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Gildernew nearing end of review of animal welfare legislation

27 January, 2009

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, has made a statement to the Assembly on animal welfare legislation.

The Minister stated that she endorsed the Assembly Motion, which called for a review of animal welfare legislation. The Minister outlined to the Assembly the actions that her department has already taken with regard to animal welfare legislation, which included undertaking a review of existing legislation and considering lessons learned from Britain, following the introduction of legislation there.

The Minister also said that she was anxious to see the outcome of legislative proposals on animal welfare currently being discussed in the South.

Speaking after her statement the Minister said: "The welfare of animals is something that I have always been passionately concerned about. During 2008 I engaged with a number of local key stakeholders to hear at first hand their concerns on current animal welfare legislation and how their concerns might be addressed."

The Minister added that valuable lessons had also been learned from the recent welfare cases that have been highlighted in the media, she said: "A detailed review of animal welfare legislation is drawing to a close. I will examine all the evidence presented to me and will then consider the scope for new animal welfare legislation in the North, in line with the resources that are available

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