Green Party member Pippa Hackett pictured with her own rescue dog Penny
Offaly politician and animal welfare activist, Pippa Hackett has reacted strongly after the brutal killing of a family pet in Laois over the weekend.
"As the Green Party’s Spokesperson on Animal Welfare, and a candidate in the Laois-Offaly constituency, I feel compelled to make a statement on the barbaric case of wanton animal cruelty that took place in Mountrath, Co Laois recently, where a much loved, elderly dog was abducted and brutally killed," Pippa said.
"There are no justifiable reasons for anyone to treat an animal in this way. The perpetrators are clearly dysfunctional and dangerous, and a threat to all in society. The way we treat our animals is a reflection on our society as a whole, and this behaviour must not be tolerated or allowed to go unpunished," she added.
"Animal Welfare groups such as the ISPCA, the LSPCA and the OSPCA, and those who work in dog pounds and animal rescue centres around Laois and Offaly, work incredibly hard to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome mistreated animals all year round, yet animal cruelty still occurs."
"Most incidences of animal cruelty are due to ignorance, and we should all do our bit to help educate those around us. However, when cruelty is malicious, and clearly planned and deliberate as in this instance, then we enter a much more serious domain, and these vile criminals must be rooted out to face the law," Pippa stated strongly.
"I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this horrific case to come forward and inform their local Gardaí. We must send a clear signal to the policy makers and the legislators that animal cruelty will not be tolerated here in Laois and Offaly, or anywhere else in the country. It’s high time we turn the tide on animal cruelty - no more abandonment of unwanted animals, no more unregulated breeding, no more ignorant neglect and cruelty."
"Education is vital, and the Green Party and along with the ISPCA have called on the Government to introduce a specific module in Animal Welfare into our primary schools," she concluded.
Pippa urged people to please sign the petition at www.ispca.ie to help raise awareness of the needs of our animals, and keep them safe and protected.
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