236. Deputy Clare Daly asked 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. (Question 20593/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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...

189. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the conditions at a pound (details supplied) which is the subject of a social media video displaying appalling living conditions for animals; if he is satisfied that the standard of welfare at this facility meets the welfare standards regarding all animals, including dogs seized, accepted or detained under the Control of Dogs Acts and under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10343/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the Control of Dogs Acts, local authorities have responsibility for the management of dog pounds. Enforcement of welfare standards for animals, including dogs come under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. My Department maintains a close working relationship with local authorities on dog welfare matters and has consulted with the relevant local authorities who avail of the services of the enterprise referenced, all o...

527. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to the conditions at a pound (details supplied) which is the subject of a social media video displaying appalling living conditions for animals; and if his Department will correspond with local government authorities and animal welfare inspectors to ensure a full inspection is carried out. (Question 8746/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): Under the Control of Dogs Acts, local authorities have responsibility for operating and managing dog control and licensing services in their administrative areas, including the management of dog pounds and shelters and my Department has no involvement in this process.
Furthermore, the enforcement of welfare standards regarding all animals, including dogs seized, accepted or detained under the Control of Dogs Acts, is a matter fo...

499. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to an incident on 5 February 2018 when a number of hounds from a club (details supplied) ran onto the M3 resulting in the death of four dogs and creating a significant danger for motorists; the steps he will take to sanction the club; and his plans for legislation to ban fox hunting. (Question 7327/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I am aware of the reported incident. 
The Hunting Association of Ireland has a detailed Code of Conduct in place in respect of the hunting of foxes. I am disappointed that despite the existence of this Code, this event occurred. I have asked my officials to engage with the Hunting Association to establish the circumstances associated with this event and to determine whether, in light of this event and another recent event, the...

73. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, officers monitoring illegal activity of digging out burrows; and if her Department will allocate further resources to counter the digging out of foxes and badgers from burrows across the country. (Question 2998/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Deputy Clare Daly: The question has been tabled against the backdrop of some very alarming evidence that has emerged online regarding the escalating and organised nature of some barbaric digging out of foxes, in particular, as well as badgers. Horrific brutality has been displayed in online imagery. In that context, how many NPWS officers are monitoring this activity and are there plans to increase that number?
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1213. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an incident that occurred on St. Stephen’s Day at a location (details supplied) in which a pack of hunt dogs entered an estate and killed a fox in a person’s garden; and the action he plans to take to prevent this happening again in view of the fact that children play in and around this area. (Question 1326/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I am aware of and concerned at the reported incident in Macroom. 
The Hunting Association of Ireland has a detailed Code of Conduct in place in respect of the hunting of foxes. I am disappointed that despite the existence of this Code, this event occurred. I have asked my officials to engage with the Hunting Association to determine whether, in light of this event, the Code needs updating. 
My Department is fully committed to ...

414. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the assistance his Department can provide for the development of a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and visitor centre in Fingal in view of the fact that such rescue centres are in operation throughout the UK. (Question 51779/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has provided funding to organisations involved in protecting animal welfare since 1995 in order to enable these organisations provide a valuable service in the area of animal welfare. Applications for funding from animal welfare organisations are assessed by my Department and awards made on the basis of certain criteria, including the level and type of assistance provided by the organisation in the delivery of c...

480. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take in respect of coursing similar to his Department’s policy to ban the use of animals for entertainment purposes at circuses in view of his Department’s commitment to animal welfare and the recent video footage of hares being severely mauled at meetings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50011/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the provisions of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 the regulation of coursing is chiefly a matter for the Irish Coursing Club (ICC). This is subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon, which is the statutory body with responsibility for the improvement and development of the greyhound industry, greyhound racing and coursing. The ICC has confirmed that it has systems in place to underpin the welfare of...

70. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the capacity in which NPWS officers are using Larsen traps; the time of year in which they are being used; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40526/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I replied to a similar question from the Deputy last week, which provided a substantive answer to the issues raised in relation to the regulated use of Larsen traps as part of my Department’s work to protect rare and threatened ground nesting birds from predator species such as the Grey Crow. 
A number of native Irish breeding birds, particularly ground-nesting birds, are of priority conservation concern due to steep d...

83. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of times NPWS officials attended at hare coursing meetings in the 2016/2017 coursing season; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27349/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department monitored seventeen hare coursing meeting during the 2016/17 coursing season. It is intended that these reports along with the Irish Coursing Club reports which range over 70 coursing meetings will be published on the NPWS website over the coming weeks.
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110. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if the attention of NPWS officials has been drawn to suspected cases of badger baiting in the past 12 months; if so, the details of those cases; and the outcome of investigations. (Question 27348/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys)(Deputy Heather Humphreys): Officials of my Department monitor compliance with the Wildlife Acts across the country on an on-going basis and carry out patrols and site visits to enforce the various provisions of these Acts, as required. Many of these officers carry out work in more than one county. They also investigate reports of breaches of the Acts including illegal snaring or “digging out” of badger...

1154. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 439 of 28 March 2017 regarding greyhound exports, the specific countries which do and do not provide the expected levels of greyhound care and management as defined in the IGB’s Code of Practice; and the position of China and Pakistan in this regard. (Question 19344/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established in 1958 under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 
Bord na gCon’s position with regard to greyhound welfare is illustrated by its commitment to and enforcement of welfare regu...

272. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to appoint welfare inspectors in each county to enforce the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 2013. (Question 17176/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department employs over 100 veterinary inspectors in Regional Veterinary offices around the country. These veterinary inspectors are authorised officers under the Animal Health and Welfare Act (2013) and their responsibilities include  the enforcement of animal welfare legislation provided for under the Act. Members of the Garda Síochána together with officers of Customs and Excise are also designated as authorised officers...

575. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the KSPCA refused to attend the scene of an incident (details supplied) in Kilkenny city on 26 March 2017 and informed persons calling to report the incident that it was a matter for the Garda, which had advised that it was a matter for the KSPCA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16004/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The incident mentioned is the subject of an ongoing investigation by An Garda Síochána who have assured my Department that, if it can be established a crime has been committed, every effort will be made in holding the offender(s) to account. 
Incidents of animal cruelty are totally unacceptable and my Department devotes considerable resources to protecting animal welfare and dealing with breaches of animal welfare legislation....

439. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the current regulations in place for the protection of animals transported overseas for non-economic reasons that are subsequently used for food, for example, greyhounds sent to China. (Question 14857/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 applies to the non-commercial movement of pet animals between EU Member States.
Directive 92/65/EEC applies to animal health requirements for trade in and imports to the EU of ‘other’ live animals, which includes some ruminants, Camelids (e.g. llamas, alpacas), cats and dogs (for commercial imports only), bees, apes, rabbits and hares, exotic birds, ferrets, mink, foxes, zoo animals and other exotic...

23. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the oversight role played by his Department in ensuring that the codes of practice drawn up under section 25 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, along with the provision in the Act that prohibits the hunting of animals which have been released in an injured, mutilated or exhausted condition, is adhered to by hunt clubs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12344/17 asked on 09 Mar 2017 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Hunting Association of Ireland has a detailed code of conduct in place in respect of the hunting of foxes. This code places responsibility on member packs to ensure that hunting is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 that prohibit the hunting of animals which have been released in an injured, mutilated or exhausted condition. Evidence of breaches can be reported to th...

388. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the second dead seal database report, covering the period 2014 to 2016 (details supplied), in particular the reports in it of a cluster of sub adult seals found dead with massive tissue loss; and if her department will take steps to investigate the cause of these deaths. (Question 39607/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department has had sight of the second Dead Seal Database report and my officials have been in communication with the organisation referred to by the Deputy about the database. 
I am advised that the deaths referred to may have been caused by one or more large bull seals. Such behaviour has been recorded in Scotland over a number of years.
My Department intends to keep abreast of research findings...

275. Deputy Clare Daly asked 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. (Question 38358/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): 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 comprehensi...

407. Deputy Clare Daly asked 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 (details supplied); 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. (Question 38403/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 Departm...

179. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the obligations of the Turf Club to ensure animal welfare standards are met; the role and obligations of the Turf Club in investigating breaches of those standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33958/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 179 and 180 together.
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is a commercial state body responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry. The Racing Regulatory Body (Irish Turf Club) is a private body charged under legislation with responsibility for the integrity and the reputation of Irish racing in Ireland and Internationally. 
The questions raised by th...

180. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the obligations of the Turf Club to ensure animal welfare standards are met and its role and obligations in investigating breaches of those standards have changed since 2011. (Question 33959/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 179 and 180 together.
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is a commercial state body responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry. The Racing Regulatory Body (Irish Turf Club) is a private body charged under legislation with responsibility for the integrity and the reputation of Irish racing in Ireland and Internationally. 
The questions raised by th...

534. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider making the installation of CCTV in abattoirs here a mandatory requirement in order to protect against potential abuse of animals. (Question 29854/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): All slaughter plants whose meat is destined for human consumption must meet the requirements set out in detailed EU regulations relating to food safety and animal health and welfare. Large scale slaughter plants operate under the supervision of my Department, while smaller scale abattoirs are supervised by the Local Authority Veterinary Service.
Primary responsibility for compliance with these regulatory requirements rests in...

222. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government further to Question No. 638 of 16 September 2016, if he will exercise his powers under section 222 of the Local Government Act 2001 to request the information sought from the local authority in question. (Question 28096/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I refer to the reply to Question No. 638 of 16 September 2016 which sets out the position in this matter.
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546. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of greyhounds which were homed by the Irish Greyhound Board in 2015; the arrangements which were made for retired racing greyhounds that were not homed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28555/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 546, 548 and 550 together.
Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.
Bord na gCon has informed me that it contributed the sum of €84,145 to The Irish Greyhound Trust Fund in 2015 and in addition to this provided the sum of €13,000 towards the neutering/spayin...

548. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of money the Irish Greyhound Board expended on retired greyhounds which were finished racing in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28557/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 546, 548 and 550 together.
Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.
Bord na gCon has informed me that it contributed the sum of €84,145 to The Irish Greyhound Trust Fund in 2015 and in addition to this provided the sum of €13,000 towards the neutering/spayin...