Residents ‘outraged’ at damage caused to wildlife, says Bradshaw

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has condemned the destruction of natural habitats along the Lagan near Stranmillis Weir and called for a funded implementation plan to assist restoration. Last week, as part of flood alleviation work, the Department for Infrastructure removed hedgerows and trees that were previously home to a variety of wildlife. “Local […]

Help us drive change and ban hunting wild mammals with dogs, says Brown

The Alliance Party has launched a petition aiming to garner support to outlaw hunting wild mammals with dogs – a move Councillor Patrick Brown has said is long overdue. Speaking ahead of the annual Boxing Day hunts, the Alliance Party’s animal welfare spokesperson spoke of his disappointment that another year has gone by without the […]

Alliance MLA urges public to sign petition to ban hunting with dogs

Alliance MLA, John Blair has encouraged the public to sign a petition calling for a ban on hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland. The call comes after his historic Bill, to ban the hunting of wild mammals with dogs, was blocked by Stormont. The proposed legislation was debated in the Assembly on Monday 6 December, […]

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 […]