Monday, March 2, 2009

Fine Gael to the rescue

Why has Govt taken 4 Years to produce laws to close down abusive puppy farms? - Doyle 

Bizarre secrecy over proposed regulations

Fine Gael Deputy Agriculture Spokesperson, Wicklow Deputy Andrew Doyle, has said that, despite the establishment of a working group in 2004, draft regulations on puppy farms are still only being finalised. Deputy Doyle has called for the draft regulations to be brought before the Dáil so that amendments can be made to ensure effective law to target those who abuse dogs.

"There are people operating large scale puppy 'farms' who have thousands of animals kept under unsuitable or abusive conditions. Since 2004, there has been much work done by a large working group to recommend draft regulations, with input from reputable Wicklow Dog Breeders. However, despite my repeated calls for information, there has been no comment from the Department about the review or publication of draft regulations. 

"Replying to my Dáil question, the new Minister for State for Environment said this week that draft regulations for the control of dogs, which will include dog breeding establishments, were being finalised. These regulations would apply to anyone with more than five female dogs, it would be funded by licence fees from dog breeders, microchips would be required and dogs for export would be properly treated. The Minister added that he will 'finalise matters in the coming weeks'. 

"I believe the draft regulations need to come before the Dáil because due consideration has to be given to areas outside the remit of the working committee. I am calling for a review of the Control of Dogs Regulations, a review of Animal Welfare Act, and a public education initiative for dog welfare and consolidation of spaying and neutering initiatives. Those issues not taken on board in the current version of the draft regulations would then be included. There is a need to bring in primary legislation in order to get an effective piece of law in place that targets the real culprits of dog abuse."

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