Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (1037)

Holly Cairns


1037. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures he plans to take to regulate the breeding, ownership, sale or supply of exotic species; when he plans to introduce legislation to that effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7459/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

In line with the commitment in the Programme for Government and the initiative identified in the recently-launched Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025, my Department will take the lead in establishing an independently chaired inter-departmental group to ensure a coherent national approach to policy and regulation related to exotic animals.

The focus of the group will be on regulating the keeping, breeding and trading of exotic animals. It is expected that work will begin on the initiative this spring.