NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN IRELAND TO STOP LIVE ANIMAL EXPORTS TO MIDDLE EAST
We sent out an urgent call for your help and you responded! You booked time off work, you travelled from cities and towns across Ireland – some from the UK and Northern Ireland, you skipped college and school and you stood in the wind and rain for two hours to say “ NO, not in my name”, to the issue of live animal exports from Ireland. Click here to watch some short footage of the event. Click here for an Irish Times article. It was by far the largest attendance at a weekday event held by ARAN for some time. Well over 150 people attended the inspiring rally held outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin. READ MORE...
GET ACTIVE TO 'STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING' IN A TOWN NEAR YOU
2013 ANNUAL HARE COURSING DEMONSTRATION GARNERS NATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE TO SPOTLIGHT ANIMAL ABUSE
These are exciting times in our efforts to expose, and end, animal abuse. As many supporters may know, for the last number of years ARAN has been organising demonstrations outside of the coursing final meetings that take place annually at Powerstown Park in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. This year’s event was by far the biggest and best supported since demonstrations started back up in 2008. Up to seventy people attended the event that was covered by a TV crew from RTE television. Click here. This footage was shot at the very beginning of the demonstration when people were just arriving. Other groups including the Irish Council Against Blood Sports supported this year’s event - we want to thank them for their help and promotion of this event also. Click here for some short footage of the demonstration. Pictures of the event are also below. The media coverage was also fantastic! Radio stations were speaking with us the morning of the demonstration including stations in Tipperary. Newspapers including The Irish Times and Irish Examiner also covered the event in both online and print articles. READ MORE...
ARAN URGES DUNNES STORES TO REINSTATE ANIMAL CHARITY FUNDRAISNG
SCHOOLS TALKS THAT OPEN A SEED OF COMPASSION AND KINDNESS
ARAN's popular school, college, university and community group educational classes are becoming incredibly popular. We have just returned from our latest 'School Educational Program' that almost brought tears to our eyes. To see the hearts that are changing as a result of our approach to animal rights issues is incredible. This private school has invited us back yet again and they tell us just how much our talks changed students lives not so long ago. We do not post on every talk or presentation, but do like to touch base from time to time on them. Much of January to April is booked with similar classes. READ MORE...
ARAN'S NATIONAL CANDLE LIGHT VIGILS FOR ANIMALS HITS 30 TOWNS AND CITIES IN IRELAND
WATCH THE VIDEO: FOUR MONTH JAIL SENTENCE FOR IRISH RABBIT ABUSER SPARKS NATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE
SCRATCH ME OFF YOUR SHOPPING LIST! ARAN LAUNCHES NEW CHRISTMAS POSTER CAMPAIGN
IRISH MUSIC LEGEND, SHARON SHANNON, TEAMS UP WITH ARAN FOR A NEW 'ADOPT DON'T BUY' AD CAMPAIGN
DROGHEDA BOROUGH PASSES MOTION TO BAN WILD ANIMAL-ACT CIRCUSES, JOINS GROWING LIST OF IRISH COUNCILS
LADY GAGA'S 2012 DUBLIN ARRIVAL DRAWS ANTI-FUR CAMPAIGNERS
THE NATION HEARS THE ANIMALS' CRIES AS HUNDREDS MARCH FOR ANIMALS RIGHTS - WITH NATIONAL PRESS EXPOSURE!
When we sent out a call for help you responded! You responded in your hundreds. Hundreds of people attended our national march and rally in Dublin on August 26 to call for tougher laws to protect animals. ARAN also used the event to expose people from across the nation to the bigger picture facing animals. Click here for some fantastic footage of the event.
The teamwork we experienced in the run up to the march was heartening. People from all over Ireland hit the streets, the shops, the cafes, veterinary surgeries and other public places to get our special rally promotion poster up! Whilst huge numbers of people who saw the poster did not attend, the poster certainly succeeded in planting a message in the minds of many and that is our goal. READ MORE...
LET'S CHAT WITH IRISH ACTOR, RACHEL PILKINGTON, ABOUT HER LOVE OF ANIMALS
ARAN THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND 'SAVE LENNOX' CAMPAIGN AT PEACEFUL BELFAST PROTEST
ARAN APPLAUDS WATERFORD CITY COUNCIL FOR PROGRESSING MOTION TO BAN ANIMAL-ACT CIRCUSES TO NEXT STAGE
INSPIRING HEARTS, MINDS: READ HOW IT ALL BEGAN FOR TWO COMPASSIONATE ARAN SUPPORTERS
ARAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CANADA'S BABY SEAL SLAUGHTER, CALLS ON CANADIAN AMBASSADOR TO IRELAND TO PUSH FOR IT'S ENDING
Recently a team of three campaigners visited the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearn to call for an end to Canada's seal slaughter that takes place for just a couple of months each year. At the meeting Oakley Road Resident, Aoibhinn Gilroy handed in a petition signed by various neighbours of both Mr. Hearn and various other predecessors. The meeting spoke about the cruelty of Canada's seal hunt, the fact that the Canadian public do not want the hunt, the fact that markets around the world are shutting down and how outragous it is that the Canadian government have worked literally backwards to push unwanted seal products into China. Thankfully the hunt is on it's knees with very few boats going out this year. ARAN has stated that our campaign will continue on here in Ireland until the seal slaughter is a thing of the past. READ MORE...
PRIME MINISTER, AGRICULTURE MINISTER FACE DOZENS OF ANTI-FUR CAMPAIGNERS DURING LIVELY ARAN DEMONSTRATION TO BAN FUR FARMING IN IRELAND
ALMOST 150 ARAN SUPPORTERS PROTEST 'COURTNEY BROTHERS CIRCUS' IN CORK, PROMPTS NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION
There can be no denying it, but our campaign to ban animal-act circuses has being given more media attention in one week than we could have hoped for in one full year! Our work is truly changing the entire face of a country that has ignored the plight of animal suffering for far too long. You will know by now that on Tuesday, March 27 an elephant with the ‘Courtney Brothers Circus’ ran loose through a car park. Footage of this incident was captured by a couple of office workers that sparked what was to be an international story followed by interesting developments including a big ARAN demonstration, click here. The circus in question has been touring Ireland for the last couple of months and ARAN has been the main Irish animal rights group shadowing the circus at their every stop, either organising demonstrations or highlighting through the media public safety and animal welfare problems associated with keeping wild animals in a travelling circus. At each stop we garnered full local press coverage highlighting our concerns and encouraging countless people to stop supporting animal-act circuses. READ MORE...
ARAN STEPS UP CAMPAIGN TO BAN ANIMAL-ACT CIRCUSES IN IRELAND
We’re stepping up the heat on animal-act circuses as they start touring the country. Last week we protested outside Duffy’s Circus in Galway with more than twenty ARAN supporters who peacefully protested against the use of animals in their acts. During the protest we encouraged literally hundreds of passing cars, trucks and buses to boycott animal-act circuses – the amount of traffic hooting in support was consistent throughout the two hour protest – one attendee at the event said the beeping would not have happened ten years ago, and it’s true! The coverage of our protest received airtime on Galway Bay FM and their online websites. Also covering our circus campaign this week was Joe Duffy’s Liveline on RTE, 4FM, The Irish Star, The Cork News, Avondhu and the weekend edition of The Irish Times. We are also continuing to protest against ‘The Courtney Brothers Circus’ who are parading a family of five elephants across towns and cities here. The circus is now in Bandon Co. Cork and we've just released pictures of the elephants and camels and to the very naked eye you can tell these animals are suffering. READ MORE...
REACHING OUT TO THE NEXT GENERATION - CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS
It’s hard to believe that ARAN has been fighting animal abuse almost seventeen years now, and during that time our work has cast open the doors that has hidden the shady world of animal abuse for far too long. During this time, our work has inspired literally thousands of people to now live more kinder, compassionate lives. Our work has inspired a whole new generation of young people to become active in the fight to expose animal abuse, and our work has saved, without doubt, countless lives - but there’s so much more to do. Whilst ARAN is known for our popular events, demonstrations, media campaigns, grassroots outreach, celebrity support and investigations, our focus has always been and continues to be reaching out to the next generation. Recently we visited a school in Dublin, upon arrival there were roughly 130 students waiting to hear about ARAN, our campaigns and our work to expose animal abuse – for many students attending, it was a life changing moment. During our talk we spoke of most aspects of animal abuse including, factory farming, slaughterhouses, circuses, animal experimentation, captivity in zoos, adopting animals, spaying and neutering, greyhound racing, hunting, and much more. Take a moment to see some footage of the educational class that was authorised by the school. We like to take this footage from time to time to show our supporters the work we’re doing to help young people become kinder, animal advocates, click here. READ MORE...
AGRICULTURE MINISTER, SIMON COVENEY, FEELS HEAT FROM ARAN AS DECISION ON IRISH FUR FARMING NEARS
IRELAND: FUR OUT, LOVE IN! ANTI-FUR ACTIVISTS BRING ATTENTION TO IRELAND'S BARBARIC FUR TRADE FOR VALENTINES DAY!
30 ARAN MEMBERS PROTEST 'COURTNEY BROTHERS CIRCUS' IN WEXFORD
For the last couple of weeks ARAN has been monitoring the movements of the Courtney Brothers Circus. They are now
LUSH COSMETICS TEAM UP WITH ARAN TO 'BAN FUR FACTORY FARMING IN IRELAND'
As many of you know, ARAN released the findings of a new undercover investigation back in November 2011, just in time for submissions that the Government were seeking into Irish fur factory farming. The evidence that we presented to the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, clearly showed the need for these farms to be shut down. Behind the scenes we are busy lobbying Irish Ministers and TDs, and since the launch of our new investigation, literally thousands of emails and dozens of letters have been sent into the Department of Agriculture calling for a ban on fur factory farming in Ireland without delay.
TRAPPED: CAMPAIGNERS OVERSHADOW HARE COURSING FINAL ATTENDEES IN CLONMEL, CO. TIPPERARY
This week ARAN will launch a new 'boycott' drive to support efforts in India to enforce an existing ban on the cruel Indian, Jallikattu, which is currently going un-enforced, but what is Jallikattu? Jallikattu is a cruel contact game in which terrified bulls are surrounded by hundreds of shouting men, are hit with fists, have their tails twisted and pulled – and some even snapped and broken – and are jumped on and wrestled to the ground. Men pounce on the backs of bulls, sometimes alone, sometimes together and attempt to wrestle him to the ground. There are reports that chili powder is rubbed into the bulls’ eyes, they are given alcohol and then have to undergo the trauma of being chased by mobs who try to overpower and bring them down. Investigations at five Jallikattu events after these regulations had come into place documented bulls being tied so tightly it would cause them severe discomfort and pain, hit with fists, having their tails twisted and pulled, jumped on and wrestled to the ground. Not only is Jallikattu cruel to animals, it also poses a threat to public safety. In one four-day period in January 2011 again after these regulations came to be, 215 people sustained injuries during Jallikattu events. Out of this, 154 people were spectators who suffered injuries, two people died. Click here to see the Jallikattu. The campaign initiative has already started making headlines in India, click here for a leading newspaper article, click here for national Indian TV news coverage of our campaign, and here for another news article.
ARAN has started contacting Indian officials, tourist agencies and others to inform them of our efforts to highlight the cruel spectacle here in Ireland and across Europe with our 'ad' which is a mock-up of the 'Incredible India' tourist ad's that promote the beautiful country. India is such a beautiful country and so are the people, so let's take the suffering of the cows out of Jallikattu and enforce the ban.
MEDIA STORM THRUSTS BLOOD SPORTS AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS INTO THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT AND GENERATES NATIONAL DEBATE
It’s often said that if you want to create positive change, you've got to rock-the-boat, and that’s exactly what ARAN does and we do a damn good job. Thanks to our fast and quirky response to Ballymaloe House and Rachel Allen, the animals’ plight has being heard in every corner of the country, a seed for positive change has now being instilled into most people whom we can ensure will now question their treatment of animals. Read on for the good news or click here for a fifty minute interview on Newstalk radio that lightly sums the current campaign and other issues, up. Ballymaloe House and Rachel Allen have hit the headlines this week in almost every part of the country for all the wrong reasons, but why? As many readers will be aware, Rachel Allen posted an image of her on Facebook in the run up to Christmas that features her holding a shotgun standing beside the bodies of dead, tormented birds that lay across the bonnet of her jeep. This prompted a deluge of correspondence from members of the public, her fans, and of course animal lovers across the nation outraged that someone this high-profile would be seen totting a shotgun beside dead birds. While this was brewing, ARAN and others were welcoming a decision by Ballymaloe House in Co. Cork that the establishment was not going to host hunting hounds on New Year’s Day 2011. Sadly, on the Day, thanks to local supporters, Ballymaloe House was documented doing everything they originally planned. Their statement that followed did not stack up, considering their previous intentions, because of concerns by those opposed to blood sports and hunting. READ MORE...
ARAN SPARKS NATIONAL DEBATE WITH NEW CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE KILLING OF DOGS IN IRISH POUNDS
NEW 2011 INVESTIGATION EXPOSES IRELAND'S SHAMEFUL FUR FACTORY FARMS, AGAIN!
Released the findings of a new 2011 undercover investigation into Ireland's shameful fur factory farms, showing that yet again, animal suffering, is still very much business as usual. The recently obtained footage from an Irish mink farm, reveals images of animal suffering, including painful injuries on mink's tails; cramped, aged and filthy cages riddled with the animal faeces, and more shockingly the images of stressed, traumatised and balding animals; which spotlights the stereotypical behaviour associated with intensive farming. Ireland's government are seeking submissions into Irish fur farms which close on December 31. The campaign received impressive media coverage including a full page exclusive article in the Irish Daily Mirror with a follow up from Irish newspaper, Foinse, radio stations such as Ocean FM, Highland Radio, Radio Kerry and Near FM also covering the issue. To launch the campaign, a giant mobile billboard shadowed the Department of Agriculture in Dublin with a message 'FUR FARMING: TIME FOR A BAN', before taking to the streets to garner public support. Click here to see the billboard in action. READ MORE...
SENATOR DAVID NORRIS JOINS ARAN SUPPORTERS TO URGE PASSAGE OF 'DOG BREEDING ESTABLISHMENTS BILL'
ARAN'S 'ALL-IRELAND MARCH AND RALLY AGAINST ANIMAL ABUSE 2011' A MASSIVE SUCCESS!
There was happiness, there was emotional tears and more to the point there was a fire burning inside the many who attended ARAN’s fourth ‘All-Ireland March and Rally Against Animal Abuse’ in Cork City on October 29. Media coverage leading up to and after the event was fantastic with local Cork newspapers such as The Cork Independent, The Cork News and The Evening Echo running hard-hitting stories on our rally and our campaign for new legislation. Radio stations such as 96FM, RedFM and Cork Community Radio also interviewed the group and helped promote the event. Take two minutes to watch uplifting footage of our event here. READ MORE…
ARAN CONDEMNS UK BADGER SLAUGHTER ON BBC1 NATIONAL TELEVISION AND CALLS FOR HUMANE SOLUTIONS
ARAN & FUR FREE ALLIANCE APPLAUD EU COURT RULING ON SEAL PRODUCT TRADE BAN
ARAN and our colleagues from the Fur Free Alliance commended a landmark decision by the European General Courtto dismiss a case challenging the 2009 European Union prohibition on trade in products of commercial seal kills. The world's largest commercial sealing interests, together with fur industry lobby groups and a number of Inuit sealing advocates, put forward the case in 2010. The dismissed case (T-18/10) was an application to the European Court requesting an annulment of European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009, which prohibits the placing on the market of products from commercial seal hunts throughout the European Union. The European Court did not have to reach the merits of the case having found that the applicants were not "directly concerned" by the seals regulation, a key factor in determining whether a legal challenge is admissible. Case T-526/10, a secondary application by the same group, is still before the Court. It requests an annulment of European Parliament and Council Regulation No 737/2010, which outlines how the ban is enforced. READ MORE…
IMAGINE BEING KILLED FOR YOUR COAT? ARAN'S LIVE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE INFAMOUS ANTI-FUR COMMERCIAL
The winter months are fast approaching and ARAN campaigners are kicking into action this week to stage a live re-enactment of an infamous anti-fur commercial that was produced in Dublin many years ago for PETA. In the commercial, a woman is 'attacked' and 'beaten' by a man stealing her fur coat, the message? “What If You Were Killed for Your Coat?” Here is ARAN's action on the day, click here.
In Cork today, our live re-enactment was highlighted by a full page article in the Irish Daily Mirror newspaper talking about the commercial and ARAN's anti-fur campaign, along with our push to enact modern animal protection laws and an Irish ban on fur factory farms in the upcoming Animal Health & Welfare Bill. Shortly after 12 noon a team of four campaigners gathered on Patrick Street in Cork City to stage the enactment with our activist posing with a real fur coat that had been donated by a lady with a change of heart. Shortly after the event that grabbed the attention of passersby on the street, the activist posed 'dead' whilst others held signs reading, 'Imagine Being Killed for Your Coat', 'Fur is Murder'. Shorty after, RTE Radio, Dublin's Spin, 4FM & Dublin's 98FM had shows playing on separate stations at the same time with 4FM talking for over one hour about ARAN's campaigns, ARAN's Rita-Marie Lawlor did a fantastic job on Dublin's 98FM and others were also covering the event giving us another unique opportunity to talk about our anti-fur campaign and our work to encourage a kinder, more compassionate society. The Irish Examiner ran a great article in their printed paper and online. READ MORE...
For a time ARAN turned it's campaigning towards other areas that needed immediate attention and urgent action, however, we are now re-focussing our efforts to spotlight animal suffering in the circus with our long running 'Stop Circus Suffering in Ireland' campaign with our colleagues at Animal Defenders International (ADI). Click here to read ADI & ARAN's Irish circus investigation report. This week Duffy's Circus rolled into Limerick City after been absent reportedly for three years, prior to the circus setting up shop, our campaigners staged a press photo-call with our "elephant" 'Nellie', in which she repeatedly crossed over the road on Limerick's O'Connell Street during green lights, hundreds of leaflets were distributed to members of the public, parents and teenagers. The good news is that many people stopped to say they have given up supporting animal-act circuses and are now looking for a circus which is animal-act free. READ MORE...
ARAN would never exist if it were not for our hard working, loyal and dedicated volunteers from all walks of life - people who give up their free time and most often go out of their way to bring about positive change for all animals. We know only to well just how depressing animal abuse is, sometimes the easiest thing to do is to turn your back, look away and just wish and live in hope that one day all the cruelty and suffering will end, but sadly it won't, if anything, it enables the abuse to live on. At ARAN we're geared up to face the issues and challenges head on, and whilst most of our work goes on quietly behind the scenes, we're very much out on the streets almost every week reaching out to the younger generation and also to people in general showing them that there is a kinder, more compassionate way of living that does not have to involve the screams, torment and torture of an innocent animal. READ MORE...
CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS, ARAN TEAMS UP WITH 'MORRISSEY' TO PROMOTE KINDNESS TOWARDS ANIMALS AND VEGANISM
"The story seemed to genuinely touch the nation and it was lovely to see the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) handing him (Mr. John Byrne) a thoroughly well deserved award for his bravery and concern for animals" — Ian O'Doherty, Irish Independent
If there were ever a memorable moment in ARAN’s sixteen year history, and there’s been a few, it was on July 12 on Dublin’s O’ Connell Bridge where we presented a homeless Dublin man, Mr. John Byrne, with our ‘Compassionate Citizen Award’ for risking his life to saving his companion rabbit, Barney, who was tossed into the River Liffey by an 18 year-old passerby. Mr. Byrne risked his life by jumping into the freezing cold river to save the rabbit and waited for up to forty-five minutes for emergency services to rescue them both. Click here for footage of the daring rescue and to see a story that was to have touched our nation’s hearts. After the rescue, media reports talked about the heroic act of bravery and kindness by Mr. Byrne. That same week, ARAN announced we were to honour Mr. Byrne with our award in recognition for his compassion and fast on the ball thinking that saved the life of his rabbit. We also used this opportunity to get word out to our nation about how animals in our society are so vulnerable, and the need for stronger laws to protect them, our award ended up grabbing the nations headlines, read on! Click here for a great Irish Times report. Click here for TV3 5.30pm news footage, and click here for RTE One 6pm news footage. Click here for great commentary and footage of the press photo call. READ MORE...
NEW ARAN AD WARNS 'TOO MUCH SEX CAN BE A BAD THING'
Animal overpopulation is a serious problem in Ireland that goes unnoticed. Every year, tens of thousands of cats and dogs enter Irish animal shelters, and roughly half of them must be destroyed because there are not enough good homes—and part of the blame has to be borne by people who do not spay or neuter their animal companions. Gigg's has no formal affiliation with ARAN and has not previewed or endorsed the ad, but ARAN says that the image and the idea were too good to pass up when it came to helping to fight the animal overpopulation crisis.
The Canadian government has sanctioned the slaughter of 468,200 baby harp, grey and hooded seals, which is an increase of 80,000 on 2010. This year's slaughter has started and already ARAN is kicking into gear with a month of action to highlight the slaughter that is taking place right now on the ice flows of Canada. Click here to see the action.
To kick it off, a team of five members from ARAN? one wearing little more than red body paint lay beside the Canadian flag whilst covered in 'blood' for a press photocall on Dublin's Henry Street. During the exciting action that got everyone's attention, an ARAN member screened footage to many passersby of previous hunts in Canada, this footage is so powerful, that it has been known to change people's lives almost instantly. Dozens of leaflets were distributed and another campaigner held a sign reading 'Stop the Canadian Seal Slaughter'. Newstalk radio were covering the event prior to noon action. Other radio stations such as Galway Bay FM, Galway News, Foinse, Broadsheet.ie, Newswhip.ie, Irish Mirror, Joe.ie and many more have started covering other planned events this weekend. READ MORE...
GOOD NEWS: WATCH 200 STUDENTS SEE ANIMAL ABUSE UNMASKED!
ARAN CAMPAIGNER CONFRONTS FINE GAEL’S ENDA KENNY URGING HIM NOT TO REVERSE WARD UNION HUNT CRUELTY
What a fantastic day of action it was for the animals—We just could not have done it without you. As campaigners from ARAN and ICABS woke to the sounds of their alarm clock in preparation for the day ahead, Newstalk national radio was already running news of our lively demonstration to expose cruel hare coursing at the Clonmel finals, taking place that afternoon. The station has a huge listenership, prompting calls to ARAN from their listeners for more information on hare coursing and our campaigns against cruelty to animals. Going out of your-way and taking to the streets, is what ARAN supporters are all about when it comes to animals in need. From across the nation, our loyal supporters came from Cork, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, Dublin, Kildare, Meath, and one ARAN supporter coming from as far afield as Scotland. A group of other activists from ARAN daubed themselves in red ‘blood’ to symbolise the cruelty associated with all blood sports. The activists held signs reading ‘Hands up if you support blood sports’ which the press jumped on along with a huge banner that led our demonstration along the road where the coursing finals were actually taking place. READ MORE...
She is one of Ireland’s most recognised faces and a lady who possesses incredible talent. From winning the Eurovision to TV presenting, singing, acting, and, currently starring in sell-out Panto shows, Linda Martin, a big animal lover, kindly took time out of her busy schedule to kick-off the first in aseries of top Irish celebrity ad campaigns exposing fur wearers and Ireland’s fur farms. During a photocall in Dublin on Monday morning, Linda unveiled her ad in which she holds her rescued dog ‘Chilly Willy’ who are cheek to cheek whilst Linda says, ‘If you wouldn’t wear your dog...please don’t wear any fur’. Linda is specifically supporting ARAN’s anti-fur campaign calling on people to open their eyes to the horrors and cruelty of the fur trade, and, is backing ARAN’s call for the current government to push through, without delay, an agreed and proposed ban on Ireland’s fur farms.This new ad campaign will feature a host of Ireland’s most current, prominent and high-profile celebrities who are supporting our efforts, further ad’s will be unveiled through the year. READ MORE...
One question we are consistently asked by countless supporters in Ireland is, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ For many compassionate people around the country, and around the world, the answer is that one can make and be that difference! Although it often seems like we’re banging our heads against a brick wall, as the cliché goes, we must continue to keep banging, for times will get worse for the animals if we stand back and do nothing - which is by far the easiest thing to do. Here in Ireland, as we look back over the years, we can’t help but take some comfort knowing that we’re making a big difference. We’ve brought cruelty to animals to the forefront of the national media, the public and inside of government buildings. We’re placing ‘animal rights’ firmly in the mainstream and we’re making people on the street understand, in an understanding way, why it’s important to live a cruelty-free, compassionate lifestyle. READ MORE...
HUGE PRESS COVERAGE KICKS OFF ARAN'S "BLOODY" ANTI-FUR CAMPAIGN TOUR
If there was one way of getting attention for fur bearing animals and the proposed Irish fur farm ban, it was the kicking off’ of ARAN’s new anti-fur campaign! At 11.45am yesterday on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, on a bright, fresh sunny morning - eight volunteers from ARAN donned fur coats and covered themselves in fake blood whilst posing “dead” and been overlooked by a barrage of people stopping to get in on the action! Shortly after posing “dead”, the activists took to the streets to bring ARAN’s anti-fur message - ‘Your Fur Had a Face’. THE ACTION: We’ve taken some really exciting footage for you to see. Click here to see the activists pose dead. Click here to see the activist march up a busy shopping street (this is really exciting footage!!). Click here to see the activist turn up outside of Barnardos Furs on Dublin’s Grafton street. Here are also three photos below – more interesting ones will be posted on ARAN’s website this week. READ MORE...
JOINT ARAN/ICABS HARE COURSING MARCH A HUGE SUCCESS
Yet again more great action for the animals in Ireland this week – watch us in action! On Sunday campaigners and supporters from ARAN and ICABS gathered in Edenderry, Co Offaly to stage a lively, peaceful demonstration directly outside the gates, trees, wire fencing and plastic sheeting that covered the entire field which was used for hare coursing over the weekend.
For those who could not attend, we’ve captured some great footage of the protest and march along the route of the outside of the coursing field for you to see. READ MORE...