An army of animal lovers took to the capital's streets today to call for tougher laws to protect their four-legged friends.
Hundreds of campaigners gathered on O'Connell Street to fight for harsher penalties for cruelty in the upcoming Animal Welfare Bill.
Some activists sported dog, cat and monkey costumes as they marched through the city centre waving banners and posters.
Rally organisers said they also wanted a ban on circus animals and the outlawing of hare coursing in the bill, which is currently being drafted by the Department of Agriculture.
'The Irish Government simply doesn't make animal protection issues a priority,' John Carmody of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) said.
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