15th December 2021 | Press Releases

‘We need to increase our focus on the welfare of animals’: Minister Hackett welcomes first Animal Welfare Awareness Day

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Ireland’s first Animal Welfare Awareness Day was marked today (December 15th) with the announcement of funding of €3.7 million to 98 animal welfare organisations around the country.

Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett welcomed the funding and the launch of the new awareness day;

“We need to increase our focus on the welfare of animals in this country. This government is allocating €3.7 million to 98 animal welfare organisations nationwide. Clearly there is a need for their services, so we have to continue putting out the message – animals deserve proper care.”

Minister Hackett pointed to the progress made on animal welfare over the past year;

“The ban on fur farming in Ireland, something the Green Party has fought long and hard for, is now making its way through the Oireachtas, and will be in place early next year. Ireland’s first Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025 was published in February and a dedicated Animal Welfare Division is in place in my Department since March.

“We have introduced the first ever annual equine census in Ireland. This will assist us to ensure better welfare for equines across the country. The Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC) has been re-launched and a new Advisory Council on Companion Animal Welfare has been established.

“While there are many other aspects still to address in relation to animal welfare in this country, I am happy that progress is being made under this government.”