Greens reiterate call for Animal Welfare classes following horrific animal cruelty incident in Laois

31st January 2018

The Green Party today reiterated their call for animal welfare classes to be introduced in primary schools, following a horrific incident of animal cruelty in County Laois, where a family pet was found nailed and wired to a tree on Sunday morning.
Speaking today, Green Party Spokesperson on Animal Welfare, and Laois-Offaly representative, Pippa Hackett, called for the perpetrators to face the full legal penalties possible.
She said: “I feel compelled to make a statement on the barbaric case of wanton animal cruelty that took place in Mountrath, Co Laois recently, where a much loved, elderly dog was abducted and brutally killed. There are no justifiable reasons for anyone to treat an animal in this way. The perpetrators are clearly dysfunctional and dangerous, and a threat to all in society. The way we treat our animals is a reflection on our society as a whole, and this behaviour must not be tolerated or allowed to go unpunished.
“Animal Welfare groups all over the country work incredibly hard to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome mistreated animals all year round, yet animal cruelty still occurs. Most incidences of animal cruelty are due to ignorance, and we should all do our bit to help educate those around us. However, when cruelty is malicious, and clearly planned and deliberate as in this instance, then we enter a much more serious domain, and these vile criminals must be rooted out to face the law. 
“I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this horrific case, or any cases of animal cruelty, to come forward and inform their local Gardaí. We must send a clear signal to the policy makers and the legislators that animal cruelty will not be tolerated here in the Midlands, or anywhere else in the country. It’s high time we turn the tide on animal cruelty - no more abandonment of unwanted animals, no more unregulated breeding, no more ignorant neglect and cruelty.
“Education is vital, and the Green Party and along with the ISPCA have called on the Government to introduce a specific module in Animal Welfare into our primary schools. Today, I’m reiterating that call. We need to raise awareness among our children of the needs of our animals, and keep them safe and protected.”
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The ISPCA have an ongoing petition calling for introduction of Animal Welfare classes.