Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (974)

Thomas P. Broughan


974. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the provisions in relation to the commitment provided to him by the Irish Greyhound Board regarding the expansion of its code to include provisions with regard to best practice when exporting greyhounds; the expected timeline in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13458/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.  Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  

I have received assurances from Bord na gCon that it is committed to the expansion of its existing ‘Code of Practice in the Care and Welfare of the Greyhound’ to include advice on best practice when exporting greyhounds. Work on the expanded Code will be finalised when consideration of the Greyhound Industry Bill has been completed by the Oireachtas.

Bord na gCon is also a participant in the International Greyhound Welfare Forum and at a meeting of the Forum on 6th March 2019, Bord na gCon advised participants that it would engage with and accept input from members of the Forum in formulating the expanded Code.