Seanad debates

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Greyhound Racing Bill 2018: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

 

2:05 pm

Photo of Alice Mary HigginsAlice Mary Higgins (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I urge an approach which will facilitate us in moving quickly. My colleague has put forward three versions of this amendment. She has listened with great care and has given clear arguments in respect of all of them. We would love Ireland to take the lead by passing amendment No. 36, which would be a mark of leadership on the part of this country. The Senator has shown that amendment No. 37 is feasible. Amendment No. 38 is so reasonable that it is perhaps reasonable in excess. It simply requires the monitoring of exports in the basic sense. Even the animal welfare monitoring provisions, which are of great concern to all of us, have been removed. I urge the Minister of State to accept one of these amendments and recognise that they are three very valid approaches and attempts to engage with his concerns and the issues he has raised throughout this debate. It is important to take some step. There must be some requirement for reporting on the export of greyhounds in a Bill that purports to regulate this industry.

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