2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Galway City

28 Apr

elections 2019

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

Cllr Colette Connolly (Independent, Galway City Council, Galway City Central)
“It is of course barbaric and unacceptable that people feel they have a right to kill animals in this way and dare to call it a sport – all with legislative sanction…If I should be successfully elected, I would be happy to campaign further on this issue in my capacity as councillor.” (from an email to ICABS, April 2014).

Cllr Mike Crowe (Fianna Fail, Galway City Council, Galway City East)
In September 2014, Fianna Fáil councillor Mike Crowe voted against a council motion which called on Galway City Council to “lead by example in supporting animal welfare and agrees to ban all circuses using animals in any capacity for entertainment purposes in any area controlled or owned by Galway City Council”. The motion was passed by a majority vote.

Cllr Mike Cubbard (Independent, Galway City Council, Galway City Central)
“I voted to ban animal act circuses from Galway. I am 100% against animal cruelty in all forms it unfortunately takes.” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Pearce Flannery (Fine Gael, Galway City Council, Galway City West)
A September 2014 anti-circus motion put forward by Councillor Pearce Flannery was passed by a majority vote. The wording of the motion was “that Galway City Council lead by example in supporting animal welfare and agrees to ban all circuses using animals in any capacity for entertainment purposes in any area controlled or owned by Galway City Council”. The Connacht Tribune reported that “Cllr Flannery said there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that animals in circuses are stressed and not in their natural environment, and this by its nature is cruel.”

“Dunnes Stores has a ban on animal charities in Ireland holding door collections and bag packing events at their stores nationwide. Why?” from a tweet by Pearce Flannery @PearceFlannery, 22nd January 2013.

Joseph Loughnane (People Before Profit, Galway City Central)
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/

Cllr Niall McNelis (Labour, Galway City Council, Galway City West)
“I support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

“You have my support on this [a ban on carted deer hunting] and I will be bringing this up with my party leader.” (from an email to ICABS, 8th June 2010)

Cllr Cathal O’Conchúir (Sinn Fein, Galway City Council, Galway City West)
“I am totally opposed to hunting of animals for sport.” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Green Party candidates
Martina O’Connor
Pauline O’Reilly

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 Galway City candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047628-galway-city-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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