AQW 4506/17-22 – Animal cruelty register

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline the progress made on the introduction of an animal cruelty register.

Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: As I have previously indicated, I am open to the possibility of creating a register of those convicted of animal welfare offences. Given its cross-cutting nature, it is my intention to raise this matter with the Minister of Justice to seek her views on the creation and maintenance of such a register. This has not been progressed over recent months due to the Department’s focus on its response to the COVID pandemic.

 

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