2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Westmeath

26 Apr

elections 2019

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

Cllr Sorca Clarke (Sinn Fein, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
“I would support a ban on blood sports, completely against any form of animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Sorca Clarke supported a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.

Cllr Una Darcy (Independent, Westmeath County Council, Kinnegad)
“I think [hare coursing] is a horrible sport” from an email to the Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports, September 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Una D’Arcy presented a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. Speaking at the meeting, Cllr D’Arcy said that using wild animals for entertainment “belongs to a different time” and that video footage of a Dutch circus parading three elephants through the centre of Mullingar generated “very bad publicity for the town” and created a “huge backlash”. “Animals are not here to entertain us, there is no conservation or educational benefit to using wild animals in circuses,” she commented.

Cllr Michael Dollard (Independent, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
Cllr Dollard spoke in favour of bloodsports lobby group, RISE at a Mullingar meeting in 2010.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Michael Dollard voted against a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. Speaking at the meeting, he asked: “How can a circus operate without wild animals? They operate all over the world, what harm do they do?” The motion was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr Andrew Duncan (Fine Gael, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
“I do not support a ban [on fox hunting and hare coursing]” from a text message to ICABS, July 2015. Challenged on his stance, Cllr Duncan tweeted: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I support your right to yours but I do not favour ban and that’s my opinion.”

“I shoot and fish. Would you like to ban those as well” – from a 21 July 2015 tweet sent by Cllr Andrew Duncan.

In March 2016, Cllr Andrew Duncan was criticised for abstaining in a vote on a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion, presented at a meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr Ken Glynn (Fianna Fail, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar)
In January 1999, Ken Glynn voted in support of a Mullingar Town Commission motion calling for a ban on foxhunting with hounds. At his first meeting as a Mullingar Town Commissioner, Commissioner Glynn expressed his disgust at foxhunting. “As a keen sportsman,” he stated, “I think foxhunting is an insult to sport.”

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Ken Glynn supported a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. Speaking at the meeting, he said there was “absolute uproar” after the circus paraded three elephants through Mullingar to promote its shows.

Louise Heavin (Green Party, Westmeath, Athlone)
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
Denis Leonard (Labour Party, Kinnegad)
“I do not agree with cruelty to animals or testing on animals in any form.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Fiona Lynam (Social Democrats, Athlone)
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/

Cllr Frank McDermott (Fine Gael, Westmeath County Council, Kinnegad)
“I have no problem with Irish tradition.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

“[Cllr Frank McDermott] said that hunt meetings ‘with dozens of foxhounds and horses’ can cause more damage in a few minutes than an entire parish would cause in a year and he suggested they be controlled under new bye-laws.” Westmeath Topic, 4th June 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Frank McDermott voted against a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The Westmeath Examiner reported him as saying that generations of rural children would never have seen an exotic wild animal if it wasn’t for circuses. The motion was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr Aengus O’Rourke (Fianna Fail, Westmeath County Council, Athlone)
“I am totally opposed to any form of animal abuse, neglect or cruelty. I would support a call to ban any ‘sporting’ activity that would cause or lead to the stress, injury or death of an animal.” Cllr O’Rourke in an email to ICABS, June 2015.

“Yes I would be in favour of a ban on cruel blood sports.” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Johnny Penrose (Labour Party, Westmeath County Council, Moate)
In 2010, Cllr Penrose attended a Mullingar meeting of bloodsports lobby group, RISE.

In March 2016, Cllr Johnny Penrose was criticised for abstaining in a vote on a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion, presented at a meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, was passed by three votes to two.

Cllr John Shaw (Fianna Fail, Westmeath County Council, Kinnegad)
In March 2016, Cllr John Shaw was criticised for abstaining in a vote on a motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. The motion, presented at a meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, was passed by three votes to two.

Hazel Smyth (Green Party, Westmeath, Mullingar)
“I fully support a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing, fur farming and/or other forms of animal cruelty. These are antiquated forms of entertainment and activities, which are both cruel and vicious. If elected, I would love to actively do whatever I can to condemn them.” (email to ICABS, 23 May 2019)

See the full list of Westmeath candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0507/1048063-westmeath-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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