Written answers

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Fur Farming

Photo of Brendan  RyanBrendan Ryan (Dublin Fingal, Labour)
Link to this: Individually | In context | Oireachtas source

392. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to abolish fur farms here within the lifetime of this Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9504/17]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
Link to this: Individually | In context | Oireachtas source

My predecessor established a Review Group in November 2011 to examine all aspects of fur farming in Ireland.

The Terms of Reference of the Review Group were:

(i) To review fur farming in Ireland taking into account existing legislative provisions for the licensing of mink farming

(ii) To comment on the economic benefits of the sector

(iii) To consider the effectiveness of existing welfare controls, and

(iv) To make appropriate recommendations

The Review Group invited submissions from the public and interested parties and considered over four hundred submissions which were received.

The Group concluded that it did not find the arguments in favour of banning the farming of fur animals in Ireland compelling and recommended that instead, fur farming be allowed continue under licence and subject to official control.

On foot of the Review Group’s deliberations, my Department introduced more rigorous controls on licence holders in the areas of animal welfare, animal accommodation, security and nutrient management. Licensees are subject to regular inspections, including unannounced inspections by Department officials.

My Department has statutory responsibility for the welfare and protection of farmed animals under the European Communities (Welfare of Farmed Animals) Regulations, 2010) (Statutory Instrument No 311/2010) and the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. Irish fur farmers are subject to the same animal welfare legislation as any other livestock farmer.

There are currently a total of three operators in Ireland licensed to keep mink.


No comments

Log in or join to post a public comment.