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To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the use of a live reindeer in a busy Dublin shopping centre the regulations regarding such inappropriate exploitation of an animal in a crowded environment; if the ISPCA have been consulted; the action his department will take to ensure this is not repeated across the country in the run up to Christmas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. -Clare Daly TD
I understand that the reindeer was only present in the shopping centre for a very short period of time and there is no evidence that the welfare of the reindeer was compromised in any way. Nevertheless, while my Department appreciates the desire on the part of some people to enhance the experience of Christmas for children, I would urge anyone intending to use live animals for this purpose to first seek advice from my Department or the local authority veterinarian on the measures needed to ensure that the welfare of the animal is protected.
Section 11 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 provides that a person who has a protected animal, including a reindeer, in his or her possession or under his or her control, is obliged to ensure that the animal is kept and treated in a manner that safeguards the health and welfare of the animal. I would ask anyone who is concerned about the mistreatment of animals to contact my Department or An Gardai Siochana at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the welfare helpline at 076 1064408.
Clare submitted questions to the Minister on his Department striking a trade deal for cattle exports with Egypt even as Ibrahim Halawa sits in an Egyptian prison, and asked him to impose a ban on the export of greyhounds to die in the Canidrome in Macau.
Parliamentary Question No. 31
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if consideration was given to or any mention made of the continuing imprisonment without trial of a person (details supplied) in an Egyptian Prison during the brokering of the Irish-Egyptian agreement to allow Ireland to begin exporting live cattle to Egypt, which concluded in February 2016; if any effort was made during negotiations to leverage the deal to secure the release of this person; and if he will now consider calling off the deal before the first live exports take place near the end of this year..
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 13th July, 2016.
Ref No: 21010/16 Lottery: 4 Proof: 36 Order: 26
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine : (Michael Creed)
Questions relating to the release of the person referred to by the Deputy are a matter for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. In t hs regard I understand that his Department, both in Dublin and cairo, is very actively engaged in seeking a resolution in this case, as is the Taoiseach himself. Minister Flanagan gave a comprehensive speech to the House last Thursday, 7 th July and I understand the Deputy also contributed to the debate that resulted in an all-party motion being agreed by this House.