Animal Welfare

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Animal Welfare, Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

Numbering as many as 5 million in the early 20th century, the population of the majestic African elephant has been reduced to only a few hundred thousand due to the demand for ivory by the world’s nouveau riche. It is estimated that 100 elephants are brutally killed each day by poachers.

But last week, China announced a ban on its ivory trade by the end of 2017. This is a cause for excitement for animal activists around the globe.

“It’s a game-changer, and could be the pivotal turning point that brings elephants back from the brink of extinction,” says Elly Pepper, of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. “…ending the legal ivory trade in China, the world’s largest consumer of elephant ivory, is critical to saving the species.”

Conservation group WWF also welcomed China’s announcement as a signal of the end to the world’s primary legal ivory market,and a “major boost to international efforts to tackle the elephant poaching crisis…”
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare, Dáil Debates

Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues

Reindeer in busy shopping centre

Reindeer in shopping centre

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 or on the welfare helpline at 076 1064408.

Animal Welfare, Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if her attention has been drawn to an incident on 26 November 2016 (details supplied) during which a number of dogs were put down after breaking into the club compound and killing a number of hares; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly.


Ref No: 38358/16


Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs   (Ms. Heather Humphreys, T.D.):

My Department is aware of the occurrence of a recent incident relating to hares captured and in captivity for the meeting in question. It is understood that the meeting was scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 December but that, following the incident, the coursing club has proposed that it be rescheduled for next January.

While full details are not clear at this stage, I have asked for a comprehensive report on the incident from the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) from both the perspective of the ICC and of the local coursing club. Officials of my Department are separately investigating the matter locally and have visited the club on several occasions over recent days.

In the meantime, pending completion of investigations and full consideration of the matter, I have directed the ICC, without prejudice, that the rescheduled meeting should be suspended and that no further hares should be captured for the meeting.