Confusion reigns around animal welfare

By Dan Walsh

Over €130,000 has been allotted to animal welfare organisations in County Wexford at a time when the hunting industry has been wiped out and point-to-point racing is about to be axed due to insurance difficulties resulting in the destruction of the livelihoods of hundreds of people who have contributed with dignity and success to the breeding and subsequent welfare of our equestrian champions over many decades.

Horses in action at the Lingstown point-to-point a few weeks ago. We may never see these sporting scenes again.

Minister of Agriculture has supported animal welfare organisations operating in Co. Wexford as part of a €4 million package announced yesterday, which was themed National Animal Welfare Awareness Day 2021.

The Wexford funding allocations are as follows: Chipper’s Sanctuary, Gorey €4,500; New Ross SPCA €16,000; North Wexford SPCA €30,000; Seal Rescue Ireland €20,625 and Wexford SPCA €62.500. This funding is appreciated and deserved by the recipients who play a vital role in looking after our animals.

Senator Malcom Byrne told WexfordLocal.com; “This is very welcome funding, and it is also important to highlight the great work that our animal welfare charities do and to encourage people to be aware of the importance of good animal welfare practices.”

I don’t normally express personal views on this page, however, I must bring to light the mixed-up and confusing situation as mentioned on the opening paragraph.

Talks are still taking place, morale is at an all-time low, a pleasant outcome is unlikely, and the Government are sitting on the fence and offering no help to the racing and equestrian industry where Wexford is in the top five in the country. And no Teachta Dail shows any interest? No place for country pursuits in the 21st century?

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