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Ireland’s animal welfare laws need to be enforced

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Ear cropping is illegal in Ireland but it’s still commonly seen.

Ear cropping is illegal in Ireland but it’s still commonly seen.

Ear cropping is illegal in Ireland but it’s still commonly seen.

In the past decade, Ireland has enacted new, well-written and well-meaning legislation on animal welfare: the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 is the main change, along with compulsory microchipping of all dogs being introduced in 2016, the Dog Breeding Establishments Act, 2010, which came into force at the beginning of 2012, and just last year, new regulations governing the sale of animals online. These are all potentially game changing laws, and I’ve written about them recently. Last week, there was an interesting development in this area.

A Dail committee, the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, met to discuss post-enactment scrutiny of the Animal Health and Welfare Act. Representatives of the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) spoke at the meeting, and the proceedings were broadcast live on the internet, allowing everyone with an interest to tune in and listen to the discussion.


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