2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Tipperary

27 Apr

elections 2019

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

Cllr Dr Phyll Bugler (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council, Newport)
“I am opposed to all forms of animal cruelty” from a text message to ICABS, July 2015.

Cllr Catherine Carey (Sinn Fein, Tipperary County Council, Clonmel)
“I was saddened to hear this dreadful story [about a horse with a snapped neck dying by the side of a road in Clonmel in 2016]. I am appalled that poor animal suffered like this. This kind of suffering to a poor defenceless animal should never be allowed to happen.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016

Cllr Gerard Darcy (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council, Nenagh)
Opposition to the Government’s hunting proposals was also expressed at last month’s meeting of North Tipperary Co Council, where local councillors spoke of the importance of hunting in the county…Cllr Ger Darcy (Fine Gael) said the council should be promoting hunting as part of its bid to draw more visitors to North Tipperary. He also described hunting as an alternative sport for young people that don’t pick up the mainstream sports of hurling, rugby and soccer. From an article in the Nenagh Guardian, 10th July 2010.

Cllr David Doran (Independent, Tipperary County Council, Thurles)
Councillor David Doran has been one of the main movers behind the banning of sulky racing in Tipperary. He said, “This only reinforces the argument to ban sulkies on public roads. It is barbaric and as a local authority, we should not have any hand, act or part in it. I am even more resolute in my intentions to get it banned than I ever was. I was horrified when I heard what had occurred in Cashel and I would urge people to make contact with the Gardai if they have any information,” Cllr Doran said. From “Seething anger after abused pony collapses in Cashel”, Tipperary Star, 12 April 2017.

Cllr David Dunne (Sinn Fein, Tipperary County Council, Carrick-on-Suir)
“I am against all forms of animal cruelty but don’t believe in banning hare coursing or fishing” from a tweet to ICABS, 18 May 2019.

“Sorry I do not agree with your stance on this matter” from an email to ICABS, 12th September 2014.

Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council, Cashel)
“I couldn’t bear to look at that [hare coursing] footage, it would make me too angry and upset. I fully support your point of view.” from an email to ICABS in March 2012.

Cllr Michael Smith (Fianna Fail, Tipperary County Council, Roscrea-Templemore)
Opposition to the Government’s hunting proposals was also expressed at last month’s meeting of North Tipperary Co Council, where local councillors spoke of the importance of hunting in the county…Cllr Michael Smith (FF) also supported the motions, and while none of the councillors would be in favour of animal cruelty, he said there should be more dialogue between the stakeholders involved. From an article in the Nenagh Guardian, 10th July 2010.

Cllr Eddie Moran (Independent, Tipperary County Council, Roscrea-Templemore)
In August 2016, ICABS asked Cllr Eddie Moran if he is in favour of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting, to which he replied: “No. I support all sports.” We replied to tell Cllr Moran that hare coursing and fox hunting could never be considered a “sport” under any definition of the word.

Rose Anne White (Green Party, Newport)
“I have a long history in advocating for animal welfare, and volunteered for many years with the ISPCA” from Green Party website, May 2019. Rose Anne White is in favour of a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing and fur farming.

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 Tipperary candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047641-tipperary-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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