Athlone vetinary hospital sponsors Westmeath fox hunters

VIA  Ban Bloodsports https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/

A veterinary hospital in Athlone has sponsored an equestrian event organised by a foxhunt, ICABS has learned.

In a promotional graphic for the “Westmeath Foxhounds Hunter Trials” on March 5th, one of the listed sponsors is “Patrick McGuire (Athlone Vet Hospital)”. The graphic shows foxhunters on horseback alongside a pack of hounds.

In an email to Veterinary Surgeon Patrick McGuire, ICABS asked: “Surely you would agree that, given the animal cruelty inherent in foxhunting, it is entirely inappropriate for a veterinary hospital to sponsor a foxhunt-organised event.”

We outlined the horrendous cruelty of foxhunting in which foxes are chased to exhaustion by a pack of hounds and ripped apart when caught.

The cruelty of the Westmeath hunt is well documented. For example, a 2011 report in the Farmers Journal revealed that sixteen mounted followers of the hunt, along with 29 hounds, found a fox that was caught and “chopped”. Later on, another fox was “overhauled before he managed to put any distance between himself and them”. Both “chopped” and “overhauled” in hunting terminology mean that the fox was caught by the pack of hounds, torn apart and disembowelled.

In 2007, the Irish Independent reported that there was a probe into allegations that during a Westmeath Foxhounds hunt, a rope was tied to the leg of a fox and that it was pulled out of a burrow and fed alive to the dogs.

In 2008, an Irish Field report revealed that the Westmeath Hunt chased a fox into the freezing water of the Royal Canal. And in another report in the Irish Field in 1991, it was reported that a fox was dug out by Westmeath Foxhounds as follows: “Terriers were some time coming as car followers were the wrong side of the wind for hearing. A quick dig followed and two foxes were dispatched. Eamon had a brush for Clarissa and a fox’s tongue which he intends pickling in vinegar to cure warts and draw thorns.”

In February 2015, a disturbing Westmeath Foxhunt video emerged which provided an insight into the deplorable attitude hunters hold towards animals. At the beginning of the video, one of the hunters can be heard calling his horse a c***. In another scene, a female rider whips her horse 5 times in quick succession https://www.facebook.com/adam.bouabbse/videos/10204014817312242/ (forward to 03:00 minute mark).

Witness the cruelty of foxhunting in Ireland at
http://www.banbloodsports.com/v-fox.htm

ACTION ALERT

Urge Patrick McGuire (Athlone Vet Hospital) to stop sponsoring foxhunt-organised events.

Telephone: (090) 6474020
Email: midlandvets@eircom.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Athlone-Veterinary-Hospital-17668…/

Sign our “Ban Blood Sports in Ireland” petition
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Please join us in appealing to the Minister for Agriculture remove an outrageous exemption for foxhunting from Ireland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald and urge them to ban fox hunting.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endakennyofficial/

An Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald
Department Of Justice
51 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 602-8202 or +353 1 457 7712
Email: frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
Tweet to: @FitzgeraldFrncs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frances-Fitzgerald/302584593224671

Appeal to all Irish politicians

Please contact all your local politicians and ask them to push for a ban on this cruel bloodsport. Encourage your friends, family and workmates to contact them too. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp… Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-618 3000 or 1890 337 889.

Race Horse Death Watch 2017

Horse Date Course Cause of Death
Petethepear (IRE) 21 Mar, 2017 Wetherby Broke Down Injured – Destroyed-
Crimson Ark (IRE) 18 Mar, 2017 Kempton Park NH Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-
Hadrians Approach (IRE) 16 Mar, 2017 Cheltenham Fell – Broke Foreleg Cannon Bone – Destroyed-
Toe The Line (IRE) 16 Mar, 2017 Cheltenham Fell on Bend in Running – Broke Leg – Destroyed-
Consul De Thaix (FR) 15 Mar, 2017 Cheltenham Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-
Ballynorth Benny (IRE) 12 Mar, 2017 Market Rasen Pulled Up – Fatally Injured-
Disputed (IRE) 11 Mar, 2017 Sandown NH Pulled Up – Injured Foreleg – Destroyed-
Sirabad (FR) 11 Mar, 2017 Hereford Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-
Circus Star (USA) 10 Mar, 2017 Ayr NH Collapsed During Race – Dead-
Far From Defeat (IRE) 05 Mar, 2017 Huntingdon Collapsed and Died After Race-
Episode 03 Mar, 2017 Doncaster NH Broke Foreleg Cannon Bone – Destroyed-
Amantius 02 Mar, 2017 Taunton Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-
Grexit (IRE) 01 Mar, 2017 Musselburgh NH Pulled Up – Fractured Knee – Destroyed-
Batavir (FR) 01 Mar, 2017 Ffos Las NH Unseated Rider – Fatally Injured Running Loose-
Fayette County (IRE) 28 Feb, 2017 Catterick NH Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-

 

 

Horse Date Course Cause of Death
The Chuckmeister (IRE) 26 Feb, 2017 Southwell NH Pulled Up – Fatally Injured-
Minstrels Gallery (IRE) 26 Feb, 2017 Southwell NH Collapsed and Died After Race –
Solar Deity (IRE) 25 Feb, 2017 Lingfield AW Pulled Up – Fatally Injured-
Actlikeacountess 21 Feb, 2017 Taunton Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-
Sue Oscar (IRE) 20 Feb, 2017 Carlisle NH Broke Down and Fell on flat – Dead-
Beg To Differ (IRE) 20 Feb, 2017 Carlisle NH Broken Down – Fatally Injured-
Ma Du Fou (FR) 09 Feb, 2017 Doncaster NH Fell – Fatally Injured-
Novemberstorm (IRE) 09 Feb, 2017 Doncaster NH Broke Near-Hind Leg – Destroyed-
Rocklim (FR) 04 Feb, 2017 Musselburgh NH Fell – Broke Near Foreleg – Destroyed-
Runswick Days (IRE) 04 Feb, 2017 Musselburgh NH Pulled Up – Fatally Injured-
Maverik 02 Feb, 2017 Chelmsford Collapsed and Died After Race-
Woodacre 01 Feb, 2017 Newcastle AW Fell – Broke Foreleg Cannon Bone – Destroyed-
According To Them (IRE) 31 Jan, 2017 Lingfield NH Pulled Up – Fatally Injured-
Going Concern (IRE) 29 Jan, 2017 Sedgefield Fell – Neck / Spinal Injury – Destroyed-
Many Clouds (IRE) 28 Jan, 2017 Cheltenham Collapsed and Died After Race – Raced To Death-
Horse Date Course Cause of Death
Orchard Park (IRE) 28 Jan, 2017 Doncaster NH Fatally Injured-
Jades Legend 27 Jan, 2017 Doncaster NH Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed-
Subtle Grey (IRE) 23 Jan, 2017 Newcastle NH Fell – Fatally Injured-
Bells On Sunday 20 Jan, 2017 Chepstow NH Fell – Broke Neck – Dead-
Meet The Legend 14 Jan, 2017 Kempton Park NH Fell – Fatally Injured-
Wait A Second (IRE) 13 Jan, 2017 Huntingdon Fell – Injured – Destroyed-
Newton Thistle 12 Jan, 2017 Catterick NH Fell – Dead-
North Island (FR) 03 Jan, 2017 Musselburgh NH Collapsed During Race – Dead-
Laissez Dire (FR) 02 Jan, 2017 Plumpton Fell – Broke Foreleg Cannon Bone – Destroyed-
Vinny Gambini (IRE) 01 Jan, 2017 Musselburgh NH Fell – Broke Near-Hind Leg – Destroyed-

 

 

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FACT – The racing industry receives around 10 per cent of bookmakers’ profits every year totalling £69m for the 2015-2016 financial year. A small amount of that money was allocated to help fund the industry`s official retraining schemefor race horses. However, under new rules, that funding was essentially diverted to ex-race horse event promotion, leaving the 7,500 horseswho leave racing each year in an even more precarious position that before.

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