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Question 527 - Answered on 11 October 2016

Tom Neville, TD (Fine Gael, Limerick County)

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce a scrappage scheme for horses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Michael Creed)

There are no plans to introduce a disposal scheme for horses.

The oversupply situation that pertained in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis no longer exists, with slaughtering increasing by 33% in the period January to September 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 and the export of horses to other European countries increasing by nearly 100% for the same period. In view of the foregoing, there is no justification for the introduction of a horse cull in Ireland.

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