Vegan Ireland movie Event, 15th Dec 2010.

Posted in Events, General news by ALib on the December 8th, 2010

Movie Event at Seomra Spraoi, 15th Dec.

As part of International Animal Rights Day, Vegan Ireland will screen “Making the Connection”.

Movie Event: “Making the Connection”.
When: Wednesday 15th December 2010.
Time: 8.30pm (Come earlier and grab a meal from the Vegan Café).
Where: Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1.
Contact: .

This will coincide with the delicious vegan meals from the Vegan Café served every Wednesday from 7.30pm.

“Making the Connection” is a 30 minutes film launched on World Vegan Day 2010 (1st November), and produced by Environment Films in association with the Vegan Society UK.

It invites you on a journey - together with a chef, a farmer, an MP, an athlete, a dietician, a

poet - to explore an exciting lifestyle which combines delicious, healthy food with tackling many of the global challenges facing us today.

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Become a fan of ALiberation

Posted in General news by Cif on the April 2nd, 2010

ALiberation now on facebook!

Are you one of the 350 million Facebook members ?
Become a fan and get the latest Vegan & Animal Rights news in Ireland!
ALiberation is a Dublin based Animal Rights group.


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Video: Hare Dying in Hare Coursing! A.O.H.S

Posted in General news by ALib on the April 2nd, 2010

Video: Hare Dying in Hare Coursing!

A video showing what happens behind the scenes at the flagship event of “Hare Coursing” at Clonmel, Co Tipperary 2010, was released by the Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS). The video shows a dying hare.

The video also shows hares chased and hounded by 2 greyhounds for the amusement of spectators. The second part of the video shows a hare in his final moments. The hare lies on his side dying in a pen with other hares; then the hare convulses his body into the most awful retching ways. In between this he flips himself 360 degrees before lying down on his side again to die. What this hare must have endured is anybody’s guess.

This hares last moments are spasms. He was kidnapped from the wild where he lived his life and placed into an alien environment so he could be used as bait for 2 greyhounds. This happens each year at coursing tracks up and down the country. Why do we value other animals so little? Hare coursing is a rights

The reason why coursing continues is for mindless entertainment. The coursers will argue also that it is a tradition. In Spain they use the same arguments for Bull fighting and no doubt the Coursing industry would be happy to support Bull fighting if the Bull fighting industry will support them.


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Barnardo Furriers court case fails again. Part 2.

Posted in General news by ALib on the April 2nd, 2010

A Camera that Saw
too much.

Read Part 1: 3 Court Cases, 3 Vindications.

So what did Robert catch on his walkabout on the 15th of November? After the demonstration had ended and Barnardo Furriers was closed, Robert pointed his camera at a man who was plainly dressed and standing in front of the shutters of the closed shop. This man was facing to where the activists were now tidying up their posters. This man was facing the activists with a video camera of his own and recording each of them in turn. This man was Inspector McMenamin of Pearse St Garda station and he was collecting intelligence undercover on the activists. By his own admission he was the senior Garda there that day over Sgt Lynch and at least 2 other Gardai.

When Robert was approached by Sgt Lynch, the Sergeant told Robert he didn’t ask for permission to photograph. In court however, Sgt Lynch ignores this and sticks to the line that he hopes will convict Robert. This is that he had allegedly received a complaint from Marie Corbett that Robert had screamed into her face. The Sgt claims he went over to Robert and allegedly

explained this complaint to Robert. The Sergeant also claimed that he quoted section 6 (the law he alleges the complaint fell under) of the Public Orders Act to Robert, and also the immigration act (Identification), along with the penalties attached.

The Sgt. also said that Marie Corbett had identified Robert and the Sgt. then walked over to Robert before arresting him. Robert however had filmed these two together and also filmed the Sgt. leave and walk away from Robert. Marie Corbett swore she saw the Sgt. go over and talk to Robert. Robert’s camera says differently. Robert had recorded this interaction between Marie Corbett and Sgt Lynch and this showed the Sgt. walk away from Robert not towards him.


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Barnardo Furriers court case fails again. Part 1

Posted in General news by ALib on the April 2nd, 2010

3 Court Cases, 3 Vindications. Part 1

Robert Å evcik, an animal rights activist, has previously attended and still does attend the weekly ALiberation supported demonstration to inform the public about animal rights and speciesism (discrimination against animals), to end the fur trade and to end Barnardo Furriers exploitation of animals. It is a fundamental right to protest and this is recognized by the Irish Constitution and European Convention of Human Rights.

On the 15th of November 2008 Robert walked about the area of this event without taking part. He did so with a camera. A camera that recorded a lot more that day than some may have liked.

On that day Robert was pulled to the ground by 3 Gardai, handcuffed, arrested and hauled down to Pearse St Garda station. Sergeant Eamon Lynch, badge no. B8, claims that Robert failed to identify himself under 2 different laws. Two separate laws to do essentially the same thing.

This was not the first time this has happened to Robert at this demonstration (see links attached at bottom of article). When the hearing that followed from this arrest appeared in court, the charges were dismissed, just like all of the other times.
The court case that followed this arrest involved 7 days in court over 15 months before it was concluded on the 3rd of February 2010. It has been noted by many how an arrest, court dates and general harassment is used as a way to discourage activists from campaigning.

These things never exist in a vacuum and will spread out beyond the day of the demonstration into the life of the activists. Jobs are affected, tensions arise in relationships and good names are smeared. This is a stressful thing to happen to anyone.

When Robert was arrested once more, his rights were again systematically stripped from him. Not only was his freedom taken from him; not only was his dignity stolen in a public spectacle for all to see as Gardai kneed him into the pavement, but Sgt. Lynch also deprived Robert of access to a 600 metre diametre area of Dublin City Centre for nearly 6 months.


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The Milgram Experiment & our treatment of nonhuman animals.

Posted in General news by ALib on the March 26th, 2010

A Shock of Reality.

The idea is simple but the results disturbing…

On French TV channel France 2, 80 people who believed they were contestants in a reality TV show are directed to give electric shocks to a man strapped into a chair because he gives wrong answers. The voltage continues to rise till it gets to 460V. The man in the electric chair’s reactions also rises in intensity from a whimper, to screams of agony until finally total silence. Only 16 of the 80 people refuse. The results help to understand why humans do what we do to other humans and also why we do what we do to non humans.

Filmed like any game show, with a host, an audience, stage, film crew, lights and of course the contestants, the one difference is that it is more experiment than show. The person who is believed to be receiving shocks is in fact an actor. The purpose is to see how far the people who believe they are giving shocks will go.

The show was inspired by the Stanley Milgram experiments in

Yale University in the 1960’s where people were tested to see what they would do under the direction of a person dressed in a white coat.

Just like the French show “Le jeu de la mort” (The Game of Death), the people involved in the Milgram Experiment were directed to give electric shocks to another person, progressively increasing the shock level until they reached 450V.
In Milgram’s experiment the result was that 65% of the people would continue giving shocks. On the French TV show, this figure rises to 81%.


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Human Rights Scandal in Austria, Support Demo.

Posted in General news by ALib on the March 3rd, 2010

Austrian Activists Case begins on 2nd of March.

Activists in Ireland joined activists worldwide in supporting those in Austria and asking that those arrested are vindicated.
Both ALiberation and AFAR supported the event in Dublin highlighting this human rights scandal in Austria by holding posters and banners. A letter was also sent to the Austrian Ambassador.
View the pictures of the event: Vegaplanet Gallery.

In May 2008, 23 houses of Animal campaigners were stormed by armed Austrian Police wearing hoods, breaking down doors at 6am forcing people out of bed.

This broke the search warrant on many occasions. For example, the Austrian courts say that search warrants must name the wanted objects and give the occupants the chance to give them over. A house search must also have concrete suspicions of illegal activity.

Four Animal organizations had their offices and storehouses raided. These organisations were brought to a standstill. One organization, the Verein Gegen Tierfabriken (VGT), had 10 years of work gathering information about animal exploitation taken despite the leading prosecutor saying that the VGT are accused of nothing. The Austrian police

took computers, photos, video material.
No Animal organization was mentioned on the search warrant. The raided organizations all worked peacefully but very effectively.


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Simon O’Dwyer, Kilkenny, charged with animal cruelty. Part 2.

Posted in General news by ALib on the March 3rd, 2010

Breeder Jailed for “Animal Cruelty”. Part 2.

Read Part 1.

The so called Animal Welfare laws are terrible in Ireland and enforcing them is equally difficult. But more than this these laws depend on viewing all non human animals as property. This results in a situation whereby the offenders, the O’Dwyers, are viewed as property owners and their victims, the horses, cows and dogs, are viewed as property. Property holders have rights to protect them but property has no meaningful rights to protect their crucial interests. This is the law of the land.

The horses and cattle are also viewed as a means to an end. A human end. These animals are not valued as having worth to themselves but instead are valued according to what benefit they can give humans or their property owners. For example, the horses who were seized from the O’Dwyers were more than likely “retrained” for other human uses.

The IHWT, who was responsible for rehoming most of the horses, talks openly about the “reschooling” of the horses for other human benefits. The

Independent ran a feature about how one of the seized horses is now a show horse entering competitions. The cows were destined to end up as somebody else’s meal.

This is the backdrop that we expect justice for non human animals. Unlike human cases of rights violations, the courts do not recognize non human animals as rights holders. Our society views the O’Dwyers as members of our society but views the horses and cattle as a “thing” to be ridden or eaten. Why would there ever be justice?

On Simon O’Dwyer’s farms the unfortunate animals were found starved, neglected, injured and dead.


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Simon O’Dwyer, Kilkenny, charged with animal cruelty. Part 1.

Posted in General news by ALib on the March 3rd, 2010

Breeder Jailed for “Animal Cruelty”. Part 1.

Simon O’Dwyer from Kilkenny, a horse breeder (including Thorough-bred or inbred horses) and cattle breeder, was jailed for 23 months and ordered to pay costs of €5,300 after pleading guilty to 4 counts of animal cruelty and 3 counts of failure to remove the bodies of dead animals between January – December 2009. He was also banned from owning any animals when the sentence was passed on the 6th of Feb 2010.

The Irish Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) said “this is one of the worst cases of equine neglect and cruelty the ISPCA has dealt with in recent years” and they described the guilty pleas as a landmark. The Judge described it as an appalling case of animal cruelty.

Is this justice at work? No and for a number of reasons but predominantly because the rights of these animals are ignored and they are instead seen as property. This is highlighted below but first we will see what happened on the O’Dwyer farms and when.

This was the second time that Simon O’Dwyer was convicted under Animal Welfare laws for animal cruelty and failure to remove bodies of dead animals. In the first case Simon O’Dwyer was fined €22,500 and given a 4 month suspended prison sentence which was to be invoked if he reoffended. This sentence was passed on the 4th of October 2007. His son who was also

charged in the latter case but decided to flee the country was given a similar sentence for the first case. Simon O’Dwyer also attempted to flee before being arrested.

28 horses were found starving and neglected along with the dead bodies of a further 4 horses on the 23rd of December 2006 on lands rented by the O’Dwyers. On this day and the next 3 days more horses were killed by the attending Veterinary Surgeon when the horses were unable to move from the ground. The surviving horses were then taken into care by the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT).


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A.F.A.R Petition to close Smithfield Market

Posted in General news by ALib on the February 7th, 2010

Close Smithfield Horse Market.

Every first Sunday of the month a few hundred horses are carted to Smithfield in Dublin 7 from around the country where they are sold and bought as pieces of property.

The Alliance For Animal Rights (AFAR) have started a petition to shut this absurdity down. The petition will then be presented to the Minister of the Environment.

A visit to Smithfield will show horses ridden on the concrete cobbled ground or will show them left tied to the street lamps for most of the day waiting for their life to be valued by euro. Smithfield is as much a part of the horse breeding industry as the Galway Races. Both are part of the same problem.

Smithfield Horse Market is linked to many abandoned horses around the city of Dublin.

It was at this market that an injured horse was recently sold for €8 to an 11 year old boy. The boy went to the Gardai with the horse. If someone else had bought him instead of this boy

then this horse too would more than likely have ended up dumped somewhere, alive or dead. Horses are not commodities to be bred just so we may profit from them. Animals are individuals who should be respected and left alone.

Please sign the petition on the following link:

Read more:

  • Injured Pony sold for €8 at Smithfield, Dublin: Article.
  • Horses drowned, starved and abandoned: Article.
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    Partial Ban on Seal Trade

    Posted in General news by ALib on the February 7th, 2010

    EU Publishes Seal Trade partial Ban.

    The EU published the regulation on the partial trade ban of seal parts and products within the EU in the “Official Journal of the European Union” on the 31st October 2009.

    The Regulation 1007/2009 entered into force on the 20th November 2009 but won’t be fully implemented until the 20th August 2010.

    An estimated 900,000 seals are murdered each year by hunting. Around one third of the world trade in seal products either passes through or ends up in the EU market.

    The partial ban is not perfect due to the loopholes it contains (See 1st Link) but it is hoped that it will cause a severe blow to the seal hunting industry which is most notably carried out by Canadian seal hunters. Seal hunting involved scenes of seals been beaten to death by

    bludgeons and hakapiks and later skinned alive.


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    Barnardos Furriers Court Case dismissed, Part 2.

    Posted in General news by ALib on the January 29th, 2010

    Witnesses who swear to tell the truth should do so!

    Animal Rights asks for the rights of all animals to be respected including humans.
    Robert Å evcik was arrested when he highlighted the rights violations within the fur industry to the passing public, he then needed to highlight the rights violations he himself endured to a judge of court.

    Read Part 1: Unlawful Arrest.

    On Roberts first appearance in court, this case was not listed and Robert was assured by his solicitor at the time that this case was now done and dusted.

    This case then does not reappear until another allegation is brought to court on the 18/03/2009, over 5 months after the date of this cases arrest. This on its own should have seen the end of this case.

    After this point both cases travel together until the first day of this hearing on the 13/11/2009 at which point they are given separate hearing dates. This is not the only thing that links both of these cases together. A mysterious Garda Inspector appears in both and is very prominent in Robert’s next court case.

    The Garda who claimed the arrest is Garda David Walsh, badge number B577. Officially, he was one of three witnesses on the side of the prosecution whereby one of them did not show up at the hearing. This witness was Sergeant Costello and he had pushed another protester that day and was in fact the arresting Garda, both points accepted by the judge.

    One third of the evidence presented by the prosecution to Robert prior to the hearing was a sworn statement from this Sergeant. This sworn statement held major contradictions to the stories of the witnesses who did appear for the prosecution. But because the Sergeant did not appear, the judge could not allow the sworn statement to be used, thus maiming Robert in his defense.

    The other witness at the hearing was Caroline Barnardo, proprietor of Barnardo Furriers.

    When Caroline Barnardo took to the witness box, she swore that she would do anything to protect her staff and customers. This campaign has held events weekly for over 3 years at Barnardo Furriers, they are always attended by Gardai except for very rare occasions.


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