Mayor calls for vote on sulky racing ban

Mayor Andrew McGuinness with Lt Col Stephen Byrne at the James Stephens Barracks Christmas Dinner. Photo: Pat Moore.
Mayor of Kilkenny Andrew McGuinness is seeking cross party support at this month’s county council meeting to ban sulky racing.

Mayor of Kilkenny Andrew McGuinness is seeking cross party support at this month’s county council meeting to ban sulky racing.

Mayor McGuinness has tabled a motion calling for the local authority to follow the recommendation by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, by adopting a bye – law banning uncontrolled ‘sulky racing’ in the city and county.

Over 7,500 people, most of whom live in Kilkenny, have signed a petition calling for zero tolerance towards horse cruelty.

“The issue of sulky racing and the abuse towards horses that it is associated with, has become a huge issue in Kilkenny and must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

“For far too long this issue has been unresolved and I believe that this bye law is the first big step in dealing it once and for all.

“By introducing this bye law, we can help to prevent a lot of abuse towards horses in the future and we are empowering the Gardai to take the necessary action when required.

“I believe this is a positive move forward that prioritises the welfare of the animals and also the safety of road users,” he added.

The next meeting of Kilkenny County Council while take place on February 16.