The Green Party has welcomed the Dáil motion on animal cruelty from Independents4Change, which is calling on the government to send out a clear message that cruelty to animals is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The Greens will support the motion, which is calling on the government to send out a clear message that cruelty to animals is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Speaking today, Green Party Spokesperson on Animal Welfare, Pippa Hackett said: “The only way the Government can show its serious about animal cruelty is through through proper application and enforcement of the current legislation, which requires proper funding of the providers of animal welfare services in this country. We’re happy to support this motion from I4C calling on them to do just that.
“Continued improvements in the legislation are also needed if we are to proactively prevent cruelty and neglect from happening in the first place. For example, stronger legislation is required in relation to dog breeding in ‘puppy farms’; and legislation is required to stem the excessive breeding within some of our horse populations, which is resulting in many neglected and stray horses. These are only two examples.
“Education will play a vital role too, and we were delighted to support the ISPCA’s call for animal welfare to be taught in our primary schools earlier this year. The welfare of our animals is an important aspect of our society, and if we can educate our children from an early age how best to look after their pets, then we are teaching them some important moral values which they will hopefully nurture in other aspects throughout their lives.”