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Circus Gerbola, Demo Sat 29th Sept 2012.

Posted in Events, General news by ALib on the September 26th, 2012

Circus Gerbola Demo, Sat 29th September

Circus Gerbola is currently using animals for their show in Clontarf, Dublin on Dublin City Council land. They have a number of animals from a Camel, Shetland Ponies, Horse and a Dog.

ALiberation have held demonstrations outside of this circus since last Tuesday 18th Sept and will continue to do so till the day before they leave on the 29th Sept to ban the use of animals in circuses and to highlight that Dublin City Council land is used.

The main demonstration will be on Saturday the 29th Sept, for the two shows, from 1.30-2.30pm and 4.30pm-5.30pm. Please come along and show your support. Also, please forward our facebook event page widely.

The use of animals in circuses is a violation of their rights. Using animals in circuses is cruel.


When: Saturday 29th Sept,1.30-2.30pm and 4.30-5.30.

Where: Clontarf Rd/Alfie Byrne Rd junction, Dublin 3 (See map).

Contact: aliberationnow[at]gmail.com, 086 3203643

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Action Alert, Contact your TD’s regarding fur farming.

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the September 25th, 2012

Action Alert: Fine Gael up attempt to block ban of fur farming

Fine Gael has upped their attempt to block the ban on fur farming in Ireland.

Their Minister of Agriculture told the Dail yesterday when discussing the Animal Health and Welfare Bill that “We have done a separate review on fur farming, the details of which I can give to the Deputy. We will not ban it but are putting in place tighter regulations which may include random inspections.”

This is not the end however. This Bill has more stages to go.
Please contact your TD’s today asking them to add an amendment to the Bill to include a ban on fur farming.
See the following steps to do so:

Contact your TD using this page: Contact.ie.
1. Fill in your Full Name.
2. Fill in your Email.
3. Fill in your Full Address (This is not absolutely necessary, but TD’s will pay more attention to you if you have an address in their constituency)

4. Fill in the Subject, eg “Ban fur farming”.
5. Fill in category “TD’s”
6. Fill in the message. Eg, Dear Deputy, please add an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill to include a ban on fur farming in Ireland. Yours Sincerely, [YOUR NAME]
7. Please forward any replies you receive to
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Fine Gael attempt to block ban of fur farming. Sept 2012

Posted in ALiberation Press Release by ALib on the September 25th, 2012

Fine Gael up attempt to block ban of fur farming

ALiberation Press Release.
Contact: Jim Walsh at 0863203643.

Fine Gael has upped their attempt to block the ban on fur farming in Ireland.

Their Minister of Agriculture told the Dail yesterday when discussing the Animal Health and Welfare Bill that “We have done a separate review on fur farming, the details of which I can give to the Deputy. We will not ban it but are putting in place tighter regulations which may include random inspections.”[1]

Spokesperson for ALiberation Jim Walsh said “We can’t say this is a total surprise. Fine Gael through both Agricultural ministers Shane McEntee and Simon Coveney has refused to answer a number of serious questions about this topic for over a year now. The Fur Farm Review, we believe, is a tool used by them to block a ban on fur farming.”


“When the wording “to ban fur farming” can be removed with no explanation it always looked bad. When Minister McEntee stood up in front of the Seanad and declared that “It is crucial that we have that meeting and that the fur farmers get the guarantees they are looking for,” again with no answer if this meeting happened or what guarantees were given to the fur farmers then this underlined an intent.

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Bold Native Screening, Dublin, 4th August 2012.

Posted in Events, General news by ALib on the August 1st, 2012

Bold Native Comes Back To Dublin!

The Movie Bold Native is coming back to Dublin on the 4th Aug for another screening by ALiberation. Also Animal Rights activists will hold a Q&A session along with delicious vegan food and an afterparty run by DJ Mister Kruk.

Where: Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Templebar, Dublin 2. Map.
Time: 7pm.
When: 4th August, Saturday.
Price: €5.
Contact: Aliberation, .
Catering: Ruuts & Shuuts.

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does.
The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals.

From abolitionists to welfarists,


Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

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Duffies Circus Protests, 14th to 22nd July 2012

Posted in General news, ALiberation Demo Reports by ALib on the July 29th, 2012

A Week of Action at Duffy’s Circus.

Tom Duffy’s Circus were in Clontarf , Dublin, recently boasting “more animals than ever,” even on their lorries.

Over a week of twice-a-day demonstrations ensued from 14th - 22nd July organised by ALiberation but which owed so much to every person who came out and showed their support.

The reaction from the public was heartwarming. People in cars beeped their horns in support and pedestrians stopped and asked questions. One highlight was a bus driver parking up on the side of the busy road, crossing the road to offer a donation to the campaigners.

Animals should not be in circuses and these demonstrations wanted to make this point and highlight the reasons.
Every time the circus used animals in their show demonstrators outside it were talking to people explaining what circuses like Duffy’s do to animals. The process of producing “animal performers” is truly brutal and involves four stages, taming, training, rehearsal, and public


performance. The paying public only ever see the last part of this process and remain ignorant of the brutality needed to make animals do unnatural tricks and movements. From an animal rights view, this means that the tigers, lions, dogs, horses, llamas, alpacas, donkey and a snake all have their rights violated.
  • Listen to ALiberation’s interview on Near FM radio station about the Duffy circus protests.
  • See ALiberation’s Facebook pictures from the week.
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    Submission to ban fur farming.

    Posted in General news by ALib on the December 24th, 2011

    Send in Submission to ban fur farms in Ireland

    Please send in a submission asking to ban fur farms in Ireland before the 31/12/2011.

    The Dept of Agriculture are currently looking for submissions. Send it into the email address or by post to Animal Health and Welfare (Ref: Fur Farming Submissions), Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, 4 Centre, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
    The submission may be as basic as asking for a ban or as detailed as you wish.

    Notice from the Dept of Agriculture:

    “Fur Farming Review
    The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has established a Review Group in his Department to review all aspects of fur farming. The Terms of Reference are:
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    Fur Farming, Timeline.

    Posted in General news by ALib on the December 24th, 2011

    Timeline of Incidents - Fur Farm Ban 2011.

    ALiberation have compiled a series of incidents that has happened in relation to the proposed ban of fur farming since the current government has come into office. Each incident raises serious question marks about the intentions of the decision makers.

    May 2011:
    The current government stated in relation to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill that the “purpose of the bill” was “to consolidate and update existing legislation in the areas of animal health and welfare, including the repeal of several extant statutes, the responsibility for the welfare of all animals within the Department and to ban fur farming”.

    This statement is included at the “Bills in respect of which heads have been agreed and texts are being drafted” stage of the “Government Legislation Programme” This stage is also referred to as “Section B” [1].

    June 2nd 2011:
    Any questions about banning fur farms are now met with a vague statement about “fur farming is being examined in the context of the ongoing drafting of the Bill.”

    This becomes the standard response to any queries about fur farms “It is my intention to publish the Animal Health & Welfare Bill this year. However, as the Deputy will be aware the Bill is a complex one and will require extensive work in conjunction with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to complete the required legal drafting. Once a complete draft is available I intend to publish the Bill. The issue of fur farming is being examined in the context of the ongoing drafting of the Bill“. [2].

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    Fur Farms, Press Release 20/12/2011.

    Posted in ALiberation Press Release by ALib on the December 24th, 2011

    Fur Farming Ban,
    U-Turn by Stealth?

    Since the current government has taken office a series of incidents regarding the fur farm ban have occurred which the Ministers responsible have not explained despite requested to do so. Each incident casts a question mark over the intentions of this government.

    Spokesperson for the group, Jim Walsh said “Looking at the trend of events, the only conclusion we can draw is that there is an attempt to block the ban of fur farming. Basic questions are not being answered by the Minister about what has happened since he has come to office. Why have these questions gone unanswered?”

    Jim Walsh further said “There is a trend of events that drives a wedge between the Fur Farming Ban and the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. First, the wording is dropped; Secondly Minister McEntee wants to give guarantees to the fur farmers in person; Thirdly, the incompatible dates of the submissions with the expected publication of the Bill; And Finally the lack of any answers about why all of these things have happened.

    Is this government about to perform a U-Turn and try to block the fur farming ban by stealth?”

    He continued “Fur farming is a symptom of how we view other animals. Fur farming is a symptom of speciesism. Nobody needs to wear animal fur. The fur industry involves caging animals for their whole miserable existence until they are then killed for their skins.”

    Right now it’s legal to have fur farms in Ireland. What that incorrectly suggests is that the people of Ireland think it’s more important to have a fashion item than bother about the lives and pain of all these animals. But that’s not what the public thinks. We expect that elected public representatives will represent the public in this matter. Fur farming is an animal rights violation, it is cruel and the majority of people want it to stop.

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    Vegan Christmas Bingo, Sunday 11th December 2011

    Posted in Events by ALib on the December 7th, 2011

    Bingo Vegan Christmas

    Bingo, Vegan Food, Prizes, Board Games, Poker, Christmas decorations, great fireplace and of course absolutely great company. “Vegan Ireland” are hosting another great event. This time it’s “Christmas Bingo” and it will take place on Sunday December 11th at 6.30pm

    When:Sunday, 11th December
    Time: 6.30pm.
    Price: 5euros.
    Contact: Vegan Ireland, .
    Where: Central Hotel, 1 Exchequer St, Dublin 2
    Map: maps.google.com

    The event will be hosted in the function room of the Central Hotel (first floor) and the night will kick off with an hour of Bingo and prizes for the winners before moving on to a delicious vegan snack and then winding down with board-games and poker (depending on your choice) or just relaxing and chatting with the bingo happy crowd.

    It is Christmas so wear a Christmas themed vegan item. So Elf it up or chill with a Snowman!!!

    Entrance fee will include a vegan snack and 1 Bingo Card per game. More bingo cards will be available for sale. Any money left over will go towards material for Vegan Ireland.
    It is essential to RSVP either to this email address or through Facebook so we have an idea of


    the numbers attending and can organize the catering accordingly. The event is open to everyone interested in veganism.
    For any specific dietary requirements, please contact us and we will try our very best to accommodate you.
    Start getting ready and spread the word for what will be the funniest and most coloured vegan Christmas event of the year!!!! Until then, 66….Clickety Click.

    Bunch of useful links:
    www.veganireland.org | Vegan Ireland Facebook.

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    ALiberation Photoshoot, 29Nov 2011

    Posted in General news by Glô! on the November 30th, 2011

    Minister McEntee, get your directions straight!

    ALiberation, held a creative and illustrative photo-shoot on 29/11/2011 to highlight the influence Minister McEntee has over Fine Gael and the Labour Party. Minister McEntee, get your directions straight. Ban fur factory farming today.

    A cross roads has been reached, where a road sign points one way for “Ban Irish Fur Farms”, “Save Animals” and “Public Opinion” and in the very opposite direction, the road sign points to “Fur Farms”, “Animal Cruelty” and “200,000 Animals Killed Yearly”. Minister McEntee is seen pointing and directing both political parties towards the latter and away from the a ban of fur farms which would save the lives of approximately 200,000 Minks, Red Foxes and Arctic Foxes each year. See pictures of the event here.

    Contact politicians today and ask them to ensure that fur farms are banned in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill and that no further obstructing occurs. See here for contact details: Action Alert.


    A ban on fur farming in Ireland has never been closer but worryingly also it may never have been further away.

    The decision rests with the current coalition government parties of Fine Gael and Labour. Both parties have voted to ban fur farming in the past. Any other decision now can only be described as a U-Turn.

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    Movie Event: Sharkwater, 10 December 2011

    Posted in Events by ALib on the November 19th, 2011

    Movie Event: “Sharkwater” with talk after by John Flynn

    ALiberation together with Sea Shepherd Ireland invite you to the screening of a great movie “Sharkwater”! The screening will be followed by a talk with John Flynn who will be just back from Ghana with first hand knowledge of the shark fin trade in the country.

    Movie Event: “Sharkwater”.
    When: Saturday 10th December 2011.
    Time: 7pm.
    Price: Free
    Contact: ALiberation, , 0863203643
    Where: The Happy Pear, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow.
    Map: maps.google.com

    “Sharkwater” takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

    In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges,


    forcing them to flee for their lives.

    Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

    Sea Shepherd and ALiberation will have a stand with information and some merchandise.

    Bunch of useful links:
    www.aliberation.org | www.seashepherd.org | www.thehappypear.ie

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    Ban Irish Fur Farms - Action Alert, Part 2

    Posted in General news by ALib on the November 18th, 2011

    Action Alert, Part 2

    Please send an email to all TDs and Ministers asking that they ensure that fur farming is banned in Ireland in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill. See Press Release here.

    Please cc into your emails and forward responses from the politicians to also.

    Sample Letter.

    YOUR ADDRESS

    Dear TD/Minister/Senator,

    It has come to my attention that Minister of State Shane McEntee and possibly the Department of Agriculture is attempting to block a ban on fur farming.

    Recently Minister McEntee told the Seanad that “It is crucial that we have that meeting and that the fur farmers get the guarantees they are looking for”

    Fur farming is expected to become banned in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill. What guarantees is the Minister giving the fur farmers?

    I am very concerned about this. Please ensure that a ban on fur farming is included in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

    Yours Sincerely,

    NAME
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