28 06, 2013

Irish Pig Farming Investigation

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Co. Dublin, Ireland
28 June 2013

Vegan Ireland’s response to the news (see action.ciwf.org.uk) that pigs are being treated brutally in Ireland is that, indeed, other animals are generally treated badly in deeply speciesist cultures, of which Ireland is one.

With such news, which focus on cruelty issues, Vegan Ireland are concerned to put into context cruelty stories in terms of general animal use, and emphasise the social culture in which it occurs.

In the latest news, the international animal welfare group, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), have conducted investigations of animal use in several European countries. They say that they have found the “most horrific cruelty” to pigs in Ireland (http://action.ciwf.org.uk).

“Chances are that Irish pigs are treated “worse” than those in other countries. At the same time, our farmers are forever telling us that their welfare standards are the best in the whole world. Vegan Ireland say that whatever is the truth about animal welfare, where animals are used, you will find them being abused. These are animal rights violations,” said Vegan Ireland spokesperson Dr. Roger Yates.
“The main problem, as ever, is not in the details of what goes […]

18 02, 2013

Waterford Live Export

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Co. Dublin, Ireland
18 February 2013

Vegan Ireland: the Vegan Society of Ireland, in association with the Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR), is opposed the resumption of the live export trade from Ireland to Libya.

AFAR and Vegan Ireland members and supporters will gather at the port in Waterford (the port road – N29, off the Luffany roundabout) for a candle-lit vigil at 7pm Tuesday 19th Feb 2013 in solidarity with the new victims of this renewed business.

Exporters have begun assembling 2,900 cattle for the first live export vessel in 16 years destined for Libya on Wednesday (20th Feb 2013). The Al Mahmoud Express, a massive “livestock transporter”, will have bulls loaded from Monday at Waterford port to be taken to their deaths in Tripoli. The sea journey will take 10 days.

“Vegan Ireland is a rights-based group opposed to all animal use. Vegan Ireland is working in association with the Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR) in opposition to live exports as a form of animal use. We say that all exploitation of other animals is a rights violation, so we are not suggesting that this form of use is “worse” than if […]

15 02, 2013

Horse Burger Scandal Continues

By |February 15th, 2013|Press|Comments Off|

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Co. Dublin, Ireland
15 February 2013

The “horse burger scandal” rumbles on. A month on, it is apparently growing and spreading from one country to another.

In Ireland, the scandal is getting closer and closer to the Minister of Agriculture himself.

Vegan Ireland’s reaction to the revelation that horse flesh has been located in some meat products remains: what difference does it make?

Vegan Ireland recognises that, for many, this is essentially a labelling issue, but if people are willing to eat the flesh of other sentient animals, why do they fuss over the species? Of course the answer is cultural. Horses are not generally seen as “food animals” – that is not the use we put them to, not in Ireland. Here, horses are associated with transportation and sport – and not with beef burgers.

“Many people seem to have a functionalist view of other animals. We love some as family members, we eat a range of others, and we use others still in forms of entertainment. Confusion and upset is caused when the boundaries between these use categories become blurred. In reality, all this use of other animals is a product of the […]

17 01, 2013

Horse Burger Media

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Co. Dublin, Ireland
17 January 2013

The world seems to have imploded on the apparently remarkable news that dead animals have been found in beef burgers.

Vegan Ireland’s reaction to the revelation that horse flesh has been located in some meat products is: what difference does it make?

If people are willing to eat the flesh of other sentient animals, why the bother over the species? Of course the answer is cultural. Horses are not generally seen as “food animals” – that is not the use we put them to. In Ireland, horses are associated with transportation and sport and not with beef burgers.

“Many people seem to have a functionalist view of other animals. We love some as family members, we eat a range of others, and we use others still in forms of entertainment. Confusion and upset is caused when these boundaries between these use categories become blurred. In reality, all this use of other animals is a product of the speciesist culture in which we live. If people are going to think twice about the horses in burgers, I hope they’ll begin to think once about the cows and all animals […]

22 07, 2012

Planet Earth calling Mattie McGrath

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Co. Dublin, Ireland
22 July 2012

Do Martians know more about veganism than he does?

Vegan Ireland, the vegan society of Ireland, are tempted to ask what planet is Mattie McGrath living on. In a recent outburst in the Dail, and in the very week when NASA announced that astronauts on their Mars mission would be living on a vegan diet, Deputy Mattie McGrath asked whether we would have to become cannibals if we cannot kill and eat animals. He asked this ridiculous question during a speech on the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2012 on the 18th of July in which he appealed for reasoned debate.

“Deputy McGrath is in danger of sounding completely out-of-touch. He studied horticulture in Kildalton College so it is certain that he knows a good deal about the production of vegetables and fruit. What seems uncertain is whether he’s heard of vegans or vegetarians, the former of which eat a wholly plant-based diet,” said Dr. Roger Yates, Vegan Ireland press officer.

Vegan Ireland: the vegan society of Ireland invite Deputy McGrath to experience and enjoy vegan cuisine at our expense to prove to him, for once and for all, that […]