BAN the Trapping & Killing of Ireland's Cats

  • By: Maureen Gibbons
  • Target: Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Agriculture Committee Chairman Andrew Doyle TD & Vice Chairman Pat Deering TD

It is completely unacceptable that some cats in Ireland are being trapped and killed/released elsewhere by pest control companies, wildlife services and others.  A TOTAL BAN must be placed on pest control companies, wildlife services and others from trapping and killing or releasing in a new enviroment, innocent defenceless cats when there is a more humane effective solution in the form of Trap Neuter Return (TNR).  ALL cats in Ireland should have the right to live, proper protection and legislation to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Pest control companies, wildlife services, etc are not animal welfare organisations and are not concerned with animal welfare.  They are not obliged to report to the Irish Government and unlike the Pounds cannot be monitored by the public and are not inspected regularly by welfare inspectors to ensure they are carrying out best practice.

Furthermore, mandatory microchipping of cats MUST be introduced in 2016 alongside the mandatory microchipping of dogs that year.  This would ensure owner traceability in the event of cats going missing, being abandoned, etc.

We, the undersigned, call for a TOTAL BAN on pest control companies, wildlife services and others from trapping and killing or releasing in a new enviroment, innocent defenceless cats when there is a more humane effective solution in the form of Trap Neuter Return (TNR). ALL cats in Ireland must have the right to live, proper protection and legislation to ensure their safety and wellbeing.


Pest control companies, wildlife services, etc are not animal welfare organisations and are not concerned with animal welfare. They are not obliged to report to the Irish Government and unlike the Pounds cannot be monitored by the public and are not inspected regularly by welfare inspectors to ensure they are carrying out best practice.


Furthermore, mandatory microchipping of cats MUST be introduced in 2016 alongside the mandatory microchipping of dogs that year. This would ensure owner traceability in the event of cats going missing, being abandoned, etc.

Update #12 years ago
Thanks so much to everyone who has signed and shared the petition. Over 3,500 signatures after 9 nine days is fantastic! Please share again any way you can. This petition will, if possible, be handed to Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney at the Animal Welfare Conference in Dublin on 16th May or alternatively, handed into the Dept of Agriculture in Dublin the same day.
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