€25,000 in funding allocated to Clare Animal Welfare Organisations.

December 21st, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the news that €25,000 in funding has been approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Simon Coveney T.D. for 7 animal welfare organisations in the County Clare. In total €1.235m is being out for 2011, an increase on last year, to 132 animal welfare organisations in total.

“This is good news for these organisations particularly at this time of the year and the payments will be issued to them on Thursday and Friday. These welfare bodies play a vital role in animal welfare and I would like to acknowledge their efforts which often go unnoticed and commend them for the work that they do which is largely voluntary.”

“This funding shows that this Government is committed to animal welfare and we expect that this will be increased again in 2012.”

“As part of the allocation of funds, Minister Coveney is recommending a new code of practice for welfare organisations which aims to promote sound welfare and management practices to assist organisations achieve high standards of animal welfare. The code outlines the Five Freedoms which provide an overall concept of animal welfare and aims to underpin animal welfare best practice at all organisations.

“As well as announcing details of the new code of practice to be observed by welfare organisation, Minister Coveney is enhancing the procedures currently in place for reporting of suspected cases of animal cruelty/distress. A dedicated email address is now operating and a help line will be set up in January for members of the public to report incidents of animal cruelty.”

“Finally can I appeal to parents and others to think responsibly before giving a pet as Christmas present this year. Very often, after Christmas, a number of animals are abandoned and I would urge people to heed the warning and advice offered by the our local animal welfare organisations in this regard.”

Details of the Clare Animal Welfare Organisations to benefit.

Clare Animal Welfare Ltd. Ennis, Co Clare 1,000 Clare SPCA, Clonoghan. 9,000
103 Rover Rescue Co. Clare 3,000
61 Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Co Clare 1,000
96 PAW Pourri Animal Rescue, Clare* 1,000 103 Rover Rescue Co. Clare 3,000
106 Second Chance Animal Rescue Ltd. (SCAR) Co Clare 7,000

Total €25,000