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# animal-welfare - Sunday 10 March, 2013

Poll: Are Ireland’s animal welfare laws strong enough? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are Ireland’s animal welfare laws strong enough?

A number of cases recently have shown how badly some animals are treated by their owners – but are the punishments enough?

# animal-welfare - Sunday 24 February, 2013

Four tips to better understanding the fox

The Irish Wildlife Trust has issued recommendations to the public following reports on the wild animals in recent weeks.

# animal-welfare - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Dog hacked to death with axe on Valentine's Day

North Wexford SPCA said it was one of the “most brutal” cases of violence against an animal the group has seen.

# animal-welfare - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Almost 3,000 live cattle to be exported to Libya tomorrow

Animal rights groups have criticised the export but the department said it enforces a strict system of transport rules.

# animal-welfare - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

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140 dogs saved in biggest canine rescue in State history

More than 140 dogs were rescued from a property in rural Leitrim, where they were living “in deplorable conditions”.

# animal-welfare - Monday 11 February, 2013

Animal rights groups condemn 'brutal attack' on fox in Laois

The fox was found tied to a gate after being shot and skinned.

# animal-welfare - Sunday 10 February, 2013

Pics: Taylor the puppy settling into his forever home after cruel ordeal Animal Welfare This post contains images

Pics: Taylor the puppy settling into his forever home after cruel ordeal

Last month the four month old puppy was found on the outskirts of a housing estate with his throat slashed

# animal-welfare - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

13 endangered Borneo elephants found dead in one month

Police are investigating suspicions that the elephants were poisoned.

# animal-welfare - Saturday 19 January, 2013

25 puppies surrendered to Dogs Trust in 6 days

Some of the puppies were left in bags in a graveyard and along a canal while others arrived with serious burns on their paws from standing in their own urine.

# animal-welfare - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Dogs Trust receives record number of surrender calls after Christmas

The charity currently has 163 dogs and puppies in its care and takes up to 220 surrender calls a week.

Increase in numbers of horses, ponies and foals abandoned in 2012

The ISPCA responded to over 1,500 calls related to neglect or abuse of equine animals in 2012.

# animal-welfare - Monday 7 January, 2013

Taylor the puppy recovering well after horrific attack

Details of the cruel attack on the three month old pup have become more clear as vets assess his injuries.

# animal-welfare - Wednesday 7 November, 2012

Minister Coveney to meet with Agriculture Committee over animal welfare bill

Andrew Doyle TD welcomes the chance to discuss the Bill – saying that animal health, animal welfare and farm profitability are interlinked and “of equal importance”.

# animal-welfare - Friday 5 October, 2012

From The42 Michael Vick might have accidentally revealed that he has a dog NFL

Michael Vick might have accidentally revealed that he has a dog

The Philadelphia Eagles quarter-back was imprisoned for his involvement in an illegal dog-fighting ring.

# animal-welfare - Monday 24 September, 2012

Unleashed dogs 'pose threat to animal welfare'

“Family pets can be turned into predators,” Deputy Andrew Doyle has said, adding there needs to be stronger controls in this area.

# animal-welfare - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

Dublin animal shelter 'completely full up of dogs, cats and bunnies'

DSPCA says it can currently only take in injured or sick animals.

# animal-welfare - Friday 13 April, 2012

Coveney expresses concern at discovery of Limerick greyhound grave

The agriculture minister says “every effort is being made” to establish the owners of the dogs dumped in a quarry.

# animal-welfare - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Bord na gCon 'has identified greyhounds found in Limerick grave'

The greyhound racing authority says it has been able to identify some of the dogs based on their unique tattoo markings.

# animal-welfare - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Mass grave for racing greyhounds discovered in Limerick

The mass grave contained the unburied bodies of former racing greyhounds in various stages of decomposition.

# animal-welfare - Thursday 29 December, 2011

Battery farming of hens to be banned from this weekend

Small, cramped cages will be illegal from 1 January as an EU-wide directive comes into force.

# animal-welfare - Friday 11 November, 2011

Bill paves way for government to enact puppy farm law

Puppy farms will be targeted in new legislation due to be enacted very soon – but there has been a delay while the government waited for the Welfare of Greyhounds Bill to be passed through the Seanad.

# animal-welfare - Monday 29 August, 2011

Irish horse charity appeals for people to join Buffy star in sponsoring animals Animal Welfare This post contains images

Irish horse charity appeals for people to join Buffy star in sponsoring animals

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust, which looks after almost 100 animals, says it needs donations to help with the care and upkeep of some of its residents.

# animal-welfare - Friday 12 August, 2011

From The42 BHA ban trainer Howard Johnson for four years Ban

BHA ban trainer Howard Johnson for four years

Trainer of legendary stayer Inglis Drever found to have breached animal welfare rules.

# animal-welfare - Sunday 17 April, 2011

ISPCA shelters put down more strays than other agencies

Stats from the Department of the Environment show that ISPCA-run shelters put down 59 per cent of animals they take in.

# animal-welfare - Monday 28 March, 2011

Equine charity calls for castration of horses in 'problem' communities

Irish Horse Welfare Trust carrying out pilot programme in Dunsink area of Dublin to halt situation where foals being born on dump.

# animal-welfare - Friday 18 March, 2011

Demonstrators picket Irish embassies over greyhound exports

The American-European Greyhound Alliance says surplus Irish greyhounds are mistreated and eaten after export to China.

# animal-welfare - Friday 27 August, 2010

THAI AUTHORITIES RESCUED a two-month-old tiger cub from a woman’s suitcase as she attempted to smuggle the animal out of the country on Sunday.

The drugged baby tiger was among a bag full of stuffed tiger teddies.

Airport authorities became suspicious when they spotted the woman struggling with the heavy bag. The live cub showed up in the x-ray check of the bag.

The woman was due to board a flight from Bangkok to Iran, when the sedated wildcat was discovered.

The cub is being cared for by specialists at a rescue centre in Thailand.

Chris Shepherd, from the animal protection organisation Traffic, praised authorities for rescuing the animal, and called for stronger monitoring systems and deterrents to be put in place.

If people are trying to smuggle live tigers in their check-in luggage, they obviously think wildlife smuggling is something easy to get away with and do not fear reprimand.

Only sustained pressure on wildlife traffickers and serious penalties can change that.

Traffic says that tiger populations through Asia are threatened by smugglers, despite being listed as an endangered species.

Thai officials are investigating whether the cub was bred in captivity, or captured from the wild.

[caption id="attachment_15731" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="A Thai veterinarian feeds the baby tiger cub at the Wildlife Health Unit at the Department of National Parks in Bngkok Thailand on 27 August, 2010."][/caption]

# animal-welfare - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

THE UK’S Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that meat from a cloned cow, which had not been subjected to safety tests, had entered the food chain last year and was probably eaten.

The FSA said that the meat from one of two bulls born in the UK from embryos harvested in the United States had entered the food chain, though authorities had managed to track and remove the meat from the other cow before it was sold.

While there were no indications that the meat was inherently unsafe, it explained that meat products produced by cloned cattle were considered ‘novel foods’ – classified similarly to genetically modified food – and that they required intensive testing under EU law before being cleared for sale.

The news comes two days after both the FSA and dairy industry insisted that no milk or meat from cloned animals had entered the food chain.

A spokesman for the RSPCA, which opposes animal cloning, said: “Some unsuspecting person has eaten this meat. And we just don’t know whether it is harmful for human health, but we do know there are serious welfare issues.”

The announcement marks Britain’s biggest food scare since the emergence of variant CJD, a fatal brain disease contracted by eating meat from cows with ‘Mad Cow Disease’ which had not been accurately traced.

An animal geneticist from Trinity College has previously said it would be relatively easy to track the meat from cloned cattle if the authorities so desired.