Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
752. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of calls received on the avian flu hotline in the past two years to date; the number of calls received by the out of office hours line in the past two years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11037/20]
The number of calls to the Department's Animal Health and Welfare Helpline in relation to poultry or wild birds was 17 in 2018, 13 in 2019 and 7 to date in 2020. All of these calls related to sightings of sick, injured or dead birds across the country and mainly related to wild bird deaths. Additionally, there have been 335 calls to the out-of-hours line in the past 2 years, of which a small number related to suspicion of avian influenza.