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# Animal Welfare

Last month
November 2023
Dr Catherine Conlon: Where does BSE come from and what are the risks?
Following the discovery of a case of Atypical BSE, what now for the Irish beef trade abroad?
This year
Dog Behaviourist: We have a dog welfare crisis in Ireland that we can no longer ignore
Suzi Walsh tackles the reality behind the ‘cute puppy’ trends and asks those looking for dogs to adopt, not shop.
Minister calls on advertisers and media to stop using unnecessary images of flat-faced dogs
It’s believed that portrayals of pugs and bulldogs have increased demand for the breeds, which face an array of health and welfare issues.
Whaling to resume in Iceland tomorrow after two-month hiatus
Annual quotas authorise the killing of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales.
Stricter laws on ownership of dogs with cropped ears to kick in on 1 September
Cropping the ears of dogs is an offence in Ireland but at present there is no law in place against owning a dog with cropped ears.
Dublin Zoo to add shelters to African animals' enclosure following inspection
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Overall, the National Parks and Wildlife Service found last year that animals in Dublin Zoo were very well cared for.
Number of dogs being put down in pounds doubled in a year
Dogs Trust said there is a ‘crisis’ of unwanted dogs in Ireland.
Analysis: The sight of a tiny calf crammed into a trailer on top of a pile of others is sickening
Caroline Rowley of Ethical Farming Ireland says the shocking RTÉ Investigates findings this week showed nothing new when it comes to the welfare of young calves.
'National crisis in animal welfare': post-pandemic surge in cruelty cases says ISPCA
The charity needs to raise €500,000 from members of the public so that no animal will be turned away from the care it needs.
20 donkeys found abandoned in Galway field in 'shocking case of neglect'
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland described the case as “a significant moment, but not unexpected”.
Dogs seized as greyhound allegedly 'found being eaten by wildlife' near trainer's yard
Greyhound Racing Ireland has seized a number of dogs and is pursuing a prosecution against the owner on welfare grounds.
Dogs Trust highlights 'huge rise' in unwanted dogs in Ireland as they save emaciated lurcher
The charity currently has 273 dogs in its care.
Gardaí seize six dogs in Sligo in joint operation with ISPCA
A German Shepard Malamute, four American Staffordshire Terriers and one mixed-breed dog are now in the care of the ISPCA.
Over 100 dogs currently on waiting list to be surrendered to DSPCA
The charity told The Journal that it has also seen an increase in the number of older dogs being surrendered to the shelter.
Donkey from animal cruelty video has been rescued by charity as Gardaí investigate
Gardaí have asked anyone with information relating to the incident o contact them as their investigation continues.
Last year
McConalogue writes to Cabinet in effort to tighten laws around control of dogs
This comes after a young boy was attacked by a dog in Co Wexford last month.
Lifetime pet ownership ban placed on woman who starved 18-month-old cat to death
Judge Anthony Halpin described it as the worst animal neglect case he had seen.
Oireachtas Committee recommends ban on owning dogs with cropped ears
At present there is no law in place against owning a dog with cropped ears.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and vet Dr Alexander Rabitsch tell Susan Daly about animal welfare concerns in the growing trade to Europe.
Gardaí and Department of Agriculture probing deaths of 400 bull calves on Co Limerick farm
The bull calves were found in a decomposed state after they appear to have succumbed to suspected disease and malnutrition.
Midwife pays up to avoid conviction over dog ‘eaten alive' by maggots
Chloe Rogers of Rialto, Dublin, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.
‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe
Department audit finds some operators not complying with feeding intervals, Noteworthy reveals.
Department of Agriculture looking into 'horrific' discovery of greyhound remains in Kildare bog
The remains, including individual skulls and bones as well as full skeletons, were found dumped at a spot in the bog.
‘A slow, terrible death’: The fate of Irish cattle exported outside of the EU
Noteworthy finds the State has little to no control over what happens to animals once they leave Ireland.
'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels
A report by
Niall Sargent
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws.
Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws
Niall Sargent of Noteworthy reports that unwanted males from the dairy industry are among those exported
Destinations include Egypt where ‘appalling’ slaughter techniques are common
Puck Fair goat has been let down from its cage due to heatwave
Before the festival began organisers announced that the goat would have a fan in its cage during its three days in its cage.
Poll: Have you ever been to the Puck Fair?
Ireland’s oldest festival begins today.
Puck Fair goat may be given fan to cope with heatwave amid cruelty concerns
Traditionally the wild goat spends three days and three nights on a tall stand overlooking the town of Killorglin.
Owners leaving dogs at shelters citing mental health issues, housing problems and cost of living
Animals in pounds that can’t be rehomed are often put down.
Here's how to keep your pets safe and cool during the hot weather
Met Éireann has issued a nationwide Status Yellow high temperature warning from tomorrow.
Dublin Zoo strongly denies animal welfare claims raised in Seanad
Senator Annie Hoey read from a protected disclosure from a member of staff at the zoo.
Opinion: Legislation must be improved so that seized puppies can be rehomed
Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan says an outdated law means that young dogs found in dire need cannot be rehomed for some time.
MEPs vote in favour of proposals on live animal transport with some last-minute changes
The recommendations on the transport of live animals were debated today in Strasbourg.
All time
Animal cruelty law needs to deal with puppy smuggling, committee told
A charity representative said that puppy farming was the biggest animal welfare problem that his organisation faced.
Campaigners urge Government to reverse decision to export live pigs to China
Animal welfare experts have said such live exports would be ‘cruel and inhumane’.
Fur farmers to receive between €4m to €8m in compensation as Cabinet approves ban
There are approximately 120,000 mink on three farms in counties Laois, Donegal and Kerry.
Lynn Boylan: Illegal sale of puppies online can no longer be ignored
The Sinn Féin senator says new legislation to stop the sale of dogs online is not being enforced.
Manager charged with permitting 'lay person' to kill dog at Ashton Pound
Six people have been charged with animal cruelty offences on foot of an investigation.
'A very unique year': Big drop in the number of dogs destroyed at Irish pounds in 2020
171 dogs were put to sleep in pounds last year.
Horse charity raises concerns as it records its first case of suspected bestiality in ten years
The horse suffered internal damage and scarring, according to an animal welfare group.
The horse was taken from its owner and housed by the charity after the allegations
One vet said he had not seen anything like the damage sustained by the horse in his 25 years