19/05/2014

New Animal Welfare Regulations Welcomed

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has announced new animal welfare measures, which include new horse regulations and a review of the Control of Horses Act.

Welcoming the news, Fine Gael TD for Kildare South, Martin Heydon said: "Horse Welfare has been an issue of concern in recent times. Following today’s announcements new horse regulations will be signed into law, including a review of the Control of Horses Act. These measures also see us inviting proposals on urban horse projects. I am delighted to see all of these areas of horse welfare receive the attention that they deserve.

"These regulations will consolidate existing regulations in further clarifying the identification and change of ownership of horses.   Closely linked to regulation, the control of horses and the consultation process will fully address the identification of horses and equine premises. Only last year the horsemeat crisis highlighted the importance of traceability of horses. Deficiencies were found in how horses were tracked and this needed to be addressed.

"The equine industry is extremely important in Ireland and especially in Co. Kildare. We need to make sure that measures are in place to protect all stakeholders; owners, farmers and the animals themselves.

"This Government is dedicated to supporting farmers and businesses in all regions of the country. We are dedicated to animal welfare and to supporting these industries into the future."

(MH/CD)


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

27 November 2019
DPD Ireland To Create 120 New Jobs In Athlone
DPD Ireland have announced the creation of 120 new jobs at its distribution centre in Athlone. The parcel delivery firm is creating the jobs with a €2 million investment in expanding its central sorting hub. The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys announced the new jobs today at the DPD hub in Athlone.
19 November 2013
More Than 50 Horses Seized In Cork
Officials from the Department of Agriculture, supported by Cork City Council and Gardaí officers, have seized and impounded over 50 horses after animal welfare concerns were raised. It was part of an ongoing operation taking place in the Holyhill area of Cork surrounding problems with stray horses on public property and roads.
05 March 2020
Four New Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Ireland
There have been four new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has reported. The patients are all associated with travel from the same affected area in Northern Italy. There are two male and two female patients, from the western part of the country. Dr.
04 March 2020
HubSpot To Create 450 New Jobs In Dublin
US technology firm, HubSpot, will create 450 new jobs over the next three years at their Dublin headquarters. First opening in Ireland in 2013 with a commitment to hire 150 people, the company currently employs more than 800. The new jobs will include engineering, sales and services.
14 February 2020
More Than 900 New Speed Enforcement Zones To Come Info Effect
Gardaí have issued a reminder to road users that more than 900 new speed enforcement zones will come into effect from 6am on Monday 17 February. The new zones are part of a major expansion of GoSafe zones. 419 existing zones will continue to operate bringing the overall total to 1,322 zones.