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Vet and FBD Insurance 'equine specialist' at County Clare foxhunt
03 April 2015

Among those participating in a County Clare foxhunt were a veterinary surgeon and an 'equine specialist' for FBD Insurance, according to a report in the Irish Field.

The 20 February 2015 report states: "As hounds drew, the field popped walls as if they were going out of fashion. We hadnít gone too far when local veterinary surgeon Ian Brassil managed to get himself bucked off a horse he was trying. Ian is a cousin of Grand National winning trainer Martin, whose charge Numbersixvalverde won in 2006 ridden by Slippers Madden. No harm done, he was back in the plate as if nothing had happened...

"The McInerneys are a great hunting family, with dad Michael and brother James all mounted and going well. James is an equine specialist with FBD insurance and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. FBD are now insuring more hunts and equestrian activity in Ireland."

The report outlines that a fox ran across a slurry-covered field in an attempt to escape the pack of hounds and that later, hunters were "treated to the rare sight of the fox, hounds and hunt staff all in the one field".


Urge the Veterinary Council of Ireland to act to stop vets from participating in foxhunting.

Veterinary Council of Ireland
53 Lansdowne Road
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 668 4402

Please Sign our Petition: "FBD Insurance: Scrap your animal cruelty coverage"

Urge FBD Insurance to stop insuring those involved in animal cruelty and scrap its hunting/coursing/terrierwork insurance package. If FBD's association with bloodsports would make you choose an alternative insurance company, please make this clear in your correspondence.

Andrew Langford,
Group Chief Executive
FBD Insurance
Dublin 12

Tel: 01 409 3200 or Lo-call 1890 617 617
Tweet a complaint to FBD: @fbd_ie

Find out more: FBD Insurance urged to scrap cruelty coverage

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Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture to give wild animals the same protection that is given to domestic animals. Tell the Minister that since all animals are capable of suffering, all animals should be protected from cruelty. Demand the removal of an exemption for foxhunting from Ireland's Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Simon Coveney, TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.
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Contact the Taoiseach and Tanaiste. Ask them to show compassion for foxes and hares and ban hunting and coursing.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Fax: 01-6764048

An Tanaiste, Joan Burton
Office of the Tanaiste
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephenís Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400
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Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please join us in telling the Irish Government that it is now time to replace foxhunting with the humane alternative - drag hunting.

Drag hunting sees the hounds chasing an artificial lure instead of a live animal. This form of "hunting" is already practised successfully by a few groups in Ireland. In a modern and civilised country like Ireland, there should be no place for foxhunting, particularly when a transition to drag hunting would be simple.

Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to express their opposition to this blood sport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them 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.

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