The ISPCA has today highlighted over 3,000 disturbing incidences of animal cruelty reported to its helpline in 2015. The organisation revealed the horrifying numbers at its launch of its Strategic Framework 2016-2020 at the Mansion House in Dublin. The ISPCA called on the public to become responsible pet owners and to be ambassadors for helpless animals by reporting any cases of animal cruelty they come across.
In 2015, ISPCA Inspectors completed the successful rescue of over 1,100 animals including 818 dogs, 82 cats and 74 equines, with 35 prosecutions initiated under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, and nine prosecutions finalised in court during the year.
Chief Executive of the ISPCA, Dr. Andrew Kelly, said:
“Cruelty to animals remains a sad fact of life in this and other countries and we continue to be relentless in our mission to not only reduce, but prevent, cruelty to animals. As the leading national animal welfare organisation, we are steadfast in our aim to do that through our core values and animal welfare activities – education programmes, prevention and enforcement, rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing, advocacy and fundraising, while acting with integrity, compassion and understanding, and finding practical and realistic approaches to situations that arise.’
The ISPCA Strategic Framework shows the aims the organisation hopes to reach by 2020:
- They have committed to expanding and developing their Inspectorate team to address animal cruelty in Ireland.
- They will rescue, treat, rehabilitate and responsibly rehome an increasing number of animals by further developing the infrastructure that is required to nurture and sustain the core activities of the ISPCA.
- The Society will engage with parents, teachers, vets and others through a network of education officers and will deliver a comprehensive animal welfare education programme within primary and secondary schools.
- They will increase their advocacy work to encourage responsible pet ownership.
And they will continue to develop their relationship with their 20 valued affiliate members
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney helped launch the Strategic Framework and said:
“The work being undertaken by the ISPCA behind the scenes is remarkable and they should be commended for their efforts. As the biggest national animal welfare organisation in Ireland, the ISPCA is at the forefront of preventing cruelty to animals. Their Animal Welfare Inspectors currently provide coverage in 17 counties, including two recent additions in Waterford &South Tipperary and Limerick, and their aim is to increase their Inspectorate even further in the next five years.
The Department is fully supportive of its efforts and statutory powers, including entering and inspecting premises and seizing animals where necessary. Furthermore, now that the new Government initiative, which came into effect this month, makes it compulsory for all dogs in Ireland to be micro-chipped by March 2016, organisations such as this can now trace animals under threat and be helped to prevent further cases of animal cruelty and neglect in Ireland.