A spike in local cruelty cases has prompted locals from Donegal to stand among hundreds of other people protesting for more effective animal welfare laws.

This coming Friday, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will open his animal welfare conference to discuss the new ‘Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013’.

Dozens of local people are expected to travel to Dublin for what may be the first and only chance for the people of Ireland to send out the strongest message possible that whilst the new act is welcome, it does little or nothing to stop the most violent cases of animal abuse being reported almost weekly across the country.

ARAN’s John Carmody said: “People across the nation are coming together for this very special and rare event that will give everyone who has a heart for animals the chance to stand with hundreds of other caring people to say that when it comes to Ireland’s increase in animal abuse, enough is enough.

Whilst the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 is a huge step in the right direction in terms of it being modernised in comparison to what the state had previously which dated back to 1911, the new Act has completely ignored the most pressing issues facing animals in Irish society today. From the use of animals in circuses, hare coursing, fox hunting, fur farming, puppy farms, the problems of horse neglect – they have all been eliminated, as have much more. ARAN believes this conference is whitewashing the most pressing issues facing animals in Irish society today and these hundreds of people aim to make that known.

ARAN would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend on Friday May 16th from 12.00pm to 2.00pm at Dublin Castle, Cork Hill (opposite the Queen of Tarts on Dame Street).

You can visit their Facebook page for more information - https://www.facebook.com/pages/ARAN-Animal-Rights-Action-Network/155913217835225?ref=ts&fref=ts

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