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Minister Coveney Awards Funding to Animal Welfare Organisations

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has today announced payments totalling €1.235m to organisations involved in animal care and welfare services. The payments will be made with immediate effect.

Commenting on the work carried out by these organisations, the Minister said "I am pleased to be able to provide support to these largely voluntary organisations by way of a grant to assist in their very important work and care of animals. The work of animal welfare organisations continues to play a very important role in protecting Ireland’s image as an animal caring nation".

As part of the allocation of funds the Minister 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 at

As well as announcing details of the new code of practice to be observed by welfare organisations the Minister said "my 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. Concluding, the Minister said that he is very committed to strengthening legislation on animal cruelty and animal welfare.

Details of the organisations that have been approved for funding and the amounts for each organisation are detailed in the attached table.  List of Animal Grants (doc 140Kb) 

Notes for Editor

Animal Welfare Helpline:

The helpline will be operational from the 3rd of January 2012. It will be manned from 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). At all other times it will divert to a recorded message, and messages left will be monitored regularly.

The phone number for the Helpline will be:

Call Save: 1850 211 990
Phone: 01-607 2379

Dedicated email address -


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Minister Simon Coveney at the Liscarroll Donkey Sanctuary Co. Cork earlier today.

Date Released: 21 December 2011