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Animal rights prisoners...please write to them.

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

AR Prisoners - Newsletter 2.

The second newsletter of Animal Rights Prisoner Support is

already in the net. There are lots of letters from the

prisoners telling us how they feel and how they are.



Posted on January 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

: Helping Non-humans & Humans in Haiti

Hope this helps those that want to help humans andnon-humans in Haiti without compromising your ethics or the animals. Thereare more options on the below links...

Emergency/Disaster Relief in Haiti: Animal Rescue &Animal-Friendly Resources -

Extensive List of organizations, etc. helping in Haiti


Helping Haiti the Vegan Way:


In Defense of Animals - Animal Disaster Relief Fund fornon-humans in Haiti. Donations can be made below...they will go to help animalsin Haiti. IDA is part of a coalition formed of international animal groupsgoing to Haiti to help non-humans. Please don't forget them during thisterrible time.


Doctors without Borders - Medical Aid in Haiti ONLY..nostrings attached (no preaching in exchange for medical care...just much neededmedical help!). They have been in Haiti already for 19 years!!


I ♥ Haiti fundraising t-shirt from Herbivore ClothingStore -- ALL proceeds will go to Haiti...


Vegan Food Relief for Haiti..."We are happy to announcethat Food for Life Global is currently setting up a base of operations innearby Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, from where we will store foodsupplies and support our vegan food relief program in Haiti once webegin." More info & updates...


Hunters with broken bits!our heart bleeds,,,

Posted on May 10, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Hunters getting it tough…our heart bleeds…

A broken leg seems to be de rigeur among local hunts lately with Ger O Riain,Donegal Harriers and Joe Callan ,Louth Foxhounds each having broken a leg in separate hunting falls. Each man is said to be making a full recovery.

Another Hunter making a recovery from a fall is Alan Reilly,Whipper in to the Kilkenny Foxhounds.He sustained a fractured pelvis when falling under his horse at a recent meet, and is out of the saddle for the rest of the season.


Posted on April 24, 2009 at 7:24 PM


Email please


Cancer Care West in Galway are giving support to hunting by accepting money from a Hunts Charity Ride and Auction this week. The Galway Blazers will be using the same trail they use in the forest for cubbing and fox- hunting to raise money for this organisation.

Cancer Care have no problem with supporting animal abusers to help their cause.

Please email or ring CCW to stress our opposition to taking money from animal abusers. the Galway Blazers take part in Dig outs , as seen on their own video and have attacked saboteurs and have stolen our video equipment in the past,Voice your opposition to taking money from hunting.


Contact details are below.

Cancer Care West,

University College Hospital,

Galway. | Tel: 091 529609 | Fax: 091 544524 | Email:

Lamping.Rudolph and co warned of 'lamping' threat - The Irish Times - Wed, Dec 24, 2008

Posted on March 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM



Rudolph and co warned of 'lamping' threat - The Irish Times - Wed, Dec 24, 2008

SANTA CLAUS received a timely warning from the Irish Deer Society
this week of potential dangers when delivering gifts to the children of Dublin
and Wicklow tonight.
According to the society, the first line of the song, "You better watch out" in
Santa Claus is Coming to Town has taken on a whole new meaning.
That is because the National Parks and Wildlife Service and landowners are now
using "lamping" techniques to control deer numbers. "Lamping" involves the use
of a strong light which illuminates the deer at night and makes them vulnerable
to being shot. The deers are transfixed by the light and are easily shot, the
society warns.
According to Liam McGarry, the deer society's vice-president, "lamping" has led
to an upsurge in poaching in the Wicklow and Dublin mountains in recent months.
"This system is widely used by poachers over the years but we are horrified that
it is now being used by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to cull deer,"
said Mr McGarry.
"Now, because of amendments to the [1976 Wildlife] Act in 2000, it has become
very easy to get what is known as a section 42, which allows landowners to
control deer in this way if they are causing damage or become a nuisance.
"But what is even more upsetting is we now learn the wildlife service is lamping
deer as well as part of its management strategy."
Mr McGarry said the Irish Deer Society and most deer hunters believed deer
should be stalked and hunted in the traditional way, not by lamping at night.
"In years gone by when you saw lights at night on the mountains or in forestry,
you knew it could only be poachers. Now it could be the wildlife service and the
poachers know this too," he said.
"I suppose it would be fair to advise Santa Claus and his reindeer to fly as
high as possible when he is making his deliveries this Christmas to Wicklow and
A Department of the Environment spokesman confirmed its officers used lamping in
its deer management programme as did its counterparts in the UK.
The spokesman said lamping was a widely accepted practice.
This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Times

Hunts hit back at thug claims

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM


February 18, 2009


Hunts hit back at thug claims


WARNING! Videos contain explicit language.

Hunts use thuggery to intimidate anti-hunt monitors and prevent them getting evidence of illegal hunting.


That was the claim made by Somerset monitors as the League Against Cruel Sports stepped up its campaign and marked the fourth anniversary of the ban on hunting with dogs.


The Countryside Alliance (CA) quickly dismissed the claims, and also used the anniversary to unveil its newest member, the former boss of the League Against Cruel Sports.


James Barrington has long been a convert from the anti to the pro camp, but had been a founder of the Middle Way Group which aimed to find a compromise between the two sides. Now, however, the hunting expert has joined the CA, completing a journey right across the intractable debate.


He has joined the CA as an animal welfare consultant and accused his former allies in the anti-hunting camp of getting the hunt ban wrong, and of creating a law of sheer nonsense.


Meanwhile, the League group of which he used to be director issued a new compilation of footage taken by two of its hunt monitors in Somerset, showing the abuse it claims they receive from hunters on a regular basis.


Helen Weeks and Graham Forsyth, among other hunt monitors, took the footage which reveals huntsmen and followers abusing, threatening and, in a couple of cases, assaulting them as they tried to film the hunt's activities. Last week, on the basis of some of the footage, huntsman Christopher Marles was convicted of assaulting Helen Weeks, and will be sentenced next month.


League chief executive Douglas Batchelor said: "In releasing this new footage, the League is highlighting that the issue is not just with illegal hunting under the Hunting Act, nor the negative impacts on animal welfare.


"Instead the problems include thuggery and intimidation carried out by hunters and hunt havoc caused by out- of-control hounds.


"These incidents can range from monitors being routinely abused or attacked, to family pets being mauled and killed when hunt hounds go on the rampage.


"The League has recently employed a retired police officer to give further expertise in prosecuting these offences.


"The footage reveals some of the worst behaviour carried out by huntsmen and women, the so-called gentry of the countryside. Some of this footage is extremely disturbing and we think the public will be shocked when they see exactly what goes on when some hunts get together.


"The gang-like mentality of some extremists, along with the bullying behaviour is simply not acceptable in any sector of society. It's time the true colours of these people were exposed for all to see."


The CA dismissed the footage and said Christopher Marles had been banned from going hunting in the wake of his conviction. In heralding its new recruit, the CA said Mr Barrington had made a remarkable journey across the hunting spectrum.


Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said: "Four years after the Hunting Act came into force, the question is when, not if, it will be repealed.


"We are thrilled James has agreed to work with us to achieve that goal.

He is a remarkable man who has made a remarkable journey and no one could question his commitment to animal welfare."


Mr Barrington said he joined the Alliance because he had come to the conclusion it was the only way to best get the hunt ban repealed.


"Working with the Countryside Alliance seems like a logical progression as the Hunting Act has been revealed as pointless and damaging to animal welfare," he said.


"My ex-colleagues in the anti-hunting movement are increasingly frustrated by the failure of the Act, but it is their law. After literally decades of campaigning, millions of pounds spent and numerous Bills and debates, they got it wrong.


"They now expect the police and the courts to sort out this mess. If only some of the many other animal welfare issues, such as the plight of primates in Africa or dog farming in China, could attract such attention. The Act is sheer nonsense and I cannot understand or accept the proposition that it even addresses the issue of animal welfare."


Anti-hunt campaigners disagreed, saying the only problem with the Act was that it needed better enforcement from the police and the courts.

The League pointed that 63 prosecutions had been made and another 18 were pending.


An Early Day Motion has recently been tabled at Westminster, calling for better enforcement of the Act and has been signed by more than 130 MPs so far.


To offer some perspective to the news of a hunt supporter found pivotal to a violent death

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM

To offer some perspective to the news of a hunt supporter found pivotal to a violent death.

It’s what they do.

It is thought that avid wildlife killer and hunt heavy Trevor Morse had raced to Warwick airport Monday afternoon to confront the hunt monitors who had been filming from the air the nefarious activities of the Warwickshire Hunt gang. The two passengers on the gyrocopter were not hunt saboteurs they were evidence gathering hunt monitors. As Morse trespassed and advanced on the refuelled aircraft he was advised repeatedly to keep away from the spinning motor blades by the safety-trained crew.  He ignored these warnings and paid with his life.

He is not the first person to die in the killing fields of England in recent years. In 1976 William Sweet was killed by a bloodsport fanatic with a gun. In 1993 15 old Tom Worby was killed by huntsman Tony Ball in the Cambridgeshire countryside. Mike Hill was 18 in 1991 when Cheshire huntsman Alan Summersgill killed him.  None of the assailants were arrested for murder. There was little media coverage. No one was held in custody and threatened with life in prison or charged with anything! The murders of three peace loving youngsters remain unsolved. These sacrificial countryside rituals are a bloody practice that should phase out hastily.

The response to this latest death which was according to witnesses the responsibility of a hunt supporter, who was engaged in a violent conspiracy, should be the immediate enforcement of the hunting act. Public citizens should not have to risk their lives collecting evidence of criminal activity when others are paid to do this job. Two years after the law was passed many hunts have publicly stated their intention to continue to flout it by murdering wild animals and spitting in the face of the majority of UK citizens.

It’s time the violence and intimidation stopped.


Posted on January 22, 2009 at 4:07 AM

BASC = British Association for Shooting and Conservation


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BASC: Calor Gas to sponsor BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair


Wednesday, 21, Jan 2009 12:00


Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of cylinder gas to the game rearing field, has agreed to sponsor BASC’s Gamekeepers’ Fair at Catton Park for 2009.



CALOR GAS sponsors bloodsports.(BASC EVENT)

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM








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The guilty in pursuit of the innocent

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 6:00 PM The guilty in pursuit of the innocent From hunting to battery farming, it is in all our hands to end the torture of defenceless animals, writes Andrea Smith Sunday January 13 2008 'We're so deflated about the whole thing," bleated millionaire property developer and master of the Ward Union Hunt, Michael Bailey, following the delightful fiasco that unfolded on St Stephen's Day as the hunt adhered to new restrictions to its licence. "It's all about the thrill of the chase and that was lost here today." The grinch who stole Christmas for the hunters is Environment Minister John Gormley, my new hero, who took a step in the right direction in relation to this heinous "sport" by issuing the hunt with a restricted licence. This meant that instead of pursuing a live animal, the hunt had to follow the scent of a deer, who was to be recaptured alive before the hounds were released. Alas, it all went pear-shaped in Bellewstown, Co Meath as they lost the stag. As they sobbed into their pints afterwards, Bailey lamented how John Gormley was ripping the heart out of Ireland's rural community by "taking all our rural values away". "He hasn't a clue," he lamented. "He's trying to create a city/rural divide." No, Michael, it's actually a humane/barbarous divide, and what the minister is trying to do is create a situation whereby innocent creatures are not terrorised, maimed and destroyed as a result of the despicably cruel hobby in which you and your crew engage twice-weekly. Your principal defence is that the stag is rounded up and captured, but as Aideen Yourell from the Irish Council Against Blood Sports recently said, incidents of cruelty have been documented following hunts where deer have died of aneurisms, were choked on capture, drowned in a quarry, sustained fractured ribs, were rendered lame, and were found trapped by barbed wire. But sure not to worry, because as jockey Paul Carberry, who says he "lives for hunting," and indeed wrote an impassioned plea to the minister on that subject in this very paper last September, justifies it: "Deer have accidents -- three deer have been killed in the last few years -- but you'd get that in a weekend in the Phoenix Park. It's ridiculous really." Ridiculous, indeed Paul, and all I can say is that if you or any of your pompous, gutless brigade of hunters were to tumble off your lofty mounts and break your callous necks in the pursuit of a terrified innocent creature, that'd just be an accident too. And by the same reasoning as you've applied, loads of people get killed crossing the street every day, so none of you would be any loss, in my opinion. Anyone who derives pleasure from terrorising a defenceless animal, when you could all just as easily switch to cruelty-free drag hunting, is, I believe, an absolute disgrace to the human race. All I'm longing for now is for us to follow the UK's lead in bringing in an outright ban on the even worse blood sport of fox-hunting, where the "thrill of the chase" so beloved of Carberry and his ilk ends with the poor animal being torn apart by hounds. According to a recent opinion poll carried out by Millward Brown, 68 per cent of those surveyed said that foxhunting is cruel, and 64 per cent want to see it banned outright in Ireland. If two out of three people want it banned, what are you waiting for, Minister Gormley? You have the support of the majority of people, whatever the pro-hunters would want you to believe. I also believe that those involved in coursing, "lamping" rabbits, shooting and all the other forms of sports that involve killing and maiming animals are equally reprehensible. It should all be outlawed. And Coillte, you could help by refusing to have blood on your hands, and do not allow hunters to chase and kill foxes on your property. Many of you will disagree, but I abhor animals being used in entertainment, including horseracing and circuses. Orla Bird of the DSPCA says it is in full agreement with me on that point. The other disgraceful practice of animal cruelty in Ireland is the reprehensible fur-farms, which exist to give spoilt Irish women the opportunity to wear real fur. According to National Animal Rights Association, there are six mink farms and at least one fox farm in this country, where a total of 150,000 animals are trapped and killed annually. Wild animals are captured by leg-hold traps, which painfully bite into the animals' legs, until the trapper eventually returns to kill them by clubbing or suffocation. For the animals bred in captivity, their fate is no better, as they are imprisoned in tiny cages with no freedom to carry out their natural behaviour. NARA claims that 40 mink at a time are put into the killing box to be gassed, which often doesn't work, so many are skinned alive. Foxes are killed by electrocution, electrodes are clamped to their mouth and rods inserted into their rectum. An extremely painful death ensues, all so that the greed of thoughtless Irish women, who won't wear fake fur, is satiated. The cruelty won't stop until demand ceases, and to create awareness, NARA campaigned last week outside stores that sell real fur, including Sydney Vard, Pamela Scott, Richard Alan and Rohu Furs. The thing is that while most rational, humane people have a conscience, and abhor cruelty in the form of hunting and fur-farming, many of us choose not to think about where the food on our plates comes from. Channel 4 has begun a groundbreaking series of programmes that aim to change the way viewers think about food. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver's poultry programmes last week demonstrated the real cost of the cheap chicken that we buy in supermarkets. These intensively farmed animals are produced in abysmal factory farm conditions. Similarly, 86 per cent of the eggs consumed in Britain come from battery caged hens. According to Jamie Oliver, the most shocking aspect he uncovered was that supermarkets are paying so little that farmers have to sell approximately 100 chickens to make stg£3-4. How on earth could there be any hope that chickens and hens could have a decent life, under those conditions? I recently had to dine in a seafood restaurant for business reasons, as I would normally go out of my way to avoid them, and it made me physically ill to see all the lobsters and crabs stacked wretchedly on top of one another in overcrowded tanks. A portly businessman selected one poor miserable creature, and posed delightedly beside it for a photograph, before it was cast to its death in a pot of boiling water for his enjoyment. Now, I know the restaurant industry will be on to say that lobsters don't feel pain, but that has never been proved conclusively, and several recent new studies have suggested that the possibility that they feel pain can't be ruled out. The lobsters certainly panic and try desperately to escape. On a similar note, my chef friend Rob thinks that the process of steaming crabs alive is even more cruel. As we are the ones who hold the ultimate power, the only way any of these appalling situations will change is if we stop ignoring what happens to animals in our names. Buying free-range and organic meat, wearing fake fur, finding cruelty-free hobbies and just thinking about the consequences of our actions would go a long way towards improving the lot of the beautiful creatures that are, sadly, completely at our mercy.