Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 527 - Answered on 11 October 2016
Tom Neville, TD (Fine Gael, Limerick County)
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce a scrappage scheme for horses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Michael Creed)
There are no plans to introduce a disposal scheme for horses.
The oversupply situation that pertained in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis no longer exists, with slaughtering increasing by 33% in the period January to September 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 and the export of horses to other European countries increasing by nearly 100% for the same period. In view of the foregoing, there is no justification for the introduction of a horse cull in Ireland.