THE United Nations General Assembly has dedicated this Monday as the inaugural World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate wildlife and to commit to its protection and conservation.
The ISPCA is asking Irish people to reflect on how some wild animals are treated in this country. The ISPCA cares for all animals, including wild animals and is shocked by how our wildlife is treated by some people in this country.
“In 2013, the Government missed an opportunity to consign hare coursing, fox hunting and the use of wild animals in circuses to the history books where they belong, but the proposed amendments to the imminent Animal Health and Welfare Act were voted down by TDs,” a spokesperson said.
“Ireland is lagging behind other countries in protecting wildlife and the ISPCA encourages citizens to stand up for wild animals and support legislative change. We call on the government to introduce legislation to consign these cruel practices to history and to demonstrate to the international community that this country will protect its wildlife and abolish animal cruelty whatever the species. As Mahatma Gandhi said ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’ How should Ireland be judged?” the ISPCA spokesperson added.