Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 1062 - Answered on 16 April 2013
Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, United Left Alliance):
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the digging out of foxes.
Question 1068 - Answered on 16 April 2013
Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent):
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the reported growth of terriermen traffic between the UK and Ireland as stated in correspondence (details supplied); the actions that he intends taking in response to this letter; if he will cease the exchange of terrierwork between the two countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Question 1076 - Answered on 16 April 2013
Ann Phelan, TD (Carlow Kilkenny, Labour Party):
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a consultation process on the Animal Welfare Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael):
I propose to take Questions Nos. 1062, 1068 and 1076 together. There has been a considerable consultation with many parties on the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. Provisions on the prohibition of animal cruelty are set out at Section 12 of the Bill. Section 25 of the Bill provides for the adoption of Codes of Practice for the purposes of providing practical guidance relating to any of the purposes of the Act. Sub-section 25(7) states that a failure to observe a code of practice (where there was a code of practice in effect at the time of the commission of an offence) is admissible in evidence before a court. The Bill provides for a consultation process in advance of codes being adopted and it is my intention to ensure that codes when adopted will be kept under review.
With regard to the movement of terriers between Ireland and the UK, trade in live animals is regulated under EU legislation and it is not open to me to prohibit this trade as long as these regulations are complied with.
ICABS ACTION ALERT
Demand and end to cruel terrierwork and digging out. Email Minister Simon Coveney Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie or Tel: 01-607 2000.