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Dáil Éireann - Private Members Business (Independents 4 Change):

Tuesday 3 October 2017

“That Dáil Éireann:


— the progress made since the introduction of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013;

— that, despite the progress, there are an increasing number of incidents and reports of animal mistreatment, cruelty and abuse; and

— that this rise in reported incidents of animal cruelty stems from neglect, poor regulations, lack of enforcement of current legislation, inadequate legislation and lack of sanctions for those responsible for these acts of cruelty;

acknowledges the substantial work of individuals, families, animal welfare groups and activists in highlighting these problems; and
calls for:

— the introduction of a comprehensive system of monitoring conditions in which animals are kept;

— robust regulations to protect animals from abuse, cruel treatment, neglect and poor living conditions;

— those accused of abuse or acts of cruelty to be held accountable for their actions;

— transparency in relation to anti-doping protocols, publishing details of testing and more out-of-competition unannounced testing; and

— a clear message from Government that cruelty to animals is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” — Maureen O'Sullivan, Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Thomas P. Broughan, Mick Wallace, Catherine Connolly, Thomas Pringle.