Party for Animal Welfare
LeaderCarol Johnson
FoundedDecember 2018
IdeologyAnimal welfare[1]
Anti-blood sport
Colours  Pink,   green and   white

The Party for Animal Welfare is a minor political party in Ireland, with a focus on animal welfare.[2][3]

Policies and activities

They advocate the banning of blood sports, puppy farms, factory farming, greyhound racing and other animal cruelties.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]


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.[8][9] He received 391 (0.5%) first preference votes in the Kerry constituency,[10] being eliminated in the third count, coming second last.[8]


PAW is a member of the Animal Politics Foundation.[11] 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.[12][13]


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