2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Wicklow

25 Apr

elections 2019

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

Cllr Joe Behan (Independent, Wicklow County Council, Bray West)
As a TD in 2010, Joe Behan voted AGAINST the Bill which banned carted deer hunting.

Sharon Briggs (People Before Profit, Bray East)
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/

Anne Ferris (Labour Party, Wicklow, Bray East)
As a TD in March 2013, Anne Ferris voted against amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to secure a ban on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – foxhunting, hare coursing, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming and the use of animals in circus performances.

Cllr Mary Kavanagh (Independent, Wicklow County Council, Wicklow Town)
“I would support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting. I consider these activities cause unnecessary cruelty and suffering to animals.” from an email to ICABS, September 2016.

Cllr Nicola Lawless (Sinn Fein, Wicklow County Council, Greystones)
“Yes I would be in favour of a ban on cruel hare coursing and fox hunting. I am against animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Pyper Ludlow (People Before Profit, Wicklow, Greystones)
“We condemn all forms of cruelty and neglect, and see it as a result of the view of the profit driven sector that animals are, purely, a commodity. The views of People Before Profit and myself on animal welfare and the policies we would advocate for are as follows: to outright ban badger culling, fur farming, the hunting of wild mammals with hounds and the doping of animals and animals used in circuses. The control and regulation of greyhound breeding for profit. A review of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 and an increase in financial support for animal welfare charities. The introduction of measures requiring that all animals are kept in conditions where they can carry out natural behaviour. The promotion of responsible pet ownership through the school curriculum. We would examine and restructure Bord na gCon.” (from an email to ICABS, 21 May 2019)

June Maher (People Before Profit, Wicklow, Bray West)
“Win, lose or draw, we will continue our activities and fight for a better country for not only our people but for abused and neglected animals.

“Speaking for myself, I have always been a campaigner for animal rights, having been raised vegetarian and subsequently raising my own children as vegetarians. I abhor the idea of anyone wearing fur and think fur farms should be outlawed. I’ve been called extreme because I never buy anything made of real leather and I boycott any cosmetics and toiletries which are tested on animals.

“A close brush with the law as a child, around 1968 or so, when I was cautioned for trespassing on property in order to put a blanket over an old donkey that was left to the elements, saw me join the Irish Council Against Blood Sports. I admit to not knowing about this wonderful organisation at that point as we didn’t have television and I was a ‘Townie’. As I was marched home it was suggested I join such a group if I felt so strongly about suffering animals. Well that was the real start of it for me.

“I attended as many events as I could in order to disrupt fox hunts and hare coursing. I became expert at tying gates and removing signs and never being caught again. I’ve regularly had Direct Debits to various animal rescue charities and oppose puppy mills. Last October I adopted an abandoned Whippet dog that had clearly been bred more than once. I have never attended horse or greyhound racing as a spectator and think they should be banned…I can’t imagine that happening in my lifetime but I live in hope.

“I 100% support a ban on all the animal abuses you’ve outlined and will always do so.” (from an email to ICABS, 21 May 2019)

Cllr Steven Matthews (Green Party, Wicklow County Council, Bray East)
“I’m against animal cruelty in any bloodsport form.” from a tweet to ICABS, December 4th 2014.

Dave McGinn (Social Democrats, Baltinglass)
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/

Eamonn Moran (Social Democrats, Bray East)
“I am more than happy to support a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing, fur farming, puppy farming and culling animals. It’s selfish and barbaric.”

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/

Alice O’Donnell (Fine Gael, Greystones)
“I support a ban on hare coursing, fox hunting and similar blood sports. I am against fur farming and would also like to see a ban on giving animals ‘free to a good home’ as they may fall into the wrong hands.”

Cllr Gerry Walsh (Fianna Fail, Wicklow County Council, Greystones)
“I would not condone these types of activity [hare coursing and foxhunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Jennifer Whitmore (Social Democrats, Greystones)
“I am totally against the cruel practice of fox hunting and hare coursing and I would absolutely support a ban of both.” from an email to ICABS, May 2019. Cllr Whitmore is also in favour of a ban on fur farming in Ireland.

Lourda Scott (Green Party, Greystones)
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

See the full list of Wicklow candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047642-wicklow-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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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