Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Marine and Food has welcomed the publication of a draft of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012. This bill has been promised for some time and Deputy Colreavy stated that the current legislation needs to be updated.

Speaking on the matter Deputy Colreavy said “This bill was promised in the programme for government and it is encouraging to see a draft of the bill published. However, we strongly believe that this bill should accommodate both animal welfare and farmers. It is important that the health and welfare of animals are catered for without impinging on the important work of disease eradication carried out by farmers. The Animal Health and Welfare Bill must not create a level of bureaucracy for farmers either. Sinn Féin will also be pushing for animals such as race horses, minx in fur farms, and cats to be included under the new legislation.”