2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Laois

29 Apr

elections 2019

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

Naeem Iqbal (Independent, Laois, Portlaoise/Abbeyleix)

My statement on Animal Rights – 10/05/2019

“Recently, certain very pertinent questions regarding an oft-ignored aspect of our lives, and responsibilities were posed to me, in a personal capacity. While answering the questions, I felt the issues, and my responses and stance on them should reach out to more people in Portlaoise, and surrounding areas. Since the problems is not typically mainstream, the more I can spread awareness about it, the better it is. It is also my moral responsibility as a candidate for the upcoming Local Council Elections to talk about in whatever form I can.

“When it comes to blood sports, and other forms of human-initiated actions that cause distress, harm, and bodily injuries, or trauma to animals, my stance is unambiguous. I do not support blood sports, and if elected, would do everything in my capacity to discourage such activities. In the interest and spirit of greater ethical treatment of animals, I am also against live exports of animals, fur farming, and medical testing on animals that cause them harm, and pain. Breeding grounds, puppy farms also fall in this category, and I am avowedly against them. The same goes for horse and greyhound racing.

“I believe as a responsible citizen, and as someone in public life, and contesting elections for public office, I should put my feelings, and statement on record about animal cruelty. This is our primary responsibility as humans with intelligence and intellect.”

Cllr John King (Fine Gael, Laois County Council, Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick)
In 2013, Cllr John King shamefully welcomed hunting body FACE to County Laois. FACE’s members include the Irish Masters of Foxhounds, the Irish Coursing Club, the Ward Union deerhunt and the Irish Masters of Harriers/Beagles/Minkhounds Associations – “Before returning to Dublin and their respective countries, the FACE Members were treated to a game feast of locally-sourced venison, pigeon and pheasant at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, home of Ireland’s St. Hubert’s Day Celebrations. Officially welcomed by Councillor John King on behalf of the Laois Municipality, the guests arrived to find the famous Laois Hunt horses and hounds awaiting them along with David Lalor, Master of the Laois Hunt and Joe Hosey, Chairman of the Laois Regional Game Council.” from “Europe’s Hunting And Conservation Associations Gather In Dublin”, Irish Countrysports and Country life magazine, Summer 2013.

Cllr Paschal McEvoy (Fianna Fail, Laois County Council, Graiguecullen-Portarlington)
In November 2016, Cllr McEvoy sponsored a greyhound race at Newbridge track. Two greyhounds collided and were knocked over during the race.

Cllr Aidan Mullins (Sinn Fein, Laois County Council)
“Personally I am against fox hunting and hare coursing.” from an email to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Noel Tuohy (Labour Party, Laois County Council, Portlaoise)
“I would be totally opposed [to fox hunting and hare coursing]” from a text to ICABS, July 2015.

See the full list of Laois 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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