Animal Voice, Issue 04, April 2013
Campaign newsletter of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports

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In this month's edition:

01. Urge National Wax Museum to scrap foxhunt discount
02. A dark day for Irish animals
03. Cruellest terrierwork pictures and video come from Ireland
04. Brian May highlights plight of badgers on Late Late Show
05. Latest Dail Questions
06. Ireland in breach of European convention over badger culling reports
07. Greyhounds shot and dumped because they wouldn't chase hares
08. Anti-fur leafleting - 7th May
09. Campaign Quotes
10. Letters to Editors
11. Petitions

01. Urge National Wax Museum to scrap foxhunt discount

See Update

ICABS is calling on the National Wax Museum in Dublin to scrap an outrageous offer involving a 10% discount to anyone who mentions the Westmeath Foxhounds. The offer appears in a wax museum advert in the hunt's 2013 calendar.

The advert states: "Mention the Westmeath Foxhounds and get 10% off the ticket price".

ICABS has expressed disgust to the National Wax Museum over the discount.

"Given the horrendous cruelty to animals involved in foxhunting, and the fact that a majority are opposed to it, it is surprising that your museum would chose to associate with such an activity," we stated in an email to management. "We ask the National Wax Museum to show compassion for Irish wildlife and end this promotion."

The wax museum is owned by Paddy Dunning who earlier this year was photographed with singer Paolo Nutini at the Westmeath Foxhunt ball at the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. Following complaints from fans, Nutini later issued a statement to say that he "in no way supports fox hunting or any other type of animal blood sports" and that he "doesn't endorse the hunting of any animal". At the time, he was in Westmeath recording an album at Grouse Lodge Studios (also owned by Dunning). According to a Westmeath Examiner report, Dunning "declined to comment about the controversy".

Brought to museum management's attention this week were the following selection of incidents relating to Westmeath Foxhunt cruelty:

A 2011 Farmers' Journal hunting report told of how sixteen mounted followers of the Westmeath hunt, along with 29 hounds, found a fox that was caught and "chopped." Later on, another fox was "overhauled before he managed to put any distance between himself and them." Both "chopped" and "overhauled," in hunting terminology, mean that the fox was caught by the hounds and brutally killed.

In 2007, there was a probe into allegations that a rope was tied to the leg of a fox and that it was pulled out of a burrow and fed alive to the dogs - See Irish Independent report

A 2008 Irish Field report revealed that the Westmeath Hunt's hounds chased a fox into the freezing water of the Royal canal and along its banks - the fox and the pack swam across the canal and continued along the banks to the Mullingar/Ballynacargy Road...the fox, with four and a half couple (9 hounds) in pursuit, then swam the canal again before retracing their steps back to Newman's Bog." Following complaints, Waterways Ireland moved to contact the hunt and tell them to keep away from the Royal Canal.

The Irish Field of December 1991 documented the obscene ritual of cutting off the tails and tongues of foxes - "Terriers were some time in coming as car followers were the wrong side of the wind for hearing. A quick dig followed and two foxes were dispatched. Eamon had a brush for Clarissa and a fox's tongue which he intends pickling in vinegar to cure warts and draw thorns." (Westmeath Foxhounds, Hunt Report)


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02. A dark day for Irish animals

27th March 2013 - A dark day for Irish animals. In Dail Eireann, 108 TDs rejected an amendment to the Animal Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw cruel foxhunting, terrierwork, digging-out, ferreting, badger culling and the use of wild animals in circuses. Also rejected was an amendment which sought to outlaw hare coursing.

Watch video footage from Dail Eireann

View a transcript of the debate at

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03. Cruellest terrierwork pictures and video come from Ireland

The director of the UK's Campaign for the Abolition of Terrierwork has noted that in his organisation's 10 years of collating animal cruelty, "the cruellest pictures and videos have come from Ireland."

In an appeal to Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney to ban digging-out and terrierwork, Director Peter Merton highlighted the growth of terriermen traffic between the UK and Ireland.

"A number of times, RSPCA officers have been stationed at ferry ports watching known criminal figures involved in terrierwork move backwards and forwards between Britain and Ireland to meet up with other known men and share their passion for digging out and terrierwork," he stated. "This puts a huge pressure on Britain's Wildlife Crime experts as the movement between the two countries grows."

He added: "You must also take note that men involved in using terriers underground become bored with their soft target (fox) and move on to other activities which range from badger digging to dog fighting."

Find out more about the Campaign for the Abolition of Terrierwork at

ICABS is renewing its call on Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney to ban digging-out and terrierwork.

Video: Digging Out and Terrierwork Cruelty in Ireland


Please contact the Minister for Agriculture and demand an end to digging out and terrierwork.

Minister Simon Coveney
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
CC: (An Taoiseach)
Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Dear Minister,

I support the Irish Council Against Blood Sports' call on you to urgently outlaw both digging out and terrierwork. These horrendous acts of cruelty are carried out by sadistic individuals and also by merciless foxhunting groups (when terrified foxes try to find refuge underground). There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for this shameful animal abuse and it must be stopped.

Please make it an offence NOW to dig out any animal or send terriers below ground to catch and attack animals under any circumstances. I also call on you to outlaw the use of packs of hounds to harass, attack, injure and/or kill any animal.

Thank you, Minister. I look forward to your positive response.

[Your Name and Location]

Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please send a copy of your correspondence to all your local TDs and Senators and ask them to put pressure on the Minister to ban digging out and terrierwork. Encourage all your friends, family and workmates to contact their local politicians too.

Write to your TD at:
Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Write to your Senator at:
Seanad Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 732 623.

Find out the names of your TDs and their email addresses.

04. Brian May highlights plight of badgers on Late Late Show

Queen legend, Brian May, highlighted the plight of badgers during an appearance on the Late Late Show (RTE 1 TV, 8th March 2013).

Watch an extract from the interview at

90,000 badgers have been cruelly snared and killed by the Irish Government since 1984. Help stop badger snaring in Ireland. Click on "Campaigns" at

Visit the Badger Watch Ireland website at

Sign a Petition: 'Stop badger culling in Ireland'

05. Latest Dail Questions

When Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan and Clare Daly tabled a Dail question regarding terrierwork traffic between England and Ireland, they received a reply, stating: "With regard to the movement of terriers between Ireland and the UK, trade in live animals is regulated under EU legislation and it is not open to me to prohibit this trade as long as these regulations are complied with."

It's hard to credit that the Minister and/or his staff mis-read the question, which clearly asked about terrierwork, not the sale of terriers between England and Ireland.

Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan intends to put down another related question.

Dail Questions, 16 April 2013.

1062. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the digging out of foxes. [17427/13]

1068. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the reported growth of terriermen traffic between the UK and Ireland as stated in correspondence (details supplied); the actions that he intends taking in response to this letter; if he will cease the exchange of terrierwork between the two countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17490/13]

1076. Deputy Ann Phelan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a consultation process on the Animal Welfare Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17710/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1062, 1068 and 1076 together. There has been a considerable consultation with many parties on the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. Provisions on the prohibition of animal cruelty are set out at Section 12 of the Bill. Section 25 of the Bill provides for the adoption of Codes of Practice for the purposes of providing practical guidance relating to any of the purposes of the Act. Sub-section 25(7) states that a failure to observe a code of practice (where there was a code of practice in effect at the time of the commission of an offence) is admissible in evidence before a court. The Bill provides for a consultation process in advance of codes being adopted and it is my intention to ensure that codes when adopted will be kept under review.

With regard to the movement of terriers between Ireland and the UK, trade in live animals is regulated under EU legislation and it is not open to me to prohibit this trade as long as these regulations are complied with.


Demand and end to cruel terrierwork and digging out. Email Minister Simon Coveney or Tel: 01-607 2000.

06. Ireland in breach of European convention over badger culling reports


The Council of Europe has requested that the Irish Government submit reports on badger culling in the country "as a matter of urgency" after it emerged it has failed to provide this information for the last ten years.

Under the Bern Convention, which Ireland ratified in 1982, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), as part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is required to submit reports every two years detailing the number of badgers culled as well as the methods used, and provide information about who carries out the culling.

The compilation of this data is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, which implements the bovine TB eradication programme and captures the badgers. However the NPWS has failed to pass on any of the reports compiled by the department to the Council of Europe since 2003.

In correspondence between the Irish Wildlife Trust and the Head of the Democratic Initiatives Department at the Council of Europe, Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, seen by, Fernandez-Galiano said he had been informed that Ireland has not submitted biennial reports as is requested by Article 9 of the Convention.

He goes on to say that he will be requesting the reports "as a matter of urgency as it is a clear obligation of parties" under the convention. When contacted by, Fernandez-Galiano said requests for reports are addressed to the Biodiversity and Policy unit in the NPWS and that Ireland has been asked to submit biennial reports every two years since it ratified the convention.

He confirmed that a request has been made that these reports be immediately submitted but the council, two months on, has still not received them.

However he also said that the convention has no provisions for penalties for failing to submit these reports so it is unlikely that Ireland will be reprimanded for its failure to provide the information.

Fernandez-Galiano said every treaty in force is binding upon the parties to it and must be performed by them "in good faith".

Data in the most recent summary of reporting under the Bern Convention show records for several other countries who have been providing information every two years, while Ireland's data has been left blank.

Commenting on the government's failure to submit these reports, Irish Wildlife Trust research officer, Fintan Kelly, said that he was at first "annoyed at the government but at a European level, they don't follow up on this stuff."

"It has much bigger implications for conservation," he said. "This is just one species in one country and the council don't seem to care, it's mind boggling."

He said that "generally, the council don't want to bother" when it comes to wildlife conservation and that the feedback the trust has gotten over the years is that "basically the Bern Convention is just a general agreement and they're never going to come down hard on people over it".

Read more at:


Sign the Petition: 'Stop badger culling in Ireland'

Appeal to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to show compassion and suspend the cruel badger snaring operation.

Minister Simon Coveney
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
CC: (An Taoiseach)
Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

07. Greyhounds shot and dumped because they wouldn't chase hares

Source: Man fined Eur 800 after greyhounds found dead
Irish Examiner, April 26, 2013

A man handed over two greyhounds to a third party who shot them in the head, after they showed no promise of chasing hares, a court heard yesterday.

Avoiding paying a vet Eur80 to have each dog humanely put down by injection, John Corkery gave the animals to a man who shot them.

The two dogs were found, along with four other greyhounds rotting in a disused quarry at Ballyagran, Co Limerick, on Apr 10, 2012.

Corkery, aged 53, a well-known greyhound trainer, had been rearing the dogs for coursing competitions and track racing events.

The owners of the remaining four dead dogs found are unknown.

Inspector Eamon O'Neill told Newcastle West District Court the case was "the first of its kind" to be brought before court after legislation, under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act was introduced in Nov 2011.

Corkery, of Love Lane, Charleville, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to one count of forging his son's name as the registered owner of a greyhound Rathluirc Sham.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Irish Coursing Board of the transfer of ownership of Kildangan Dawn.

Judge Mary Larkin noted that, despite his guilty pleas, Corkery would not identity the person who shot the two dogs.

Solicitor Denis Linehan said: "From the outset, he put his hands up to this."

Inspector O'Neill agreed, without the pleas of guilt, it would have been "difficult" for gardai to secure a prosecution.

"It is the inhumane manner in which the dogs were put down that gives the gravest offence," Judge Larkin said. She fined Mr Corkery Eur300 for the forgery charge and Eur500 for the failing to notify transfer of ownership offence.

08. Anti-fur leafleting - 7th May

The National Animal Rights Association will hold an anti-fur leafleting event on Tuesday 7th May outside the Department of Agriculture, Kildare Street, Dublin from 12:30-2pm.

"Join us and be a voice for the voiceless!"

More details at

09. Campaign Quotes

Not only is hare coursing cruel to hares (the animals are violently netted in the countryside, mauled, battered, pinned down and tossed about by the dogs) but it is also cruel to the greyhounds. A greyhound that refuses to chase a hare is deemed worthless by the so-called "sportspeople" who comprise this atrocious industry. The dog is taken out and beaten to death with shovels or shot, and then dumped. We hope that TDs (Irish parliamentarians) will back the next legislative challenge to hare coursing via a Private Members Bill and that the government will at last accept that this foul and inhuman practice should be banned completely in the Republic, as it is in many jurisdictions, including Britain and Northern Ireland. from "Case shows up squalid cruelty and abuses in greyhound industry", Indymedia Ireland, April 27, 2013.

It's been argued that no one in history was as dedicated to imitating the life of Christ and carrying out his work as the founder of the Franciscan Order. Pope Francis is intent on following in his footsteps. So I look forward to seeing him raise awareness about our "brother and sister creatures", as St Francis referred to animals. St Francis also stated that "not to hurt our humble brethren in fur, feather or fin, is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission; to be of service to them whenever they require it." What would he make of this Christian country's track record with animal rights and animal welfare – whether in the form of pets, farm animals, sports or our seas. from "In praise of our brother and sister creatures", Sunday Independent, 24 March 2013.

Animal welfare groups say dog-fighting rings are duping dog lovers into handing over their unwanted animals. The warning follows a case this week of a family who believe their pet was stolen, potentially to be used as bait, by a dog fighting ring. Buster's owners, Eileen and Michael Bray, of Erskine, fear he has been brutalised by thugs who took him to use in dog fighting. He has yet to be reunited with his owners due to the effects of his ordeal, after being found earlier this week. Linda Ess, founder of Lost Dogs Scotland, has warned people about using classifieds websites to give their dogs away. She said: "People involved in dog fighting will place adverts on websites, saying they are looking to rehome a dog free. But these adverts are fake, they do not want to rehome the dog – they want to use the animal as bait for dog fighting. from "Dog-fight gangs use websites to get free animals", The Herald Scotland, 30 March 2013.

Nikon, one of photography's most respected names, faces a backlash from within the industry for portraying itself as a friend of wildlife photography while making sights for rifles for big game trophy hunters in the US and Africa. The Japanese camera manufacturer makes a rifle scope designed specifically for killing large game, the £170 "Monarch African". Nikon's marketing literature boasts that the scope is perfect "for those seeking their dangerous game adventure on the dark continent" and is "the proven choice for dangerous big game hunting", adding: "Africa has long been a continent of dreams for hunters around the world." from "The wrong kind of photo shoot: Nikon in the line of fire over rifle sights for big game hunting", The Independent (UK), 01 April 2013.

The shooting of foxes at night time with the aid of a lamp is not unlawful provided it can be done with the permission of the landowner and it does not occur within 60 feet of the public road. However it does pose a greater risk to the public and other farm animals. A condition which might be considered appropriate to the licensing of a centrefire high powered rifle for fox shooting could be that Gardai are notified of any shooting taking place after dark. from The Garda Commissioner's Guidelines as to the Practical Application and Operation of the Firearms Acts, 1925-2009.

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. German philosopher, Immanuel Kant.

If I'm a vegan, which I'm not, can I do a thing on bloodsports or the export of live cattle, without that view informing the debate? Pat Kenny, during a discussion on the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's new Code of Fairness, Objectivity, and Impartiality in News and Current Affairs. Pat Kenny Radio Show, 12th April 2013.

As a Limerick born and bred person I cannot believe Adare Heritage Centre thinks it is acceptable to promote hunting. This is a put off to decent people who cannot abide the cruel practice of hunting and who are interested in visiting your very pretty village. Please remove the offending display within your centre. Comment left on ICABS petition "Adare Heritage Centre: Stop promoting hunting" - please sign now

10. Letters to Editors

Hunt trespass scandal
The Avondhu, 9 April 2013

Irish agriculture is reeling under the impact of events and activities that undermine its morale and viability. We have had the scandal of processors inserting questionable additives and horsemeat into burgers that ended up in Irish supermarkets. This at a time so many horses in the country are neglected or abandoned, the often emaciated creatures having to be rescued from the direst conditions by animal rescue groups, with no ID Tags to trace the owners. The huge bill for their disposal is passed on to the taxpayer. Where is the justice in this?

One wonders what use are all the rules and regulations imposed on the Irish farmer relating to Safe Food, the keeping of which is a condition for CAP payments. Farmers have had some good news too: Recently two Kilkenny farmers, after years of being bullied by foxhunters, were awarded Eur30,500 in damages against a hunt official in Kilkenny Circuit Court. Norman and Hubert Daniels of Tullaroan, County Kilkenny have the gratitude of their neighbours, and commercial farmers nationwide. They have to be admired for their courage and determination, as they driven to desperation owing to the constant verbal abuse and damage to their farm property over the years. Had they not videotaped the hunt activities, they might never have achieved justice.

Hunts have caused extensive damage to farms nationwide, and the judiciary has not proven to be the farmers' friend in many instances. The late judge, Frank Roe for example, dismissed numerous claims made by farmers for hunt-related damage. Another judge who happened to ride with a hunt himself dismissed a claim for the total destruction of a pedigree herd of Suffolk sheep. The damage cost the farmer in question £30,000. To this day he has not been compensated for his loss. The scandal and injustice of hunt trespass has to be face up to once and for all.

Breaking and entering and vandalising a person's property is, in law, a criminal offence, perpetrated by criminals. The fact that they wear fancy costumes does not alter this legal reality. Let's stamp out hunt-related crime. Hundreds of claims by farmers for damage caused by hunts are outstanding and there is no sign of the hunts paying up. Can TDs and senators be so deaf or blind as not to realise the importance of banning this destructive and pointless cruelty to farmers? They fail to legislate against foxhunting while horses, packs of hounds, and hunt followers (some riding quads) are rampaging across the countryside, wreaking havoc on legitimate farm enterprises as they knock fences, scatter livestock, churn up fields of crops and destroy productive farmland in the middle of winter?

Fox hunting displays a callous disregard for binding EU requirements and good farming practice. It is rightly banned in the UK, a country that relies far less on agriculture than we do. Dail Eireann must act to banish these pests from rural Ireland. True, there are some farmers who join hunts, but without exception these people will not damage their own land but they will ride roughshod over someone else's. If the Tally-ho brigade were to switch to drag hunting they could lay false trails for the hounds to follow, thus avoiding trespass and damage to farms. They could make that change at any time. Unfortunately they prefer what they call "that essential element of unpredictability" as one hunt master described it. An outright ban therefore will be required to end this rural vandalism.

Philip P Lynch, Chairman,
Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass,
Gleann an Ri, Mallardstown, Callan, Co Kilkenny.

Legislation fails to protect fox and hare
Irish Examiner, April 04, 2013

How sickening to see the Oireachtas pass a piece of legislation that the Government pledged would update and modernise protection of animals in Ireland but that specifically exempts two of the most horrific blood sports from prohibition.
Under the Bill, hare coursing and fox hunting will be allowed to continue, despite clear and overwhelming evidence of the extreme and unnecessary cruelty involved in both practices. Video footage obtained both by opponents of these practices — and their supporters — prove that the animals targeted suffer dreadfully.

Foxes are not only hounded to exhaustion for the dogs to tear apart. The ones that "escape" underground are often dug out with the aid of spades and terriers and meet an even grizzlier fate than the ones eviscerated by the pack.

In the case of hare coursing, the film footage is augmented by the reports filed by rangers of the national Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), which show that hares are mauled, pinned to the ground, tossed about like rag dolls, or otherwise injured or terrorised at coursing events.

I accept that any debate on animal welfare legislation would be eclipsed by the tumultuous political and economic crises convulsing Ireland and the rest of Europe. But that is no reason to ignore or downplay the scandal of organised animal cruelty posing as "sport".

A law that the government boasted would radically overhaul our animal welfare standards will exclude two perverse forms of recreation that belong in the Dark Ages and were, even then, opposed by courageous men and women of conscience. Instead of protecting the fox and the hare, treasured facets of our wonderful wildlife heritage, the new law will protect the interests of those who torment and persecute these animals for "sport".

This is a perfect example of what happens when political cronyism trumps fair minded decision-making. It would be laughable, were it not for the fact that the wily fox and the gentle hare are on the butt end of this very sick joke.

John Fitzgerald
Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports
Callan, Co Kilkenny

Fiona is in good company
Sunday Independent, 31 March 2013

Madam – As a regular reader of the Sunday Independent I would like to commend Fiona O'Connell for her continual support of animals. She is sadly one of very few in the media who champions the cause of the creatures with whom we share this planet.

Last week (Sunday Independent, March 24, 2013) she highlighted an interesting perception: that because people show concern for animals it precludes them from having a regard also for human beings. Ms O'Connell quoted Martin Luther King, the renowned human rights leader, as one of many famous people who showed compassion and kindness to animals. Such traits are I believe indicative of a person's character.

The French philosopher Voltaire's observation over 200 years ago is still relevant today: "People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines... It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel."

Similar sentiments were shared by other great minds such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw, so Ms O'Connell can be assured she is in excellent company. Like her, I hope that Pope Francis emulates the same regard for our fellow creatures as his namesake St Francis of Assisi, who was a true Christian in his care of all the species, both human and animals.

Mary Fitzpatrick,

11. Petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
Ask An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Ban Hare Coursing
Limerick Racecourse: Stop hosting cruel hare coursing
Coillte - Ban hunters from your forests
Bishop Bill Murphy: Stop clergy involvement in cruel coursing
Stop sponsoring hare coursing in Ireland
End Cruel Blood Sport of Fox Hunting in Ireland
Dunnes Stores: Lift Ban on Animal Charities Fundraising
Dunnes: End your Ban on Animal Groups
Arts Council of Ireland: Stop funding animal circuses
Ban the use of animals in Irish circuses
Stop Torturing Bears: End Bear Bile Farming In China
Stop Seal Slaughter in our World
David Cameron: RSPCA must retain its powers to prosecute hunters who break the law
Stop China Wanting More Ivory!
Stop DoneDeal/ GumTree/ Buy & Sell Selling Animals
Stop badger culling and focus on a vaccination programme in Ireland
Say NO to the cruel Toro de Fuego ("bull on fire") event in Spain
1 Million to Ban the Lion Trade
The horror of Tesco selling live, packaged turtles in their supermarkets
Add report option "Animal Abuse" on Facebook

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Keep hunters off your land

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