GAA fans warned not to use paint on animals
Kerry and Donegal fans have been urged not to paint animals in their county colours in the run-up to next Sunday's All Ireland Football final.
The plea comes from an Animal Cruelty Officer who is asking fanatical football fans keen to garner support from the animal kingdom to stay well away from household paint.
"It burns the skin of the animal and as we all know, skin has to breathe," said Harry McDaid, who is also spokesperson for the Kerry Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals.
With football fever gripping both counties ahead of the battle for the Sam Maguire Cup, cars, vans, houses and inevitably farm animals and pets have been appearing in the green and gold of both counties.
Dyed in the wool sheep have already starting appearing in the hills of Donegal, but as yet, nobody has been tempted to get Fungie the dolphin to nail his colours to the mast.
"Traditional sheep dip or similar dye is the only acceptable colourant when it comes to animals," Mr McDaid insisted.
"We've been assured by umpteen veterinary officers that the dye is harmless.
"It is what is used in dog shows around the world and is shown to cause no trouble to the animals.
"We have been concerned about it in years gone by, especially when donkeys, sheep and goats were being painted in team colours ahead of the big matches.