McGlone recommits to Animal Cruelty Register

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has recommitted to campaigning for an all island Animal Cruelty register, following a positive response from Minister Poots.

The Mid Ulster MLA said, “I submitted a written Assembly question some weeks ago asking for an update on the issue of an animal cruelty register, which the SDLP have been raising consistently at the Assembly and local councils.

“In spite of legislation to punish offenders, there is no central register of those convicted of animal cruelty offences. Having one would help prevent further animals being placed in the care of convicted animal abusers.

“Those responsible for heinous crimes against helpless animals should face the full force of the law. However, I am concerned that with no central register, we are left in a situation where animals are inadvertently rehomed or sold to previously banned or convicted individuals, increasing the risk of serial offending.

“It is welcome that Minister Poots has confirmed, in his reply to me, that he is open to creating an animal cruelty register and committed to raising it with the Justice Minister. I will continue to press for a register, operated on an all island basis, to ensure maximum protections for our animals.”