Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Department of Health
685. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 177 of 29 April 2021, the progress made in establishing an interdepartmental group with regard to the regulation of exotic animals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44757/21]
I am fully committed to the commitment in the Programme for Government and the initiative identified in the recently-launched Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025 on the regulation of exotic animals. My Department is taking the lead in establishing an inter-departmental group to ensure a coherent national approach to policy and regulation related to exotic animals.
The focus of the group will be on regulating the keeping, breeding and trading of exotic animals. Background work has begun within the Department with a view to establishing the group before the end of 2021.