Without legislation to protect our animals, the people who continue to abuse and neglect them will repeatedly escape justice and conviction for these crimes. Legislation is one of the major cornerstones of animal welfare but, without enforcement of the law, these people will never be penalised, or forced to change.

The Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013 (pdf) came out in March 2013 – four years after it’s promised publication in 2009. We’ll be publishing updates in the coming months so keep an eye out for our Legislation posts.

Irish Animal Welfare Legislation

Animals Need a Voice In Legislation (ANVIL) Ireland  was formed to raise the profile of animals in Ireland and ensure they are adequately protected in legislation. Their pages were an excellent and up-to-date source of information on Irish legislation including links to legislation alongside explanatory notes, and quick links to the same legislation. I wish I had reproduced their excellent work here because they, and all their work, are gone. Gone but not Forgotten.

Unfortunately, in Jan 2013, ANVIL disappeared, and their wonderful information with them. We still hope some of it can be online again. In the meantime here are some links to legislation you might find useful:

Irish Animal Rescue Legislation

Ireland has no specific legislation, nor any guidelines, for rescues. However US Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters exist, written by the US Association of Shelter Veterinarians – something to strive towards from an ethical standpoint, if not a legal one.


And thanks to ANVIL Ireland for the splendid picture!

Those of us at the heart of the animal law movement envision a world in which the lives and interests of all sentient beings are respected within the legal system, where companion animals have good, loving homes for a lifetime, where wild animals can live out their natural lives according to their instincts in an environment that supports their needs – a world in which animals are not exploited, terrorized, tortured or controlled to serve frivolous or greedy human purposes.
Joyce Tischler, Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund

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