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New EU rules on free-range chickens set to come into force

November 24th, 2017 New EU rules to extend the period during which free-range chickens’ access to open-air runs can be restricted is set to come into force tomorrow. Following the avian influenza outbreak in 2008, the EU put rules in place to allow farmers to market their eggs as free range even if their hens […]

New documentary set to expose inhumane transport of Irish calves to Europe

November 21st, 2017 Footage of inhumane transport conditions suffered by Irish calves exported to Europe will be aired in an investigative documentary on the German state broadcaster this evening. The ZDF documentary into transport conditions for live animal exports across Europe includes footage of an overloaded vehicle carrying Irish unweaned calves from Rosslare to the […]

EU fails to agree on European Commission’s glyphosate license renewal

November 9th, 2017 The European Commission and the EU Member States have again failed to agree on the European Commission’s proposal for a five-year extension for glyphosate. A vote on the proposal at this morning’s meeting of the Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed failed to a reach a qualified majority. The same […]

Landmark vote on controversial Glyphosate license delayed

October 25th, 2017 The much-anticipated vote by the EU Member States on the European Commission’s proposal for a ten-year extension for glyphosate failed to go ahead today as planned. The European Commission said in a statement that the Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed did not vote on the controversial topic this morning. […]

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Live cattle exported to Turkey suffer ‘prolonged and painful’ deaths

October 19th, 2017 Cattle exported to Turkey under Ireland’s plans to increase live animal exports will suffer “prolonged and painful death” by methods illegal in the EU, a leading animal rights group has said. The comments from Animal International come in the wake of last week’s meeting in Ankara between the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), […]

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MEPs call for full ban of Glyphosate by the end of 2020

October 19th, 2017 In a landmark move this morning, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee has backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020 and immediate restrictions on its use. The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted to back an objection to the European Commission’s proposal for a new […]

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Live exports cause ‘unnecessary suffering’ to our farm animals

October 5th, 2017 The Government’s plans to increase live animal exports will cause “unnecessary suffering” to our farm animals, a national animal rights organisation has said. Caroline Rowley of Compassion Ireland was speaking after a debate in the Dáil debate on Tuesday in which both the beef industry and animal welfare were discussed. Speaking at […]

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Ireland should push for GM-free tillage future, Agricultural Committee told

October 2nd, 2017 Investment in the tillage industry is needed for it to play its role in helping to secure Ireland’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement, the Dail’s Agricultural Committee has heard. A delegation from the Irish Grain Growers (IGG) told the Dáil Committee on Agriculture last week that tillage farmers could play a […]