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