Animal rights and welfare issues must be included as an integral tenet to any positive vision of Irish Nationalism. Pet theft is degenerate.
Missing/Stolen Animals Ireland is calling for the public to support their peaceful demonstration outside Leinster House on Wednesday, the 3rd of May at 2 pm.
Set up on Facebook in response to a massive increase in reported dog theft during lockdown, the group now consists of over 11,000 members. It aims to raise awareness about pet theft and offer support to those affected while also campaigning for legislative reform. They describe themselves as a non-political group that is not affiliated with any party.
An Irish Problem
As a generally high-trust society that remains one of the most rural in Western Europe, Ireland has long been seen as a soft target for international and local crime organisations engaged in pet theft. A lack of CCTV and security, along with easy access to the UK and EU, means that high-value pets, most commonly dogs, can be easily stolen to order and quickly moved out of the country and delivered to buyers on the black market or to illegal breeding centres.
After months of correspondence with Minister of State James Browne’s office in the Department of Justice amounted to nothing, the founder of the group, Lisa O’Connor, got in touch with members of Aontú. The group has since been invited by Peadar Tóibín to meet with TDs and Senators in the Dáil and share their concerns, after which the demonstration will be held.
Representatives from groups such as My Lovely Horse Rescue, Limerick Animal Welfare and MADRA will be in attendance and are expected to advocate for a dedicated animal welfare unit and microchip scanner in every Garda station as well as for legislative reform around pet theft.
Currently, there is no such provision in Irish law and although much more egregious, the theft of a treasured family pet is legally no different than that of a handbag or any other inanimate object.
The Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) (Pets) Bill 2021, sponsored by Aontú’s Peadar Tóibín and Independent TD’s Verona Murphy and Seán Canney, seeks to change this and would see a minimum of 10 months imprisonment for thieves who steal pets. It is currently in the Third Stage of the Dáíl.
Although long seen as the abode of the left, animal rights and welfare issues must be included as an integral tenet to any positive vision of Irish Nationalism. Pet theft is degenerate. Animals have always been a central and inextricable part of our history, our mythology, our way of life; and where the Left advocate for the wrong reasons, because they erroneously view animals as our equals, we must because we rightfully understand our duty as the custodians of the natural world that bore and sustained our people.
What is the “Animal Advocacy Group’s” stance on the barbaric ritual slaughter of animals under Islamic Sharia Law i.e Halal Foods?Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran. The Islamic form of slaughtering animals or poultry, dhabiha, involves killing through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe.
Animals have always been a central and inextricable part of our history, our mythology.
The wolf especially, the ancient Goidels placed great importance on white/grey coloured wolves and hounds, you can see and read about it in art and mytholgy. The grey wolf was once an integral part of irelands native habitat until the ignorant “industrialised urbanised” english landlord class wiped them out. These english imperialists were total idiots, especially with planting destructive gardens in their estates which harmed irish trees, not just the wolves. They took over the country, and destroyed the habitat, launched a tenant farmer class to turn ireland into an argricultutal shithole to feed the soldiers as they colonised and created a commonwealth, the noble wolf never got the respect it deserved, the english saw these creatures as trophies.
In the Fenian cycle ( an Fhiannaíocht), there is mention of werewolf like characters. The Goidel culture pre-christian, was almost idetical to the germanic culture, they are cousins and share same history because of them residing so close to each other in europe. The enlish lost respect for the wolf when they became chriustianised, thus they wiped it out in britain. In christendom, a so-called beast like wolf is not welcome in heaven, but in ancient indo-european religons, the wolf was deified as serveants or warriors of the main tribal gods.
Mac Tíre is what wolves are called in Goidel language which means “Son of the Country”. As in referring a son of the forests, the native countryside. Cormac mac Airt, an ancient Pagan chieftain/king of ireland was said to have been raised by wolves.
This is where the “irish wolfhound” fits in, these dogs are descendants of tamed wild wolves, these were the types of dogs that ancient irish warrior bands used on hunts, whilst also using the term “cú” when referring to themselves as great warriors, AS IN LOYAL TRUSTED WARRIORS BECAUSE OF A HOUNDS LOYALTY. Yes they did tame wild wolves, loved and cherished them, ignorant archaeologists say the dogs at the time were smaller than wolfhounds, but thats just a big fat lie. A horrible fact is that the british empire used irish wolfhounds to kill the last wild wolves in ireland, they were not used by the ancient irish for this, the pure strain, the indigenous strain of wolfhounds were used in war and used to hunt deer.
The wolf was used as a totem animal by many tribes, especially Cuchulainns clan, you see this hound art a lot in irish artifacts. That is real early nationalism from an irish perspective, although irish gaelic culture was not nation based but rather clan based and tribalistic. The high king thing is more a christian concept, gaels were constantly fighting and arguing with each other lol, but this was just the culture, they just liked getting intoarguments for the fun of it.
Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran. The Islamic form of slaughtering animals or poultry, dhabiha, involves killing through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe. ?
A despicable practice and way of harvesting an animal no doubt about it. In fact Halal method of slaughter has been banned in many parts of europe. It is a horrible way to harvest an animal and causes great suffering.
And this way of slaughtering animals is not the way of countries like ireland, the ancient celts used a “big heavy hammer” to stun cattle before seeing it off. In ancient britain, the saxons used similar methods, either a big axe or hammer, quicker and less painful for the livestock in those times. In some non-islamic regions of south east asia (Hindu based) countries, they also use the method of swift painless decapitation , a quicker processing than brutal halal methods.
Middle eastern muslim countries butcher animals in terrifying ways. Live cattle exports to these countries should be banned by ireland. Many farmers don’t care though, which is shocking!
Halal slaughter should be banned in Ireland. No one should treat an animal like that. No wonder this country feels like it has no soul, a country that treats its animals badly has no soul.
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Kosher slaughter of animals in the Jewish rite is a worthwhile cause for Animal Rights organisation to pursue.