What Kind of Animal are You?

Well, if you’re reading this, you’re probably a human animal! And I’m guessing you’re interested in animal welfare, or you wouldn’t be visiting my pages. What I really want to look at here is where you lie on the Animal Welfare/Animal Rights scale. Do you know? Why Does It Matter? If you’ve ever been involved […]

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Remember Me Thursday – 25th September

Have you heard about the fabulous initiative Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives! What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember […]

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Do Unwanted Animals Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed?

Check out this fabulous, sensitive article from Louise Glazebrook on the Huffington Post, putting into words what I’ve been thinking the past few days – Do Unwanted Dogs Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed? As the article says: Following the terrible arson attack at a Manchester dog home last week, where 53 poor dogs lost […]

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Stamps Promote Breeding

I am so sorry to see An Poste’s new stamps that promote breeding cats – not a moggie among them. Every time you put one of these stamps on an envelope you’ll be encouraging breeding yourself. Here’s my thoughts – and a few alternatives. What’re the Problems? A spokesperson from An Post said: With four glamorous […]

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Halt the Horror

including some extracts from ICABS‘ pages The Republic of Ireland has become one of the last remaining countries in the world to allow hare coursing. The blood sport has already been banned in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and remains illegal in most civilised nations. Why have so many countries made this blood sport illegal? […]

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Understanding The Link Between Violence Towards Animals and People

* Child Abuse * Elder Abuse * * Domestic Violence * Animal Abuse * Check out a fascinating new document, a downloadable .pdf – Understanding The Link Between Violence Towards Animals and People – A Guidebook for Criminal Justice Professionals by Allie Phillips of the NDAA and ASPCA. If, like me, you’re fed up with hearing ‘boys will […]

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Animal Welfare Conference – Invites Are Out

The animal welfare organisations receiving funding from the Agriculture Department have been receiving their invites by email today. Very exciting! To find out about how to participate without an invite check the links on our previous post Animal Welfare Conference Update – 16th May. In the meantime, here’s the main info from the invites: April 9th […]

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Animal Welfare Conference Update – 16th May

Just writing to update on Simon Coveney’s Animal Welfare Conference, in Dublin Castle on 16th May 2014. Just last week news of it flew round facebook, and rescues and individual animal welfarites were all a bit concerned that we’d heard nothing about it. There was very little to be found on the internet apart from […]

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Animal Health and Welfare Bill Public Consultation 2008 Part 1

I was delighted to find the original pdf of ANVIL‘s Animal Health and Welfare Bill Public Consultation Response from back in 2008. Over 30 Irish animal welfare organisations took part in the consultation about the pending animal welfare legislation, and the Report clearly gives a good representation of those experienced in the field. And I […]

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Pound Statistics 2005-2013

This year’s statistics for Irish dog pounds have just been published by environ.ie. Folk seemed to find the analysis I did last year pretty useful so I figure I’ll do the same thing again. As a result, while the figures are slightly different, the text may not have changed much. I’m gonna crack open a bottle of […]

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Ten Trusts

Happy Birthday to Jane Goodall, 80 years today. I’ve so much admiration for this woman who has made so much difference for so many. And I’m reminded of The Ten Trusts, a book co-authored by herself and Marc Bekoff that I read a fair while ago – so long ago, in fact, that it looks like […]

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Dog Fighting & Reporting

The ASPCA designated April 8 as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) to advance the conversation about dog fighting and to encourage animal lovers across the US to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty – find out more here (link updated April 2019). While the information will be specific to America, it will undoubtedly translate fairly easily […]

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Prohibition on animal cruelty. Oh! Except in blood sports.

Just having a dip into the new Animal Welfare Act 2013. The Irish government are admitting that hunting, coursing and fishing are cruel. But they’re not going to do anything about it. Am sure I must be misunderstanding but …

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Happy International Womens’ Day!

Thinking of all the fab international women I know and love *schmoo* I have been pondering recently how little has been achieved in the years I’ve been active in feminism, sustainability and animal welfare. Especially considering that folk have been campaigning long before I was even a sparkle in my dad’s eye (why just my dad’s? […]

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Walk for Fionn Jan 2014

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post the photos from the walk! Nothing new here, just a repost of the info from my facebook pages. More thoughts to come … On Sunday 26th January 2014 more than 1500 people and their companion canines walked to support Fionn, DAWG and decent Irish Animal […]

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