Two important demonstrations

Monday 27th of February 2012, 12pm, Carrigaline: ARAN Demonstration against fur farming in Ireland.

***URGENT DEMONSTRATION NOTICE***: A decision on the future of Irish fur farms will be made very soon. ARAN has requested a meeting with the Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, at his Cork constituency office but this was declined. As all our supporters know, we’re running a smashing campaign to shut down Irish fur farms and we need to ensure we work up until the final hour when the decision is a…ctually made. TAKE ACTION: Don’t miss ARAN’s peaceful demonstration outside the Cork constituency office of, Minister Simon Coveney, on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 12noon sharp until 2.30pm. At this stage we’ve done our best, but we’re not giving up, we need you to be there, not for us, but for the many tens of thousands of lives caged on cruel fur farms waiting to be gassed, painfully skinned and electrocuted. If possible, please share this event notice and encourage family and friends to attend too, we’re going to ensure his office hears the animals’ plight loud and clear. Please be sure to RSVP at or PM via Facebook. Thank you for all that you’re doing to help animals, ARAN.
Visit the Ban Fur Farming in Ireland website or the Facebook page for more information.
Monday 5th of March 2012, 12pm, Dublin: 2nd Forgotten Feline Protest:
2nd Forgotten Felines Protest is being held outside Leinster House, Dublin on Monday, 5th March 2012 from 12.30-2.30pm to:
1) demand cats are no longer classed as vermin.
2) demand inclusion of cats and their welfare, safety and wellbeing in the forthcoming Animal Welfare Bill.
3) demand legislation to protect them from cruelty.
4) demand funds for a free comprehensive trap/neuter/return programme for feral cats in Ireland.
5) highlight the neglect and indifference towards cats in Ireland.
Visit the Feral Cats Ireland page for more information.
Don’t forget to sign the petition to support this protest.

Sign the petition!

Lorcan when he was rescued (photo courtesy of his Facebook page)

No, this is not an ACS kitten.  This is Lorcan, the blind kitten.  If you live in Ireland, you might have heard about him already as he has his own Facebook page and also appeared in the newspaper.

Lorcan was rescued on the 21st of July with a severe eye infection, so bad that his eyes could not be saved.  There are many kittens like Lorcan who suffer from carelessness and cruelty, so many that animal welfare charities find it difficult to actually cope with the situation.  There are not enough good homes to welcome all the kittens who are born every year.  As long as people do not become more responsible regarding the neutering of cats and as long as the legislation regarding animal cruelty does not change, this situation will remain the same.

But, maybe if we decide to act together we can get things to change?

Lorcan settling in after his operation (photo courtesy of the Lorcan Facebook Page)

Lorcan was lucky, he was rescued and offered a new life, which he can enjoy despite being blind.  He has also become the symbol of a very important campaign for the right of animals to live a happy life and that concerns all animal rescues.  Many animal welfare charities, including the Cork Animal Society, have been fighting for the rights of animals, but today, the public is also given the opportunity to support this campaign by signing a petition.  The request in this petition is simple: a change of legislation (one that dates from 1911) and more funds being made available for cat welfare.

So far, only 622 people have signed the petition; a strange figure considering that 807 people have liked the link on Facebook.  This is not enough, we can do better than that.  So please, if you are even the slightest bit concerned by the welfare of animals in Ireland (whether you live here or not), sign this petition and show that together we can be stronger!