Written answers

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Animal Welfare

Photo of Margaret ConlonMargaret Conlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 93: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the benefits that he believes will arise from the recently agreed all-island animal health and welfare strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16777/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The development of an All-Island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy was agreed under the North South Ministerial Council arrangements, as part of the commitment to closer co-operation and joint approaches for the improvement of animal health and welfare on the island of Ireland. The Strategy provides a basis to enhance animal health and welfare standards and to have expanded opportunities for the export of livestock and livestock products. The ultimate objective of the All-Island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy is to have policies and arrangements in place that facilitate the free movement of animals on the island.

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