We are saddened to hear of the
untimely and sudden death of long-time ARAN supporter and campaigner, Greg
Naughton. Greg, who is survived by his partner and fellow campaigner Sheila, was
one of our most active supporters in Co. Wicklow. As many of you will know, ARAN
are due to stage a national demonstration with our colleagues at ICABS against
the hare coursing finals in Clonmel Co. Tipperary. Greg, and his partner Sheila,
were both due to attend this important event, he was an Irish soldier and had
planned on taking the day off to attend.
Below are some pictures of Greg
at just a couple of ARAN events, including our hare coursing march at Edenderry,
and our national march and rally to stop cruelty to animals in 2009, and some
video off him standing with other ARAN supporters to push for the successful
passage of the Ward Union hunt ban. Click
The dedicated and close team at ARAN are truly devastated with this news
and the passing of such a compassionate and loyal campaigner. Our movement
has lost an incredibly dedicated person who gave all his support to ARAN and
our ongoing fight to see an end to cruelty to animals. He also adored their
rescued greyhound Bella.
PLEASE REMEMBER GREG AND BE THERE FOR THE
HARES: As we fast approach our national demonstration against the hare
coursing finals, where up to 30,000 enthusiasts will gather, we will
peacefully stand amongst the many to bear witness to the savagery and
cruelty that's inflicted on the gentle Irish hare, and expose this barbaric
cruelty for what it really is. Although ARAN does not have 30,000
supporters, we don't have the hunters immense wealth, and we don't have
their resources--what we do have is compassion, tenacity and the truth about
this blood sport that will inevitably bring about a day when hare coursing
will be banned in Ireland just like it is in the UK and Northern Ireland.
ARAN will mark our national hare coursing demonstration in memory and honour
of Greg which also include a one minute's silence.
supporters, please mark your diaries now, and be sure to RSVP a seat on the
coach going from Dublin, details below:-
When: Wednesday, February
Where: Connolly Train Station, Amiens Street, Dublin
8.15am sharp -- arrive safely back in Dublin for roughly 4.15pm
John Carmody 087-2391646 or Rita Marie Lawlor 085-8195938
supporters living outside of Dublin, please make a special effort to stand
with us and bear witness to the cruelty and suffering of the Irish hare, and
help us campaign for the abolition of all hunting and cruel sports. It's
only by working together and going out of our way--from time to time--that
we'll truly end all cruelty to animals.
ARAN's promise to Greg, is
that we'll continue to be a fearless defender of the animals and won't rest
until we see a day where no animals will have to suffer torment, suffering,
cruelty and exploitation. May god bless Greg and may he give us all strength
to continue on.
Founder of ARAN
Action Network (ARAN)
'Fighting animal abuse across Ireland'