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An animal rights group is calling on the organisers of Puck Fair to remove the goat from this year’s festival.

Goat catchers Pat Cahill and John McGrath overlook Dingle Bay with King Puck 2014.  Photo with thanks from Don McMonagle

The Animal Rights Action Network says the use of a live puck may breach part of the five freedoms included in the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

ARAN spokesman John Carmody is calling on the people of Killorglin to support its call to break with tradition.

Puck Fair takes place next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and at over 400 years old, is Ireland’s longest-running festival.

A spokesperson for Puck Fair said hundreds of years of tradition surrounded it and “the goat is the festival”.

This year’s King Puck, a wild mountain goat, was captured near Castlegregory and has been under the supervision of an independent vet since.

Mr Carmody says this will not ease the psychological problems the animal will endure:

Photo with thanks from Don McMonagle