2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Cork City

24 Apr

elections 2019

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

Dan Boyle (Green Party, Cork City South Central)
“My views on blood sports are quite simple. I believe that the use of animals against animals for the purposes of ‘sport’, with the intent to kill or maim, is morally wrong and should be suitably legislated against.”

Cllr Tim Brosnan (Fianna Fail, Cork City North East)
“I oppose cruelty to animals and to people.” (from an email to ICABS 20 May 2019)

Mark Cronin (Green Party, Cork City North-West)
“I totally support all campaigns to end blood sports in Ireland. Animals are sentient beings and should be accorded rights that protect them from harm and exploitation. I run the anti fur farming campaign in Cork and am a vegan advocate.” from an email to ICABS, 15 May 2019.

Colette Finn (Green Party, Cork City South West)
“The Green Party is in favour of banning fur farming of all species. Our policy is also in support of a ban on all bloodsports, including fox hunting and hare coursing. The Green Party has an extensive animal welfare policy, which is available to read here: https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

Ed Fitzgerald (People Before Profit, Cork City South East)
“Having grown up in the countryside and seeing first hand the indoctrination of young people into the cruel blood sport of fox hunting, I can safely say I am against any form of violence against animals for sport. Cruelty is not entertainment. I share the same position on fur farming, badger culling, or any form of hunting, or conditions that see animals rights degraded to the point of cruelty.

“For an in-depth rundown of the policies I stand over, please view: https://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/2/

“I am very open to discussing and submitting further policy suggestions to be voted on. Currently I am working on positioning policy related to pollinators and biodiversity. And I will be reaching out for help with research soon. I can safely say, if elected, that much like our policy on climate action, I will be vocal and lobby for further considerations to put to animal welfare. An area Ireland is very far behind on.” from an email to ICABS 21 May 2019.

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Shirley Griffin (Housing Rights and Reform Alliance, Cork City South West)
“[Me and my husband] both love and respect animals” – from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Ciarán McCarthy (Social Democrats, Cork City South West)
“I am adamantly against hare coursing, fox hunting and all animal blood sports. In Ireland we need tighter animal ownership laws and need to enforce enhanced penalties for those who commit animal cruelty. My wife runs the Cork Pug Appreciation Society who are not a breeding site but instead raise funds for local animal rescues such as the C.S.P.C.A and Rehoming Cork Pets. We also share our home with rescue dogs who are an integral part of our family dynamic.” from an email to ICABS, 15 May 2019.

“I find the greyhound industry to be abhorrent in terms of its encouragement of the breeding of excess animals and its treatment of injured and/or unwanted dogs. It is an archaic industry with little modern relevance or benefit to either humans or animals.” – Tweet from Ciaran McCarthy, 15 May 2019.

Cllr Ted Tynan (Workers Party, Cork City North East)
“Very much yes [in favour of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Tjitske de Vries (People Before Profit, Cork City South West)
People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Other Green Party candidates

Oliver Moran (Green Party)
Lorna Bogue (Green Party)

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

Social Democrats candidates
Sinéad Halpin (Social Democrats)
Patricia O’Dwyer (Social Democrats)
Cllr. Joe Harris (Social Democrats)

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/

See the full list of Cork City candidates at

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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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