Fax letter to: 00 353 (0)1 618 4502 [Enda Kenny]
00 353 (0)1 662 5046 [Fine Gael Head Office]
Please join us in urging Fine Gael to stop siding with the merciless minority who take pleasure in subjecting animals to suffering. Ask party leader, Enda Kenny, to urgently work to modernise the party's animal welfare policies.
(If you have time, please compose your own personal letter. Otherwise, feel free to send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)
Dear Mr Kenny,
I am one of the majority of Irish people who want blood sports banned in Ireland.
I am deeply disappointed by a statement by your party's Agriculture spokesperson Michael Creed TD that Fine Gael supports blood sports and will oppose any attempts by the current government to ban them.
Such shameless defence of animal cruelty reflects very poorly on Fine Gael. I hope you can urgently act to modernise your party's animal welfare policies.
I wish to add that a political candidate's stance on animal cruelty is a major factor in my voting decision.
Thank you. I look forward to your reply.
Please contact your local TDs/Senators and urge them to back a ban on all blood sports.
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.
Fine Gael challenged on blood sports stance 22 October 2009
ICABS is urging Fine Gael to modernise its animal welfare policies after a spokesperson stated that the party "supports country sports" and will "oppose any move by Government to deny groups the right to continue to pursue these activities".
In a letter of complaint to Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, ICABS strongly criticised the party's stance on animal cruelty activities. The stance was outlined in a statement this week from FG Agriculture spokesperson Michael Creed TD, who said:
"Fine Gael supports country sports which are carried out humanely, properly supervised and monitored and that do not involve any undue risk to animal welfare. If these criteria can be satisfied Fine Gael does not oppose properly licensed country sports activities."
"Fine Gael will oppose any move by Government to deny groups who have
conducted their activities as per their licences, the right to continue
to pursue these activities in the future. We believe that imposing a
ban on these licensed activities would be a retrograde step both in
terms of animal welfare and economically.
He also shamelessly defends cruel blood sports on monetary grounds, saying that "it would be
irresponsible to discount the importance of rural pursuits to the economy as a whole."
In our correspondence to Enda Kenny (and Olivia Mitchell TD who said Mr Creed's statement reflected her own views), ICABS stated: "We wish to convey to you our extreme disappointment and disbelief that a
modern party like Fine Gael is continuing to side with the merciless
minority who take pleasure in abusing animals and subjecting them to the
most horrendous cruelty. For the majority who want coursing, foxhunting and
carted deer hunting outlawed, it is highly offensive for Deputy Creed to
suggest that the activities he euphemistically refers to as 'country
sports' could in any way be 'carried out humanely...and not involve any
undue risk to animal welfare'."
We stressed that Deputy Creed is "clearly wrong in his assertion that if an activity is
licensed, it must not be cruel", highlighting that in coursing and carted deer
hunting (both licensed), animals are subjected to terrible suffering.
"The stance, presented by Deputy Creed, reflects very poorly
on Fine Gael," we added. "We hope that your party can work on modernising its
animal welfare policies and bringing them in line with the overwhelming
view in Ireland that animal cruelty is wrong and should be urgently