Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
943. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost and location of educational courses provided by his Department to encourage animal welfare among the sulky racing population from 2018 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2981/20]
The Department continues to promote responsible animal ownership.
The courses referred to were run in 2018 and 2019. Four courses were run between the two years with each course costing approx €21,000 to cover the various course modules, specialist speakers and location rental. The average attendance was 15-20 participants for each course.
In 2018, the course was run in Garristown, Co Dublin; Cashel, Co Tipperary; and Mallow, in Co Cork.
The level of interest in Cork city and North Cork was significant and, in 2019, the course was run in Mallow again.