Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (186)

Sean Fleming


187 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is considering proposals to remove cats from the vermin list immediately and to include cat welfare in the forthcoming animal welfare Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4194/12]

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

Cats which are owned by humans will receive the full protection of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. My Department does not maintain a statutory "vermin list" for any animals. The Deputy may be referring to lists maintained by non-statutory bodies.