2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Clare

24 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Clare) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Beckha Doyle (Social Democrats, Killaloe)
“As an animal lover and vegetarian myself, I am absolutely opposed to blood sports.

I believe that as a society we need to move toward a blanket ban on fox hunting – there is no need for this type of hunt in this day and age. I also oppose hare coursing, greyhound racing, hurdled horse racing and any “sport” which uses a live animal as bait or presents a far more than acceptable level of risk to animals – I feel if it is not something that should be legal to have other humans do, then it likely should not be allowed at all.

I support a full ban on fur farming and puppy farming – the fur industry is outdated and such cruelty to animals does not need to happen in order for people to keep warm in 2019, we have so many other, better options.

It is in my opinion, a national disgrace that to some, Ireland has been referred to as the puppy farming capital of Europe – much more needs to be done to prevent this practice including an immediate ban on selling animals online, expansion of TNR programmes by local authorities and providing greater support to animal welfare charities & shelters.” from an email to ICABS, 20 May 2019.

Roisin Garvey (Green Party, Clare, Ennistymon)
The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

Cllr Mike McKee (Sinn Fein, Clare, Shannon)
“Always was and always will be in favour of a complete ban [on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Barry O’Donovan (Green Party, Clare, Killaloe)
“I fully support the policies outlined [in the Green Party Animal Welfare manifesto] and have always been opposed to animal cruelty. Fox hunting, hare trapping, badger baiting and snaring all inflict terror and suffering on animals and should not continue, either for economic or cultural reasons.” from an email to ICABS, 16 May 2019.

Social Democrats candidates
Chris Kirwan (Social Democrats, Clare, Ennis)
Betty Walsh (Social Democrats, Clare, Shannon)

The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Fine Gael candidates
Cllr Johnny Flynn,
Cllr Mary Howard,
Cllr Paul Murphy
Cllr Joe Cooney,
Cllr Pat Burke,
Ger O’Halloran
Cllr John Crowe,
Garret McPhillips,
Eugene Long
Cllr Bill Slattery,
Joe Garrihy
Cllr Gabriel Keating,
Mike Taylor

See the full list of Clare candidates at

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies

Find out the views of European election candidates

If you are a candidate and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com 

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