Dáil Éireann - Volume 674 - 10 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Animal Welfare.

Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the proposed dog breeding establishment regulations will be incorporated or superseded by the soon to be published Animal Welfare Bill which is to include dogs and horses in its remit. [4203/09]

  Deputy John Gormley: Work has been ongoing for some time in my Department in drafting measures to provide for statutory regulation of dog breeding establishments within the dog control legislative regime. The issues involved are complex and required detailed consideration. This process has included discussions with a number of organisations, bodies, public agencies and interests active in this area. As indicated in the reply to question No. 1045 of 27 January 2009, it is my intention to introduce amending legislation in this area which will address a number of issues relating to dog breeding establishments. My proposals in this regard will be published as soon as possible [269] and will complement measures being prepared by my colleague the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the area of animal welfare and health.