Press release

Funding for animal welfare charities increased to all-time high

7th December 2023
Pippa Hackett

The welfare of animals has always been a core principle of the Green Party and the party’s influence can be seen in the increased funding for animal welfare charities. The Department of Agriculture today (December 7) raised funding to its highest ever level of €6 million to help 101 animal welfare charities across the country.

Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity, supported the decision;

“Animal welfare has always been a priority issue for the Greens. And while there is still some way to go, the Greens in government have doubled funding for animal welfare organisations, we have seen the banning of fur farming, and the establishment of a stand alone animal welfare division within the Department of Agriculture.”

The announcement comes as the annual Animal Welfare Awareness Day highlights the importance of protecting the well-being of animals and ensuring they are kept safe and secure. The funding will give special attention to supporting charities that rescue, protect and rehome dogs.

Charities supported include the ISPCA, Donkey Sanctuary and Irish Blue Cross. Full a full list of the allocation of the funding to each of the 101 charities, see here.

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