Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (494)

Mary Butler

Ceist:

494. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied). [5291/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department implements a stringent system of controls on the welfare of animals being exported, in particular through a comprehensive legislative framework relating to the transport of animals by sea (The Carriage of Livestock by Sea Regulations 2016 (S.I. 356 of 2016). Only ships approved by my Department can load cattle for export from Ireland. Cattle being exported are monitored during the prescribed isolation period by Department Veterinary Inspectors and in some cases by Official Veterinarians from the importing countries. This is in addition to work carried out by Private Veterinary Practitioners who carry out the testing required prior to export to enable certification. Animals are inspected and certified by Official Veterinarians from the Department with regard to their health status and fitness for travel. Due regard is taken to weather conditions in respect of long distance transport. This was the case this December when the departure of the MV Sarah was delayed to avoid expected rough seas.

I can confirm that my Department continues to work closely with other EU Member States and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), with a view to improving animal welfare practices worldwide. For its part Ireland has committed to additional allocation of €75,000 to the OIE in the period 2017-20 to support its activities aimed at enhancing animal welfare worldwide.