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Cross animals off your list of gifts this Christmas, says animal rights group

ARAN have launched a new campaign, supported by Senator David Norris.

Senator David Norris with representatives from ARAN.
Senator David Norris with representatives from ARAN.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

AN ANIMAL RIGHTS group is urging anyone considering buying an animal as a gift this Christmas to think again.

In a new campaign, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) are asking people to consider an unwanted pet is likely to be sent to a pound where animals are routinely put down, or add to the “huge homeless crisis facing homeless and abandoned animals”.

“There is no such thing as a good breeder”, the group claim, and buying from a pet from one “is only exasperating the problem” of animal homelessness.

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Senator David Norris with representatives from ARAN. Oh, and a dog in a pram. (Image Credit: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

The campaign is supported by Senator David Norris, who called Christmas a “problematic time of the year for animal shelters”.

If anything, people should head to their nearest shelter and donate their free time to the needy animals there, and if you really want an animal, please do the right thing, and adopt.

This campaign follows a call from the DSPCA for pet buyers to be wary of ‘illicit puppy traders’ operating online, who breed dogs in ‘the most appalling conditions’.

They say that 35 per cent of dogs re-homed in the past twelve months have been pedigree.

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