Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (192)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

192. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the extent to which pig producers have been in a position to meet the requirements of animal welfare legislation within the prescribed time and in accordance with conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29643/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

New EU Animal Welfare rules in relation to the loose housing of sows came into force on 1 January 2013 pursuant to Council Directive 2008/120/EC. The vast majority of pig producers have undertaken the necessary work to comply with the new rules and Department Veterinary Inspectors are following up with the remaining producers in order to ensure full compliance at an early date.