Councillor Joe Leahy has welcomed the recent announcement from Minister Simon Coveney to establish a central equine database.
While the original aim of such a database is to assist the monitoring and checks of animals at slaughterhouses, Cllr Leahy believes that the establishment of a centralised system for equine identification registration will help progress the proper identification and registration of horses on a wider scale.
Joe has been a long-time campaigner for the introduction of bye-laws by South Tipperary County Council in order that the Control of Horses Act can be properly implemented in South Tipperary. Concerned by the continuing images of horses left abandoned to die in dreadful conditions, Cllr Leahy is eager for the Control of Horses Act to be implemented in South Tipperary, making it mandatory to have all horses micro-chipped and licensed. Current plans for implementation are at an advanced stage.
“While the introduction of horsemeat into the foodchain, and resulting horsemeat scandal was the catalyst for Minister Coveney’s intervention, I am delighted that the need for proper identification and registration of horses has been recognised and highlighted,” said Cllr Leahy.
“One of the biggest problems when dealing with cruelty to horses is the fact that it is not always possible to identify the animal’s owner. Any developments in the area of horse registration and identification are to be welcomed,” he said.