Party for Animal Welfare

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Party for Animal Welfare
An Cumann um Leas Ainmhithe
Leader(acting) Darren Furlong[citation needed]
FoundedDecember 2018
IdeologyAnimal welfare[1]
Anti-blood sport
Colours  Pink,   green and   white

The Party for Animal Welfare (Irish: An Cumann um Leas Ainmhithe)[2] is a minor political party in Ireland, with a focus on animal welfare.[3][4]

Policies and activities[edit]

They advocate the banning of blood sports, puppy farms, factory farming, greyhound racing and other animal cruelties.[5] They have petitioned for the adding of animal welfare to the Irish primary school curriculum.

The Party for Animal Welfare held a protest in Dingle, County Kerry during February 2020 to oppose a proposed seal cull, which local fishermen had been calling for to increase fish stocks.[6] In conjunction with Compassion in World Farming Ireland, the party held protests against the export of live animals outside Leinster House and Rosslare Europort in 2019 and 2020.[7][8]


In the 2020 Irish general election, before the party had registered, PAW's deputy leader Ted Cronin ran as an independent on an animal welfare platform.[9][10] He received 391 (0.5%) first preference votes in the Kerry constituency,[11] being eliminated in the third count, coming second last.[9]


PAW is a member of the Animal Politics Foundation.[12] Although not an official member, the Animal Politics EU group has recognised the Party for Animal Welfare and members of the group have expressed support for them.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Party for Animal Welfare". Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Síntiúis do Pháirtithe Polaitíochta 2021" (PDF). SIPO. November 2022.
  3. ^ "New political party to launch in Limerick". The Limerick Post. March 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. ^ "New Irish political party puts animals first with aims to ban greyhound racing & puppy farms". The Irish Post. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Party for Animal Welfare Ireland".
  6. ^ Mac an tSíthigh, Seán (2 February 2020). "Protest over calls for grey seal cull off Kerry". RTÉ News.
  7. ^ "Port protest over live animal exports". independent.
  8. ^ "New Zealand considering a ban on live cattle exports". The Farmers Journal. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  9. ^ a b "General Election Results". RTÉ News.
  10. ^ "Ted Cronin - Independent For Animal Welfare". 31 January 2020.
  11. ^ " Ted Cronin".
  12. ^ "Party for Animal Welfare". Party for the Animals.
  13. ^ "From Germany to Ireland, Tierschutz Partei supports Party for Animal Welfare". YouTube.
  14. ^ "Neue Tierschutzpartei "Party for Animal Welfare (PAW)" in Irland gegründet". Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz. 27 February 2019.