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Senator David Norris expresses "full support" for campaign
16 March 2012

Senator David Norris has said that the Irish Council Against Blood Sports campaign has his "full support". The former presidential candidate has also expressed his intention to challenge the exemption of blood sports in the newly published draft Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

A longtime supporter of the campaign, Senator Norris has previously condemned hare coursing as an "obsenity" that is "indefensible".

"We must do something to root out the horrible practice of live hare coursing," he has stated. "There is simply no justification for it if we are concerned about the welfare of small animals. I believe it is bad for the moral welfare of the people who watch the sport. No decent person should take pleasure from the hunting to death of a small, frightened animal."

He has also spoken out against foxhunting, saying the spectacle is attractive but "not for the fox".

ICABS thanks Senator Norris for his continued support. We are calling on all Senators to challenge the Animal Health and Welfare Bill when it sppears in the Seanad.

Read the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 draft
See Section 12(12)


Contact all your local TDs now. Demand that they urgently intervene to remove the coursing and hunting exemptions from the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012.

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

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

Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Urgently contact An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Ask them to show compassion for foxes and hares and use the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 as an opportunity to finally ban cruel coursing and foxhunting.

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

An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Iveagh House,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400

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