Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 180 - Answered on 8th December 2005
Tony Gregory: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if the activities of the Ward Union Hunt (details supplied) will be reviewed in the context of her responsibilities under the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes Act 1984; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Ref No: 38590/05
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): Statutory responsibility for the monitoring of the Ward Union Hunt rests with my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government under the provisions of the Wildlife Act 1976. I understand that a veterinary surgeon engaged by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government monitors the welfare of deer hunted by the hunt club.
I am advised that the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes Act 1984 does not apply to deer.