Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Fr Ted actor to lead protest against live cattle exports

Pauline McLynn
Pauline McLynn
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Father Ted, Angela’s Ashes, Shameless and EastEnders actor Pauline McLynn will be amongst those leading a protest outside the Irish Department of Agriculture against the live export of animals.

The protest is being organised by animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming’s Irish supporter group.

After the demonstration they will be handing in a petition against live export from Ireland which has gained over 23,000 signatures. Compassion warmly welcomes anybody interested in supporting this event to join them on the day.

Pauline McLynn said she wholeheartedly supports the ‘Stop Live Transport’ campaign.

“This campaign stands up for animals that are treated in an unthinkable manner and it is so important that we take a stand against it continuing.

“It is beyond belief that countless, defenceless animals are subjected to such immense suffering in conditions that are truly horrific - when there are more kind and humane options available.

“The barbaric treatment of sentient beings through this archaic trade must be stopped.”

 Also set to attend the event Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch said “The horror of live transport never fails to shock me to my core. It is appalling that we allow such cruelty in modern day society. In no way is it acceptable to send sentient beings on these gruelling journeys without adequate rest, water or space to move.

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TDs Maureen O’Sullivan from the Independent Party, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace from the Independents 4 Change Party, Eamon Ryan and Senator Grace O’Sullivan from the Green Party will also be attending the protest.

Every year in excess of 100,000 cattle and sheep are transported from Ireland to the EU and third countries.

The charity says these journeys can last several days or weeks, sometimes in crowded trucks or ships, and the animals can suffer from severe stress, exhaustion, dehydration, injuries, extreme temperatures and even death.

It also says cattle exported to North Africa and Turkey are often subjected to inhumane slaughter practices that are in breach of World Organisation for Animal Health standards.

Compassion in World Farming is calling for a worldwide ban of this what it calls the outdated and unnecessary trade of live animals and for it to be replaced with a trade in meat.

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