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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Questions (31)

Kieran O'Donnell


28 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the animal welfare Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11978/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The Animal Health and Welfare Bill which gives effect to commitments in the Programme for Government and the Renewed Programme for Government on issues relating to animal health and welfare is being prepared in my Department. The new legislation will amend and consolidate legislation in the area of animal health, particularly to reflect the changed disease status of our animals. Existing legislation will also be updated to ensure that the welfare of all animals, including non-farm animals is properly protected and that the penalties for offenders are increased significantly. The Bill also provides for the consolidation of responsibility for the welfare of all animals (including non-farm animals) within my Department. I intend to submit the proposed heads of this Bill to the Government at an early date this year.