County Kerry, End the Capture and Display of Wild Goats at Puck Fair

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Wild animals suffer tremendously, both physically and mentally, when caught, especially during handling and transport, and contact with humans can terrify and disorient them. So spare a thought for the goat who will soon be “crowned” King Puck at the Puck Fair in Killorglin, County Kerry.

PETA oppose Puck Fair crueltyIn what must be a terrifying ordeal, each year, a wild male goat is caught in the mountains, confined to a small cage in town and then hoisted high in the air, where he remains for three days while revellers party below.

Goats deserve to be left alone so that they can roam the beautiful, sprawling mountains of County Kerry – not captured every year and imprisoned inside a cramped and wholly unsuitable enclosure.

There are many other ways for Killorglin’s residents to celebrate their local community without putting animals at risk. This year, we’ve written to the Mayor of Kerry, offering to contribute to the creation of a life-like goat sculpture if it will help end this cruel and archaic practice. We hope that Killorglin’s mayor and residents will take us up on this offer.

If you visit the county or anywhere else with an attraction that includes a captive animal, please walk the other way. Tourists have so many fantastic opportunities available to them that it’s easy to have a holiday filled with cruelty-free memories.

Image: “King Puck goes up” by Alice / CC BY-SA 2.0

Comments

  • Joan Wells commented on August 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    This is a form of ritual torture. Ritual torture of animals and children, who cannot speak for themselves and cannot seek help, is the most heinous of crimes. Please enforce animal abuse and animal torture laws already on your books.

    And would you please take the next step and enhance the rights of non human beings, some of which are companion animals. At this time, these sentient beings are treated worse than garbage being thrown out. Non-human beings, who cannot speak for themselves, have inherent value currently disregarded by millions of people under your jurisdiction. Non-human beings are not here to be tortured, abused, and killed by uncaring or malicious people. Please acknowledge the value of the world’s non-human beings. Thank you.

  • Mandy Hanton commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:13 am

    There is really no excuse for this horrendous act. Tradition involving cruelty needs to be relegated to the history books.

  • Duncan Barrett commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Depressing.

  • Hayley commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:16 am

    This is torture, poor little goat. Must be terrified! This needs to be banned!

  • angela Cunningham commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Stop this cruelty now

  • jo simpson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:19 am

    No live animal deserves to be treated like this just for human entertainment its wrong and barbaric.

  • Gemma Cleaver commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Why is it ok for humans to have fun at the expense of animals? Animals who suffer physical and mental torture.

    Are you really still so barbaric that this is deemed acceptable? Perhaps you could replace the goat with a willing volunteer instead? Oh, sorry, what was that you say? No volunteers? I wonder why that might be?

    Stop your backward and cruel practices and learn the meaning of compassion.

  • Heidi commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Really!?!
    Why in earth is this even being considered! How disgraceful. I certainly will not be visiting until this is stopped. I won’t have that resting on my consciounce and neither should you.

    Sort it out. Makes me sick.

  • angela Cunningham commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

    This is so cruel stop this happening you have the powers that be to end this.

  • Natalie commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Stop this NOW!

  • Soraya Aslam commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:22 am

    This is an unacceptable practice in the 21st century. Come on, Puck Fair, Killorglin, County Kerry, you’re better than this (this being a barbaric abuse of goats).

  • Christine Biggs commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Completely unnecessary cruelty.

  • Shar commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Why is this still acceptable?? In this day and age people should have more understanding and compassion for those with no voice! I find this disgusting and would appreciate this ritual modernised with no animal assault!

  • Lynne Brocklebank commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This is an old barbaric tradition people in this day and age know better we have education this is a terrifying ordeal for a poor goat who has done nothing to deserve this please reconsider

  • Leanna mcneil commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Please stop capturing a wild goat each year for this event- it’s tainting what could be a beautiful celebration with cruelty. Thank you

  • Gillian Dancy commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I know how hard some find it when traditions are altered,but in 2014 we should be more advanced and realise that animals really suffer as much as we do.Please have a think about this.I am sure one can find another option as it seems some have been offered up.
    Thank you

  • fernanda commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Stop this nonsense. Animals are not ours to abuse and torture. This is ridiculous.

  • TraceyHalleron commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

    This is cruel and barbaric!

  • Rachel Roberts commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Please enjoy your celebrations without the terror and misery of a wild animal. We are in the 21st century now, and need to
    behave in ways that show we have moved on from bear baiting and the likes. Animals feel all the same pain and fear that humans do. Have a humane fare and leave the goat where he belongs – on the ground of an Irish mountainside.
    Please – and thank you.

  • Julie Jenkins commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Cruel and unnecessary

  • Sharon Thompson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Catching wild animals & keeping them in a small cage, especially one that is suspended & in an unnatural environment is cruel. Cruelty can never be justified for tradition or entertainment. Please stop this aspect of the festival & find other ways to celebrate.

  • Moira Anderson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Why are things like this still going on. Is there not enough cruelty in the world!!! Boils my blood. Would they do the same to humans!!!!

  • Mrs Eileen Kelly commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

    It’s hard t believe this cruelty and sheer stupidity is going on in modern day Ireland in the name of “tradition” and entertainment! The good name of Kerry is being sullied by this and now the world is watching through the publicity this has gained on the internet,and rightly so.Shame on anyone involved in this archaic tradition…in this day and age we are well aware of the suffering of wild creatures or any animal subjected to something as unnatural as this.Disgraceful!

  • jennie commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I had no idea that a country so advanced with such a civilized society, who take part in the world financial services, still participate in a pre medieval ritual. I am disgusted that such a barbaric event still happens. How would you like to be living a quiet life and then suddenly and with such loud noise be kidnapped by a Muslim group such as ISIS and mentally threatened with potential death for three days.

    Beggars belief!

  • Lynn Hemsworth commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:45 am

    This is ridiculous, get into the 21st century.

  • Ann Marie Bax commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I go to Ireland a lot having relatives in Galway. I’m thinking of seeing Kerry with my Cousin – I’m not going now. After reading that this happens I know I would hate every minute of this. I don’t want to see a helpless wild animal being swung above me, frightened and confused. How can you think this is good? What do you think this teaches children about how we respect animals? Do you realise we are in 2014 Ireland??? Come on! I love Ireland, even spent last night looking at houses honestly. Move on, grow up! If you need to so this as some kind of ritual do the decent thing and get a fake one…many animal loving people who visit Ireland won’t think this is clever or good tourism…doesn’t make Ireland look good at all in my opinion.

  • Lyndon g bishop commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:46 am

    This is sick and cruel and has no place in a civilised society disgusting

  • Rebecca davison commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:47 am

    disgusting!!! time to pull Kerry out of the dark ages.

  • Kim gibson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

    We should be teaching children to love and respect animals and nature and set an example. This is barbaric and totally unnecessary. There is so much suffering in the world and the Irish are such warm adm loving people, please don’t make me have to explain to my two small daughters why you are doing this to a beautiful animal.

    From a mother trying to teach her children how to be be kind human beings.

  • Aviv Stein commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Please be kind to animals!

  • M Meens commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

    This ritual shames the Irish of Kerry as being backward and poorly educated. Please stop as you are not only being cruel but you are making it impossible for Irish to escape the general ideology that they lack intelligence

  • Lesley commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

    This is awful. Someone should dress up as a goat and put themselves in the position of the poor goat and see how it feels. Everyday I’m in total shock of what us so-called caring compassionate animal loving human beings do. There is absolutely no need for this to carry on

  • vanessa voller commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I can not believe that such acts of animal cruelty are taking place in Ireland during this day and age, and such influential acts of cruelty are being inflicted upon innocent children’s minds. To think, this is going on only a stones throw away from where I live in England. To make matters worse, I am contemplating selling up here and moving to Ireland! Maybe I need to rethink!

    I am interested to hear peoples views/reasons as to WHY this ritual takes place!

  • Eliza Johnson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

    not in this time. no. it must stop, public cruelty must not be condoned, no matter how rooted in tradition.

  • Trish Ashton commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Please show the world you speak for humanity against cruelty

  • Eliza Johnson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

    public animal cruelty must not be supported in this time, no matter what the tradition.

  • Ellie Roberts commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Absolutely disgusting and should be stopped immediately.

  • Melanie Harris commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I agree with Joan Wells that animals should not be tortured. Surely there are lots of ways that mock goats can be created for this event.

    It is time for animal cruelty to stop.

  • Caroline booth commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Please stop this cruel practice

  • Nuria Vergara commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Torture is not a celebration. STOP!!!

  • Ericha Johansson commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This is why I’m leaving Ireland. Your disregard for animals, and your terrible lack of even basic animal rights legislation, as well as how people really don’t understand that what they’re doing is animal cruelty is beyond words. Your behaviour could perhaps be expected from uneducated people in a third world country, but to see it take place here every day is more than I can take. I will not contribute to your country with my taxes and my income. I hope one day you will wake up and stop this barbaric cruelty.

  • P. McLaughlan commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

    this is utterly disgusting. WHY are people so cruel to animals and kids.

  • heather commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This is absolutely disgusting and must be stopped immediately.
    As suggested before dress up a human being as a goat and put them in that cage for 3 days with no food/water. I am sure then this “entertainment” would stop.
    What happens to the poor goat after the 3 days – or would I not want to know ??
    Heather.

  • Sandra Cornelius commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Please use the sculpture,show a little love for Gods creation.

  • heather commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    This is absolutely disgusting and vile. As someone else suggested dress up a human being and put them in the cage for 3 days and see how they like it. I wonder how many of the so called participants would volunteer for the role ?
    What happens to the poor goat at the end of the 3 days – is he released back into the wild or would I rather not know ?
    Heather.

  • Shane 'O' Toole commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The goat might enjoy it, if it suffers in silence how can we be sure that this is not the case…..It may enjoy it more than the cold mountain side…..can we be certain of this fact?!?

  • Donna knowles commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Please stop this unnecessary cruelty

  • Peter Allum commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

    THIS IS TRULY BARBARIC.

  • Leigh Ann commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Seriously is 2014. Stop being so barbaric! It’s disgusting. And remember there is karma in the animal Kingdom as well

  • Tracy Asaly commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

    So sad. Such an act of cruelty should not be allowed. It sends out the wrong message completely to those below. It should be stopped immediately.

  • Rebecca Roy commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Totally unnecessary and very cruel

  • Heather Brooker commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    What century are we living in? And in a ‘nation of animal lovers’. What does this say to the rest of the world, while we condemn cruelty?

  • gail commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    a horrible thing to happen to any animals and what happens to the goat after his 3 terrifying days of imprisonment
    There is no need for anything that says it is traditional when the mayor has been offered an alternative
    I always find it hard to believe that people in this century who say they are civilised wether is be single,a town or country or county is so heart rending
    STOP THIS ”RITUAL” NOW

  • TP WHITE commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    This ritual shames the Irish as being backward and poorly educated. Please stop as you are not only being cruel but you are making it impossible for Irish to escape the general ideology that they lack intelligence

  • Evangelia commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This needs to stop , this poor animal is terrified , wat the hell have ppl become

  • Danielle Power commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I hope the Idea of a sculpture of a goat and the offer of a contribution towards its realization will be taken on board, it is a wonderful idea, tradition can be upheld while animals are protected for the beautiful, gentle beings that they are <3

  • Ruth Parsfield commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

    There are no excuses for this cruelty. It is barbaric, archaic and has no place in a civilised society. This event casts a dark shadow over Kerry’s reputation. The ‘tradition’ should be replaced with goat costumes for humans or models of goats.

  • Shirley dalziel commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I thought this was a civilised country! Stop this as you have no rights to do this to a living being. Imagine the reaction if it was a human you were doing this to (instead of a goat), from another country a century ago and you were looking back in time. Then you might see how barbaric it is.

  • K Grober commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

    There is no justification for this cruel tradition. Seems humanity develops backwards. Leave the poor goat alone.

  • Wendy Keelan commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Stop this archaic and cruel treatment of innocent animals now. It is backward and portrays the country in a very bad light. Gandhi judged a country on how it treats its animals and so do I.

  • Carline lees commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Shows disregard. For anothers rights it is a liberty taken of a vaunrable animal

  • Julie Mcginty commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Unbelievably barbaric. Grow up Ireland and try showing some compassion towards the other creatures we SHARE this planet with! !

    • Fiona commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

      I don’t see where you get the right to blame the country for something one town in one county does, I am an Irish citizen and I and many others do not condone animal cruelty. Who are you to make blanket statements based on only one document?

  • june edwards commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

    This is not doe for any other cause but entertainment, there has to be a stop on this, its immoral, and cruel if they would not want it done to themselves why would they want to do it to an innocent animal. get it stopped full stop.

  • Valerie watson commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

    What incredibly stupid and unintelligent people to even wish to do this to any animal. It should clearly be unlawful to do so and punishment inflicted on the pathetic idiots that practice such insensitive behaviour

  • lynne lloyd-jones commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love the Irish people and am absolutely stunned that this is going on! Please please put an end to this practice!

  • Nina McCanch commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Why don’t the RSPCA (or Irish equivalent) use their power to stop this happening?

  • Janet Karnovski commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

    How can this be happening in a western society in the 21 century? I thought it was somewhere in Turkey or a middle eastern country. Imagine my horror when I realised this is so near to home. You should be completely ashamed of yourselves. Are you bringing back bear baiting next?

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Pointless, so pointless, stop this, there is no need for this, grow up humans!!, i so hate humans.

  • Jonathan commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Shame on them!

  • Fr Giorgio Miles commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

    A total disgrace that shames all of humanity.

    We have a responsibility to care and protect those we share this world with. In this instance we fail.

    Those who stand by and say/do nothing are as much to blame as those who actually do this terrible act.

  • Sally Griffyn commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    this really has to stop … many who go will be horrified that you still do this and won’t have the courage to say something or know how to get it stopped. Animals are not ours for entertainment. This is really cruel. Imagine your pet in the same situation … family cat? Dog? or if you don’t get it imagine your child, mother in a cage …

  • Shirley Stokes commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What type of people allow this to happen?? Would you be happy to party with a poor goat trapped and scared dangling above you??? Disgusting people. This has to stop now.

  • Katja Friedrich commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Don’t act so barbaric and cruel, stop this abuse of innocent wild animals for your simple minded entertainment! Start acting compassionate towards those innocent animals.

  • Marie Suchocki commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Humans disregard for animals ion the 21st century is appalling, this is so cruel, it has to be stopped!!!!!

  • Lorraine Tinkler commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

    This is barbaric – more needs to be done as just comments alone will not change a thing. Our race feels it’s acceptable to continue to abuse and torture and slaughter innocent , defenceless creatures because they can and for pleasure. It is beyond comprehension And heart breaking.

  • patricia commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    So cruel what kind of people thinks this is okay??

  • Roxanne commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Please end this

  • Roxanne Kirby commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Please End This Cruelty

  • Ann Hicks commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I cannot believe t his is allowed to carry on in this day and age, what significance is it to have a goat hoisted above you while you party ? It’s cruel and has to stop

  • Sandra Lewis commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I was disgusted to read this article, thought we lived in a civilised country. I sometimes cannot believe how cruel people can be.

  • Sherry Richardson commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Stop this now!!! It must b horrifying and frightening for this poor animal!! String up a pedophile instead!

  • Sarah Brocklehurst commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This is just barbaric. I cannot believe that this sort of thing actually happens in this day and age! Just makes me so angry. Stupid stupid people.

  • David deLaunay commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Very cruel an unnrecessary. Display of animal mistreatment.
    Please re-think that.

  • Vanessa Evans commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Grow up Irish , it’s time you moved into the 21st century

  • marlen arciniega commented on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Just evil humans can enjoy the suffering of any living thing, this cruelty must stop.

  • Amanda Butwell commented on August 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I cannot believe what I have just read. You people should be ashamed of yourselves for behaving towards an animal in this way, I always believed the Irish to be compassionate and caring, how wrong I was. If you must do something like this and I cannot for the life of me understand why, then maybe there is someone amongst your own flock of people who could stand in. Wont be visiting Ireland again until this barbaric behaviour ceases and will be telling all my friends about it too.

  • Mary Gomez commented on August 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    There is no place for this in a civilized society. We must recognize the pain that other beings suffer at our hands.

  • marleen bakker commented on August 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    stop this stupid fools this is abusing,go sit fot yourself in that gage so high and see if you like it,stop stop stop

  • BARBARA CHAPMAN commented on August 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Why? So cruel, whats wrong with people

  • Joseph Finch commented on August 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I disagree with any creature,, animal Insect or human being abused in any way,,

  • Sandeepa commented on August 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Another absurd and totally stupid idea to celebrate. What are they celebrating anyway…..the innocent animals’ helplessness or dumb, uneducated, backward humans’ insensitivity ??? Mocking at nature and they call it entertainment ! Phew….! Why don’t they catch the citizens and do the same to them ?

  • Julie Lowery commented on August 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    End this now! These are God’s creatures and NOT ours to abuse. Ireland get a grip. What a bunch of loser people.

  • Beryl Gray commented on August 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    bloody hell ireland you carnt be doing this in the twenty first century your not barbarians
    your supposed to be civilised

  • di harmon commented on August 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    How could they do this, it’s the first I have heard of it. Appalling treatment of an innocent animal.

  • sheila keegan commented on August 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Totally barbaric please have this cruel practise stopped!!!

  • emma commented on August 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Horrible,ignorant people…poor animal.

  • Nina commented on August 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    End this act of cruelty, you’re adding to your sins even further. It maybe your soul one day!

  • Ellie commented on August 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Senseless cruelty! Shame on you all who condone this. Monsters

  • Wendy commented on August 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Have a heart and have fun without cruelty

  • Alix Freeman commented on August 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Disgusting practice …this is not the 1800’s …the ritual of capturing a wild goat can be replaced by something else, Peta have offered to put up a sculpture of the goat…I am surprised at the people in County Kerry who allow this to continue, such a beautiful place, but I won’t be returning there until this abuse has ended.

  • Lorraine Sherry commented on August 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Disgusting evil behaviour by humans who are supposed to be the most intelligent animal on earth. Far from it !

  • Joanne Kay commented on August 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    This is a joke right? !!!!!

  • Gillian Shaw commented on August 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    What a very, very stupid tradition. Pointless, archaic and for what????? Grow up and change this.

  • Sharon Peacey commented on August 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    This is just beyond cruel and barbaric. What is the thinking behind this? The modern world understands that animals feel pain and experience fear and suffering. There is no excuse! This ritual must end.

  • Patricia Meechan commented on August 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I have Irish ancestors and I’m sure they would be horrified at doing such a thing to an animal it’s cruel and totally unessary try and think of the horror this poor wild animal goes through for three days I am disgusted to think of my fellow people doing such wicked things

  • Wendy Ward commented on August 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Basterds

  • Marie linnen commented on August 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Ireland has no respect for animals

  • Diane Bray commented on August 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Can’t believe people can treat animals like this. It needs to stop now!

  • Annemarie O'Brien commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I can’t believe this happens in Ireland… disgusted

  • Melanie commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    These people are retarded and backward idiots! Hang them in the air!! How can this be acceptable by European law???

  • CATH HARDING commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Stop this hideous cruelty and grow up!

  • Bridget wilson commented on August 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Oh my – Ireland ! What are you thinking ! No civilised country should be subjecting a defenceless animal to such cruelty – disappointed !

  • lisa sinclair commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    why ??? the more i think about it the less sense it makes, cruel, sick, unnecessary, shame on you !!!!

  • Zoe commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    This has got to stop

  • Debs commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    What kind of idiots would even go to such an event? This is disgraceful in this day and age.

  • Samantha commented on August 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    This is completely unnecessary!

  • M Mene commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    This is cruel and stupid beyond words. Can someone please remins the morons that do this that it is 2014 not 1314. Lets pit them in a highrise cage for 3 days and ignore them. LET THE ANIMAL OUT NOW!

  • patti Mckinley commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This is cruelty to animals & it must stop! Please have a heart!Animals don’t deserve this treatment!

  • patti Mckinley commented on August 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Aww, come on man, give the animals a break! This is barbaric!

  • judith dirom commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Stop this madness please .

  • Mary Savage commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This is very cruel and show a very bad mentality and reflection on irish people . Leave the goat up on the mountains where they belong . .. grow up

  • Sharon commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Stop this it’s cruel !!!!

  • elaine commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Its very cruel to do that to an animal, I wish some of these people treating animals in this way could just walk a mile in their shoes, they might just change their practices

  • Sandra e hay ton commented on August 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Omg need I say anymore !!

  • Jane Wroe commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Why on earth in this enlightened day and age is this going on? This goat will suffer horribly, for what? Totally disgusting and needs to be stopped immediately. Offers of goat effigies have been offered and should be more than enough. Why put an animal through this when you could have a lifelike substitute and make this totally cruelty free? Disgusted with Ireland at this point.

  • Neeve commented on August 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I personally think this is an unnessesary ritual… The sculpture idea I think is a good one… No need to use a live animal.. I do wish to say however this is not an Irish ritual … Please don’t get confused! This is a Kerry tradition! If you asked most people from Ireland what the puck fair was about they’d have absolutely no idea! I can’t think of any other county in Ireland that has a ritual like this! So it’s not the Irish people doing this it’s the Kerry county council and the killorglin town council allowing this to continue ..

  • Nikki commented on August 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Please stop this horrific cruel and completely pointless action! We as humans should know better than to cause suffering to any living thing! Dress people up as a goat and put them in a cage! You can still party and celebrate tradition but also prove that we as a species can and will evolve! We are not living in the dark ages where people knew no better!

  • Jenn commented on August 10, 2014 at 1:20 am

    When will the human race stop abusing animals for entertainment & calling it tradition? I cant believe in this day & age that there are so many people who think its ok & its just in the name of fun! Use fake items if you really insist on doing this kind of thing, just remember that if it was YOU being chased, tackled, hoisted up in the air YOU would not like it! If it is ok to use a live animal why not use the mayor or church leader – whoever you have over there!!

  • Kelly Marie commented on August 10, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Seriously wtf is wrong with you people…are you for real..omg its just absolutely sick??!!!
    Whats wrong with just using a giant stuffed toy or something..other than this..its just pure cruel..NO animal deserves that..an for what your entertainment!!!! #bullshit ….. this needs to stop an STOP now!!!!!

  • Cindy commented on August 10, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Wow. You have idiots in the UK too. Thought they were only in America.

  • tracey price commented on August 10, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Wish he could be put in the cage himself ,it makes me feel sick how people minds think and they can take any part in something like this

  • georgina commented on August 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

    This is so cruel, leave animals alone that not here for entertainment
    Its babaric . Animals should be alowed to live in there nature habitat. How would they like it if this was done to them . Poor goat must be so frightened . Plrase stop this now
    You dont need a goat to have a party !

  • Dagmar Kley commented on August 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

    As a regular visiter to Ireland I found out that the Irish are not very responsible
    with their animales.They bye Horses and as soon as they not needed anymore they let them free. This is more than stupid, because before bying, they should start thinking.I know about a Horse in Donegal, which is standing alone for more than four years now.Horses are not made for living on there own.

  • karen clow commented on August 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

    This is disgusting and i’m certain the good people of Ireland are as appauled as i am over knowing this happens! Its disgusting, cruel, barbaric and primitive.!!In the name of all that is good and desent it most stop!!!

  • sandra quinn commented on August 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

    cant b

    elieve how backward /these rituals belong in the past

  • Julie Bolton commented on August 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Please stop this barbaric torturous of live goats and use a sculpture instead

  • sandra quinn commented on August 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    these rituals belong in the past

  • maria blake commented on August 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

    What sense does this make? None. Let the goats be and create a beautiful statue, that gives the goat the freedom and peace that it is entitled to. No more cruelty!!!!!

  • Tulin commented on August 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

    It’s cruel and evil.poor goats or any animal should not endure.how would they like it done to them.these animals have feeling too.hope it will stop.

  • barbara commented on August 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    How cruel

  • jane byford commented on August 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    DISGRACEFUL THAT HUMANS SHOULD BE SO CHILDISH IN CARRYING ON THIS OLD FASHIONED RITUAL. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE

  • Stef Wreyford commented on August 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Evil ignorant twats… <:-(

  • Ronan commented on August 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Its nice to see PETA getting more involved with Irish issues!

  • carol edwards commented on August 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    its just so archaic and cruel all these things that animals are used for, I thought the world had moved on from this, obviously not, but about time it did. This has to stop

  • L Nicoll commented on August 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

    This seems a really unnecessary tradition. I can’t believe intelligent people think this is ok.

  • Danielle McGlinchey commented on August 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I have attended this as a child and it disturbed me to my core. Even then, over 20 years ago. The goat used to be inside an even smaller pen and it wasn’t even able to stand at all. It has improved very slightly in a bigger cage but I boycotted going to this puck fair as it disturbed me so much as an animal lover. This needs to stop.

  • Nicola Kent commented on August 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    So cruel, please stop this barbaric practice

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