Hundreds expected for peaceful protest march against animal cruelty in Kilkenny City this Saturday

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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Peaceful protest against animal cruelty organised for next Saturday

The event has been organised in response to a number of horrific acts of animal cruelty in recent weeks.

People are being asked to join to 'give a voice for the voiceless' and send a strong message that animal abuse won'tbe tolerated.

Garda investigations are continuing into the deaths of a number of animals and Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes has stated that there is 'zero tolerance' for animal cruelty.

The march will start at the Waterbarracks at noon on Saturday and proceed up High Street and John Street and finish at the Parade where a candlelit vigil will be held.

The protest follows the deaths of two horses in recent weeks in suspicious circumstances. Two dogs also required veterinary intervention, including the amputation of one dog's leg because of suspected neglect and cruelty. A baby goat also disappeared and a third goat was euthanised following an incident whereby dogs were deliberately set on the goats in a confined space.

Organiser Suzi White, who works in animal welfare and is hoping people will come out and support the event.

“This march was organised to raise awareness of animal welfare issues. Enough is enough. We want to show that we do not allow such cases of cruelty are not acceptable in.

“We have received amazing support from people all over the country and from all walks of life and from An Garda Siochana who we recognise are doing all they can to investigate the recent cases of animal abuse in Kilkenny city.

“I had no idea we would get so much support, I had just posted it as a status on Facebook to see how many would be interested. Within two or three days it had taken off and the support I received back was amazing

“We ultimately want everyone, not just in Kilkenny, but everyone in the country to stand up against cruelty and demand accountability and enforcement of the laws that are there to prevent such cases happening again and justice for our animals,” she added.