Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 413 - Answered on 24th June, 2014
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 continuing campaign to stop Irish and European companies trading with China for angora wool products which involves the live plucking of the fur of an angora rabbit every three months over a four to five year period; if his attention has been drawn to companies here still buying angora wool from China; and if he will consider introducing regulations for businesses trading in animal products with other countries in order to prevent the exploitation of animals in those countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney
I have not received any representations on this matter. However I have asked my officials to investigate the extent of the trade in this activity and report back to me in the matter.