Limerick support for call to ban sulky racing

June 4, 2021

first_imgWhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Twitter Facebook A young horse lies dead on the side of the Kilkenny to Waterford Road, near the Kilkenny Rugby Club grounds after an accident in a sulky race.THE Limerick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) has come out in full support to a call to ban sulkies on public roads.Following an accident in Tipperary involving a young horse last week, the Irish Society for the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has stated that the use of sulkies on public roads should now be banned.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The horse involved in the horrific incident broke free from its sulky and smashed into an oncoming vehicle. The driver was uninjured but because of the severity of the injuries caused to the horse, a vet had to put the animal to sleep to prevent further suffering.ISPCA chief executive Dr Andrew Kelly says he wants to see an end to this “life-threatening” activity.“Driving young horses and ponies at excessive speed on busy roads, often by children as young as 10-years-old, is not only risking the lives of innocent road users, and the people involved in sulky road trotting but also the welfare of the animals”, he explained.Dr Kelly maintains that the welfare of the horses has been blatantly ignored and the ISPCA has called on the Government to deal not only with this public safety and animal welfare issue, but to ensure that local authorities carry out their responsibilities under the Control of Horses Act.“We rescue and treat many horses and ponies abandoned and injured from sulky road trotting. The most common injuries we see are broken knees, swollen joints, and neck injuries caused by badly fitted tack,” he said.The Limerick Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals say they are inundated with calls from concerned citizens about the mistreatment of horses in sulky racing on the city’s roads.LSPCA chairwoman Geraldine Nardone maintains that the enforcement of current bye-laws by the local authority and Gardaí is all the deterrent that is needed.“More often than not these horses are too small and too thin to be pulling grown men and sometimes entire families. They are unnecessarily beaten and pose a huge danger to the public on the roads,” she told the Limerick Post.“It is also particularly worrying to see small children driving these sulkies. The bye laws state that there should be no horses allowed in the city and were these laws abided by, the problem would be hugely alleviated,” she added.Limerick SPCA are also urging horse-owners to leave plenty of water out for their animals in the hot weather. Previous article€1m lotto winnings heading to LimerickNext articleInteractive art and music launch Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Emailcenter_img NewsLocal NewsLimerick support for call to ban sulky racingBy Alan Jacques – June 19, 2014 1244 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSIrish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA)limerickLimerick Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animalssulky racing RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img

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