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ISPCA slams ‘woeful’ legislation

THE IRISH Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said Ireland needs to update what it describes as ‘woefully inadequate’ animal welfare legislation, which dates back nearly 100 years.

The ISPCA made the call in the wake of official figures that show that more than 24,000 dogs were abandoned in 2006. The figures reveal that Ireland puts down dogs at a rate 10 times higher than in the UK.

Meanwhile, the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre offered its thanks to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ms Mary Coughlan TD for the generous grant of €100,000 (£71,280) to assist the ISPCA in its continued nationwide services for Animal Welfare in Ireland during 2008. The UK Government makes no such donation to the RSPCA.

The Minister said that the increase in funding for animal welfare organisations was evidence of the Irish Government's commitment in the area of animal welfare. Minister Coughlan went on to repeat the old adage ‘A pet is for life, not just for Christmas’. She appealed to parents and others to think responsibly when considering giving a pet as a Christmas present and reminded people of the numbers of animals that are abandoned every year as soon as the Christmas novelty has worn off.

The ISPCA will continue to need the support of the general public to maintain operations at an effective level and would appeal to the public to continue to give their support in any way they can.