The Department only permits animals to be transported in compliance with the legislation. Department officials and inspectors monitor compliance through a system of official controls, including advance checks of paperwork and veterinary checks, of the livestock vessel, and of all animals before they travel, along with retrospective checks on GPS and temperature records.
In the case of the voyage referred to, the operator provided Department officials with a Masters Report following the completion of the journey. That report indicates that there were no mortalities on board, and that twelve animals were treated for ailments over the course of the voyage. The report further indicates that all animals responded to treatment.
There was no official veterinary presence on board for this voyage - the resurgence of COVID-19 in Ireland and throughout Europe has made such accompaniment hazardous. It is planned to resume such accompaniments once it is deemed safe, and to meet the commitment outlined our Programme for Government.