Fine Gael TD for Tipperary/South Offaly Noel Coonan has welcomed a good news story to kickstart 2012 with the announcement that four animal welfare organisation in Tipperary have been allocated funding. Deputy Coonan said the organisations are more than deserving of these monies for the charitable and loving work they do in the area of animal care and welfare services.
“I am pleased to see that Roscrea SPCA has been allocated €11,000 and PAWS Animal Rescue has been awarded €18,000 in funding. Alongside this, Tipperary SPCA will receive €10,000, Tipp Friends of Animals SPCA will benefit from €4,000 and €10,000 will be allocated to Cottage Rescue,” said Deputy Coonan.
“This is a good news story for the local groups who carry out very commendable and largely voluntary work in caring for animals. These local allocations are a portion of the €1.235 million that was granted nationwide,” continued Noel.
As part of the allocation of funds, Agriculture Minister Simon 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.
The code will be issued to all recipients of ex-gratia funding and will be available on the Department’s website.
Deputy Coonan also welcomed the news that, as well as announcing details of the new code of practice to be observed by welfare organisations, Minister Coveney said his Department is enhancing the procedures currently in place for reporting of suspected cases of animal cruelty/distress. A dedicated e-mail 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. The code will be part of the Animal Health and Welfare legislation which will be published early in the New Year.