Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 37 - Answered on 21st April, 2016
Maureen O'Sullivan: (Dublin Central, Independent) To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to a company (details supplied) seeking greyhounds from here, in view of the decision by the Australian Government to ban animal transports to this company; and if he will ban the transport of greyhounds from this country to that racing track, where they are open to abuse and exploitation.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney
Macaus's Canidrome race track
I am aware of the reports. Once appropriate animal health and welfare certification requirements are met, dogs, including greyhounds, may be exported internationally, including to China. Exporters are required to comply with the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 1 of 2005 on the protection of animals during transport. My Department understands that Bord na gCon is making enquiries to determine if a Racing Code of Conduct offence has been committed or if an offence under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 has been committed in this instance.
|A doomed greyhound at Macau’s Canidrome (Photo: Animals Australia)|
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