Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question - Answered in June 2013
Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, United Left):
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will investigate reports of cockfighting in County Monaghan and request footage of the incident from the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael):
I have referred this matter for investigation to An Garda Siochana. Provisions relating to prohibition on animal fighting, including cock-fighting, are set out at Section 15 of the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (which makes it an offence for a person to organise, take part in, or be present at an animal fight or performance).