Fireworks are fine, but we have a duty of care to animals

Agridirect.ie outlines how fireworks displays are a source of stress to pets and livestock, and offers some advice on how to keep animals safe next week.

A great spectacle

It’s that time of year again. Next week, the countryside will scream with fireworks and we should all be prepared. True, most of us may enjoy the spectacle. There is something fundamentally appealing about watching the night sky come alive with great sprays of colour. I have a baby daughter and look forward to taking her outside to watch the neighbours’ annual display.

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The Animal Welfare strategy: how will it impact small farmers?

Agridirect.ie discusses the Government’s new Animal Welfare strategy, arguing that regulation should focus on unethical factory production rather than the average smallholding.

The 5 Principles

2021 is the first year of the implementation of the Government’s Animal Welfare strategy, which will run until 2025. According to the strategy document, the regulatory approach over the coming years will focus on 5 key principles:

  • Working in partnership
  • Science and evidence led policy making
  • Improving education and knowledge
  • Consistent approach to evaluation and assessment
  • Effective regulation
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