Monday April 30, 2012
The DSPCA would like to remind interested individuals/parties that effective from 1st May, 2012, and in accordance with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s requirements, the owner or person in charge of any premises in which horses or other equines are kept, e.g. donkeys, ponies, etc., must register their premises with the Department.
This legislation, signed into law earlier this year by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, also provides for the keeping of records as regards movement of horses. As soon as a premises is registered, it will be given a registration number and information as to what type of records are required to be kept for that premises.
Therefore, from tomorrow, 1st May, 2012, it will be against the law to keep a horse or other equine on a premises that is not registered with the Department.
The charity’s CEO Mr Jimmy Cahill said today, “We commend the Minister in bringing in this legislation. It will go a long way toward the traceability, responsibility and accountability of all equine.”
Miriam Kerins, Communications and Public Relations with the DSPCA added, “The Department will have written to all previously registered equine herd owners by now, enclosing an application form and details of any new requirements applying to them.
For more information call DSPCA on 01-4994700 (office hours) or log onto www.agriculture.gov.ie/animalhealthwelfare, Go to the 'Animal Welfare' section, click on 'Registration of Premises and Animals,' then read 'Registration of Horse Premises.'
The DSPCA is a registered charity, (Charity No CHY1047) and relies heavily upon your kind donations.
For more information contact Miriam Kerins, Head of Communications and Public Relations, DSPCA
Ph: 01-4994710 or 0867900894.
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