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COURSING EVENT OUT OF LIMERICK RACECOURSE
29 June 2012

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomes the fact that the so-called Irish Cup coursing event, held annually at Limerick Racecourse, will no longer take place there.

Last February, we filmed hares being severely mauled at this event and sent our film footage to advertisers with banners at the course. Among the advertisers we contacted was Guinness, whose name is prominent on the Pavilion at the racecourse and on the actual course where the cruelty was taking place.

Following our plea to Guinness to disassociate from the event, we received a phone call from Rhonda Evans, Head of Corporate Communications, Diageo, to say that Diageo (Guinness) does not support or condone hare coursing. We understood that they contacted Limerick Racecourse with their concerns about the event.

Another advertiser, Specsavers at the Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle, Limerick, told us in a letter that they neither "promote nor condone any activity that involves cruelty to animals" and that they are "deeply shocked - and deeply upset - that Specsavers is even remotely associated with the event in question".

They further stated that they asked the racecourse management why their hoarding was used without their permission at the coursing meet, given that the last event they had sponsored at the racecourse was a Ladies Day in 2008. It was subsequently taken down, at Specsavers' request.

After ten years at Limerick Racecourse, this barbaric activity will no longer take place there. Itís about time now that our legislators follow suit and permanently ban hare coursing as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already done.


Irish Cup coursing cruelty will no longer be hosted by Limerick Racecourse.

 ACTION ALERT 

Contact Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and demand that the exemptions for coursing and hunting be removed from the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012.

Minister Simon Coveney
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: minister@agriculture.gov.ie
Tel: 01-607 2884 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to show compassion for wildlife and introduce an immediate ban on bloodsports.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Telephone: 01-6194020

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail) or 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)

Email Both: eamon.gilmore@oireachtas.ie;taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie

Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently push for bans on coursing and foxhunting.

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

http://www.oireachtas.ie/members%2Dhist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=31&disp=const
http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/Members_emails/document1.htm

If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
Dail Eireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics. Contact us for details.

Limerick Racecourse and sponsors asked to reject hare coursing
14 March 2012

The management of Limerick Racecourse have been asked to view footage of hares being hit and mauled at the venue last month and stop hosting the blood sport.

In an email to Limerick Racecourse General Manager, Russell Ferris, we highlighted that during the Irish Cup coursing meet on February 24-26, Irish Council Against Blood Sports monitors witnessed hares being struck, tossed, pinned and mauled into the ground - please see our series of videos.

"It is deplorable that Limerick Racecourse is happy to host one of Ireland's worst examples of cruelty to animals - an activity which brings shame on Ireland, being one of the last countries in the world to permit it," we stated.

At Limerick Racecourse, we witnessed mauled hares being carried off the field - this indicates that the creatures are so injured that they are no longer able to walk or run, often resulting in the creatures dying or being destroyed.

ICABS has also brought our concerns to racecourse sponsors Heinekin, Spin Radio and the Daily Mirror and urged them to act.

 ACTION ALERT 

This Action Alert has now ended.

Ask Limerick Racecourse to stop hosting hare coursing.

Russell Ferris
General Manager
Limerick Racecourse,
Greenmount Park,
Patrickswell,
Co Limerick

info@limerickraces.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)61 320000
Fax: +353 (0)61 355766
Twitter: @LimerickRaces

Videos: Cruelty to hares at Limerick Racecourse

 ACTION ALERT 

Contact all your local TDs now. Tell them you are one of the majority who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate and back the anti-coursing bill being introduced by Maureen O'Sullivan, TD and Clare Daly, TD.

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

http://www.oireachtas.ie/members%2Dhist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=31&disp=const
http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/Members_emails/document1.htm

If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
Dáil Éireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to back a ban on hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephenís Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400
Email: eamon.gilmore@oireachtas.ie

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