Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (384)

Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

384. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress in the banning of fur farming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38237/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department is in the process of preparing a Bill to provide for a phased introduction of a ban on fur farming. Along with animal welfare considerations, social and economic aspects in relation to the industry need to be taken into account. The Bill will make it illegal for any new fur farms to be established and put in place phase out arrangements for the small number of current operators. This will allow for an orderly wind down of the sector and allow time for employees to find alternative opportunities.

The necessary work to prepare the appropriate legislation is ongoing within my Department.