Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
The Programme for Government 2011 contains a commitment to amend and strengthen legislation on animal cruelty and welfare. The main vehicle to fulfil this commitment will be the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which I intend to publish as soon as possible, the exact timing will depend on the legal text being finalised by the Attorney General's Office and the Cabinet agreeing to publication. The Bill is a wide-ranging piece of legislation providing a basis for regulating the related areas of animal health and welfare with nearly seventy sections which requires careful consideration and examination. I am hopeful however that matters will be progressed at an early date on this matter.