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Minister of State John Browne announces grants of €76,000 for Wexford Animal Welfare Bodies

Mr John Browne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today announced the awards of ex-gratia payments totalling €76,000 to organisations in the Co Wexford area involved in the delivery of animal welfare services. These awards comprise the following:

€25,000 to Wexford SPCA
€15,000 each to New Ross SPCA and Enniscorthy SPCA
€10,000 to North Wexford SPCA
€5,000 to the Sunset Appeal, New Ross, and
€3,000 each to Wexford Pet Helpers, Enniscorthy and South East Birds of Prey Centre, Ballycullane.

The money is being paid immediately and forms part of an overall package of payments being made to Animal Welfare bodies throughout the country.

Minister Browne paid tribute to the animal welfare organisations in Co Wexford and their many voluntary workers and he said that "these bodies do tremendous work in rescuing, rehabilitating and providing new homes to neglected and abused animals." The Minister said that, while the grants being announced do not cover the full costs of the increasing demands being placed upon these organisations, he acknowledged that "animal welfare organisations still require the ongoing generous financial support of the general public to enable them to fulfil their mission to promote animal welfare and relieve animal suffering in Ireland."

Minister Browne said that the increase in funding for animal welfare organisations was evidence of the Government's commitment in the area of animal welfare and he was pleased to be able to assist these largely voluntary organisations in delivering animal welfare services. The Minister said that mindful of his fisheries responsibilities he was happy too that an ex gratia award has been made for the first time to the Irish Seal Sanctuary to assist with its ongoing work in providing welfare support for rescued marine wildlife found in difficulty around the Irish coast.

Minister Browne 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.

14 December, 2007

Date Released: 14 December 2007