Animal Voice, Issue 06, June 2013
Campaign newsletter of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports

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In this month's edition:

01. Cockfight cruelty uncovered in Monaghan
02. Netting of hares "will not happen again" at Teagasc property
03. Minister asks Gardai to investigate pigeon cruelty
04. Hospital asked to reject donations from coursers
05. Gardai investigating complaint about 'almost dead' hares
06. RTE World Report: Bullfighting is in crisis
07. Death of anti-bloodsports campaigner, Emma Hayes
08. Camera company Nikon slammed for sponsoring hunters
09. Latest Dail Questions and Answers
10. Protest outside Ireland's largest fur farm
11. Political Focus - Sean Sherlock, TD (Cork East)
12. Endangered American wolves face loss of protection
13. Campaign Quotes
14. Letters to Editors
15. Petitions

01. Cockfight cruelty uncovered in Monaghan

Following an ICABS request to Clare Daly TD to question Minister Simon Coveney about cockfighting activities in Monaghan, the Minister outlined that he has referred the matter to the Gardai.

Responding to Deputy Daly, Minister Coveney stated that "provisions relating to prohibition on animal fighting, including cock-fighting, are set out at Section 15 of the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (which makes it an offence for a person to organise, take part in, or be present at an animal fight or performance)."

The illegal cockfighting came to light this month after Ulster SPCA released details of a two year investigation, including video footage of a cockfight in County Monaghan.

The Society says it was stunned when their surveillance revealed "large crowds gathering in open fields in broad daylight for hours on end watching the barbaric practice of cockfighting".

Captured footage was featured on a BBC Newsline report - see - and it shows around 60 people gathered around a makeshift ring where "men set birds on each other, making them tear each other apart in a bloody barbaric battle".

BBC Newsline reporter, Gordon Adair, explained to viewers that "these big events in the cockfighting world are known as derbies - cars, vans and hatchbacks transport the birds in cages where they are penned before being agitated to fight."

"The USPCA believes the big matches held at locations like this are just the tip of the iceberg and that smaller meets are held almost every weekend," he continued. "These feature fighting birds from across Ireland that are normally kept in back gardens, back yards and are trained specially to kill."

Cockfighting typically involves horrendous cruelty. Two cocks are thrown into an enclosed pit and encouraged to rip each other apart until one succumbs and dies. This bloody combat is cheered on by spectators, many of whom will be gambling on the outcome.

During the season (Easter Sunday up until the end of July), two forms of cockfighting are carried out - "naked heel" and "spur fighting". In naked heel, the birds' natural spurs are sharpened to maximise the injury they can inflict. Spur fighting, meanwhile, sees three-inch long steel spurs being attached to the sides of their legs. These are designed to cause even greater injuries and result in more savage battles. Cock fights can last up to 25 minutes or as long as the birds can withstand the injuries.


Urge Justice Minister Alan Shatter to order a Garda crackdown on those involved in illegal cockfighting.

Minister Alan Shatter
Department of Justice and Equality
Telephone: 01-6183911

If you have any information about cockfighting activities, please immediately report it to the Gardai. For the phone numbers of Garda stations all over Ireland, visit:

02. Netting of hares "will not happen again" at Teagasc property

The netting of hares for coursing will be stopped at a Teagasc property in the South East following a report by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports.

Documents obtained by ICABS under the Freedom of Information Act showed that a total of 8 hares were netted at the property last November. The hares were taken away and subsequently used as live lures for greyhounds at a local coursing meeting.

In an email to Teagasc, we pointed out that hares typically suffer fear, stress and/or injury during the capture process, during their months in unnatural captivity and while running for their lives from greyhounds. "When hit, hare injuries include broken bones and dislocated hips," we emphasised. "Every coursing season, hares are injured and killed on coursing fields around the country."

Responding to our correspondence, Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle stated that "the netting of hares for the purpose of hare coursing or for any other purpose is not something we would condone."

He went on to outline that "on this occasion, the coursing club received permission from a member of staff to remove hares under licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service."

"This should not have happened and we can assure you that it will not happen again," he added. "We can assure you that if a breach like this occurs in the future we will be making a report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service."

ICABS welcomes this response from Teagasc. We are continuing to urge other landowners around Ireland to prevent coursers from taking hares for use in their cruel bloodsport.


If you are a landowner, please make your land a haven for wildlife and act to prevent hunters and coursers from interfering with the resident animals.

Hare coursers do not have a right to net hares without the permission of the landowner. Such a removal of hares, would constitute an offence under the Wildlife Act and therefore should be reported to the National Parks and Wildlife Service - 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Tel: 01-8883242.

Contact the Gardai if there is a breach of Section 44 of the Wildlife Act - this makes it an offence for any person who is not the owner or occupier of land to carry onto that land, without permission, any firearm, net, or other weapon, instrument or device capable of being used for hunting a wild bird or a wild animal.

03. Minister asks Gardai to investigate pigeon cruelty

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomes the intervention of Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney in a case of horrendous cruelty to pigeons by a gun dog trainer in Leitrim who outlines on his website that he is a field trial judge for the Irish Kennel Club.

In a Dail Question this month, Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister "if he will ensure that action is taken against a person in County Leitrim for outrageous cruelty to animals...ensuring that all animals are taken from them and that they are prevented from posing as a trainer or trial judge with the Irish Kennel Club or any other animal organisations here."

Referring to Paul David Toal of Altiquin Dogs in Leitrim, Minister Coveney stated in response: "I have referred this matter for investigation to An Garda Siochana."

Sickening video footage which recently came to light shows gun dog trainer Toal wrapping elastic around a pigeon's legs and then throwing it in the air. The pigeon lands a distance away and a dog is sent to retrieve it. The same pigeon is used on a number of occasions. Elsewhere in the video, he is seen throwing other pigeons and kicking at a bird to make it fly - See We are horrified at the contents of the video and have to question whether this is a common training method for gun dogs in this country, given that this individual was openly flaunting his cruel methods.

On his website, Toal says he is a field trial judge for the Irish and English Kennel Clubs, and gives courses at home and abroad on his dog training methods.

04. Hospital asked to reject donations from coursers

ICABS has called on New Ross Community Hospital to show compassion for Irish Hares and reject donations from hare coursers.

A photograph in the Wexford Echo last December shows hospital matron Eileen Murphy accepting a 400 Euro cheque from representatives of the New Ross & District Coursing Club.

The money was raised at a hare coursing stand at the National Ploughing Championships.

The Echo reported that "Matron Eileen Murphy was delighted to accept a cheque from the Chairperson of the New Ross and District Coursing Club" and that the coursers were "delighted to be associated with the Community Hospital".

In an email to Ms Murphy, ICABS highlighted the cruelty of hare coursing. We drew her attention to the suffering caused to hares during a New Ross coursing club meeting last October. According to a National Parks and Wildlife Service monitoring report, "18 hares were hit and 18 were injured."

"Bloodsports groups often use charity fundraisers as a way to get some positive publicity for themselves in the local media," we stated. "We understand the importance of raising funds for your vital work but we ask you and New Ross Community Hospital to please show compassion for the Irish Hare and reject any future offers of donations from hare coursers."


Ask New Ross Community Hospital to stop accepting donations from hare coursers.

Eileen Murphy
Hospital Matron
New Ross Community Hospital
Hospital Road,
New Ross, Co. Wexford
Tel: (051) 421305

05. Gardai investigating complaint about 'almost dead' hares

3rd June 2013

Gardai in Wexford are investigating a complaint made by an animal rights group after it emerged that a number of hares that were used at a hare coursing meeting were released back into the wild in a very poor condition.

A report by a conservation ranger for the National Parks and Wildlife Service released to the Irish Council Against Blood Sports and seen by, reveal that six hares released back into the wild in conditions 2ranging from poor to almost dead".

Three were reported to have injuries so serious they couldn't move and another "limped off". One hare had also died by the completion of 2012 coursing in the area.

The council against blood sports has now lodged a complaint with gardaí claiming that the release of animals that are sick or injured is in breach of the Protection of Animals Act.

"We contend that releasing these sick and/or injured hares into the wild without treating them for their injuries or euthanising them on humanatarian grounds constitutes a breach of the 1911 Protection of Animals Act," the complaint reads.

The Irish Wildlife Trust has previously warned about the damaging effects of hare coursing and campaigns officer Padraic Fogarty explained this week that there is evidence to show that "hares suffer a kind of trauma after being released back into the wild" when they've been used in coursing.

"After that we don't know whether it will affect their survival but they are more likely to be eaten by a fox if they're traumatised," he said.

Fogarty said that the trust, which has called for alternatives to fox hunting and hare coursing to be implemented, was disappointed that an outright ban on the sport was "not even up for serious discussion" by the government.

In response to a query from, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirmed that the conservation ranger in Wexford had identified some hares released in a state of poor health.

"The department raised this matter with the Irish Coursing Club earlier this month and suggested that hares be kept until they have fully recovered and are healthy before being released into the wild," it said. "The views of the Irish Coursing Club were sought on this event."

The department said that just over half of all coursing meetings were attended by rangers, an increase on previous years. An average of 98 per cent of the hares captured for hare coursing have been returned to the wild over the past four hare coursing seasons and the department said that this is the percentage released in the 2012/2013 season.

The Irish Coursing Club did not return calls requesting comment on the issue.

06. RTE World Report: Bullfighting is in crisis

RTE Radio 1's World Report programme has highlighted that the bullfighting industry in Spain is in crisis as numbers attending bullfights continue to drop.

"Younger Spaniards are showing little interest in the 'sport' while the downturn in the Spanish economy has made many once loyal fans turn their back on the bullring," the 23 June 2013 report outlines.

Listen to the report now at


If you choose to holiday in a bullfighting country (Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela), please do not visit bullfighting arenas or museums. Avoid purchasing any bullfight-related souvenirs. Join the international campaign against bullfighting. Please register your opposition to this horrific blood sport with the governments and political representatives.

Sign the petition - "End EU funding for bullfighting"

Contact the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland to register your opposition to bullfighting. Express your desire to see bullfighting banned in Spain.

The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Embassy of Spain
17A Merlyn Park, Dublin 4.

Tel 1: +353 (0)1 2691640
Tel 2: +353 (0)1 2692597
Fax: +353 (0)1 269 1854

07. Death of anti-bloodsports campaigner, Emma Hayes

ICABS is deeply saddened at the untimely passing of Emma Hayes, Jervis Street, Dublin. Emma was a campaigner for social justice causes - a friend to survivors of institutional abuse, an environmental campaigner and a campaigner against animal cruelty.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her daughter, Brogan, and son, Vijay, her extended family and friends.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

08. Camera company Nikon slammed for sponsoring hunters

VIVA UK is calling on camera enthusiasts to boycott Nikon after it emerged that the company sponsors hunters and produces a riflescope designed to help shoot wildlife.

The company has been accused of hypocrisy for simultaneously courting wildlife lovers and wildlife killers.

In promoting its range of cameras, Nikon says that "nature is a gift to be appreciated [and] treasured". However, the destruction of animals is being facilitated by a Nikon riflescope, specifically designed to gun down large animals. Marketing the scope, Nikon says: "Africa has long been a continent of dreams for hunters around the world...for those seeking their dangerous game adventure on the Dark Continent." Elsewhere, they state that they are "proud to introduce the first line of riflescopes built specifically for predator hunters".

The company has also sponsored hunting. In a 2011 media release, a senior Nikon marketing manager states that they are "proud to renew our corporate sponsorship with the Texas Trophy Hunters Association [and] are honored to be partners with TTHA and are committed to supporting the organization into the future."

Renowned wildlife photographer Stefano Unterthiner is among those criticising Nikon. In a statement, he said: "I have used Nikon since I was a young boy, fascinated by nature and wildlife. I always saw Nikon as a company close to nature but I was wrong. I do not understand and cannot agree with their support for trophy hunting which sends out entirely the wrong message to global photographers who love nature. Wildlife needs protecting now more than ever. I urge the company to end its support for trophy hunting."


Ask Nikon to end its sponsorship of hunting and stop producing hunting equipment.

Nikon UK Limited,
380 Richmond Road,
Kingston upon Thames,
Surrey KT2 5PR

Tel: 0330 123 0932 (UK)

Sign a petition at

09. Latest Dail Questions and Answers

Question - Answered in June 2013

Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will investigate reports of cockfighting in County Monaghan and request footage of the incident from the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael): I have referred this matter for investigation to An Garda Siochana. Provisions relating to prohibition on animal fighting, including cock-fighting, are set out at Section 15 of the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (which makes it an offence for a person to organise, take part in, or be present at an animal fight or performance).

Question 428 - Answered on 18 June 2013

Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will ensure that action is taken against a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim for cruelty to animals in the feeding of live pigeons to training dogs,ensuring that all animals are taken from them and that they are prevented from posing as a trainer or trial judge with the Irish Kennel Club or any other animal organisations here. [28654/13]

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael): I have referred this matter for investigation to An Garda Síochána.

Question 791 - Answered on 11 June 2013

Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to statements made by vets as presented in the recent ICABS report, that during cold and wet weather, hares are subjected to health conditions such as pneumonia, pleurisy, peritonitis consistent with septicemia and bacterial infections which compromise their chances of survival during hare coursing meetings; if, in view of this report, he will consider a ban on hare coursing during such adverse weather conditions to ensure that hares have a maximum chance of survival; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Question 802
Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the statistics collected by ICABS of hare coursing deaths at coursing meetings monitored by the National Parks and Wildlife Service; if he has noted one ranger's account at Liscannor coursing meeting that healthy hares are kept as substitutes in the event of hares becoming injured; if he considers the number of deaths, injuries and euthanasia as constituting a high number; if this contradicts the notion that hare coursing is a non-fatal activity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Question 809
Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will intervene with the organisers of the hare coursing event in Murrintow in Wexford, last December, where sick and injured hares where released into the wild without veterinary intervention in contravention of the 1911 Protection of Animals Act.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael): I propose to take Questions Nos. 791, 802 and 809 together. Under the provisions of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 the regulation of coursing is chiefly a matter for the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon, which is the statutory body with responsibility for the improvement and development of the greyhound industry, greyhound racing and coursing. The ICC has a system of regulation in place to underpin standards in coursing.

Under the terms of the Wildlife Acts, a licence is needed by the ICC, covering their affiliated coursing clubs, if they wish to capture or tag live hares. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under section 24 of the Wildlife Act 1976, has responsibility for the issue of an annual licence to the ICC and its affiliated clubs to capture live hares. These licences currently have a total of 26 conditions attached to them. Conditions of the licences cover a range of items, including provision of data on hare captures and releases, not coursing hares more than once per day, not coursing sick or injured hares, etc.

The ICC ensures that a veterinary surgeon and a control steward are present at all coursing meetings. In addition to this, veterinary staff from my Department and rangers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) carry out random monitoring inspections during the coursing season to verify compliance with the licences and the rules governing animal welfare.

As a further control, a Monitoring Committee on Coursing was established during the 1993/94 coursing season and is comprised of officials from my Department and representatives from both the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the ICC to monitor developments in coursing and in that regard the situation is kept under constant review to ensure that coursing is run in a well controlled and responsible manner in the interest of animal both for hares and greyhounds alike.

A very high proportion (98.09%) of the hares captured for hare coursing were returned to the wild at the end of the 2012/2013 season.

The matters that you have brought to my attention will be considered at the next meeting of the Monitoring Committee on Coursing.

10. Protest outside Ireland's largest fur farm

The National Animal Rights Association will hold a protest outside Ireland's largest fur farm on Saturday 6th July 2013.

For more details about the demonstration outside Vasa Ltd in Laois, visit

Witness the cruelty of Ireland's fur farming at

11. Political Focus - Sean Sherlock, TD (Cork East)

Focussing on Labour Party TD, Sean Sherlock who is on record as saying "I am in favour of field sports and coursing" and "we must not regulate field sports out of existence"...

"I am in favour of field sports and coursing and I have been at greyhound meetings. The people I represent are those who rear pups." Stated by Sean Sherlock during the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Second Stage, 8 July 2010.

"Cork East TD Sean Sherlock said he would reserve comment on stag hunting until the matter had been discussed internally. 'I believe there must be some sort of regulation but we must not regulate field sports out of existence.'" (Irish Times, April 29, 2010)

"Deputy Sean Sherlock: If [the Minister] were to support the amendment, that would give great solace to the Irish Greyhound Board, the Irish Coursing Club and to every single dog owner throughout the country who courses hares or races greyhounds in such places as Curraheen Park and Youghal." Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Second Stage 8 July 2010.

Read the views of other TDs on our Political Views page


Contact Sean Sherlock TD and urge him to reconsider his stance on bloodsports. If you are in the Cork East constituency, please mention this in your correspondence.

Tel: 022 53523 (Constituency Office)
Mobile: 087-7402057
Tel: 01 661 2615 (Labour Party HQ)
Twitter: @seansherlocktd

Contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to show compassion for wildlife and introduce an immediate ban on hare coursing and all 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:;

12. Endangered American wolves face loss of protection

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the removal of Endangered Species Act protections for grey wolves, a move which could prove disastrous for the species.

The recovery of gray wolf populations is considered an American success story but this could be undone if federal protections are lifted.

According to Earthjustice: "Wolves are a keystone species and their presence is critical to maintaining the structure and integrity of their native ecosystems."

Help save the wolves. Sign a petition now at

13. Campaign Quotes

"Almost immediately, the hounds chased out a fox who went just into cover on the other side of the field. And to ground. Seeing as how he hadn't gotten much a chance to run around and be foxy, we called in the terrier men. After climbing through the bramble, the few burly Irishmen had located the entrances to the fox's den. Then the fox was bolted, meaning the terrier men captured him live and gave him another chance to save himself with a head start before the Huntsman cast the hounds again in pursuit. This however, must have been a super lazy fox. He popped over one more field and back into yet another ground. Annoyed, the hunt decided to simply move on and find another fox. It seemed like every covert we picked that day had a fox, however, and despite our first lazy friend, we picked up several incredible runs for the five foxes that we found around the countryside...We encountered lots of wire as we continued, and only once or twice did one of our whips horses decide not to wait while he was handily cutting the wire before letting the fields through." from a hunting report by an American foxhunter on a visit to Waterford.

Critics have slammed Courtney Brothers for showing "complete disregard" for their animals. Animal Rights Action Network spokesman John Carmody said: "The images of the tigers at the Courtney Brothers Circus show the complete disregard for the welfare of these majestic creatures. Their existence has been reduced to living in a pitiful metal cage with nothing to mentally stimulate them. "The images clearly show the animals suffering from extreme confinement with nothing but a rubber car tyre for their enrichment. With the best intentions in the world, the Courtney Brothers Circus cannot adequately provide for the animals in their care. ARAN would encourage the Government to introduce legislation to ban use of wild animals in Irish circuses and to replace them with all human performers and acrobats. We are also calling on the Arts Council of Ireland to cut funding for any that use animals in their performances. The public need to vote with their feet and put these organisations under pressure to let them know animal performances are not right." from Outrage at circus tiger's tiny cages, Irish Mirror,

A new 'Welcome to Fenagh' Stone is to be placed on the entrance from the Carlow Road. It will be a granite stone and will incorporate an image of the wolf. (The last wolf in Ireland is thought to have been killed in Jenny's lane). From the Bagenalstown Parish website.

"After around 30 years membership of the League Against Cruel Sports, it's an honour to now be a Vice President. I've always believed that protecting animals from cruelty inflicted by sport for human entertainment is the 'front line' in the campaign for animal protection. I'm proud to be on that front line with the League." Baroness Angela Smith, Vice President, League Against Cruel Sports. 13 June 2013.

Compassion in World Farming's Investigation Unit has uncovered the worst abuses of pig welfare in the EU to date. In the spring of 2013, our investigations unit visited five Irish pig farms. The conditions they found were beyond our investigators' worst expectations. These farms were situated across three counties (Cork, Waterford and Kerry). We fear it is likely that they are representative of a large section of the Irish pig farming industry. At the same time as this investigation was taking place, Ireland held the EU Presidency - and the Irish Government was making a show of taking the lead on animal welfare. Meanwhile, some of the most horrific cruelty we've yet uncovered was going on under its nose. Our investigation found: Pigs living in pens inches deep in excrement, Fly infestations due to the filthy conditions, Pigs covered in scratch marks caused by fighting, Widespread tail docking, Open wounds caused by tail-biting, Bored pigs chewing dead animals left in their pens, Weak and emaciated pigs left to die in corridors, Pigs in 'hospital pens' apparently just abandoned to die, 'Dead bins' full of pigs of all ages. From CIWF website, June 2013 -

A new report estimates EU subsidies for bullfighting in Spain amount to at least Eur129.6 million, mainly through Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) programmes which are supposed to support farmers producing food. Instead they're being used to breed bulls for fighting. The animal welfare issues surrounding bullfighting and other cruel fiesta events are well-known. Whether it's a bullfight in Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the Toro de la Vega or the Pamplona Bull Run, the barbarity of this mistreatment of animals cannot be justified and we should not be subsidising them. These blood sports have no place in the 21st century. from End EU funding for bullfighting by SNP MEP Alyn Smith.

14. Letters to Editors

Hares should have the same rights as pet rabbits
Irish Examiner, June 10, 2013

We have disturbing anomalies in our animal-welfare code. A few days ago, the alleged killing of a rabbit on a Dublin housing estate drew a swift police response.
Plain clothes and uniformed gardaí, including a forensics team, descended on the garden at the centre of the incident.

Gardaí should investigate animal cruelty.

But it's perverse that the same legislation that obliges gardaí to clamp down on cruelty to a pet rabbit permits the organised ill-treatment of its country cousin, the hare. While it is an offence to harm or terrify a pet rabbit, coursing clubs are free to net thousands of hares, in our countryside, each year, to serve as live bait for greyhounds.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, whose brief includes the wildlife service, has to decide, in the coming weeks, whether to license another season of hare coursing. The minister should revoke the coursing license and end this 'hare-brained' approach to animal welfare, which shames our legal system.

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

15. Petitions

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
Ask An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Ban Hare Coursing
Stormont Northern Ireland Assembly: Ban Fox and Stag Hunting in Northern Ireland
Fodor's Travel Guides: Stop directing tourists to bullrings
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
Arts Council of Ireland: Stop funding animal circuses
Ban the use of animals in Irish circuses
Stop the EU funding bullfighting
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
Urge Galway City Council to share pictures of the dogs in their pound on Facebook

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Introduce your friends to our website and encourage them to get involved.
Simply keeping your ear to the ground. about any blood-sport related incidents in your area.

Keep hunters off your land

Make it known publicly that your land is off-limits to hunters. Place a preservation notice in your local newspaper now. Here is a sample notice that you may wish to use: "Take notice that all my lands at [Insert address(es) of land] are private and preserved day and night. All forms of hunting and shooting are strictly prohibited. Trespassers will be prosecuted. Signed [Insert name(s) of landowner]" For more information, click on Farmers at

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