Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (153)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

153. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of horses seized and or impounded for trespass and for non-compliance with chipping law and regulation by county in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46932/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Control of Horses Act 1996, provides the necessary powers to Local Authorities to deal with stray and abandoned horses.

The Act contains provisions for the licencing and identification of horses and was introduced to address the issues caused by stray and wandering horses due to public safety concerns.  The primary purpose of the Act was to address the dangerous and unacceptable situation of horses being kept in unsuitable conditions which in many cases resulted in horses wandering onto public roads and public lands posing very serious risks to the public especially motorists and young children. The Act provides for the designation, by local authority byelaws, of control areas in which horses cannot be kept without a licence.  Enforcement the Act is a matter for each Local Authority.

The number of horses being seized nationally continues to decline. This reduction is reflective of a number of factors including initiatives being progressed by my Department in the animal welfare area as well as active enforcement of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and the EU Equine Identification Regulations. In tandem with the work of the Local Authorities under the Control of Horses Act, officials of my Department have been directly involved in a number of horse seizures and have initiated prosecutions under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Horses Seized 2015-2019

City/County Co's

2015

2016

2017

2018

to Q3 2019

Carlow Co. Council

69

76

24

13

20

Cavan Co. Council

21

4

1

5

2

Clare Co. Council

47

11

18

14

22

Cork Co. Council

155

91

87

63

65

Cork City Council

54

47

39

33

13

Donegal Co. Council

10

19

13

7

4

Dublin City Council

145

193

120

183

74

Sth Dublin Co. Council

231

266

227

147

76

Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown Co Council

25

29

7

13

15

Fingal Co. Council

145

161

155

86

22

Galway City Council

81

64

34

35

9

Galway Co. Council

94

40

40

66

67

Kerry Co. Council

24

28

12

22

15

Kildare Co. Council

273

155

145

91

64

Kilkenny Co. Council

75

52

21

21

13

Laois Co. Council

111

66

49

64

15

Leitrim Co. Council

26

16

10

8

8

Limerick City & County

343

206

166

206

81

Longford Co. Council

41

19

21

13

9

Louth Co. Council

43

23

38

37

6

Mayo Co. Council

0

0

7

1

0

Meath Co. Council

40

80

57

25

17

Monaghan Co. Council

35

29

11

5

0

Offaly Co. Council

101

66

60

16

6

Roscommon Co. Council

0

0

0

0

0

Sligo Co. Council

14

19

6

9

4

Tipperary County Council

152

129

97

105

56

Waterford City & County Council

39

32

18

28

31

Westmeath Co. Council

61

50

36

37

18

Wexford Co. Council

86

89

39

50

20

Wicklow Co. Council

138

65

45

57

17

Totals

2,679

2,125

1,603

1,460

769