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Minister Smith announces grants of €17,000 to Cavan Animal Welfare bodies

Mr Brendan Smith TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, today announced the awards of ex-gratia payments of €15,000 to Cavan SPCA and €2,000 to Joan's A.R.C., Co Cavan to assist in their work during 2007. This is part of an overall package of payments being made to Animal Welfare bodies throughout the country and these grants are being paid immediately.

Minister Smith said that he was delighted to be able to help these largely voluntary organisations again this year. He added: "These bodies do excellent work in delivering animal care and welfare services. I want to pay tribute to all involved in the organisations concerned. I am well aware of the increasing demands on their services and I hope that the funding I am providing will help to sustain their efforts through the coming year. I accept that this funding does not cover the full costs to these bodies of meeting all the demands made on them. They will continue to need the support of the general public to maintain their operations at effective levels. I would appeal to the public to continue to give that support in any way they can."

Minister Smith also said that in addition to their other activities, the ISPCA and various county SPCAs are involved with the Department and the IFA in the operation of the Early Warning/Intervention System for farm animal welfare cases arising from a recommendation from the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC).

Minister Smith appealed to people to act responsibly and with foresight in relation to giving pets as Christmas presents and in particular to heed the good advice given by animal welfare organisations in this regard.

13 December, 2006

Date Released: 13 December 2006