging hares was crude, with four       one of the creatures and                                                                     the fox did go his own way, but
injured, killed and fatally                                            hares having “twine tied in their     tells of how a fox drops by                                                                  over the following days and
affected by stress-related                                             ears”. Seven hares were hit,          occasionally to drink from                                                                   weeks he has come around
syndromes in captivity.                                                with three hares unaccounted          the bird bath!                                                                               many times.
  NPWS rangers attended 34                                             for on release. And in Cavan,
                                                                                                               “I was absorbed in what I                                                                    “Sometimes he would eat
of the 75 meetings on the fix-                                         five hares were hit according to
                                                                                                             was doing when I turned                                                                      some of the apples that were
ture list, and according to the                                        the coursers. Three of these
                                                                                                             around to get something and                                                                  left out for the birds and other
monitoring reports, there was      A hare is sent tumbling after       were “released” and there was                                           Irish singer and guitarist
                                                                                                             there he was, the fox,” Dónal                                                                times he would drink from the
hardly a meeting without hares      being hit by a greyhound           one “escapee”.                                                               Dónal Donohoe
                                                                                                             writes of the winter encounter.                                                              bird bath, but maybe he was
being struck by muzzled dogs.        during a coursing meet.             A further five hares “either                                          staying with her for a few days
                                                                                                             “With his reddish brown fur,                                                                 just dropping by to say hello in
  At the three-day meeting in      hit and one was found dead in       escaped or disappeared” dur-          long bushy tail and cat-like      sometime earlier, they had fed                             his own foxy way. As far as I
Tubbercurry last January, 26       the compound after the meet-        ing the holding period following                                        the fox by hand a few times.                               am concerned he is always
                                                                                                             eyes, he was no more than
hares were hit, with 14 of these   ing. Two died while being put in    capture, and a leveret was born                                         Somehow feeding a wild ani-
                                                                                                             three or four feet away from                                                                 welcome.”
being “mauled” according to        boxes and four hares were           in captivity, indicating a preg-                                        mal with human food did not
                                                                                                             me. He just stood there look-                                                                  Speaking out against fox-
the ranger’s report. There was     reported “missing” after the        nant hare had been caught, in                                           seem right, it could make him
                                                                                                             ing at me expectantly in the                                                                 hunting and other blood
no mention of what became of       meeting.                            breach of licence conditions.                                           a little too trusting of people
                                                                                                             hope, I suppose, that I would                                                                sports, Dónal comments that
these hares, other than that         Sixteen hares were hit and          A leveret was also present in                                         which might not always be in
                                                                                                             feed him. My elderly neigh-                                                                  “anyone who would want to
they were released after the                                           the Ballinagar compound in Co                                           his best interest.”
                                   eight injured at Wexford &                                                bour had told me that while                                                                  inflict pain and cruelty on an
meeting. It would be miracu-                                           Offaly.
                                   District but again, there is no                                           her grandchildren had been         “He followed me around for                                animal and experience pleas-
lous if all these 14 survived
                                   mention of the fate of these ani-     All this suffering was facilitat-




                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo: Irene Lundgaard
such maulings!                                                                                                                                                                                            ure in doing so is something
                                   mals.                               ed by a licence from Green                                                                                                         that I cannot relate to.”
   Meanwhile, at Dundalk seven                                         Party Minister John Gormley
                                     The coursing meeting in                                                                                                                                                 “Tradition is often cited as
hares died as a result of being                                        and we have made him aware
                                   Blarney saw five hares being                                                                                                                                           justification for these prac-
hit by dogs. At Gorey, 11 hares                                        of all the casualties.
were hit, with five dying of       struck, with one being killed                                                                                                                                          tices,” he adds, “but cannibal-
                                   and another put down after suf-       We are told, however, that
injuries; at Tradaree, nine                                                                                                                                                                               ism, eating the heart of your
                                   fering a broken femur.              the welfare of hares is not his
hares were hit by dogs, with                                                                                                                                                                              enemy to gain the power of his
                                                                       responsibility!        Minister
five dying of injuries; North        And so the list of cruelty goes                                                                                                                                      soul and throwing Christians
                                                                       Gormley, in granting a licence
Kilkenny saw four hares hit,       on and on.                          for this appalling blood sport,                                                                                                    to the lions have also been
four injured and four dying of                                         only considers conservation                                                                                                        traditions in this world. Not all
                                     At Templetuohy, five hares
injuries.                                                              issues.                                                                                                                            traditions are necessarily
                                   were found dead in the pad-
  At Ballyheigue, 12 hares         dock prior to coursing, and post                                                                                                                                       good or worth keeping.”
                                                                         So, it would appear, that no
were hit, three killed, one        mortems revealed coccidiosis,       government department or                                                                                                             You can check out Dónal’s
injured and one put down, with     a condition which is exacerbat-     Minister is willing to take                                                                                                        website at donaldonohoe.com
the vet deeming 10 hares “unfit    ed by the stress of being netted    responsibility for what happens                                                                                                    and listen to some of his
for coursing”.                     from the wild, handled and          to hares at the hands of cruel                                                                                                     songs at www.myspace.com/
 At Loughrea, four hares were      transported in crates.              coursing clubs.                       The gorgeous red fox encountered by Dónal Donohoe                                            donaldonohoe.
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Coronation Street star                                                                       Ward Union’s
                                                                                             hunt is illegal,                     Gormley considers
 supports campaign                                                                           experts insist
                                                                                             LEGAL EXPERTS have out-
                                                                                                                                  another licence for
THE IRISH Council Against
Blood Sports is thrilled to
announce that Coronation
                                                                                             lined how the Ward Union
                                                                                             deer hunt is illegal under cur-
                                                                                             rent animal protection legis-
                                                                                                                                   deer hunt cruelty
                                                                                                                                  AS WE go to press, the             ed that they may hunt deer
Street star, David Neilson,                                                                  lation.                              Environment Minister, John         with a pack of dogs, but the
has expressed his support                                                                      Legal opinion by Professors        Gormley, is considering an         new condition prevented them
for our campaign.                                                                            Clive Symmons and William            application from the Ward          from doing this.
                                                                                             Binchy of Trinity School of Law      Union for a licence for
  Award-winning,     David,                                                                                                                                             In a statement from the
                                                                                             (published in the Irish Law          another season of hound-
who plays Street legend,                                                                                                                                             Minister’s office, ICABS was
                                                                                             Times) concludes that the Ward       ing tame deer around the
Roy Cropper, said: “I am                                                                                                                                             told that “the terms of the set-
                                                                                             Union hunt is “illegal” under the    countryside with hounds.
happy to be added to your                                                                    1911 Protection of Animals Act,                                         tlement are that the case will
list of supporters.”                                                                         and that it shouldn’t be licensed       Last year, the Minister         be dropped, and that the
  “I oppose all blood sports,”                                                               under the 1976 Wildlife Act, as      issued a restricted licence to     Minister will not impose condi-
Mr Neilson said in an email to                                                               the deer are not wild animals.       the Ward Union, which prohib-      tions 12 and 13 on this or
Animal Voice editor, Philip                                                                                                       ited them from actually chas-      future licences, should such
                                                                                               Bringing the reports to the
Kiernan.                                                                                                                          ing the deer with dogs. It was     licences be granted.”
                                                                                             attention of Minister Gormley,
                                                                                                                                  intended that the deer be
  ICABS is delighted to have                                                                 ICABS earnestly appealed to                                                ICABS had urged the
                                                                                                                                  released and chased for a
the support of David Neilson.                                                                him to stand firm against the                                           Minister to deny the hunters a
                                                                                             Ward Union bullies, and their        period by the huntsman, then
  Other celebrities who have                                                                                                      recaptured and taken away          licence in the first instance but
                                                                                             backers in the Fianna Fail cab-
approved our campaign                                                                                                             before the dogs were               our appeal was dismissed.
                                                                                             inet, and bring an end to the
include U2, Brigitte Bardot,                                                                 suffering of these vulnerable        released to follow the scent         We emphasised to Minister
Howard Jones, DJ Mark                                                                        animals.                             left by the deer.                  Gormley that it was, and is, in
Wilkinson and Benjamin            “I oppose all blood sports and am happy to be added
                                                                                                With top legal experts con-         However, the Ward Union          his power to refuse a licence
Zephaniah.                        to your list of supporters”: Corrie star, David Neilson
                                                                                             firming that this hunt is illegal,   challenged this licence in         outright on the grounds that

“You have my                      “HUNTING IS HORRIBLE”
                                                                                             the time has never been better
                                                                                             to act, we told the Minister.
                                                                                                                                  court, and won their case on
                                                                                                                                  the basis that the licence stat-
                                                                                                                                                                     the deer chased by the Ward
                                                                                                                                                                     Union are domestic and not
 full support”:                                               SINGER and actress, Dana
                                                                                             Ryanair mag FG TD wants
                                                                                                                                                                     wild, and therefore this hunt
                                                                                                                                                                     should not receive a licence
                                                              Varon has expressed her
Sean Hughes                                                   support for the ICABS
                                                                                             ends in-flight deerhunt ban                                             under the Wildlife Act.
POPULAR Irish actor and                                       campaign against hunting.
                                                                                                            FINE GAEL TD, Terence                                         ACTION ALERT
comedian, Sean Hughes,                                          The New York-based             bullfights   Flanagan, has lent his sup-                              Urge Minister Gormley to
has given the thumbs up to                                                                   ICABS HAS praised the pub-           port to the campaign
                                                              artist who is currently                                                                                refuse a licence to the
our campaign against blood                                                                   lishers of Ryanair Magazine          against carted deer hunt-          Ward Union. Remind him
                                                              appearing in critically
sports.                                                                                      for a promise that bullfighting      ing.                               that carted deer hunting is
                                                              acclaimed film, Momma’s
   “I am opposed to any cruel-                                Man, said: “Hunting is         will no longer be publicised           “I support the Irish Council     contrary to the Protection
ty,” he told us in an email. “I                                                              in the popular in-flight publi-      Against Blood Sports’ call for     of Animals Act which pro-
                                                              horrible. I hate it and I am
find animal cruelty disgusting.                                                              cation.                              the Ward Union hunt to be          tects domestic animals.
                                                              so glad you are doing this
You have my full support.”                                    campaign.”                       Responding to an ICABS             refused a licence,” the Dublin        Minister John Gormley
  ICABS is delighted to have                                                                 appeal, editor Ramsay Short          North-East TD said in a letter        Dept of the Environment
                                                                You can listen to some                                            to Minister John Gormley.             Custom House, Dublin 1.
Sean’s support. For more on                                                                  assured us that “there will not
                                                              of Dana’s excellent songs                                                                                Email: minister@environ.ie
his work, visit myspace.com/                                                                 be any stories promoting or           ICABS is very grateful for
                                                              at www.danavaron.com                                                                                         Tel: 01 888 2403.
seanhughescomedian                                                                           highlighting bullfighting.”          Deputy Flanagan’s support.
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Fox forced to swim for                                                                                    NUIG foxhunting debate:
its life during foxhunt                                                                                   hunters lose arguments
                                                                                                          THE ANIMAL Rights Society            The following extracts from    debate? When one side seeks
A FOX being chased by a                                                 the canal fox’s terrible ordeal   at Galway University held a       letters to the editor subse-      to bully and intimidate the other
pack of hunt hounds was                                                 and the cruelty they facilitate   debate in March with the          quently published in the          side into submission.
forced to swim across a                                                 by inviting hunts on to their     motion “That This House           Galway Independent illustrate
canal twice in a desperate                                              land.                                                                                                   “Illogical, irrelevant argu-
                                                                                                          Would Ban Hunting”.               the hunters’ appalling behav-     ments were cast around like
bid to try and save its life.                                             “Please stand up for our          Packing the room with iour on the night and the empti-            confetti, with the real issue of
   This hunt cruelty was out-                                           wildlife heritage by posting      hunters, coursers and terrier- ness of their arguments.             the debate being carefully air-
lined in a report about the                                             ‘No Hunting’ signs along prop-    men, the pro-hunt side “won”         “The pro-hunting audience      brushed out; this being that
Westmeath Foxhounds pub-                                                erty boundaries and putting a     on the night as the outcome continuously heckled, jeered,           hunters hunt for the thrill of the
lished in the Irish Field (2nd                                          notice in your local paper        was decided not by the validity interrupted and booed at every      chase and the buzz they get
February 2008).                                                         warning hunts to stay away,”      of points presented but by a anti-hunt speaker. It seemed           from terrorising outnumbered
   This is the same hunt who,                                           we appealed.                      show of hands!                    like a hunt was taking place in   animals, be those animals
last December, admitted mer-                                              We also asked hunt follow-        In a concluding speech, the theatre...I did not learn any-        foxes or deer.
cilessly digging a fox out of its                                       ers uncomfortable with the        Green Party Councillor, Niall O thing that night that would even
                                                                                                                                                                       “All arguments put forward
earth and seeing hounds tear                                            cruelty to press for a            Brolchain, dismissed the hunt start to change my mind. The from the pro-hunting side were
it asunder.                         A fox like this was chased          changeover to draghunting.        propaganda and declared that one thing I did learn was thatpretty much an insult to the
                                    into a canal by foxhounds                                             the only thing proven by the the hunters are bullies.” (Muriel
                                                                                                                                                                     intelligence of the average per-
  “The fox and the pack swam                                              We told them that “this 21st
across the canal and contin-          The Irish Council Against         Century alternative will not      hunters was that “they can fill a Hayden, Athenry, Co Galway)
                                                                                                                                                                     son.” (A Herbert, Ballybrit,
ued along the banks to the          Blood Sports dreads to think        take away your enjoyment of       room”!                             “When is a debate not a Galway)
Mullingar/Ballynacargy              of the awful fear and suffering     following hounds along water-
Road,” the disturbing report        endured by the fox as it did        ways, over stone walls and
reveals. From here, “the fox,
with four and a half couple (9
hounds) in pursuit, swam the
                                    everything it possibly could to
                                    try and lose the pack.
                                       In a letter to the editor pub-
                                                                        across bogs but it will ensure
                                                                        that a day’s sport will never
                                                                        again depend on a bedrag-
                                                                                                           COURSING CRUELTY CONTINUES
canal again before retracing        lished in the Westmeath             gled fox drenched in canal
their steps back to Newman’s        Examiner, we appealed to            water and sweat running to         A terrified hare is knocked off its feet by a
Bog.”                               local landowners to consider        save its life.”                    muzzled greyhound. Records show that hares
                                                                                                           hit by dogs can suffer broken bones and
Hunt told to stay away from canal                                                                          other internal injuries. Please join our appeals
                                                                                                           to the government to ban this blood sport.
When        ICABS       told        Waterways Ireland to hunt on          In our letter to Waterways
Waterways Ireland about             Royal Canal property.”              Ireland, ICABS highlighted
the fox chased into the                                                 the threat to public safety
                                       “We carried out some local
freezing waters of the Royal                                            posed by packs of hounds.
                                    investigations and could not
Canal, we were assured that                                             We also pointed out that see-
the Westmeath Foxhounds             find evidence that horses had       ing a fox running for its life
would be contacted and              accessed the canal banks            would prove distressing to
told to stay away from the          and     no    damage       was      legitimate canal and canal
canal.                              observed,”      he     added.       bank users.
 Waterways Ireland Regional         “However, I will write to the         “Persecution of wildlife
Manager, John McKeown               chairman of the Westmeath           along the canal would surely
confirmed     that     “the         Foxhounds to inform them            be upsetting to the majority of
Westmeath Foxhounds do not          that their horses are not per-      those who enjoy the canal
have    permission    from          mitted on canal property.”          experience,” we stated.
                                                Page 6                                                                                                Page 39
 Uncovered: more                                                                                   FURTHER DEER DEATH
                                                                                                   DETAILS UNCOVERED
                                                                                                                                                                            Ward Union
                                                                                                                                                                            deer choked
                                                                                                                                                                            in woodland
  hunting horrors
HOUNDS killing a hunt ser-
                                                                                                   MORE disturbing details
                                                                                                   have emerged about the
                                                                                                   deaths of two deer hunted
                                                                                                   by the Ward Union.
                                                                                                                                      hours, according to the docu-
                                                                                                                                      ment. What follows is the har-
                                                                                                                                      rowing account of the deer’s
                                                                                                                                      final minutes of life...
                                                                                                                                                                            A WARD Union deer was
                                                                                                                                                                            choked to death in a wood,
                                                                                                                                                                            the Irish Farmers Journal
                                                                                                                                                                            has revealed. The death
vant, cats deliberately tar-                                                                          Documents obtained by             “At   15.25,    the   stag          occurred at the end of a
geted by hunters, the                                                                              ICABS include statements           approached a walled garden            hunt and is one of the fatal-
threat to humans and live-                                                                         from a vet who was present at      attached to a semi-detached           ities caused by the Ward
                                                                                                   some of the hunts. His descrip-    cottage in a cul-de-sac near          Union “over the last few
stock from diseased fox-
                                                                                                   tion of two particular incidents   Ringlestown, Kilmessan, Co            years”, the newspaper
hounds. ICABS Corres-
                                                                                                   provide a sickening account of     Meath.
pondent,     Dick     Power,                                                                                                                                                reported.
                                                                                                   the fate of the deer.                “At this point the stag, which
uncovers more of hunt-                                                                                                                                                        ICABS is trying to establish
ing’s horror stories...                                                                              In a report sub-                               was not being
                                                                                                                                                                            when exactly this incident
                                                                                                   mitted to the                                    pursued, jumped
  Newspaper coverage of                                                                                                                             over a 5 foot in        took place and if it is yet
                                                                                                   National      Parks
hunting rarely highlights the                                                                      and         Wildlife                             height wall into        another instance of a deer
unpleasant truths about the                                                                        Service, the vet                                 the cottage gar-        being choked.
blood sport.                                                                                       refers to a Ward                                 den,      following       The last known choking took
                                                                                                   Union hunt in                                    which 3 nominat-        place a decade ago during the
  But, among the reports on
                                                                                                   Scurlogstown in                                  ed         handlers     1997/98 season. A report from
the hunting activities of Saint
                                                                                                   County       Meath                               entered the gar-        the Department of Agriculture
Stephen’s Day, we were told                                                                                                                         den through a
                                                                                                   during the 2006-                                                         stated that that deer was
of the savaging of an old cat        Hunting hounds: Dangerous not only to wildlife but            07 season. He                                    side gate. The
in her owner’s garden. Not                                                                                                                                                  choked while being captured
                                           also to pets, farm animals - and humans.                reveals that a                                   stag, in full view of
everyone knows, however,                                                                                                                                                    by hunt members.
                                  young hounds in August by with Trichinella as a result of        deer “died as a                                  two of the han-
that cats have been deliber-
ately targeted by hunters.
                                  having his huntsman release killing and eating foxes             result of ‘dry drowning’ having
                                                                                                   fallen into a quarry.” This
                                                                                                                                      dlers then attempted to escape
                                                                                                                                      from the garden by attempting
                                                                                                                                                                            Senator Bacik
                                  a cat before them, which they caught       during     hunting.
   “No man or woman ought to      hunt up to a kill.              Infection in humans arises       shocking incident obviously        unsuccessfully to scale a high-       backs WU ban
                                                                                                   occurred as the creature was       er wall (approximately 8-9 feet       ICABS HAS thanked Senator
be allowed on the hunting           Be very wary of confronting from handling dogs. Sheep          desperately trying to stay         high) before being captured on        Ivana Bacik for supporting
field until they have read and    a pack of hounds. It is record- may also pick up the para-       ahead of the pack of hounds        his feet by the three nominated       our campaign for a ban on
thoroughly            digested    ed that hounds killed a hunt sites from pasture which has                                           handlers...
                                                                                                   and Ward Union riders.                                                   deer hunting.
‘Thoughts on Hunting’,”           servant in County Galway been contaminated by the                  The vet mentioned other            “The stag was held for
asserts one Capt. J. Paget,       many moons ago. More dogs.                                       deer that suffered injuries dur-                                            “I am asking you to refuse a
                                                                                                                                      approximately five minutes by
introducing the 8th edition of    recently, hounds attacked                                                                                                                 licence to the Ward Union deer
                                                                     Under current legislation,    ing the season. Five had           the handlers as they waited for
Peter Beckford’s 1951 book.       and injured a housewife in all dogs must be kept under                                                                                    hunt,” she stated in a letter to
                                                                                                   “slight lameness” and two had      the deer cart to arrive, follow-
                                  the garage of her home in control in public places. In the                                                                                Minister John Gormley. “The
  Beckford assures his read-                                                                       “skin abrasions”, he said.         ing which he suddenly
                                  Leinster.                                                                                                                                 Irish Council Against Blood
ers that a cat is as good a                                       time of landlordism, it was        In another report dealing        dropped dead ... The cause of         Sports are mounting a cam-
trail as any and he refers to       Never fondle foxhounds said that the poor were struck          with the 2004-05 season (also      death was due to a ruptured           paign against this, which I sup-
an old huntsman friend who        either. As far back as the out of the protection of the          obtained by ICABS), details        aorta.”                               port.”
trained young hounds by           1960s, foxhounds were law, the rich out of its penal-            are provided about an unfortu-       Incredibly, the hunters were          Senator Bacik is the Reid
dragging a cat along the          found to be hosts of two diffi- ties.                            nate deer that dropped dead        praised in the report for lifting     Professor of Criminal Law,
ground for a mile or two in       cult parasites - Trichinella       The landlords are gone but    after trying to escape over a      the dead deer “in a dignified         Criminology and Penology at
front of them.                    and Echinococcus.               their despicable attitude pre-   high wall. The deer was eight      manner” through the side gate         Trinity College (previously held
  Beckford outlines how he          Investigators concluded       vails very evidently in the      years old and was hunted for       of the garden and into the deer       by Presidents Mary Robinson
himself begins training his       that they became infected       hunting fraternity.              approximately one and a half       cart.                                 and Mary McAleese).
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Submission calls                                                                                           Sickened hunter calls
for multiple bans                                                                                          for life ban on 2 hunts
                                                                                                           A HUNTER who says he saw            good sport” to leave foxes          only hasten the demise of fox-
                                                                                                           foxes dug out of their earth        alone once they have outwitted      hunting in Ireland.”
A SUBMISSION made by                domestic animals as regards        such a provision, and would         with spades and bars is call-       the hounds and escaped
ICABS to the Department of          the level of protection from       call for all blood sports activi-                                                                             “The anti foxhunting brigade
                                                                                                           ing for “a life ban” on two         underground.
Agriculture has called for          suffering they should receive.”                                                                                                                can hang up their boots,” he
                                                                       ties to be included, i.e. hunt-     hunts.
                                                                                                                                                 However, digging out is com-      added. “Foxhunting will end as
the new Animal Health &                ICABS welcomed the stated       ing of wild animals with dogs -        Quoted in the Avondhu news-      monplace during Irish hunts         a result of the actions of its own
Welfare Bill to completely          intention of the new act to pro-   hare hunting and coursing;          paper, the long-time hunt sup-      and acknowledged by the Irish       followers.”
ban blood sports activities.        hibit “potentially cruel activi-   fox hunting with dogs; mink         porter said he was “sickened to     Masters of Foxhounds Assoc-
  Our comprehensive submis-         ties involving animals” and to     hunting with dogs and the           the core” to witness the scene.                                           Although unlawful to release
                                                                                                                                               iation: “Digging shall only be
sion covered hare coursing,         make it an offence to be           hunting of domestic deer            He has also alleged that a cap-                                         a captive animal in front of
                                                                                                                                               conducted by a small number
                                    involved in such activities.                                           tive fox was released from a                                            hounds, ICABS believes that
fox hunting, carted deer hunt-                                         (Ward Union) as these activi-                                           of experienced people,” they
                                                                                                           bag in front of hounds and that                                         this may be commonplace.
ing, mink hunting, ferreting,         “As regards ‘potentially         ties involve the infliction of                                          state in a so-called code of con-
                                                                                                           members of the Ormond and                                               Bagged foxes are released
terrierwork, the blooding of        cruel activities involving ani-    unnecessary suffering on the                                            duct. “Reasonable efforts shall
                                                                                                           Avondhu hunts were “implicit in     be made to ensure that digging      when hounds fail to find the
hounds, earthstopping and           mals’, we would welcome            hunted animal.’
                                                                                                           this act of barbarism”.             out will not become a public        scent of a fox in the wild.
snaring.
  In our 27-page presentation,
we emphasised the need for
                                    Wexford foxes were                                                       Following a call from ICABS,
                                                                                                           the incident is being investigat-
                                                                                                           ed by the Gardai in Fermoy.
                                                                                                                                               spectacle.”
                                                                                                                                                 “It goes against my grain to
                                                                                                                                                                                     In a separate report in the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Nenagh Guardian, it is sug-
                                                                                                                                                                                   gested that the alleged incident
all animals to be given equal
protection and expressed
concern        about       the
                                    “brutally assaulted”                                                      The Avondhu newspaper
                                                                                                           says it was contacted by the
                                                                                                                                               report this but these hunts
                                                                                                                                               deserve to be exposed and the
                                                                                                                                               actions of the IMFHA need to
                                                                                                                                                                                   came to light only after com-
                                                                                                                                                                                   plaints were made by visiting
                                    THE STAR newspaper has             she was quoted as saying.           sickened hunting enthusiast         be questioned,” the quoted          hunters from the UK.
Department’s stated intention       revealed that two foxes            “They were absolutely brutally      who “described how a group of       source told the Avondhu. “I           In a submission to the
to provide for “differentiated      were dug out of their den          assaulted. It must have been        men dug foxes out of their          thought bagged foxes were a         Department of Agriculture,
levels of welfare for farmed        and “brutally assaulted” in        a long, slow death.”                underground hiding place with       relic of darker times and con-      ICABS has demanded a total
animals, protected animals          Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford.                                               spades and bars, subsequently
                                                                         Digging out and the use of                                            signed to the history books.        ban on foxhunting and all forms
and all animals”.                                                                                          killing them”.
                                       A local woman said that,        terriers is one of the most                                             The gentlemen of the Avondhu        of digging out and terrierwork.
  “It is our contention that all    prior to the grim discovery,       cruel and heartless assaults          The hunter brands digging         and Ormond Hunts are stuck in
animals - domestic or wild -
should receive full and equal
                                    she saw two men from a red         on the fox species in Ireland.      out as being contrary to “the       the past and their actions will     MEP supports
                                    car walking close the dens         It is carried out not only by
protection from ‘needless pain
                                    with four dogs. ICABS has          cold, heartless individuals                                                                                 calls for bans
or unnecessary suffering’ on                                           who enjoy seeing animals suf-                                                                               IRISH MEP, Kathy Sinnott, has
                                    urged anyone with informa-                                                                                                                     joined the calls for a ban on
the basis that all are sentient                                        fer but also by thugs
                                    tion to contact the Wexford                                                                                                                    hare coursing and carted deer
creatures and all should be                                            employed by registered fox-
                                    Gardai on 053-916 5200.                                                                                                                        hunting. In a letter to Minister,
protected from cruelty and                                             hunts.
                                      The Star (March 31, 2008)                                                                                                                    John Gormley, Ms Sinnott
unnecessary suffering,” we
                                                                          ICABS has brought this lat-                                                                              asked for an end to “this terri-
stated.                             reported that the mangled
                                                                       est assault on our wildlife to                                                                              ble practice of animal abuse”.
                                    remains of the unfortunate
  “If there are to be differenti-                                      the     attention    of    the                                                                                 “I support the call by the Irish
                                    foxes were found by the
ated levels of welfare, with                                           Department of Agriculture and                                                                               Council Against Blood Sports for
                                    woman while she was out
farmed animals receiving the                                           stressed the desperate need                                                                                 you to refuse licences for the
highest level, this would be a      walking.
                                                                       for foxes to be given protec-                                                                               Irish Coursing Club and the Ward
retrograde step - the existing        “I went for a walk and this is   tion under the new animal                                                                                   Union carted deer hunt,” she
1911 Protection of Animals          what I came across - two           welfare legislation and those                                                                               stated.
Act does not discriminate           foxes just on the ground a few     guilty of animal cruelty to be      A fox is thrown into a bag after being dug out of the ground              ICABS has thanked Kathy
among farmed and other              metres away from their hole,”      given major penalties.              during an Irish hunt. The animal was later thrown to the pack           Sinnott for her support.
                                                Page 8                                                                                                     Page 37
Terror as hunters Galway fox chased for
invade farm yard 80 minutes by hunters
A 6-YEAR-OLD boy was left          private farm in a private area.     bringing something in from
                                                                                                          A FOX had to endure a gru-
                                                                                                          elling 80 minute chase dur-                                           ACTION ALERT
hysterical and screaming in        We should be entitled to that       the open road on to some-          ing a hunt in County                                               Please urgently appeal to
terror as Ireland’s oldest         privacy.”                           body’s land. That doesn’t          Galway, according to an                                            Minister for Agriculture,
hunt came thundering                                                   seem to affect the hunts at all.   Irish Field report.                                                Brendan       Smith,  and
                                     She also told of how her
through a farmyard in                                                  There’s also the protocol of                                                                          Minister of State, Trevor
                                   fear for the safety of the chil-                                         “As soon as [the huntsman]
County Cork.                                                           going on to private property -                                                                        Sargent, to protect foxes
                                   dren prompted her to lob                                               cast his pack in Pump Bog,
                                                                       you seek permission. You’re                                                                           under the new animal wel-
  The boy’s mother told RTE’s      stones into the air to try and                                         they found a fox and were
                                                                       trying to draw a comparison                                                                           fare legislation.
Liveline programme that she        divert the hunters away from                                           away for what was to be a run
feared for her children’s safe-    the yard. She insisted that she     between anglers and hunts-                                                                             Minister Brendan Smith
                                                                                                          of one hour and twenty min-
ty and roared at the hunters to    was aiming to miss the horses       men on horseback [but] I’m                                                                             Department of Agriculture
                                                                                                          utes,” the report stated,
get out.                           but, regardless, one of the         unlikely to come around the                                                                                Agriculture House,
                                                                                                          adding that the hunt terrier      A fox runs for its life during
                                   men on horseback gave her           corner of a farmyard at 30                                                                              Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
  Speaking to presenter                                                                                   was among the dogs chasing        a foxhunt in County Galway.
                                   this abusive response: “if that     miles an hour brandishing a                                                                                  Email: minister
Derek Davis, Margo O’Keeffe                                                                               the unfortunate fox.              Photo: banfoxandstaghunt-
                                   f***ing stone hits my horse, I’ll   fishing rod and telling some-                                                                              @agriculture.gov.ie
described how mounted                                                                                                                           ingcrueltyireland.com
                                                                       one to f*** off, crossing their      The report on the Grallagh                                             Tel: 01-607 2000
hunters “came within three         put that f***ing stone straight
                                                                       land.”                             Harriers suggests that this         Research has shown that
yards of the concrete yard         through your window.”                                                                                                                         Trevor Sargent, TD
                                                                                                          particular fox managed to get     foxes chased by hounds suf-
where my kids were playing”.        A hunting spokesperson               Admitting that they had                                                                               tsargent@greenparty.ie
                                                                                                          away but it’s more than likely    fer internal injuries, leaving
                                                                                      made a mis-                                                                                  Tel: 01-6183465
  “[Me and my                                                                                             that the creature was in a poor   them at risk of dying even if
                                                                                      t a k e ,                                                                                   Fax: 01-8900361
aunt] went out       The hunters “came within three                                   Duhallow
                                                                                                          state afterwards.                 they eventually escape.
obviously        -
                       yards of where my kids were                                    Hunt chair-
because my chil-
dren were out
there and I want-
                     playing...My son was hysterical”
                                                                                      man,
                                                                                      Fleming,
                                                                                              Pat
                                                                                                            Captivating viewing for all the family
                                                                                      apologised
ed to protect my                                                       for the hunters coming into
children - and we started roar-    agreed with a statement by
                                   Derek Davis that “at a time         the farm yard, saying “I’ve
ing at them to get out of there,                                       already apologised and I’ll
they had no permission,” she       when hunting is under huge
                                                                       apologise again for that.”
added. “They were so close to      pressure from the anti-blood
                                                                       Retorted Derek Davis: “It
me that there were spatters of     sports lobby, you need all the      would have been nice if
muck on my clothes. I was          friends you can possibly get        somebody on the day had
shouting at my children to         and that behaving like the          apologised.”
stay behind me. My son was         seventh cavalry isn’t the way         According to the IMFHA
hysterical; he was running         to do it.”                          website, Duhallow hunters
around the yard and I was            Derek went on to question         “maintain the best possible
shouting at him to get into the    the general disregard that          relations with...the general
house.”                            hunters have for private land.      public”!
  The aunt expressed her           “There is, amongst anglers, a        ICABS has brought this inci-
upset at the incident. “I was      protocol about going on other       dents to the attention of the       If you’ve missed it at the cinema, do look out for the captivating The Fox and the Child on
very upset and very angry,”        people’s lands, about sterilis-     government and renewed our           DVD. Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) says of the film: “It is
she said. “It was the fact that    ing boots (where requested)         appeal for hunting with             our hope to reveal the wonder of nature that surrounds us every day.” This special release
this was an invasion [into] a      and fishing tackle before           hounds to be banned.                 beautifully achieves that and will undoubtedly help win many new friends for the red fox!

                                              Page 36                                                                                                  Page 9
Noel Treacy asked to stop                                                                              Hare found with
 pandering to foxhunters                                                                               bleeding leg at                                                        “The Green Party would be
THE IRISH Council Against          suggested that this could be a
Blood Sports has called on
Galway TD, Noel Treacy, TD
to stop pandering to
                                   case of complacency on the
                                   part of the blood sport enthu-
                                   siasts.
                                                                                                        coursing meet
                                                                                                       ICABS HAS learned that a             “The dog held the hare in the
                                                                                                                                                                              anti-bloodsports and I think
                                                                                                                                                                              [Minister Gormley] is doing all
                                                                                                                                                                              he can at the moment. It is
                                                                                                                                                                              very likely that there will be a
hunters and “respect the              In a letter to the editor pub-                                   hare with a bleeding leg was       air,” the ranger states. “After     much bigger clampdown next
overwhelming wishes of the                                                                             discovered by a National           the intervention of 2 coursing      year and that would be what I
                                   lished in March, ICABS stated
electorate and commit to                                                                               Parks and Wildlife Service         men the hare got away and           hope will happen.” (Green
                                   that the more likely explana-                                                                                                              Party       councillor      Niall
safeguarding our wildlife          tion for Deputy Treacy’s anti-                                      ranger at a coursing meet-         ran into the escape hatch.”
heritage”.                                                                                                                                                                    O’Brolchain, Galway Indepen-
                                   blood sports postbag towering                                       ing in Balbriggan last             [ICABS note: It is very likely
                                                                                                                                                                              dent - 12th Sept 2007)
  Our call comes following an      over a solitary letter is that a                                    November.                          that this hare sustained seri-
                                                                                                                                          ous internal injuries]                “This government is allocat-
article   in    the   Galway       massive majority in this coun-      Noel Treacy, TD: Spoke            According to a document                                              ing 76 million Euro to the
Independent which outlined         try want a ban on activities                                        obtained by ICABS, a ranger          Reporting on observations
                                                                       in favour of foxhunting                                                                                Horse and Greyhound Racing
how       Deputy       Treacy      involving animal cruelty.                                           also reported hearing hares        made at the Balbriggan and          Fund while giving less than
addressed hunters at a meet-
ing in Ballinasloe earlier this
                                     “Most agree that it’s totally         ACTION ALERT                “crying out” while being han-
                                                                                                       dled at the meeting.
                                                                                                                                          Trim coursing meetings, this
                                                                                                                                          ranger goes on to highlight the
                                                                                                                                                                              that, 64 million Euro, to the
                                   unacceptable to unleash a                                                                                                                  Drugs Initiatives and Young
                                                                       Ask Noel Treacy, TD to stop
year.                                                                                                    The NPWS Memo reveals            coursing-related stress caused      People’s Facilities Fund. This
                                   pack of hounds to chase a fox       standing up for animal cru-
  “When I was in charge of the                                                                         that “at the boxing                            to hares.               is unacceptable.” (Donegal
                                   for hours before ripping it to      elty. Remind him that a
                                                                                                                                                                              Sinn Fein Senator, Pearse
Wildlife Service, I got constant   bits,” we commented.                majority want blood sports      stage, it was noted                                     “At     both
letters from the Irish Council                                         banned.                         that one of the          “This is the meetings, the odd                Doherty, in a Donegal News
                                      “This has been confirmed by                                                                                                             report about how the county’s
Against Blood Sports to ban        the latest Millward Brown                  Noel Treacy, TD          hares was bleed-          first year I hare will cry out               drugs squad has been left with
                                                                                                       ing from its hind
hunting and only ever got one      opinion poll which found that           Athenry, Co. Galway
                                                                                                       leg” and adds that
                                                                                                                                 have heard whilewhen thehan-
                                                                                                                                                        dled
                                                                                                                                                                being
                                                                                                                                                                        ear
                                                                                                                                                                              just one part-time officer - 1st
letter pro-hunting,” he was                                              noel.treacy@oireachtas.ie                                                                            February, 2008)
                                                                                                       after being seen by hares crying” tag is being identi-
                                   around two out of every three
quoted as saying.                  Irish adults want the govern-              Tel: 091-844360                                                                                   “We were digging out the fox
                                                                             Fax: 091-844360           a vet, the animal                                fied, causing more
 The former Minister of State      ment to outlaw foxhunting.”                                                                                                                with the farmer’s permission
                                                                                                       was considered unsuitable for stress to the animal. This is the        and hounds that were too
                                                                                                       coursing.                          first year I have heard hares
Download our new BUY A                                                                                   Another hare was seen by crying out.”
                                                                                                       the club’s vet after it was hit by
                                                                                                                                             The ranger also highlights
                                                                                                                                                                              close to the foxhole broke
                                                                                                                                                                              loose and got hold of the ani-
                                                                                                                                                                              mal.” (Hunting spokesperson,

 anti-hunt posters BADGE                                                                               two greyhounds. The ranger
                                                                                                       outlines that, the following day,
                                                                                                       he was “shown two dead
                                                                                                                                          how coursers attempt to hide
                                                                                                                                          the suffering caused to hares,
                                                                                                                                                                              Brian Munn, reports on how a
                                                                                                                                                                              fox was killed by hounds after
                                                                                                                                                                              being dug out of the ground
ICABS IS urging landowners         message to local hunters that       SHOW YOUR support for a                                            saying that “I have noticed at      during a Westmeath Fox-
to show compassion for our         your land is strictly off-limits.                                   hares - including the animal
                                                                       ban on blood sports.                                               several       meetings      down    hounds hunt, Westmeath
wildlife heritage by closing                                                                           that was seen by the vet the
                                  If you have friends and fam-         Purchase one of the new                                            through the years that if the       Examiner, 23rd February
                                                                       ICABS badges today and          previous day”. It is unclear if dogs hit and pin the hare, the
property to those involved in  ily who own land, please print                                                                                                                 2008)
                                                                       help raise funds for our cam-   this includes the hare with the guy on the horse always gets
blood sports.                  copies of the poster and dis-                                                                                                                    “There is no evidence of this
                                                                       paign.                          bleeding leg.                      in front of the ranger to prevent
  If you are a farmer or coun- tribute them.                                                                                                                                  happening, there is no photo-
                                                                         Displaying our website          A second ranger present at       us from seeing what is hap-         graph.” A Westmeath Hunt
tryside landowner, please         The posters, along with a
                                                                       address, these cool 28mm        Balbriggan described how “a        pening.”                            employee insisting that there
download our new "No selection of others, can be                                                                                                                              is no evidence to prove that a
                                                                       badges cost just 1 Euro each    third dog slipped on to the          ICABS has brought these
Hunters, No Hounds" and freely downloaded from the                                                                                                                            fox was dug out of its den, tied
                                                                       (including postage and pack-    pitch and resulted in 3 dogs       additional examples of cours-
“Hare Sanctuary” posters.      ICABS website at banblood-                                                                                                                     up and fed alive to hounds
                                                                       aging to anywhere in the        chasing the hare.” Another         ing cruelty to the attention of     during     a    hunt.     (Irish
  Simply print, laminate and sports.com. Simply click on               world). Order at our online     hare was pinned to the ground      Minister John Gormley and           Independent, 20th December,
display along your property Farmers and scroll down to                 shop or from the usual postal   after the muzzle of a grey-        demanded a total ban on the         2007)
boundaries to send a clear “No Hunting” signs.                         address.                        hound “seemed to loosen”.          blood sport.
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                                            HUNTERS DISGUSTED                                                        IFA president shuns
“Hounds eventually got a fox to
                                            AT “SICK” DEER HUNT
                                            THEY'VE been condemned              like myself the negative public-     pro-hunting seminar
leave, running to the nearby
                                            by animal welfare groups,           ity that we try so hard to
smaller plantation he got to                                                                                         ICABS HAS welcomed the             Irish Farmers Association             embarrassment to Padraig or
                                            farmers, landowners, motor-         avoid!!!"
ground in a rabbit hole. Bolting                                                                                     IFA president’s shunning of        president denied that he had          the IFA in inviting him to rep-
from the strong mark, the                   ists, parents and household-
                                            ers. Now the Ward Union are           "I'm from Canada and I hunt        a pro-hunting seminar held         agreed to take part.                  resent Irish live exporters.”
hounds caught him on top after                                                  deer - even to me this is sick
                                            being slammed by hunters                                                 in Dublin in August.                 In an IFA statement issued            In a letter to Padraig
a short run.” (from a report on
                                            who describe carted deer            s**t. There is no sport in this!"      Criticising the organisers for   to the Irish Times, Mr Walshe         Walshe, ICABS welcomed his
the White Heather Harriers'
meeting at Clonacody, Tipper-               hunting as "idiotism", "hor-           "I'm a hunter but this is idio-   presenting him as a speaker        said his name had been used           decision to avoid the event.
ary Voice - 5th February 2008)              rible" and "sick".                  tism. Poor deer."                    at the event, Padraig Walshe       in relation to the event without      “Every hunting season, Irish
  “The Ormond Foxhounds in                    The comments were made in                                              stated: “The organisers have       permission. “I am very dissat-        farmers are plagued by
                                                                                  "I'm an avid big game hunter
North Tipperary is at the centre            response to a video on the                                               used my name in a totally          isfied about this,” he said.          hunters coming on to their
                                                                                in B.C. [Canada] but that does-      inappropriate way to promote                                             land disturbing livestock,
of an investigation into com-               ICABS Youtube Channel which                                                                                   Quoted in the Times, event
plaints of cruelty to a fox, it was                                             n't look like fun or fair chase."    their own agenda. I will not                                             damaging       pastures     and
                                            shows the cruelty of carted                                                                                 organiser, Gavin Duffy of the
reported last week. The Irish               deer hunting. Among the feed-          "I am pro-hunting but this        allow my name or the IFA to        Hunting       Association        of   boundaries and posing a seri-
Council Against Blood Sports                back are the following com-         video made me sick. The peo-         be hijacked in this way. There                                           ous threat to biosecurity,” we
                                                                                                                                                        Ireland, apologised to the IFA
has called for a Garda investi-             ments from hunters:                                                      will be no IFA participation in                                          stated. “It is very fitting that
                                                                                ple who follow this hunt obvi-                                          president:            “Apparently
gation into the alleged inci-                                                                                        this event.”                                                             the IFA stays away from pro-
dents which occurred in North                 "What the heck is wrong with      ously don't care for animals or                                         Padraig Walshe now feels he
                                            those people - I hunt and that      the countryside. There is no           A   brochure    for   the        cannot attend the event and           hunt events.”
Cork earlier this month.” (from
Ormond Foxhounds under                      is the most horrible thing that I   point in hunting a carted stag.      “Consumer Intimidation, the        says his name was used inap-             We also renewed our
investigation,            Nenagh            have ever seen."                    If it is a jolly across the coun-    Vegan/Animal Rights Agenda”        propriately. If this is his view of   appeal to the IFA to stop
Guardian - 5th April 2008)                                                      tryside you want, then go drag       seminar    listed   Padraig        events, I apologise unre-             encouraging blood sports
                                             "It's ass****s like you [Ward
  “A High Court judge granted               Union] who give real hunters        hunting."
                                                                                                                     Walshe as one of three             servedly. It was never my             enthusiasts to join its IFA
an injunction to the [Ward                                                                                           scheduled speakers but the         [intention] to cause any              Countryside scheme. The IFA
Union] removing the conditions
on its licence pending a full                ICABS launches new                                                      Clonmel mayor asked to
                                                                                                                                                                                              Countryside website acknowl-
                                                                                                                                                                                              edges that “the Irish country-
                                                                                                                                                                                              side is a great national
hearing of a separate judicial
review hearing. The High Court
decision allowed 42 riders to
                                             online video channels                                                    stop coursing support                                                   resource which Irish farmers
                                                                                                                                                                                              work hard to maintain and
                                            THE IRISH Council Against    Ban Bullfighting TV, mean-
head out yesterday, Ward                                                                                                                                                                      enhance” but goes on to out-
                                            Blood Sports is excited to while, focuses exclusively on                 THE MAYOR of Clonmel               cruelty involved in coursing
Union hunt secretary Declan                                                                                                                                                                   line how the scheme is open
                                            announce the launch of our the cruelty of the corrida and                has been asked to consider         and the fact that a huge
Brooks confirmed, while a fur-
                                            new online video channels. features ICABS action alerts.                 the cruelty of coursing and        majority of Irish people want         to those with “an interest
ther 100 or so people
                                                                                  Our video presentations have       stop supporting the blood          this blood sport banned, we           in...field sport activities”.
watched.” (Irish Independent,                  ICABS TV1 provides a con-
23rd February 2008)                         tinuous stream of campaign          helped     achieve    massive        sport.                             hope that you can reconsider             “Surely, the IFA would agree
                                            videos, wildlife footage, action    advances in the levels of                                               your stance," we stated.              that its primary duty is to its
   “I hate hunting. I had a res-                                                                                       The call comes after the
cue fox cub as a kid; the local             alerts and other animal-related     awareness surrounding blood                                               Please join our appeal to           core farming supporters and
                                                                                                                     Progressive Democrats coun-
hunt had killed its mother. But             presentations and will help         sport cruelty.                                                          Mayor Richie Molloy to rid his        not to a minority who pose a
                                                                                                                     cillor was pictured in a paper
we got the cub from them, his               bring our issues to an even      The overwhelming response                                                  town of this shameful animal          threat to biosecurity, cause
                                                                                                                     at the town’s coursing finals.
name was Sparky. He only                    wider audience.                 has not only been one of dis-                                               cruelty festival. You can con-        inconvenience and anguish to
lived a short while as the                                                                                             In a letter to Mayor Richie                                            landowners and endanger
                                              The ever-growing schedule gust but also disbelief that such                                               tact him at: Clonmel Town
hunters had injured him so                                                                                           Molloy, ICABS expressed dis-                                             livelihoods,” we commented.
                                            includes the entire content of animal abuse continues to be                                                 Council,      Clonmel,     Co
much.” (comment left on the                                                                                          appointment that he deemed
ICABS        Bebo         page         at
                                            our Youtube channel which, we allowed.                                                                      Tipperary. Email: cllrrichie.           “We hope that the IFA will
                                                                                                                     it appropriate to attend the       molloy@southtippcoco.ie.              act to ensure that its policy of
w w w. b e b o . c o m / b a n b l o o d-   are pleased to report, has been  To tune in to our channels,
                                            viewed nearly half a million please click on Videos at                   event.                             Tel: 052-29362 or 086-                putting farmers first extends
sports - 10th February 2008)
                                            times in total.                 www.banbloodsports.com                    "Considering the animal           1967482.                              to the IFA Countryside.”
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GALWAY CAT RELIVES                                                                                     Deer chased on                                                           Hunt literature
                                                                                                                                                                                removed from
FOND FOX MEMORIES
MEET Ted, a cool snowy cat from County                                                                  to “busy road”
                                                                                                                                                                                tourist offices
                                                                                                                                                                                IN THE last edition of Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                Voice, we asked you to
Galway who’s missing the fox he made                                                                   A WARD Union deer was              pursuing hounds and caught            appeal to East & Midlands
friends with during the summer.                                                                        chased on to a “busy public        the stag with the aid of anoth-       Tourism to stop publicising
                                                                                                       road” with “many vehicles          er nominated deer handler,” it        hunting in its “Equestrian
This cute snapshot            “There is so much                                                                                                                                 Holidays” literature.
                                                                                                       going in both directions”,         states, adding that “despite
shows Ted captivated        ignorance about foxes,”
                                                                                                       ICABS was horrified to             the busy road, with many                  Thank you to everyone who
by a wildlife show and      she adds. “Some peo-
                                                                                                       learn.                             vehicles going in both direc-         responded. We are happy to
reliving fond memories      ple think that a fox
                                                                                                                                          tion, this procedure was car-         report that the Failte Ireland-
of Basil, the fox he once   would probably attack a                                                      Revealed in a document
                                                                                                                                          ried out with a minimum of            affiliated body has confirmed
shared bowls of cat         cat but my photos dis-                                                     obtained under the Freedom
                                                                                                                                          fuss.”                                that they “have removed any
food with in the garden.    prove that theory!”                                                        of Information Act, it’s yet
                                                                                                                                             ICABS can only imagine the         literature promoting hunting
                              “I felt privileged to                                                    another worrying incident                                                from the shelves of our tourist
  Muriel Hayden of                                                                                                                        terror experienced by this
                            have had the company                                                       involving the hunt coming on                                             information offices.”
Athenry’s      Cuddles                                                                                                                    deer as it contended with
                            of Basil,” Muriel says. “I                                                 to main roads.
Cattery says that Basil                                                                                                                   hounds, hunters and traffic in          ICABS greatly welcomes this
                            run a cattery and                                                             “As the hunt was close to
visited for a couple of                                                                                                                   its desperate effort to escape.       positive   response     which
                            always have leftover cat                                                   finishing, the stag headed in
months but hasn’t been                                                                                                                                                          means that hunting will no
                            food, which he seemed                                                      the direction of Agher Cross,        ICABS brought the incident
seen since August.                                                                                                                                                              longer be publicised by the
                            to enjoy. He would fol-                                                    Summerhill, County Meath,          to the attention of the Road
                                                                                                                                                                                body in Kildare, Louth, Laois,
  “I still see foxes from   low me as I worked and                                                                                        Safety Authority, the Garda
                                                                                                       where the huntsman, master                                               Longford, Meath, North Offaly,
time to time but none so    when I was in the gar-                                                                                        Commissioner, the Road
                                                                                                       and followers and some of the                                            Westmeath and Wicklow.
tame as Basil,” she told    den he acted very like a     Wildlife watching: Ted relives memories       hounds were held up in a field     Safety Officer of Meath
ICABS. “I really miss       dog, wrapping himself         of vulpine pal, Basil, and below Ted         surrounded by secure wire          Council and the Minister for          SWISS GREENS
his twice-daily visits.”    around my legs.”               catching up with Basil at mealtime.                                            Transport. We are asking all
                                                                                                       fencing.” the document says
                                                                                                                                          of them to urgently act in the         IN APPEAL TO
                                                                                                       of the incident which, we
                                                                                                       believe, occurred during the
                                                                                                                                          interests of public safety.           IRISH GREENS
                                                                                                       2004/05 season. “The delay                                               THE GREEN Party in
                                                                                                       in the hunt’s exit from this
                                                                                                                                           Garda wildlife                       Switzerland took time out
                                                                                                       field, by way of looking for        unit requested                       from its pre-election cam-
                                                                                                                                                                                paigning in August 2007 to
                                                                                                       alternative exits and subse-       ICABS HAS urged the Gardai
                                                                                                                                                                                convey a message of sup-
                                                                                                       quently cutting wire, allowed      to establish a special unit to
                                                                                                                                                                                port to ICABS.
                                                                                                       the stag to continue onwards       tackle illegal blood sports like
                                                                                                       and away from the hunt along       cockfighting, badger baiting            Vice General Secretary,
                                                                                                                                                                                Miriam Behrens, announced
Hotel asked to drop foxhunting                                                                         the road, followed by 16
                                                                                                       hounds for several minutes.”
                                                                                                                                          and dog fighting. In a letter to
                                                                                                                                          Garda Commissioner, Noel
                                                                                                                                          Conroy, we said that such a
                                                                                                                                                                                that “the Swiss Greens fully
                                                                                                                                                                                support your position” and
HOTEL reservations compa-              ICABS has provided CentralR                                        The report outlines how it
ny, CentralR, has been asked        with photos showing the barbar-
                                                                            ACTION ALERT               was members of the hunt who
                                                                                                                                          unit could alleviate cruelty.         asked us to convey to Irish
                                                                                                                                                                                Green Party Minister, John
                                                                        Please complain to both        were following along on the          “There is much animal suffer-
by the Irish Council Against        ity of foxhunting and comment-                                                                                                              Gormley, their desire to see
                                                                        companies about the publici-                                      ing in Ireland - both from legal
Blood Sports to stop publi-         ed that “most visitors to your                                     road in a 4-wheel-drive who                                              blood sports licences refused
                                                                        sation of hunting in Galway.                                      and illegal activities,” we stated.
cising foxhunting.                  site would find the publicisation                                  eventually caught up with the                                            here.
                                                                        CentralR - Tel: 01-764 2500                                       “A high profile Garda unit could
   In an entry for Ballinasloe’s    of foxhunting to be offensive.”                                    fleeing animal.                                                            ICABS has thanked the
                                                                         Email: info@CentralR.com                                         combat the illegal aspect. Such
Carlton Shearwater Hotel, the          The hotel has also been           Carlton Shearwater Hotel        “As soon as they observed        units have proved popular in          Swiss Greens for this support
firm’s website presents foxhunt-    asked to act to ensure that fox-          Tel: 0909-630400         the stag and hounds detached       other jurisdictions as they facili-   and have conveyed their mes-
ing as one of the local “leisure    hunting is removed from its list-    Email: dbirchall@carlton.ie   from the main hunt and on the      tate priority reporting of animal-    sage to Minister Gormley and
pursuits”.                          ing.                                 (Dermot Birchall, Manager)    public road, they called off the   related crimes.”                      the other Green Party TDs.
                                                Page 12                                                                                               Page 33
UK SCRAPS PLANS FOR                                                                                        Season extensions ended,
                                                                                                           Minister informs beaglers
 MAJOR BADGER CULL
 Irish Department claims killing here is “inevitable”
                                                                                                           BEAGLERS have been told
                                                                                                           to assume that in the future,
                                                                                                           there will be no further
                                                                                                                                             Gormley this year turned
                                                                                                                                             down the latest application
                                                                                                                                             from the Irish Masters of
                                                                                                                                                                               expected,” the letter con-
                                                                                                                                                                               cludes. “This is incompatible
                                                                                                                                                                               with Ireland’s responsibilities
                                                                                                           extensions to their hunt          Beagles Association.              under Irish and EU Wildlife
IN JULY, as the UK                   This is in stark contrast to a   culling badgers over a number        season.                                                             legislation.”
Department         of     the      statement made by the UK’s         of years - only produced mar-                                             “The Department, in granti-
Environment scrapped con-          Environment Secretary, Hilary      ginal     benefits    because         This very much welcomed          ng the licence for 2007,            Hare hunting is a low profile
troversial plans for a badger      Benn, that culling badgers         although TB was reduced in           development was revealed in       advised the Association that      blood sport in which hares die
cull, the office of Ireland’s      actually makes things worse.       the area, it increased outside       May in a letter from              for conservation reasons          horrendous deaths. Chased
Environment Minister was                                              because of the disturbance           Environment Minister, John        licenses to permit the hunting    to exhaustion, they are ripped
                                     In a speech to the House of                                           Gormley’s office.                 of hares with beagles beyond
maintaining that the mass                                             and movement of badgers.”                                                                                apart by packs of dogs.
                                   Commons on July 7th, Mr
slaughter of badgers here is                                                                                 In previous years, beaglers     the general open season for
                                   Benn stated: “Bovine TB is           ICABS has repeatedly called                                                                              A Dublin motorist who wit-
“inevitable”.                                                                                              have been allowed to stretch      the species may not, in future
                                   transmitted between cattle,        on     the    Department        of                                                                       nessed such a kill described
                                                                                                           their hare persecution into the   years be granted, as this
  “Minister John Gormley           and between cattle and badg-       Agriculture here to call a halt to                                                                       what remained after the dogs
                                                                                                           month of March but Minister       impinged on the breeding
would like to see a situation      ers. But what has dominated        the killing which has already                                                                            attacked the hare - “a tiny
                                                                      left over 50,000 badgers dead.
                                                                                                                                             season of the hares,” the cor-
where no badgers are snared,”      debate is whether badger                                                                                                                    piece of fur blowing in the
a spokesperson told ICABS in       culling could be effective in      Our appeal to Minister               View all ICABS                    respondence        from
                                                                                                                                             Minister’s office outlines.
                                                                                                                                                                         the
                                                                                                                                                                               breeze.”
an email, adding that “unfortu-    controlling the disease. The       Gormley to stop issuing badger
nately for the time being it is    ten year Randomised Badger         snaring licences continues.          videos on your                       “It was also stated that in
                                                                                                                                                                                 In Ireland, there are 129
                                                                                                                                                                               harrier packs, which hunt both
inevitable.”                       Culling Trial culled some
                                   11,000 badgers to discover              ACTION ALERT                     mobile phone                     planning the calendar for
                                                                                                                                             future years the Association      hares and foxes, while there
   The spokesperson admitted                                                                                                                                                   are 22 registered beagle
                                   what impact it would have.          Remind Minister Gormley             THANKS        TO   Youtube        should work on the assump-
that “it has never been demon-                                                                                                                                                 packs hunting hares.
                                                                       that the Wildlife Act, for          Mobile, millions more peo-        tion that all beagling events
strated that an individual badg-      “The ISG’s final report, pub-
                                                                       which he is responsible,            ple are now be able to wit-       should be scheduled within          While they have been pre-
er gave TB to an individual        lished last year, concluded that    lists the badger as a pro-
cow” but claimed “there is an      reactive culling – killing badg-
                                                                                                           ness the cruelty of blood         the standard open season for      vented from terrorising hares
                                                                       tected species. Demand              sports in Ireland.
overwhelming statistical case      ers in areas where there had                                                                              hares which finishes at the       for an additional month, they
                                                                       that he stops licensing the
that badgers spread TB to cat-     been local TB breakdowns -                                                Anyone with a compatible        end of February.”                 continue to be free to hunt up
                                                                       killing of badgers as part of
tle” and that “there is also an    made the problem worse, and         a cruel and discredited TB          mobile phone which supports     The Department says that            to the end of February (with
overwhelming case that culling     that proactive culling – taking     eradication scheme.                 RTSP streaming can view the its decision was reached “fol-          no licence being required)
of the worst affected popula-      an area of about 100 square                                             ICABS videos by accessing: lowing discussions with the              despite the fact that hares are
                                                                         Minister John Gormley
tions greatly reduces the TB.”     kilometres and repeatedly                                               http://m.youtube.com/icabs    relevant regional, administra-        designated a highly protected
                                                                         Dept of the Environment,
                                                                                                                                                                               species.
                                                                         Custom House, Dublin 1.             Please note that while the tive and scientific staff of the
                                                                        Email: minister@environ.ie         videos are free to view, you National Parks and Wildlife                ACTION ALERT
                                                                            Tel: 01 888 2403               will be charged by your serv- Service”. Officials took into         Please join our appeal to
                                                                       Please appeal to the                                              account the results of the
                                                                                                           ice provider based on the                                           Minister Gormley to fully
                                                                       Minister for Agriculture,                                         recently completed National
                                                                                                           amount of data downloaded.                                          protect the Irish Hare by
                                                                       Brendan Smith, to show                                            Hare Survey which makes it
                                                                                                             Always remember to check clear that hare numbers can              implementing a total,
                                                                       compassion and suspend
                                                                                                           rates before viewing videos fluctuate dramatically from             year-round ban on hunt-
                                                                       the cruel badger snaring.
                                                                                                           on your phone.                year to year.                         ing and coursing.
                                                                         Minister Brendan Smith
                                                                        Department of Agriculture            All the videos may also be    “Where hunting is allowed to          Minister John Gormley
                                                                         Kildare Street, Dublin 2.         viewed         online      at extend into the breeding sea-           Dept of the Environment,
                                                                       Email: minister@agriculture         www.youtube.com/icabs or by son, and this coincides with              Custom House, Dublin 1.
                                                                       .gov.ie. Tel: 01-607 2000 or        clicking    on   Videos    at periods of low population,             Email: minister@environ.ie
                                                                           Locall 1890-200510.                                                                                      Tel: 01 888 2403.
                                                                                                           www.banbloodsports.com        local extinctions can be
                                              Page 32                                                                                                   Page 13
MEP is “odd man out” in                                                                                 SAVE THE RABBITS
cruel seal hunt support
GALWAY MEP, Sean O                                                   paper has branded Mr O
                                                                                                         Please join our urgent call for ferreting ban
                                                                                                       ICABS has called for an            still dark. People contact me,      hound industry. Unscrupulous
                                                                                                       urgent ban on ferreting after      often lads with greyhounds.         owners and breeders believe
Neachtain,   has     been                                            Neachtain as “very much the
                                                                                                       a newspaper article high-          These lads would be looking         that letting greyhounds tear a
described as “very much                                              odd man out in the European
                                                                                                       lighted how the horrific           for rabbits...I bring my nets,      rabbit asunder will keep them
the odd man out” for back-                                           Parliament - perhaps the lone
                                                                                                       activity leaves rabbits blind-     cages, and of course my fer-        keen for running on the track
ing Canada’s barbaric seal                                           EU parliamentarian leading
                                                                                                       ed.                                ret finder. It’s a collar you put   or up a coursing field.
hunters.                                                             the fight against a ban on
                                                                                                         Ferreting involves sending a     on the ferret before he’s sent
  The Fianna Fail MEP (pic-                                          imported Canadian seal prod-                                                                               Greyhound scene commen-
                                                                                                       ferret down a burrow to trap       underground. It beeps like a
tured right) sparked outrage in                                      ucts”.                                                                                                   tator, John Martin, is on record
                                                                                                       rabbits. The rabbits are either    metal detector, so you know
February after he declared: “I                                         Highlighting a video of Mr O                                       where he is...                      as saying that “greyhound
                                                                                                       chased out of the hole and                                             racing would not continue to
will be supporting the seal                                          Neachtain coming out in
                                                                                                       into nets or viciously                       “You have two differ-     exist without blooding [and] it
hunters”.                                                            favour of the merciless
                                                                                                       gripped in place by                           ent types of hunting     follows that, with a constant
  Mr O Neachtain’s bizarre                                           hunters, the paper stated: “He
                                   ICABS criticised his lack of                                        the ferret while a                             ferret; you have
stance has been condemned                                            is defending Canada’s seal                                                                               greyhound population of close
                                   compassion towards the                                              hunter digs away                                the ‘eye’ ferret
by animal welfare groups                                             hunt, despite the fact that the                                                                          on 30,000, blooding must be
                                   largest slaughter of marine                                         the earth from                                   and you have
across Ireland.                                                      majority of his 784 parliamen-                                                                           widespread.”
                                   mammals in the world.                                               above them.                                      the ‘brain’ ferret.
                                                                     tary colleagues are calling for                                                                            Writing     in   the    Irish
 In a letter to the politician,                                                                          The following is                               An eye ferret in a
                                     Canada’s Telegram news-         the hunt to be banned.”
                                                                                                                                                       hole only goes for     Independent of January 12th,
                                                                                                       a ferreter’s first-
                                                                                                                                                     the rabbit’s eye - he    1994, Mr Martin added: “Do
Coursing ban
extended - NI
                                   RTE urged to drop                                                   hand description of
                                                                                                       the activity published in
                                                                                                       the Westmeath Topic          of
                                                                                                                                                  blinds him. The ‘brain’
                                                                                                                                             ferret, he’ll bite straight
                                                                                                                                                                              not expect an admission of
                                                                                                                                                                              that from Bord na gCon, the
ICABS HAS welcomed the
news that a ban on all forms
                                   coursing as sport                                                   March 13th, 2008.
                                                                                                         “On a typical day I’d get up
                                                                                                                                          onto the head between the
                                                                                                                                          ears.”
                                                                                                                                            “The fellas who call me out
                                                                                                                                                                              country’s semi-state grey-
                                                                                                                                                                              hound racing authority. To
                                                                                                                                                                              concede the point would be to
of hare persecution has            ICABS HAS urged RTE to              ICABS stressed that a           at six in the morning while it’s
                                   stop presenting cruelty as        majority of Irish people (and                                        sometimes use them for teas-        accept that they are the custo-
been extended in Northern
                                                                                                                                                                              dians of a sport whose very
Ireland until March 2009.          “sport” after the station fea-
                                   tured coursing in a radio
                                                                     presumably, therefore, licence
                                                                     fee payers) want coursing out-
                                                                                                       October rally                      ing the greyhound in a thing
                                                                                                                                          called a ‘rolling cage’ which is    existence is based on blood-
  The North's Environment
Minister, Sammy Wilson
                                   sports report in February.
                                     In our complaint, we outlined
                                                                     lawed.
                                                                                                       for animals                        a small round cage they put
                                                                                                                                          the rabbit in to tease the dog
                                                                                                                                                                              ing.”

(whose interests include ani-
                                   that "many would struggle to
                                                                       They would find the portrayal   TO CO-INCIDE with World            before a race.”                          ACTION ALERT
mals and birds) made the                                             of animal cruelty as a sport to   Animal Week, a peaceful
                                   comprehend how sport could                                                                               What happens to the trau-          Please join us now in call-
move amid fears for "the sta-                                        be highly offensive and inap-     rally has been organised for
                                   ever encompass an activity                                                                             matised,        and     probably     ing on the Minister for
bility and sustainability of the                                     propriate, we said.               Dublin on October 5th, 2008.
                                   based on greyhounds chasing                                                                            injured, rabbit next? It is high-    Agriculture to act urgent-
hare population".
                                   hares and causing them                 ACTION ALERT                   By attending this event, you     ly questionable that grey-           ly to end the horrendous
  We have appealed to              stress, injury and sometimes                                        can show your support for all      hound men suddenly show              practice of ferreting.
                                                                      Tell RTE to keep cruelty
Minister John Gormley to fol-      death."                                                             the animals cruelly abused         mercy and release it back to          Minister Brendan Smith
                                                                      out of its sports reports. If
low Minister Wilson’s com-                                                                             and killed in Ireland.             the wild. It is much more likely     Department of Agriculture
                                     Responding to our appeal, a      you are a licence fee
mendable example and give                                                                                The rally begins at 1.30pm       that the rabbit is let out of the         Agriculture House,
                                   spokesperson for RTE said          payer, make this known in
full protection to the hares in                                                                        sharp on Sunday, October 5th       cage and used as a live lure          Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
                                   that the station "neither          your correspondence.
the Republic.                      approves nor disapproves of                                         at the Garden of Remem-            for the greyhounds.                        Email: minister
                                                                      RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.                                                                                   @agriculture.gov.ie
  Hare persecution has now         coursing". He tried to defend                                       brance (top of O’Connell             This highly illegal act of
been prohibited in Northern                                               Email: info@rte.ie           Street), Dublin. More info at      “blooding” is thought to be          Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall
                                   the coverage on the basis that
Ireland since 2003.                coursing remains legal.                 Tel: 01 208 3111.           www.aran.ie                        commonplace in the grey-                    1890-200510.

                                              Page 14                                                                                                 Page 31
ICABS action leads to                                                                                     PROTEST HIGHLIGHTS
 confiscation of traps
IN THE last edition of Animal
Voice, we reported on our
renewed appeal for the pub-
                                                                      and traps from an Irish web-
                                                                      site.
                                                                         The development was con-
                                                                                                           COURSING CRUELTY
lic to be on the look-out for
                                                                      firmed in a letter to ICABS
shops selling unlawful glue
                                                                      Vice-President, Deputy Tony
traps.
                                                                      Gregory from the Minister for
  Glue traps (also known as                                           the    Environment,     John
glue boards) are one of the                                           Gormley.
world’s most inhumane traps.
                                                                         The      Minister    stated:
Among the victims are mice,
rats, small mammals, birds                                            “Officials of the NPWS visited
                                   Trap confiscation will help
and pets. In a desperate bid to     save squirrels and other          the premises in question and
escape from the sticky base,        animals from cruel death          confiscated a number of illegal
doomed creatures have been                                            traps, snares and a quantity of
                                     Following an ICABS com-          illegal glue traps. Advertising
known to bite off their own        plaint to the National Parks
limbs.                                                                for the traps and snares on the
                                   and Wildlife Service (NPWS),       company’s website has also
  Thanks to the help of ICABS      the traps were confiscated. We
                                                                      been removed.”
supporters around the country,     understand from correspon-
we have identified and report-     dence from Minister John             “A file is being prepared for
ed the sale of these cruel traps   Gormley that a file is now         the Chief Solicitors Office rec-
in a number of outlets.            being prepared for the Chief       ommending a prosecution in
                                   State Solicitor’s Office recom-    this     instance,”    Minister
  We wish to particularly
                                   mending a prosecution.             Gormley added.
applaud the person who                                                                                   A PROTEST outside the
brought to our attention a shop      In another major success,         Thank you to everyone who
                                                                                                         national coursing finals in
in Leinster which had glue         we were instrumental in the        has helped us in our campaign
                                                                                                         Clonmel has helped high-
traps in its window display.       removal from sale of snares        against glue traps.
                                                                                                         light the continued cruelty of
Hunt supporter’s admission:                                               ACTION ALERT                   hare coursing in Ireland.
                                                                      Please continue to check             A very big thank you to those
I kill foxes with baseball bat                                        local    hardware    and           who travelled to Clonmel for
A HUNT supporter has told          I’ve seen 2 foxes killed [by the   builder provider stores,           the protest, to those in
ICABS that over the years          hunt],” the anonymous Irish        discount shops and pet             Clonmel who expressed their
he has “snared hundreds of                                            supply outlets to ensure           support and to those who sent
                                   farmer declared. “But I’ve
                                                                      that glue traps stay off           us messages of support from
foxes and killed them with a       snared hundreds of foxes and
                                                                      Ireland’s shop shelves.            Ireland and abroad.
baseball bat”.                     killed them with a baseball
                                   bat.”                                If you spot this, or any            Thank you also to the televi-
  The disturbing admission
                                                                      other kind of unlawful trap        sion (TV3 and RTE), radio and
was left as a comment on the         ICABS is demanding that
                                                                      for sale, please contact           print media for helping to
ICABS Youtube channel and          the new animal welfare legis-                                         spread the message about
has been brought to the atten-     lation provides protection for     ICABS immediately. Also, if
                                                                                                         coursing cruelty and the major-
tion of the Department of          foxes from this kind of bar-       you are aware of any com-
                                                                                                         ity view in Ireland that a ban on
Agriculture.                       barism. We have called for         pany using glue traps,
                                                                                                         this despicable blood sport
  “I support the hunt and in       tougher penalties for those        please contact us now in
                                                                                                         must finally be implemented by
the 25 years I’ve been farming     convicted of cruelty.              confidence.
                                                                                                         the government.
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Wildlife is welcome,                                                                                    Hotel asked to
                                                                                                         disassociate                     Bishop advocates
golf club confirms
                                                                                                        from coursing
                                                                                                        THE MANAGER of the
                                                                                                        Clonmel Park Hotel in
                                                                                                                                           love for animals
                                                                                                                                          ICABS HAS welcomed a                 “I believe that preaching
HERMITAGE Golf Club in             years ago, the Hermitage lies                                        County Tipperary has been         statement from the Bishop          mercy, kindness and love
Lucan, County Dublin has           alongside the River Liffey                                           asked by ICABS to disasso-        of Killaloe, Willie Walsh, in      towards all God’s creatures
informed ICABS that the            within the famous Strawberry                                         ciate from coursing.              which he advocates “mercy,         will be more effective in the
club very much welcomes            Beds part of the valley.                                               In an advert placed in the      kindness and love towards          long run,” Bishop Walsh stat-
wildlife in the environs of its      Among those who have                                               event booklet for the 2008        all God’s creatures”.              ed.
parklands.                         enjoyed golf at the course are                                       coursing finals, the hotel                                            “I fully respect your own
                                                                                                                                            The bishop was responding
  This comes following claims      Bing Crosby, Prince Rainier,                                         extended a “welcome to all        to an email from ICABS in          approach on the matter,” he
by a caller to RTE’s Liveline      President     Hillery,   Seve                                        visitors to the national cours-   which we called for the bish-      added.
recently    that   he     was      Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam                                             ing meeting”.                     ops of Ireland to condemn            In our appeal to the bishops,
employed to shoot rabbits at       and Colin Montgomerie.                                                 The ad boasted that the         blood sports.                      ICABS highlighted that blood
the club.                              Check out our “Foxes                                             hotel is “just 5 minutes drive                                       sports cause horrendous suf-
                                                                                                                                            Although Bishop Walsh
  Not so, says the Hermitage,        around the world” playlist                                         from the coursing grounds”        expressed his view that “such      fering to animals such as
whose policy is to encourage        for some humorous videos          Lovely shot: Rabbits like         and that a coursing video was                                        foxes, hares and deer.
                                                                                                                                          condemnations [by clergy]
wildlife and certainly not to        of foxes on golf courses -        this are welcome, says           to be shown nightly.
                                      http://tinyurl.com/6krfa8
                                                                                                                                          can be counterproductive”, he        “The Catechism states that it
eradicate it. Hares and foxes                                          Hermitage Golf Course.                                             pointed to the promotion of        is contrary to human dignity to
                                                                                                           Asking manager, Michael
are welcome visitors to their                                                                                                             compassion as being a way          cause animals to suffer and
                                    Green fox killing
                                                                                                        Boyle, to give a commitment
greens, they say, and rabbits                                                                                                             forward.                           die needlessly,” we stated.
                                                                                                        that the hotel would disassoci-
are not a problem.
                                                                                                        ate from coursing and ensure
                                                                                                                                          TESCO CRITICISED FOR
                                    sparks outrage
   In an email to ICABS in                                                                              that no further ads are placed
April, Brendan Delaney,                                                                                 in coursing publications,
Honorary Secretary of the
club stated: "I can confirm that   THE SHOOTING of a fox by          wildlife. We have urged the
                                                                                                        ICABS stressed that “a major-
                                                                                                        ity of Irish people (and many
                                                                                                                                           GREYHOUND PROMO
it is not club policy to shoot     a Dublin golf club has left       club to consider non-lethal                                          THE GREYHOUND Action                 “They       are     destroyed
                                   locals outraged. The fox,         methods if foxes really need       millions around the world) are    Ireland group has called on        because they haven’t made
any wildlife on Hermitage golf                                                                          opposed to this horrendous
                                   which the club claims was         to be deterred.                                                      Tesco to stop promoting            the grade as racing dogs or
course.”                                                                                                blood sport.”
                                   damaging greens, has been                                                                              greyhound racing in its            when they are past their best
 “In fact, we are proud of the                                         It is heartening to learn that
                                   described by neighbours as                                                                             Clubcard Deals literature.         for racing (usually by the age
number of pheasants, foxes,        a magnificent and fascinat-
                                                                     those living in Milltown value          ACTION ALERT                   The chain is inviting cus-       of four),” they outline on their
hares, rabbits and squirrels                                         the presence of foxes in their
                                   ing creature.                                                         Ask the Clonmel Park                                                website.
                                                                     neighbourhood. Most citizens,                                        tomers to exchange clubcard
who inhabit our course,” he                                                                              Hotel to give a commit-
                                      According to a report in the   both urban and rural, have a                                         points for entry discounts into      “Other unwanted dogs are
added. “We have no agree-                                                                                ment that no further             greyhound stadiums.
                                   Irish Independent, a woman        genuine appreciation for                                                                                sold to Spain, where they are
ment with, nor has anyone                                                                                adverts will be placed in
                                   and her two children were in a    wildlife and would welcome                                             Pointing to the “thousands of    forced to race in appalling con-
express or other authority to                                                                            coursing     publications
                                   "terrible state" after witness-   increased protection from this                                       dogs who are drugged,              ditions, with no veterinary
enter our lands for the pur-                                                                             and that coursing videos
                                   ing the shooting.                 kind of wanton destruction.                                          injured, mutilated and killed by   care.”
pose of hunting any of the                                                                               will not be shown at the
                                     ICABS shares the outrage          Please join our call for an       hotel again.                     the industry worldwide, espe-        If you would like to register a
above."
                                   of residents at the killing of    end to the killing of golf club                                      cially Ireland and the UK”,        complaint, the contact details
   ICABS is delighted at this                                                                             Michael Boyle, Manager          Greyhound        Action     has
                                   this fox. We have told Milltown   foxes.       Contact     Denis                                                                          are: Tony Keohane, CEO,
positive response and we                                                                                    Clonmel Park Hotel            slammed the promotion.
                                   Golf Club that foxes should be    McDowell, President, Milltown                                                                           Tesco     Ireland,     Gresham
have thanked the club for clar-                                                                            Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
                                   viewed as an asset in that        Golf Club, Lower Churchtown                                            According to the ISPCA,          House, Marine Rd, Dun
ifying the situation.                                                                                       Email: michaelboyle
                                   they add to the character of      Road, Milltown, Dublin 14.                                           “approximately 14,000 grey-        Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Email:
                                                                                                          @clonmelparkhotel.com
 About Hermitage Golf Club:        the course and that most          Email:       info@milltowngolf                                       hounds are ‘disposed of’ in        tony.keohane@tesco.ie. Tel:
                                                                                                               Tel: 052-88700
Founded over a hundred             golfers cherish the sight of      club.ie. Tel: 01-4976090                                             Ireland each year.                 1850 744 844.
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Wildlife                         HUNTS RUN HOUND KILLS CAT
garden
THIS delightful photo was
taken by a Kildare resident
                                 SCARED OF DURING FOXHUNT
                                 LATE LATE
who regularly welcomes                                                                                    A HUNT hound was seen
foxes in to her garden.                                                                                   entering a private garden
                                                                                                          and killing a cat, according
  The creatures explore the                                                                               to a report in the Limerick
lawn, relax on the patio table   THE IRISH Council Against            video footage of the cruelty        Leader. The creature was
and enjoy generous portions      Blood Sports was informed            possibly being shown. These         found by distraught neigh-
of pet food!                     by the Late Late Show that a         people are the epitome of the       bours during a harrier hunt
  Many landowners are happy      debate on hunting sched-             ‘schoolyard bully’ - well able to   on St Stephen’s Day.
to see foxes, not only           uled to take place on the            dole out cruelty to animals,
                                 11th January had been axed                                                 Quoted in the article, local
because they are fascinating                                          but terrified of the exposure.”
                                 because hunting represen-                                                woman Mary Cooke said
to watch but due to the fact                                            The Irish Council Against         neighbours saw the cat being
                                 tatives were refusing to take
                                 part.                                Blood Sports feels it is a great    killed by the hound. “The cat        The victim of the vicious hunt hound attack in Limerick
                                                                      pity that the Late Late Show        was very old and her hind legs     that members of the hunt eyewitness said. “He was let-
                                   The reason for this back out
                                                                      axed the discussion. We             were gone and she couldn’t         “approached the owners of ting on he was taking the cat
                                 by the hunters, we under-
                                                                      urged them to go ahead with-        run,” Ms Cook said. “I am          the cat and apologised for the to the vet (at this stage the cat
                                 stand, is that they objected to
                                                                      out the hunters and tell view-      hardly able to sleep at night      incident”.                     was dead). Some of the hunt
                                 Philip Lynch, Chairman of the
                                                                      ers that they had refused to        thinking about it. It is revolt-     ICABS has also been told crowd were laughing.”
                                 Farmers Against Foxhunting
                                                                      take part.                          ing.”                              that an attempt was made to          This is the latest hunt-relat-
                                 and Trespass Group, being
                                 invited to take part in the                                                Although a hunt spokesper-       remove the dead cat from the       ed incident involving attacks
                                 debate.                              Complaint against                   son tried to claim to the news-    scene following the incident. “I   on pets. In a previous edition
                                   ICABS spokesperson, Aid-           hunter profile on                   paper that hounds “would           shouted at the hunt follower       of Animal Voice, we highlight-
                                 een Yourell, who was also due         RTE radio show                     never follow a cat”, it emerged    four times to come back,” an       ed the Lurgan girl who was
                                 to take part, said that she was      ICABS HAS complained to                                                                                   left inconsolable after hunt
                                 absolutely amazed at the turn
                                 of events.
                                                                      RTE after a radio show pro-
                                                                      filed a hunter who outra-
                                                                                                          Property firm removes                                                 hounds killed her cat. A farm
                                                                                                                                                                                dog in Galway was also the
 A fox poses for a photo
while relaxing on the patio        “By refusing to take part in
                                 the Late Late debate, the
                                                                      geously branded foxes as
                                                                      “vermin” and anti-hunt cam-
                                                                                                          hunting from website                                                  victim of an attack.
                                                                                                                                                                                  In a statement published in
    table. (Photo: Dee)                                                                                   PROPERTY Partners have             an equestrian centre in
                                 hunters have now shown that          paigners as “no good for                                                                                  the Limerick Leader, ICABS
that they naturally keep down                                         society”.                           removed a hunting refer-           Limerick as being in the heart
                                 they have a lot to hide, both in                                                                                                               advised anyone who suffers
the numbers of rats and mice.                                                                             ence from their website fol-       of the county’s hunt country
                                 terms of the cruelty they mete         The “Curious Ear” show (curi-                                                                           an incursion of hunt hounds to
                                                                                                          lowing an appeal from the          and an ideal location for hunt-
  If you would like to share     out to animals, and the annoy-       ousear@rte.ie) also gave the                                                                              notify the Gardai and quote
                                                                                                          Irish Council Against Blood        ing. The listing has since been
your fox photos or videos,       ance they cause to farmers by        hunter an opportunity to make                                                                             the Control of Dogs Act.
                                                                                                          Sports.                            modified.
please send them to us at        routinely trespassing and cre-       the false claim that hunting with                                                                           This important piece of leg-
ICABS, PO Box 88, Mullingar,     ating havoc on farmlands,”           packs of dogs is part of nature.      A company spokesperson             ICABS has been assured           islation makes it very clear
Co Westmeath or email them       Aideen commented.                                                        commented that they “do not        that “Property Partners do not     that the owner or person in
                                                                        ICABS has asked RTE to
to info@banbloodsports.com                                                                                affiliate ourselves with blood     condone blood sports and           charge of a dog shall not per-
                                   “As well as running scared         stop providing hunters with a
  For more information on                                                                                 sports of any sort” and that       hunting references shall be        mit the dog to be on the prem-
                                 of the farmers’ group, I believe     platform for spreading misinfor-
foxes, including foxwatching                                                                              references to hunting were         excluded from Property list-       ises of another person without
                                 that their decision to pull out is   mation and asked them to
advice and podcasts, click on    due to a fear of their heinous       redress the balance by featur-      removed immediately.               ings on our website.”              their consent. The dog must
Foxwatch Ireland on the links    activities being exposed on          ing an anti-hunt campaigner in       Our appeal was prompted             ICABS thanks the company         be kept under “effectual con-
page of the ICABS website.       prime time television, with          a future episode.                   by a listing which referred to     for this positive response.        trol”, it states.
                                             Page 28                                                                                                    Page 17
 Documentary captures campaigner’s determination
                                                                                                        Louth TD calls                                                     Anti-hunt policy

  “I’M NOT GOING TO                                                                                      for hunt ban
                                                                                                        SINN FEIN Environment
                                                                                                                                                                            re-instated by
                                                                                                                                                                            Ganly Walters
                                                                                                                                                                           THE MANAGING Director of
                                                                                                                                                                           international property con-



   GIVE UP. NO WAY.”
                                                                                                        spokesperson,        Arthur                                        sultants, Ganly Walters,
                                                                                                        Morgan is among the TDs                                            has told ICABS that the
                                                                                                        who have called for a “total                                       company has re-estab-
                                                                                                        ban” on the Ward Union                                             lished its policy of keeping
A NEW documentary           But how did a man of                                                                                                                           foxhunt references out of
                                                                                                        carted deer hunt.
from Griffith College     compassion end up                                                                                                                                marketing material.
profiles Tom Hardiman,    involved in hunting?                                                           In a letter to Minister John
a former foxhunter who                                                                                  Gormley, the Louth Deputy                                            Paul     McDowell        was
                             Tom explains it as fol-                                                                                                                       responding to a letter from
turned his back on the                                                                                  described the hunt as “an
                          lows: “We used to live                                                        abomination”.                                                      ICABS in which we queried
cruelty and went on to
                          across from where the                                                                                                                            the company’s current policy
become       one     of                                                                                    “Carted deer hunting is an
                          hunt is situated. I had a                                                                                                                        on the issue. This was
Ireland’s most dedicat-                                                                                 unnecessary cruelty which
                          liking for horses and it                                                                                                                         prompted by the appearance
ed anti-hunt campaign-                                                                                  causes horrific suffering to      Stop the Ward Union: Anti-
                          goes on from there. You                                                                                                                          of hunt references in a num-
ers.                                                                                                    defenceless red deer,” Deputy      hunt TD, Arthur Morgan
                          get in to the hunt and                                                                                                                           ber of property listings on the
   Directed by Ana you don’t really see the                                                             Morgan stated. “This blood        the deer used by that carted     Ganly Walters website.
Maqueda-Lopez,                                                                                          ‘sport’ is not just an abomina-   deer hunt were domestic ani-
                          cruel side of it.                                                                                                                                  Mr McDowell explained that
“Calling the Hounds” is                                                                                 tion for the animals involved -   mals and thus covered by ani-
                                                                                                                                                                           “the company has grown in
a motivating presenta-       “You are all excited                                                       it can also pose a danger to      mal welfare legislation.”
                                                                                                                                                                           recent years with new per-
tion about a man haunt-   when you’re going                                                             members of the public.”             “The Irish Council Against     sonnel who may not have
ed by what he wit- through the countryside                                                                He went on to remind            Blood Sports are campaigning     been aware of our policy” and
nessed at hunts but and you’re jumping                                                                  Minister Gormley about a          on this issue and they have      added that “this policy has
determined to see the walls and you think this                                                          precedent in Northern Ireland     my full support,” Deputy         now been re-established.”
cruelty outlawed.         is great. You’re not                                                          where “a similar hunt in          Morgan added. “I look forward      The company originally
   Interviewed during thinking of the cruelty                                                           County Down was banned in         to your decision to ban this     announced its anti-hunt policy
the film, Tom recalls the that’s taking place.”                                                         1997 when it was ruled that       cruelty.”                        following an ICABS appeal in
moment he knew he           Now with over 117                                                                                                                              2004. Quoted in the Sunday
had to give up hunting. Dail protests complet-
  “I decided to stop ed, Tom is as commit-             Anti-hunt campaigner, Tom Hardiman, who
                                                                                                        Anti-hunt campaign                                                 Times at the time, a company
                                                                                                                                                                           agent said: “The anti-blood
hunting in 1999,” he ted as ever to seeing a
says. “I was at a hunt ban on the barbarity.
                                                        protests against foxhunting outside Dail
                                                        Eireann every week. You can join Tom’s
                                                        protest on Wednesdays from 11am-5pm.
                                                                                                        is “well organised”                                                sports people highlighted the
                                                                                                                                                                           issue for us and so we decid-
                                                                                                                                                                           ed to have a rethink on it.
down in Knockbrack,         “I’m going to keep                                                          THE CHAIRMAN of the                  “HAI chairman Gavin Duffy
the far side of Athenry - protesting until they                                                                                                                            Whether we like it or not, the
they were hunting in a change the law,” he             ICABS on Youtube                                 Hunting Association of
                                                                                                        Ireland has described those
                                                                                                                                          told the Navan protest meet-
                                                                                                                                          ing that hunting was seriously
                                                                                                                                                                           anti-foxhunting lobby has
                                                                                                                                                                           grown stronger and we came
Coillte forestry. They states in the documen-          WITNESS the cruel-      ing, hare coursing,      campaigning against hunt-         under threat and that the
                                                       ty of blood sports in   mink hunting and                                                                            to the conclusion that many
hunted a fox to ground.
                          tary. “I’m not going to                                                       ing as “passionate” and           association was broke,” the      more people would be offend-
I was watching. They                                   Ireland. Check out      carted deer hunting.
                          give up. No way.”                                                             said that the anti-hunt cam-      report outlined. “He said that   ed today by references to fox-
dug the clay away from                                 the ICABS video           Also featured are
                            You      can    watch      channel now at                                   paign is “well organised”.        the anti-hunt faction were       hunting. It seemed to make
over the fox and let the                                                       short presentations
                                                       youtube.com/icabs                                                                  passionate about their objec-    sense to rectify the situation.”
hounds in on top of him.  “Calling the Hounds” by                              showing the humane        According to The Irish
They pulled him up and clicking on Videos at                                                            Horse section of the Irish        tives [and] were well organ-       ICABS is delighted that
                                                         Available to view     alternatives in action
tore him to pieces. I banbloodsports.com                                                                Farmers Journal, Mr Duffy         ised.”                           Ganly Walters has confirmed
                                                       are videos exposing     and playlists focusing
was really disgusted and scrolling down to             the animal abuse        on the beauty of Irish   made the comments at a pro-          ICABS appreciates this pos-   that this policy remains in
when I saw it.”           Documentaries.               involved in foxhunt-    wildlife.                hunt meeting in Navan.                                             place.
                                                                                                                                          itive feedback!
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Google remove ads from                                                                                       Shannon Development to
 anti-bullfighting page                                                                                      stop publicising hunting
ICABS HAS thanked Google           the UK and across Europe who                                              SHANNON       Development        animal cruelty involved in        cerns.”
for removing bullfighting          remember the enormous con-               ACTION ALERT                     has promised ICABS that          hunting. “We hope that you          “We will not include hunting
ads from a page which pre-         tribution Vicki made to the         Thank Google for remov-               references to hunting will       can respond positively to our     references in any future publi-
views Life on the Line, a          campaign against bullfighting,”     ing the ads from the Life             be eliminated from future        appeal on the compassionate       cations/promotions in line with
book about anti-bullfight          we stated.                          on the Line page. Ask                 editions of its equestrian       grounds of avoiding publicis-     our sister agencies [Failte
campaigner, Vicki Moore.                                               them to stop publicising              brochure.                        ing activities involving animal
                                     Replying, a spokesperson for                                                                                                               Ireland and Tourism Ireland],”
                                                                       this blood sport altogeth-                                             cruelty, activities which are
  In our appeal to the compa-      Google acknowledged “the                                                    In a letter to the company,                                      he added.
                                                                       er by refusing all future                                              now illegal in our neighbour-
ny, we told of how brave Vicki     contradiction of showing the                                              ICABS expressed our con-
                                                                       bullfighting adverts.                                                                                      ICABS is delighted at this
was violently gored by a bull      ads on a book search site                                                 cerns about the publicity        ing jurisdictions of England,
                                                                           Dr. Eric E. Schmidt                                                                                  positive response which
while documenting animal cru-      against animal violence”.                                                 given to blood sports in the     Scotland and Wales,” we stat-
                                                                               CEO, Google                                                                                      means that hunting will no
elty and sadly died five years        ICABS was delighted to sub-                                            2006 edition of the publica-     ed.
                                                                            1600 Amphitheatre                                                                                   longer be promoted by
later.                             sequently learn, through Tony                                             tion. Hunting groups in             In   response,     Tourism     Shannon Development in the
                                                                         Parkway, Mountain View,             Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and
  “We are sure that it was not     Moore and his partner Matilda                                                                              Marketing Manager, Pat Daly       10,000 square kilometre area
                                                                             CA 94043, USA.                  Galway were mentioned.
Google’s intention to be insen-    Mench, that the sponsored                                                                                  assured us that “any future       they cover. We have thanked
                                                                          Fax: 001 650 253 0001
sitive or disrespectful but the    links had been removed.                                                     Appealing to Shannon           publications regarding eques-     them for becoming the latest
                                                                         Email: adwords-support
fact remains that the presence       As Google continues to                    @google.com                   Development’s CEO, ICABS         trian based promotions [will]     body to stop publicising hunt-
of these sponsored links are       accept and display bullfighting                                           highlighted the horrendous       take account of your con-         ing in Ireland.
hurtful not only to Vicki’s sur-   adverts on other pages, our
                                                                       Xerox advert
                                                                                                              Fantastic Fox Photos
viving husband, Tony, but also     general appeal to the company
to the many people in Ireland,     continues.
                                                                        “will not be
Arrow Tours delete                                                      run again”
bullfighting image                                                     Fuji Xerox has told ICABS
                                                                       that a TV advert featuring
                                                                       Cristiano Ronaldo “will not
ARROW TOURS has been               firm that on their next print run
praised for removing a bull-       of Madrid guidebooks they will      be run again”.
fight image from their web-        remove the bullfighting image         The ad is set in a bullring and
site and for pledging to           that is currently on the cover.     shows the Manchester United
delete it from the next edi-                                           footballer - and bullfighting fan -
                                  “Furthermore, I confirm that
tion of their European City                                            kicking a ball next to a bull.
                               on the next print run of the
Breaks brochure.               Arrow Tours brochure we will              It was aired in Japan two
  The publishers of a Madrid also remove the Madrid bull-              years ago but only came to light
                                                                       in Europe in May when copies
guidebook distributed by Arrow fighting image.”
                                                                       appeared on YouTube.
Tours have also been thanked      “Neither Arrow Tours nor
for promising to remove a Metropolis International wish-                 Responding to an ICABS
matador from the front cover.  es to be associated with cruel-         complaint,          Fuji    Xerox
                                                                       Operations Vice President,
  Responding to an ICABS ty to any kind of animal and we               Kazimierz Herchold, stated:
appeal, Brian Greene, a direc- give this undertaking as a sign         “The commercial was run                 A set of fantastic fox photos taken recently by ICABS supporter, Clodagh Blake. According
tor of Arrow Tours stated: “I of goodwill towards your                 between June 1 and December             to Clodagh, this adorable fox is a regular visitor to a garden in County Tipperary where he
have been in contact with efforts,” he added.                          31 2006 after which it was dis-         is welcomed with a generous supply of food. Thanks to Clodagh for sharing the photos. If
Metropolis       International, ICABS is delighted at this             continued. Our understanding              you have similar wildlife images, please send them to us at info@banbloodsports.com.
based in the UK, and they con- positive response.                      is that it will not be run again.”
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Foxhounds                             Woman left “severely                                                     ICABS represents Ireland at
dangerous                                                                                                      bullfight protest in Brussels
to humans                             injured” after vicious                                                  A PROTEST outside the

                                       hunt hounds attack
THE DANGER posed by fox-                                                                                      European Parliament in
hounds to human health has                                                                                    May succeeded in high-
been highlighted.                                                                                             lighting the huge opposi-
                                      A WOMAN who was bitten              ing,” stated the woman’s solic-
  Writing in the Irish Examiner,                                                                              tion to bullfighting across
                                      and gnawed by a maraud-             itor.
ICABS Correspondent, Dick                                                                                     Europe.
                                      ing pack of hunt hounds               Reference was made in the
Power, cites research which           was left suffering from                                                    The Brussels demonstra-
                                                                          letter to the “spontaneous
found that hounds can act as          “considerable personal and                                              tion, which received extensive
                                                                          nature of hounds” and to “how
an “avenue leading to the             psychological injuries”.                                                media coverage (including a
                                                                          dangerous it is to have a pack
human        population”        for                                                                           report on BBC television)
                                        A solicitor’s letter seen by      out in fields close to houses
Trichinella. Among the human                                                                                  brought together anti-bullfight-
                                      ICABS details the horrendous        where they may be liable to
diseases caused by Trichinella                                                                                ing groups from around the
                                      incident which allegedly took       stray and attack”.
is the potentially fatal trichinel-                                                                           world in a collective plea for
losis.                                place on private property dur-        Following this disturbing         bullfighting to be stopped.
                                      ing a hunt in Ireland.              incident, a court case was
                                                                                                                ICABS was proud to repre-
 Thank you                              The woman was “severely
                                      injured as a result of being
                                                                          pending but it later emerged
                                                                          that there was an out-of-court      sent Ireland at the demo and
                                                                                                                                                   Brussels protest: Some of our colleagues from across
                                                                                                                                                    Europe who work tirelessly for an end to bullfighting.
                                                                                                              to have the opportunity to
to Slatterys                          attacked by a pack of
                                      hounds”, the solicitor’s letter
                                                                          settlement. For legal reasons,
                                                                          ICABS is unable to name the         exchange campaigning ideas
                                                                                                                                                 Parliament buildings. The         ICABS thanks Kathy Sinnott
                                                                                                                                                 blood sports brigade had con- and the other Irish MEPs who
ICABS      HAS      thanked                                               hunt in question.                   at several anti-bullfighting       vened to try and persuade joined us in an appeal to the
                                      outlines, adding that “the
Slatterys Travel for remov-                                                                                   workshops and seminars.            parliamentarians that slowly President of the European
                                      hounds were, on the occa-             These shocking revelations
ing a bullring from their                                                                                       The protest coincided with a     torturing a bull to death is a Parliament to keep the bull-
                                      sion, in the process of pursu-      make it crystal clear that hunt
Spanish Wonder tour.                                                                                          pro-bullfighting event which       “noble” activity that should be fighters out of the EU
                                      ing [an animal] when they           hounds are not only a threat
   “We have removed any men-          strayed into the garage area        to wildlife, livestock and pets     was being hosted within the        preserved.                      Headquarters.
tion of a bullring from our web-      of a house adjacent to a field      but also to children and
site and I confirm that it will not
be mentioned on the brochure
                                      where the hunt was going on.”       adults.                             Deer hunting illegality is Subscribe to
again,” stated Commercial
Director, Norma McElligott.
                                        “They proceeded to bite and
                                      gnaw our client’s body result-
                                                                            We have alerted the govern-
                                                                          ment and cited this attack on       highlighted on Today FM STAY RIGHT up tofeed
                                                                                                                                         our RSS
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                                      ing in considerable personal        a human as yet another rea-         ICABS Campaign Director,           licensed under the Wildlife        ICABS campaign activities
Pro-hunt Meath                        and psychological injuries          son to urgently ban hunting         Aideen Yourell, has high-          Act, because the deer hunted       by subscribing to our new
                                      from which she is still suffer-     with hounds in Ireland.             lighted the illegality of the      by the Ward Union are farmed
TD is criticised                                                                                              Ward Union hunt in an inter-       deer, not wild animals, and
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FINE GAEL’S Shane McEn-
tee, TD has been criticised
                                      Wet weather warning for wildlife                                        view on Today FM.                  therefore not subject to the       the bottom of our homepage
                                      AS PART of our appeal to              “Persistent rain is one of the      Speaking to Matt Cooper on       Wildlife Act.                      to copy the relevant link.
by ICABS for defending
                                      Minister Gormley to refuse a        commonest causes of death           the Last Word show, she              This contention has been         Please also consider adding
blood sports.
                                      licence to coursers, ICABS          among young birds,” he says.        stressed that the deer ter-
  Asking for a licence to be                                                                                                                     borne out in legal opinion from    our RSS widget to your web-
                                      stressed the impact that this         “If their feathers get wet they   rorised by the hunt are            Professors Clive Symmons           site to help spread the word
granted to the Ward Union, the
                                      year’s wet weather will have        lose their insulating properties    domestic animals and there-        and William Binchy of Trinity      about the latest action alerts
Meath TD claimed that “hunt-
                                      had on the hare species.            and the birds die of hypother-      fore protected under the                                              and updates.
ing has a long and honourable                                                                                                                    School of Law which con-
                                                                          mia. Some mammal species are        Protection of Animals Act.
tradition in Meath”.                     We quoted an article from the                                                                           cludes that the Ward Union           This exciting addition to our
                                                                          vulnerable in the same way.
  “It’s hardly ‘honourable’ to        Irish Examiner in which wildlife    Young rabbits and hares have a        The Irish Council Against        hunt is “illegal” under the 1911   campaign helps us reach an
hound tame, defenceless deer          journalist, Dick Warner, stressed   reduced life expectancy if they     Blood Sports has always con-       Protection of Animals Act, and     even wider audience to fur-
around     the   countryside,”        the dangers posed by heavy          are born in a long spell of wet     tended that this hunt is illegal   that it shouldn’t be licensed      ther expose the cruelty of
ICABS responded.                      rainfall.                           weather.”                           and should never have been         under the 1976 Wildlife Act.       blood sports in Ireland.
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Vodafone asked to drop                                                                                  OTTERS NEED BAN
bullfighting from advert                                                                                ON MINK HUNTING
THE IRISH Council Against
Blood Sports has called on                                                                              THE STATUS of the otter
Vodafone Ireland to drop a                                                                              species is “poor” according
bullfighting segment from                                                                               to the “Status of EU
its “Roaming Passport” tel-                                                                             Protected Habitats and
evision advert.                                                                                         Species in Ireland” report
  The offensive scene shows                                                                             published by the Depart-
a Vodafone character waving                                                                             ment of the Environment in
his hands in the air as a mata-                                                                         May 2008.
dor taunts a bull.                                                                                        As reported in the last edi-
  In a letter to the company’s                                                                          tion of Animal Voice, the
CEO, Charles Butterworth,                                                                               National Parks and Wildlife
ICABS appealed for the                                                                                  Service previously found that
advert to be modified to                                                                                otters have declined by 18 per
exclude the bullring scene.        Vodafone’s “Roaming” character waves his hands in the                cent in the past 25 years and      Mink hunters and hounds
                                  air as a matador taunts a bull in the company’s TV advert.            numbers are continuing to fall.     causing chaos on a river             ACTION ALERT
  “Matadors, like the one in                                                                                                                   inhabited by otters.          Urge Minister Gormley to
the Vodafone ad, are respon-      “endorse or support the prac- ing as a cultural identifier is          It is very clear that urgent
                                  tice of blood sports”, a offensive to most Spaniards,                 action must be taken to help      results in huge disturbances       bring mink hunting to an
sible for the slow torture to                                                                                                             to the otters which inhabit the    end as a way to help halt
death of thousands of bulls       spokesperson went on to we stated”                                    halt the decline in the otter
                                                                                                        population.                       same stretches of rivers.          the otter decline.
every year,” we told Mr           claim that bullfighting “is seen   ICABS is disappointed that
Butterworth. “Each bullfight      as an important part of Spain’s Vodafone Ireland is defending           ICABS has told Minister           We have stressed that              Minister John Gormley
event sees the merciless          tradition and culture”.                                               John Gormley, that it is imper-   allowing mink hunting is total-      Dept of the Environment
                                                                   the bullfighting scene and
killing of six or more bulls.”                                                                          ative that this action must       ly at odds with Ireland’s obli-      Custom House, Dublin 1
                                     ICABS has told Vodafone          very surprised that the com-
                                                                                                        include a ban on mink hunt-       gation to protect the otter         Email: minister@environ.ie
  Despite being told of the       that we strongly disagree with      pany is content to allow its
                                                                                                        ing, a blood sport which is not   species. Please respond to              Tel: 01 888 2403.
extreme suffering endured by      this statement, pointing out        reputable image to come any-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Fax: 01 878 8640.
the bulls, Vodafone defended      that over 70 per cent of            where near what is the most       only cruel to mink but also       our action alert now.
the advert. Although stressing                                        appalling animal cruelty - an
that the company does not
                                  Spaniards do not support bull-
                                  fighting. “The idea of bullfight-   activity that, we are sure, the   Six otters killed Doomed badger struggled
                                                                      majority of Vodafone cus-
                                                                                                         by hunt: claim for 24 hours in Dept snare
MEATH MAJORITY WANT                                                   tomers would find abhorrent
                                                                      and unacceptable.                 THE NATIONAL Parks and            PHOTOS       from    Badger         ICABS has joined Badger
                                                                                                        Wildlife Service have been
 WARD UNION BANNED                                                        ACTION ALERT                  asked to investigate a claim
                                                                                                                                          Watch Ireland show a badg-
                                                                                                                                          er injured so badly in a
                                                                                                                                                                            Watch in renewed calls on the
                                                                                                                                                                            government to stop this cruel
A MAJORITY of people in             The poll also found that          Please ask Vodafone               that mink hunters in County       Department of Agriculture         snaring which has already left
Meath want Environment            only around a quarter of            Ireland to keep bullfight-        Cork killed six otters.           snare that a vet had to put       tens of thousands of badgers
Minister, John Gormley, to        locals want the hunt to con-        ing out of their future             Details about the alleged       the barely conscious ani-         dead.
refuse a licence to the           tinue while nine per cent of        advertisements.                   killings were made anony-         mal out of its misery.              “What have we got to show
Ward Union hunt.                  those polled said that they                 Ruth Brady,               mously to ICABS. The NPWS            Describing the horrendous      for almost two decades of
  According to a poll carried     didn’t know.                            Consumer Manager              have alerted the conservation     scene, Badger Watch stated:       slaughtering badgers?” asks
out by the Meath Post, near-        ICABS welcomes the                     Vodafone Ireland             ranger in the area in question.   “The snare caught her across      Bernie Barrett of Badger
ly two thirds of residents in     results of this poll. We have            Email: ruth.brady              ICABS appeals to the per-       the groins and abdomen. The       Watch. “Ireland’s bovine TB
the Royal County now want         brought them to the attention             @vodafone.com               son who sent us the details to    more she struggled, the           levels rocketed by 13% in
the cruel hunt ended.             of Minister Gormley.                     Tel: 042 938 5504            please call us in confidence.     tighter it became.”               2007.”
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Paddy Power urged                                                                                        Sligo TD notes                                                       Don’t license
                                                                                                                                                                               deer hunt:
to end bullring bets                                                                                     information on                                                         Mayo TD
THE IRISH Council Against
Blood Sports has strongly
urged the Paddy Power
                                                                                                         hunting cruelty
                                                                                                         A TD WHO described hunt-          want foxhunting banned.
                                                                                                                                                                              MAYO TD, Beverley
                                                                                                                                                                              Flynn, is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                              members of Dail Eireann
                                                                                                                                                                              to call for an end to cart-
company to stop accepting                                                                                ing as an “integral part of                                          ed deer hunting in
                                                                                                                                             “During foxhunts, foxes are
bullring bets.                                                                                           the rural lifestyle” has been                                        Ireland.
                                                                                                                                           disturbed from their habitat,
  Visitors to the company’s                                                                              told by ICABS about the ter-      chased for anything up to            Deputy Flynn has con-
Spanish website are invited to                                                                           rible animal cruelty involved     three or more hours (during        tacted         Environment
bet on the number of ears                                                                                in the activity. Sligo’s John     which they suffer not only fear    Minister, John Gormley, to
hacked off the heads of bulls                                                                            Perry, has said that he will      and stress but a physical          highlight the “considerable
that have been tortured in                                                                               keep our comments in mind         breakdown of muscles and           public opposition” to the
bullrings.                                                                                               for the future.                   damage to internal organs)         Ward Union hunt among
                                                                                                            In a statement                           and        eventually    constituents.
   On the “Toros” page of the
                                                                                                         delivered at a pro-                         knocked off their
site, heartless punters are                                                                                                                                                      According to a report in
                                                                                                         hunt meeting in                             feet and eviscerated
given the opportunity to guess                                                                                                                                                the Sunday Times, the
                                                                                                         January,         Deputy                     by a pack of
the “No total de orejas cor-                                                                                                                                                  Independent TD wrote to
                                                                                                         Perry            stated:                    hounds,” we stated.
tadas en la corrida” (“Total                                                                                                                                                  Minister Gormley to put
                                                                                                         “Outdoor leisure and                        “There is no justifi-
number of ears cut in the bull-   The ICABS campaign postcard aimed at Paddy Power.                                                                                           forward the case for refus-
                                                                                                         recreational activities                     cation for such cru-
fight”) or predict whether the                                                                           such as hunting,                                                     ing a licence to the widely
                                  of such bets. As people are          The Paddy Power company                                                       elty to wildlife.”
number will be even or odd.                                                                              shooting and fishing                                                 condemned hunt. “I have
                                  placing bets on the Paddy          has been made fully aware of                                                             Challenging
  In one of several letters of                                                                           are factors that are a                                               been approached by a
                                  Power website, tortured bulls      the violent horrors of bullfight-                                                 a claim by Deputy
appeal to Paddy Power,                                                                                   fundamental         and                                              number of constituents
                                  are stumbling around the bull-     ing. A video sent to their head                                                   Perry that hunts
ICABS stated: “We find it                                                                                integral part of the                                                 who have expressed con-
                                  rings with blood spurting from     office shows a bleeding and                                                       have “an excellent
absolutely grotesque and in       their backs and spraying from      injured bull - still conscious -    rural lifestyle” and John Perry, TD record in...looking              cern over the possibility of
the poorest of taste the Paddy                                                                           that there is “a need for posi- after the welfare of their           your issuing a [hunting]
                                  their noses and mouths.            lying paralysed on the ground
Power company’s acceptance                                                                               tive policies to protect the best hounds”, ICABS highlighted         licence,” she stated in her
                                                                     as a bullfighter uses a dagger
                                    “How can your company                                                of our rural culture and tradi- how hunts destroy hounds that        correspondence.
                                                                     to carve off one of its ears.
 Campaign                         justify making money from
                                  this    disgusting animal           Watch our action alert video
                                                                                                         tions”.                           are no longer considered fit for
                                                                                                            The Fine Gael TD told hunting. “These would not be
                                                                                                                                                                                ICABS has written to
                                                                                                                                                                              Deputy Flynn to thank her
                                                                     now at youtube.com/icabs
 text alerts                      abuse?”
                                    Bullfighting is one of the            ACTION ALERT
                                                                                                         hunters at the meeting that “I unhealthy hounds but hounds
                                                                                                         will maintain my pressure on that are simply not considered
                                                                                                                                                                              for her stance on this
                                                                                                                                                                              issue.
SIGN UP to the ICABS Text         world’s worst blood sports and                                         this Government to have our by hunters to be satisfactory              The Sunday Times went
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