Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Animal Welfare

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE)
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259. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine whether a complaint (details supplied) was logged; and what action was taken. [13385/24]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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My Department is fully committed to the ongoing promotion of high animal welfare standards and to the continued enforcement of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, which provides a modern framework for applying standards in the area of animal health and welfare.

I can confirm a complaint was received by my Department's Animal Welfare helpline regarding the matter referred to. The complaint was recorded and referred for appropriate action by officials, as is standard practice for complaints received by the helpline.

We do not provide further information relating to any specific actions taken on foot of complaints, as such matters may be the subject of ongoing investigations.

The Department operates a confidential animal welfare helpline through which members of the public can report incidents of animal cruelty or neglect, for investigation.

The dedicated email address and helpline in place for reporting suspected cases of animal welfare are:Helpline Phone No: 01 607 2379.

Email address – animalwelfare@agriculture.gov.ie


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