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Sunday 4 December 2016

5,000 march in Dublin to highlight animal cruelty

Ollie Shiel from Westmeath and Susan Baxter from Sunderland at the Make Cruelty to Animals History protest march in Dublin today.
Ollie Shiel from Westmeath and Susan Baxter from Sunderland at the Make Cruelty to Animals History protest march in Dublin today.

Over 5,000 people and hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes took to O'Connell Street in a bid to "make cruelty to animals history".

The march was organised by Animals Rights Action Network (ARAN) and saw almost 50 other animal welfare and rescue groups from across the country gather in the city centre.

Animal lovers and their pets made their way from the Graden of Remembrance, down O'Connell Street, D'Olier Street and Westmoreland Street and paused for a minute's silence along the way.

ARAN are seeking harsher penalties and punishments imposed for animal abuse and are hoping the government will establish a national registry of animal abusers.

Founder of ARAN, John Carmody told the Herald, "people are sick and tired of what's going on with animals in this country".

Puppy

Mr Carmody highlighted examples of cruelty and implored people to go to pounds instead of puppy farms when getting dogs.

"Give dogs a second chance," he said. Andy Cullen from Dublin Husky Rescue spoke about animal fostering - a practice where people can temporarily house an animal before they can find a permenant home for it.

Also attending the march was Katie Burke (31) from Tallaght with her dog Sonny.

She told the Herald that "the work ARAN do is key to educating people".

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