Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 419 - Answered on 24th June, 2014
Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent)
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if animal welfare groups were included in the consultation process undertaken by his Department and stakeholders on the issue of use of animals in circuses; his plans regarding the publishing the draft Code of Practice for the use of animals in circuses; the way he will ensure a Code of Practice will be adequate in the protection of animals used in circuses; if he considered the concept of banning use of animals in all circuses here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney
My Department has met with circus representatives and with representatives from the ISPCA and the DSPCA to discuss the use of animals in circuses and to prepare a Code of Practice for circuses to be adopted under Section 25 of the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.
I have no plans to introduce a ban on the use of animals in circuses but I am keeping the matter under review.