What’s Happening: September 27, 2013


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    Sharon Shannon
    PLEASE SHARE: Only 3 more sleeps to go for the Big Day Out on Sunday at Galway Airport. Free entry for all starting at 12 midday. We have lots of fantastic live music lined up including the brilliant '4 men and a Bass', 'The Amazing Apples', Paddy and Kelly McDonagh Mongan-The Voice of Ireland , David O Connor, Kayleigh Cullinan, 'The Celtic Blondes' and there's even rumour of the amazing Mary Byrne coming to show her support for the animals! Mary Shannon and a gang of musicians from Kinvara, Killian Shannon and his buddies from Limerick (all amazing musicians), Sharon Shannon and the incredibly talented Alan Connor, Also 2 of my favourite musicians of all time even said to me that they will come: Dermot Byrne and Seamus Begley. This is going to be one hell of a session. All this… AS WELL AS all the excitement of the brave 45+ people (including singers Eleanor Shanley, Honor Heffernan, Cathy Jordan and Johnny Brady) who will be SKYDIVING for AHAR on the day, and all the fantastic 'family fun day' stuff we have lined up including a rodeo bull, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, bouncy castles, and lots of great kiddie entertainment such as balloon twisting, face painting, clowns etc. Food for all including vegetarian and vegan, cake stand, ice cream van with candy floss and pop corn, soft drinks, chocolate and sweets.

  • Good night from AHAR and Passion. One of the safe ones, in this terrible time fo…
    Good night from AHAR and Passion. One of the safe ones, in this terrible time for Irish horses.
    God help the people with blood on their hands. I hope they can sleep well xx


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    Ireland's Dirty Little Secret!

    Stop sending horses to China! LIKE and SHARE if you agree.

    Earlier in August the Department of Agriculture announced a joint initiative with China in relation to the export of Irish horses for breeding and competition. The horses we are told will not be slaughtered. In response to this latest revelation ARAN has blasted the Department of Agriculture's Simon Coveney for literally turning his back on endless issues of animal abuse with his only defence being that all is good because there is "regulations". Remember that lovely word that looks great on paper? But when put into reality means very little. One good layer of proof would be the horse meat scandal where Ireland has boasted for years saying the country has the best "regulations" to ensure issues like that never happened. Look what did happen. There is also much more we could delve into. When it comes to the word "regulation" don't ever take it at face value. It has been used for centuries to defend animal abuse and will continue to be used so long as we buy in to it.

    A couple of years ago there was national outcry from groups and the public in relation to sending Irish greyhounds to China – the Minister backed down and decided against sending these gentle creatures who suffer so much at the hand of the racing industry to a country that has an appalling record on protecting animals and whom doesn't even have an animal welfare act.

    Whilst Ireland may be a small country, when it comes to protecting animals, speaking out for animals and doing something proactive for animals on a political level, we are an absolute shambles. Our legislation is as backward as it can get – yes, there is a new Animal Health and Welfare Bill that ARAN and others lobbied politicians for years http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A25EH6SVSU to push meaningful legislation through and whilst we welcome an improvement on the 1911 Protection of Animals Act, there is still so much animal abuse taking place and yet Irish politicians the Island over have completely ignored apart from a few outspoken TD's such as Maureen O'Sullivan, Clare Daly, Richard Boyd Barrett and Joe Higgins. For now, animal abusers can look forward to another few years and then some of engaging in their cruel activities – you can still call us the 'antis'. But ARAN has made a pledge to the animals that there is no giving up. We need each and every single person out there who cares, and who gives a damn about animals to get behind our work and to ensure that ten years from now the days of overlooking the plight of animals will be long gone.

    TAKE ACTION:

    Join ARAN in demanding that this decision is reversed on similar grounds to greyhounds not going to China. Explain to the Minister the problems horses will face enroute to destination let alone living in a country with no animal laws and of course when the horses can no longer compete or are incapable of breeding. Email Simon.Coveney@oir.ie or call his constituency office and politely let him know how you feel 021-4374862.

    Until there comes a day when no animals will be abused, and until there comes a day where we can finally let animals live in peace, then ARAN has pledged to be their fearless defender.

    Thank you,

    ARAN
    'Fighting animal abuse across Ireland'

  • We have three fantastic vouchers for some wonderful hotels in Co Galway up for g…
    We have three fantastic vouchers for some wonderful hotels in Co Galway up for grabs in our latest prize draw – with huge thanks to Brian Hughes of the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel who has very kindly supplied or sourced them all (and is doing the Skydive this weekend to raise money for AHAR!).

    Tickets are €10 each and you can buy as many as you want, with all proceeds going to the capital appeal for the purchase of our new permanent premises – the link is here http://on.ahar.ie/hotel

    Here are the three fabulous prizes up for grabs:

    1st prize is amazing!! A two-night midweek break for 2 people including bed & breakfast and two dinners at the wonderful Abbeyglen Hotel in Clifden, Co Galway (pictured in the photograph)

    2nd prize is a one night break comprising gourmet dinner and bed & breakfast at Renvyle House Hotel in Co Galway

    3rd prize is a one night midweek break including bed & breakfast at Doonmore Hotel, Inishbofin Island, Co Galway

    So – don't miss out on these 3 great holiday breaks to be won in Co Galway – the more tickets you buy, the greater your chance of winning! Get your €10 tickets here – http://on.ahar.ie/hotel – and of course good luck to all!

  • Please SHARE to get this Papillon home (in Killarney)

    This little fella is call…

    Please SHARE to get this Papillon home (in Killarney)

    This little fella is called Remix and has gone missing from his home behind the Ark Vets in Killarney. He is a papillon and his left eye is smaller because it's blind.

    If anybody has seen him or has info on him, please phone Gina on 083 1016131.

  • This cat was found in Beenreigh, Abbeydorney. They are not sure of the sex becau…
    This cat was found in Beenreigh, Abbeydorney. They are not sure of the sex because he/she wont stand still but extremely friendly and in excellent condition. Very hungry and eager for company. We'd love to find out who is lucky enough to be the owner of this beautiful cat and return him to his home. Please phone Lee at 066-7135710

  • UPDATE – dog has new been caught

    This dog is in Killorglin running on the road…

    UPDATE – dog has new been caught

    This dog is in Killorglin running on the road if anybody can get him?

  • Please read my last two posts before you read this one, if you have not done so…
    Please read my last two posts before you read this one, if you have not done so already. Just so you can catch up.
    This is what I would do. (If I had the power) A national warning. You have two weeks to gather every horse in your name/care. All must be vet checked then the ones that pass that you would like to keep must have a passport in your name or a huge fine the following month. The ones that fail the vet, will be put to sleep by a vet. Take this as a free pass, not be done for cruelty this time. You have one chance. After that a huge fine and a ban for life. This should be offered as a once off service given for free by the powers above ie. Dept of agri/governments. This would be one fast way of making passports compulsory. Also a huge fine and your equine taken off you if you are caught breeding. If you were to breed your grade A showjumper, you must apply for permission.
    Now I want all of you to help me, add your comments to this and ideas. Lets see how "we" the animals lovers of Ireland would sort this "mess"
  • Now for the truth.
    The plan was a mass culling all over Ireland. All unwanted ho…

    Now for the truth.
    The plan was a mass culling all over Ireland. All unwanted horses would be brought to your local mart where they would be treated like cattle. Just unloaded into cattle pens. No matter if there was mares with foals, stallions, thin or starved they all would be herded like cattle into pens by workers who are only used to dealing with cattle and sheep. (As we all know this would be disastrous as they would fight and trample the weaker ones. There is a huge difference between handling equines and cattle)
    Then left without food at the mart until the transporters came. Days???
    They would then be transported in large numbers thrown in loose like cattle in large trucks built for cattle and sheep, not!!! equines.
    Now can you imagine how many would die slowly being squashed and trampled in fear of their life. As these trucks are not built to transport equines. How many would be dead when the ramp went down at the slaughter house??
    This! Is! What! Their plan was.
    Thank you to the vets who put a stop to this mayhem and cruelty.
    We have know this was the plan for awhile, I was just waiting to see would this go ahead. If… it had. I promise you one thing! I would have each and everyone of you asked to join me in the biggest protest Ireland has ever seen.
    Lets see what hair brain idea they come up with next!!!
  • Read this, then i will tell you what they really had planned. It will turn your…
    Read this, then i will tell you what they really had planned. It will turn your stomach.
    Plans for subsidised disposal scheme for unwanted horses have been shelved by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, despite animal welfare organisations warnings of a looming crisis this winter.
    The Minister claimed there was no evidence of an immediate problem in relation to the welfare of horses. In a statement issued to the Farming Independent, the minister said various interests in the sector, including some animal welfare organisations, had called for measures to be introduced to deal with the surplus horses.
    "While it is the responsibility of horse owners to ensure the welfare of horses in their ownership and/or their care and to dispose of them appropriately, the Department has been consulting with relevant stakeholders involved in the horse sector, including farming/industry representatives, local authorities, Teagasc and welfare bodies to gauge the extent of any developing problem in relation to the welfare of horses,"
    the statement read.
    POSITIVE.
    "In this context, the positive message from Teagasc's recent fodder census survey, which indicates good grass growth throughout the country and adequate fodder stocks, suggests that there is no evidence of an immediate problem in relation to the welfare of horses.
    "However, the Department will keep the situation under review."
    Some 6820 unwanted horses were slaughtered at factories up to the end of August this year and 24,207 horses were slaughtered in 2012, according to the Department. Figures for the first six months show 2,598 horses were seized by local authorities under the Control of Horses Act but animal welfare organisations, such as the Ispca claim the number of horses being abandoned will increase as the winter approaches.
  • And Catherine brought her friend called Louise, who never saw a horse before so…
    And Catherine brought her friend called Louise, who never saw a horse before so we threw her into the deep end and made her feed the new stallion (being gelded Friday) he tried to take the bucket off her lol but fair play she stood her ground (while she screamed and made strange noises). Welcome to AHAR Louise xx

  • Welcome back Catherine all the way from London to help for a week. Here she is c…
    Welcome back Catherine all the way from London to help for a week. Here she is caught red handed, sneaking Pippa extra feed.



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