Animal rights groups rally for tougher sentences for abusers
Thousands of dog owners took to the streets of Dublin for a rally against animal cruelty yesterday.
The event, organised by Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), aimed to put pressure on Ireland's judicial system to increase fines and lengthen prison sentences for those convicted of abusing animals.
The rally was supported by more than 50 animal rights groups across the country, and also called for a national register of animal abusers.
"Ireland is a haven for those who get sick kicks from abusing and exploiting animals," said John Carmody of ARAN. "Our laws are not being used the way they should, and untold amounts of violence towards animals in all areas of Irish society are going unnoticed and unchallenged."
The group is also campaigning for badger killing, fox hunting and puppy farms to be made illegal.