We brought you the exclusive story last week, see here, of the bullock injured at a local mart which was left over 10 hours in a pen before being put down. Responses have poured out from various organisations and now the ICSA have issued a response of their own.
ICSA President Patrick Kent warned against knee jerk responses to the recent news story of the seriously injured bullock. He then backed the operations of Irish marts with regards animal welfare and put the injuries suffered down to the animal being spooked.
"ICSA is fully in favour of best animal welfare practices in marts. As far as we are concerned, Irish marts work very hard to ensure that animal welfare is a priority. For the most part, animals are taken in, penned, put into the ring for sale and subsequently loaded in as smooth a fashion as possible. However, as anyone who has ever observed mart sales knows, the odd animal who is not used to the mart surroundings gets spooked." said Kent.
He says the first priority of marts is health and safety of the public and employees, adding that he felt the mart acted correctly in the moment.
"This can result in serious injury to the animal. The mart's first priority must be the health and safety of all mart employees and patrons. In this case, the mart seemed to act correctly in immediately calling a vet who administered pain relief treatment to the animal but who seemingly was unable to put the animal down on health and safety grounds.", he continued.
He then said this latest incident points to the need for a review of procedures in instances like this, though questioned what else the mart manager could have done at a time of a large sale.
"There is a need for the mart to review the case to see if procedures could be changed in any way but it is hard to see how the mart manager could have acted differently other than to follow veterinary advice and prioritise health and safety. Clearly, the options at a mart are very limited. For example, it simply isn't possible to move all the other animals other than to proceed with selling them." said Mr. Kent.
He continued by stating that the mart should not be attacked, when the animal had received pain medication and pointed to Irish hospitals as an example of worse practices.
"It is easy to pontificate about what should have been done but much harder to deal with all considerations on the day. At least pain relief was administered immediately and in a country where people are left waiting in accident and emergency waiting rooms for hours, let's not get carried away with attacking the mart." he added.
"I am sure the mart manager and committee will carefully review this, make changes if necessary and continue to work to deliver best possible animal welfare outcomes.", concluded Mr. Kent.