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Poll: Are Ireland’s animal welfare laws strong enough?

A number of cases recently have shown how badly some animals are treated by their owners – but are the punishments enough?

Image: AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger

A NUMBER OF shocking cases in recent weeks have raised questions about Ireland’s animal welfare laws.

The government has proposed a new Animal Health and Welfare Act to replace the existing piecemeal laws, some of which date back more than a century. Under the existing laws, prosecutions and other strong punishments are rare.

So today we’re asking: Are Ireland’s animal welfare laws strong enough?

Poll Results:

Don't know/not sure (1035)
No - we need stronger punishments and new rules (966)
Yes, but they need to be enforced more (105)
Yes, they're fine (19)

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