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ISPCA and IFA appeal to dog owners to keep their pets under proper control

Francis Farragher

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The ISPCA strongly urges dog owners to act responsibly and keep their animals under control around sheep and other livestock. Don’t let your pets roam freely in the countryside where they can inflict horrific injuries and suffering on lambs and ewes.

FARM leaders and the ISPCA (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) have made another appeal to dog owners – especially those living on the edge of towns – to keep their pets under control at all times.

The appeal comes after reports of more attacks on sheep across the country and in Galway over recent weeks leading to horrific cruelty and thousands of euro in losses to farmers.

Dr Andrew Kelly, ISPCA Chief Executive Officer said that this Spring, no one wanted to see any lambs or ewes distressed, injured or killed by dogs.

“Nor do we want to see any dogs destroyed as a result. Losses to sheep farmers can be significant and distressing.

“We would like to remind all dog owners to keep their dogs under control around sheep and other livestock, particularly at this time of year when lambs are being born and are extremely vulnerable,” said Dr. Kelly.

He said that while walking your dog outdoors was a great way to get healthy and was a very enjoyable form of exercise for both owner and the dog, owners needed to act responsibly and to keep their dog on a lead at all times around livestock.

Dr. Kelly also pointed out that under the Control of Dogs Act, dog owners can be held liable for financial damage caused to farmers and these costs can be significant.

“Even the most docile of dogs can join a pack in a sheep attack and dog owners need to ensure that their dogs are secured both day and night.

“The ISPCA is reminding dog owners to be responsible and to ensure that their dogs are microchipped, vaccinated, neutered and controlled which are key components of responsible dog ownership,” said Dr. Kelly.

Co. Galway IFA Sheep Committee Chairman, Michael Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that despite all the pleas and warnings, there were still serious ongoing problems with dogs attacking sheep especially on the fringes of towns and urban areas.

“The only way to describe the aftermath of a dog attack on sheep is horrific. It really is shocking the damage and cruelty that can be caused to flocks by marauding dogs.

“While we welcome the announcement from Minister Coveney about the compulsory microchipping of dogs from next year, we are imploring dog owners to keep their pets under control at all times,” said Michael Murphy.

With a ewe in-lamb now worth in the region of €250, a night’s carnage by dogs can run into a couple of thousand euro, with the dog owner liable for the damages.

As part of the microchipping programme, the IFA are hoping that insurance cover for dog attacks on flocks can be added to policies in order to ensure a better chance of compensation for affected farmers.

 

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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Anne Mitchell: Great local support.

GALWAY IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, has thanked the people of Athenry and surrounding areas for their support during Friday’s Action Day protest.

She told the Farming Tribune that the demonstration was planned to cause ‘absolute minimal disruption’ to the people, schools and businesses of the town as well as being conscious of Covid restrictions.

“We really didn’t want anyone on the streets because of the Covid situation and we also advised that where there was more than one person in a vehicle, and not from the same household, that they would wear masks,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that they were also acutely aware of the fact that the Leaving Cert examinations were going on in schools around the town which dictated their decision to stage the protest between 11am and 12 noon.

However, one concerned parent who contacted this newspaper, said that the honking of horns could be heard by those who were doing their Leaving Cert geography exam on Friday.

“While I do understand the reasons behind the protest, I just think that the honking of horns should have been left out it, while an exam was in progress,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

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The tractorcade is ready to roll in Athenry on Friday in the IFA protest over farm viability and the Climate Action Bill.

AN estimated ‘200 plus’ tractors, cars and jeeps took part in Friday’s IFA ‘Action Day’ protest in Athenry aimed at highlighting major problems coming down the track with the ‘new CAP’ and the Climate Action Bill.

Connacht IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, said that they were delighted with the turnout and also with the positive reception they received from the people of Athenry.

“If farming and agriculture go to the wall in rural Ireland it will sound the death-knell for our provincial and villages too.

“We really do need our politicians to wake up to the fact that decisions made over the coming weeks or months could decide the future of rural Ireland as we know it,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that an agenda being driven by the Green Party to drastically reduce the numbers of suckler cows, dairy cows and cattle across Ireland would have a catastrophic impact on Irish agriculture, unless amendments were made to the Climate Action Bill.

“If Irish farmers are prevented in producing the food that’s accepted as being probably the most environmentally friendly and traceable product across the world, then that gap will be filled by countries like Brazil where rain forests are being cut down every single day of the year,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the negotiations on CAP coming up at the end of this month would also have huge implications for farming and especially so in the West of Ireland where farms were so dependent on direct payments.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

A CRITICAL part of the eventual CAP deal for farmers will rest with the flexibility of the Irish Government to make its own decisions on where the money will be allocated, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, told the Farming Tribune last week.

During a whistle-stop tour of a number of agri-related projects in Galway last Thursday, Minister McConalogue said that as things stood, the major stumbling block to an agreement was the European Parliament.

“There are really two aspects of this deal which will be of vital importance to Irish farmers over the coming years – the flexibility to make our own decisions and the percentage of the funding to be spent on ECO schemes,” said Charlie McConalogue.

He said that while some progress had been made at the end of last month’s Trilogue negotiations [EU Commission, Council and European Parliament], it had not been possible to reach an agreement.

“As things stand, what’s blocking a final agreement is the European Parliament part of that Trilogue. We are trying to reach compromises on the issue of convergence, and the ECO scheme element of the payments, but this hasn’t been possible with the parliament so far,” said the Minister.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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