Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (556)

John Lyons

Question:

556. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of enforcement actions taken by his Department under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 in urban and rural areas; and the number of subsequent prosecutions under the new powers of this Act. [4886/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013 has not yet been commenced. The Act is due to be commenced and to enter effect from the end of February 2014. In the interim, offences will continue to be prosecuted under the Protection of Animals Act 1911, the Diseases of Animals Act, 1966, the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes Act, 1984 or other legislation, as appropriate.