2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Mayo

26 Apr

elections 2019

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

Joe Daly (People Before Profit, Mayo, Castlebar)
“As a candidate for People Before Profit we have a very progressive animal welfare policy which you can read here http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

If elected to Mayo County Council I would vigorously pursue the aims listed below and base myself on building campaigns with other animal rights activists in order to achieve them.

– Conduct a full audit of animal welfare issues in Ireland.
– Increase financial support for animal welfare charities
– Promote responsible pet ownership through the school curriculum.
– Conduct a full review of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 (DBEA).
– Stop live exports to countries where welfare standards at the final destination cannot be assured.
– Introduce measures requiring all animals, but especially pigs and poultry, to be provided with adequate space, natural light and opportunities to carry out their natural behaviours.
– Support the complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
– Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds.
– Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares.
– Properly enforce the ban on doping of greyhounds, lurchers, and horses.
– Control and regulation of Greyhound breeding for profit.
– Examine and restructure Bord Na gCon.
– Ban fur farming.
– End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting.
– Ban all non-medical animal experiments

I hope this shows you that we are very serious about animal welfare.” 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/

Tracey Smith (Social Democrats, Ballina)
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/

Green Party candidates
Mags Sheehan
Cissy Nagiya

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 Mayo 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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