Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (972)

Holly Cairns


972. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to an incident of inappropriate snaring of animals (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38109/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Department's TB wildlife programme was capturing badgers using stopped restraints in the locality at that time. The Department's use of stopped restraints is in compliance with the Wildlife Act specifications and is licensed by the National Parks and Wildlife. At the site mentioned, the restraints were all placed on private agricultural land, which, at that time, were stubble fields, with the consent of the landowner. The restraints had been set the previous evening and the sites were visited at 8am in the morning by DAFM staff and contractors and the badgers removed as per normal procedures. No excessive injuries were present.