Agriculture/Animal Welfare

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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Dáil Debates

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine his plans to ensure that the 2015 ruling of the European Court of Justice which ensures the welfare of animals during live export will be met throughout transport to destinations beyond EU borders.


My Department implements stringent system of controls on the welfare of animals being exported, in particular through a comprehensive legislative framework relating to the transport of animals by sea (The Carriage of Livestock by Sea Regulations 2016 (S.I. 356 of 2016).  Ships must be approved by my Department in advance of exporting cattle  from Ireland.  Cattle being exported are monitored during the prescribed isolation period by Department Veterinary Inspectors and in some cases by Official Veterinarians from the importing countries. This is in addition to work carried out by Private Veterinary Practitioners who carry out the testing required prior to export to enable certification. Furthermore, animals are inspected and certified by Official Veterinarians from the Department with regard to their health status and fitness for travel.
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine if he has had discussions with the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection regarding exemptions for stable staff to the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997; his views regarding the impact in the horse racing industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


Following the Labour  Court ruling regarding exemptions for stable staff to the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997,  I  was made aware of the deep concern that existed in the horse racing industry arising from this  ruling and its  potential for significant impact on the sector, particularly for smaller operators.

As part of the legislation governing employment in this area falls within the remit of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, I can confirm that I met with my colleague Minister Humphreys in relation to this issue in early 2018.    I also raised the matter with Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Minister Doherty.
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Oral Questions

To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his consultation with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officials regarding the Government’s response to climate change include discussions on transitioning focus from meat and dairy farming to more environmentally sustainable farming..  – Clare Daly. 
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the steps his Department takes to monitor breaches in the codes of practice regarding the selling and supply of goods through published advertisements, online or printed, regarding the sale of dogs and or puppies that have been bred illegally or are being sold to take part in illegal hunting activities.


The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) Minimum Standards, for online classified advertising websites, was launched in 2015. IPAAG is an advisory group of Irish animal welfare organisations, representatives from the veterinary profession and online websites. I fully endorse these Minimum Standards and would strongly encourage websites that advertise animals for sale to comply with them.

The Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, under the responsibility of the Minister for Rural and Community Development, sets out a framework for the regulation of dog-breeding establishments, requiring local authorities to establish and maintain registers of such establishments in their areas and prohibiting the operation of unregistered ones.

My Department is fully committed to promoting good practices that respect the welfare of all animals. I would encourage anyone who has evidence of a breach of animal welfare to report it to the Animal Welfare Hotline operated by my Department. The phone numbers of the hotline are as follows:

Call Save: 0761 064408

Phone: 01 6072379

Breaches of animal welfare can also be emailed to