Blair urges public to sign petition to stop badger cull

Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has encouraged the public to sign a petition opposing a badger cull proposed by an Executive Department. The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently announced the plan as part of its bovine TB eradication strategy. It would see the introduction of an indiscriminate badger cull, using […]

Blair considers proposals for badger cull morally indefensible

Alliance MLA John Blair has said the proposed culling of badgers, as part of a strategy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from Northern Ireland, is “morally indefensible”. He was speaking after the launch of a consultation into the strategy by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Mr Blair said whilst he was supportive of […]

Blair welcomes consultation on protections for service animals

Alliance MLA John Blair MLA has welcomed the launch of a consultation on proposals to protect service animals whilst on active duty. Mr Blair, Chair of the Assembly’s All-Party Group on Animal Welfare, said the animals carried out invaluable work putting them in unpredictable and often dangerous situations. “The service animals play an essential role […]

McGrath: Gaps in animal welfare legislation must be addressed

Alliance Councillor Julian McGrath has said more must be done to ensure those convicted of animal cruelty can never own pets again. Securing cross-party support from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councillors to press Stormont for further clarity on the issue, Julian said urgent action was needed to plug the current gaps in Northern Ireland’s animal […]

Farry joins other MPs to speak out against trophy hunting

Alliance MP Stephen Farry has joined other MPs to speak out against trophy hunting, calling for a complete ban on the activity. MPs from a number of parties combined to sign a letter from animal welfare organisations Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting and Humane Society International, stating trophy hunting has ‘devastating’ impacts on many species’ […]

Lyttle welcomes veterinary association manifesto

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has hosted an event recognising the important contribution of the veterinary and agrifood community in Northern Ireland. Mr Lyttle hosted the British Veterinary Association (BVA) NI dinner at Parliament Buildings, where he used the occasion to welcome the BVA manifesto for animals, vets and public health. “It is imperative the evidence-based […]