Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (1022)

Matt Carthy


1022. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department issued a direction to mink farms that a cull was to be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7064/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Programme for Government 2020 contains a commitment regarding the prohibition of fur farming and Department officials have been working on appropriate steps to give effect to this. My Department is in the process of drafting a Bill to provide for the introduction of a ban on fur farming which will include a prohibition on mink farming.

The Bill will make it illegal for any new fur farms to be established and will provide for the closure of the small number of existing farm operations. My Department has not issued a direction to mink farmers that a cull was to be carried out.