Animal welfare campaigners and supporters will gather on October 4 as one voice against the endless cases of abuse and neglect being seen in county of Ireland north and south.
They have chosen to march on Dublin city centre on World Animal Day to raise awareness of the animal welfare crisis that countless rescues and their volunteers in every county, north and south, deal with every day.
And they are calling for action from the public and government to bring an end to the maltreatment of pets that shows no let up.
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The majority of dogs abandoned to the streets, the authorities and countless rescues are young dogs acquired throughout the coronavirus>Covid lock downs. But old pets too are being binned, from dogs and cats to donkeys and horses.
In Ireland, sickening reports are received on a daily basis with animals being abused, neglected, dumped and repeatedly bred for profit – and on Wednesday, October 4, campaigners hope thousands of animal lovers will gather as one voice to demand positive change.
This, the second rally of its type, will highlight how many of the dogs bought on a whim have since been given up, abandoned, handed to the authorities or to rescues and shelters, leaving each and every one across the entire island of Ireland under intense pressure physically, emotionally and financially.
- Breeders known as ‘greeders’ pumping out multiple litters puppies showing little care for the mums.
- So-called designer breeds being repeatedly bred using illegal practices.
- Neglect of animals are neither fed properly or given shelter or affection.
- Abuse where they are used and abandoned without care or consciences.
- Dogs and other animals stolen to order.
- Illegal ear cropping and tail docking, and much more.
A spokesperson for the October 4 rally said: “Dogs, cats, horses and rabbits are an important part of Irish homes and society
“What better day than World Animal Day to highlight the needs and suffering of so many companion animals.
“Every day we witness so many of them suffering after being neglected, malnourished, abused and dumped.
“Please join us on October 4 and meet the rescuers and volunteers who are picking up the pieces of the lives discarded in the most cruel way.”
The rally starts at 1pm with groups meeting at the Wolfe Tone Sculpture, St Stephens Green Dublin City.
Attendees will include:
- Limerick Animal Welfare
- My Lovely Horse Rescue
- TNR & Dog Rescue West Dublin
- New Ross SPCA
- Dogs Angels Ireland
- The Hairy Project
- Little Hill Animal Rescue
- Husky Rescue Ireland
- North West SPA
- Drogheda Animal Rescue
- Dogs Aid
- Star Rescue
- Lucky’s Cat Rescue
- Working Animal Rescue (WAG)
- Deise Animal Sanctuary
- CAPPANAGARANE HORSE RESCUE
- Party for Animal Welfare.
- Kildare Wildlife Rescue
- Molly Moos Rescue
- Galway SPCA
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