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Rugby stars Jordi Murphy and Martin Moore join Nicola Hughes to launch a DSPCA event. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Rugby stars Jordi Murphy and Martin Moore join Nicola Hughes to launch a DSPCA event. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Rugby stars Jordi Murphy and Martin Moore join Nicola Hughes to launch a DSPCA event. Photo: Brian McEvoy

ONE of the country's leading animal rights organisations has called on Irish websites to stop selling and trading animals.

The DSPCA told how in a survey carried out yesterday morning, researchers found 11,000 advertisements for the sale of animals on popular websites.

Chief executive of the DSPCA Brian Gillen added that this figure could "transfer to tens of thousands of animals".

He called directly upon major Irish websites DoneDeal and BuyandSell to cease the trading and sale of animals.

Speaking to the Herald last night, Mr Gillen said online trade led to a number of issues, including ill-health and puppy farms.

"It just gives them an access route to the market," he added. "It makes it very easy for them to get in touch with sellers."

"We have come across all sorts. We found a puppy trader guy who exports animals to the UK – he sourced the animals online. He doesn't give a hoot where they have come from.

"The online trading of animals is a serious problem because in many cases the animals are neither correctly vaccinated nor micro-chipped."

A spokesman for BuyandSell said last night that the website reviewed its policies on a regular basis and was "happy that they conformed to our responsibilities as providers of the ad space".

Separately, a spokesman for Done Deal said the company felt that ceasing trade on its site would "actually drive the market underground and make it very difficult to track down unscrupulous dealers. We would urge everyone who notices anything suspicious to report it immediately."

Yesterday the DSPCA teamed up with Leinster rugby players Jordi Murphy and Martin Moore and model Nicola Hughes to announce a charity fundraiser.

Martin Moore and Jordi Murphy teamed up with the charity to launch the inaugural DSPCA 'Claws & Paws' black tie ball, which is set to take place on May 17 in the Shelbourne Hotel.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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