Thursday, 7 November 2019

Questions (179)

Noel Rock


179. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress of the prohibition of mink farming Bill on the banning of fur farming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45904/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department is in the process of preparing a Bill to provide for the phased introduction of a ban on fur farming which will include a prohibition on mink farming. Along with animal welfare considerations, social and economic aspects in relation to the industry need to be taken into account. The Bill will make it illegal for any new fur farms to be established and will put in place phase out arrangements for the small number of current operators. This will allow for an orderly wind down of the sector and allow time for employees to find alternative opportunities.

The necessary work to prepare the appropriate legislation is ongoing within my Department.