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FBD Insurance urged to scrap cruelty coverage
10 May 2013

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

FBD Insurance is being urged to stop providing coverage to those involved in some of Ireland's worst acts of cruelty to animals. An IFA Countryside/FBD Insurance package is providing cover to foxhunters, hare coursers and terriermen who are responsible for horrendous suffering and death to wildlife.

In a complaint to FBD Insurance, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports described as abhorrent, the company's association with those engaged in sending terriers below ground to corner and attack foxes. We told FBD that terriermen show no mercy for foxes who are pulled out of the ground squealing in pain as terriers bite into their scalp or body.

We also note from the IFA Countryside website that FBD is offering coverage to hare coursers and foxhunters.

The company has been told that in coursing, hares are forcefully removed from their habitats, kept in captivity for weeks and used as live lures for pairs of greyhounds. When hit by the dogs, they suffer life-threatening internal injuries, including dislocated hips and broken bones. We stressed to FBD that hare coursing is deemed so cruel that it is illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions and that a majority in the Republic want it outlawed here too. Also highlighted was the cruelty of foxhunting - foxes are chased to exhaustion and when caught, are knocked off their feet, bitten, eviscerated and torn apart.

The IFA Countryside/FBD package not only covers hunters operating in Ireland but also when they travel abroad - "the policy covers Irish Citizens worldwide for any period up to 60 days once you are normally resident in Ireland, i.e. for hunting trips to Europe, Africa, America, etc."

In an email to FBD, ICABS stated: "It is beyond belief that a modern insurance company would wish to facilitate animal cruelty and killing. Your coverage is paving the way for these cruel and merciless individuals to enter land to terrorise, injure and/or brutally kill wildlife."

FBD has been urged to watch video footage of blood sports barbarity and immediately scrap the cruelty coverage.

 ACTION ALERT 

Please Sign our Petition: FBD Insurance: Scrap your animal cruelty coverage
Visit our Cruelty Coverage Facebook Page

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
Bluebell
Dublin 12

Email: company.secretary@fbd.ie
Tel: 01 409 3200 or Lo-call 1890 617 617
Tweet a complaint to FBD: @fbd_ie


An extract from the IFA Countryside/FBD Insurance Package FAQs

Videos: FBD provides insurance cover for those involved in this cruelty

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FBD offering insurance cover to cruel hunters
19 April 2011

FBD Insurance is offering cover to hunters who cause damage and injury during hunting activities. The company has been asked to scrap its pro-hunt policy.

In a booklet dealing with FBD Liability Insurance, a number of questions and answers are presented, including:

Q. I own a horse and go hunting - any cover here?
A. The standard FBD Public Liability policy provides cover for damage caused to property or injuries caused to third parties while you are hunting on horseback.

Q. How are animals covered while away from the farm? For example, animals at shows, horses at shows or at the hunt
A. You are covered under your public liability insurance for any injury or damage that these animals may cause to members of the public or their property


Extracts from an FBD Liability Insurance booklet.

ICABS has complained to FBD about its pro-hunt policy. In a letter to CEO, Andrew Langford, we stated:

"By offering coverage to hunters, your company is facilitating the continuation of foxhunting - an extremely cruel and barbaric activity that a majority of Irish people want made illegal. Hunting involves the terrorisation of foxes - a pack of hounds and a group of hunters chase the defenceless animals to exhaustion. When caught by the hounds, foxes are ripped apart. Those that try to find refuge underground are dug out with spades and thrown to the hounds."

For a company with its roots in the agricultural sector, it is ironic that FBD is facilitating an activity which

We hope that FBD Insurance will show compassion for the foxes, and the farmers plagued by hunts, and immediately scrap this hunt cover.

 ACTION ALERT 

Urge FBD Insurance to stop insuring those involved in animal cruelty and scrap its pro-hunt policy. If FBD's association with hunters would make you choose an alternative insurance company, please make this clear in your correspondence.

Andrew Langford,
Group Chief Executive
FBD Insurance
Bluebell
Dublin 12

or

FBD Insurance,
FREEPOST F3034,
PO BOX 11225,
Dublin 12.

Email: company.secretary@fbd.ie
Skype: fbd.insurance
Tel: Locall 1890 617 617

ICABS advises anyone who experiences hunt trespass to immediately contact the Gardai and urge them to prosecute. We also recommend that legal advice is sought with a view to pursuing a claim for compensation. In all cases, take photos and/or video of the trespass and damage. For more information, please click on "Farmers" at www.banbloodsports.com.

See Also: Allianz asked to scrap hunt insurance

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