Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (2025)

Paul Murphy

Question:

2025. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of thoroughbred foals born over the past five years; the number registered to race on the track; the number of horses exiting racing over the same period; and the number of same that were sent to slaughter. [15584/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is a commercial state body established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001, and is responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry.

The parts of the question raised by the Deputy in relation to the number of thoroughbred foals born over the past five years, the number registered to race on the track and the number of horses exiting racing over the same period are  operational matters for HRI. I have requested my officials refer these parts of the question to HRI for direct reply.

  Details of the number of thoroughbreds slaughtered at facilities approved by my Department for each year from 2016 to 2020 inclusive are given in tabular format below.

It is important to note that these equines were issued with passports by Weatherbys Ireland, although not all of those would necessarily have been born in Ireland. Legislation allows for studbooks to issue passports for equines that are eligible for inclusion in the studbook but born anywhere in the EU.

 The number of thoroughbreds slaughtered at facilities approved by my Department for each year from 2016 to 2020 inclusive.

Year

No of Thoroughbreds slaughtered

2016

2952

2017

2829

2018

2526

2019

2218

2020

1549he number of thoroughbreds