Legislation Overview

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Click on the links below to view the main pieces of legislation relating to the protection of animals, including farm animals, dogs, horses and wildlife:

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There is a wide range of legislation relating the keeping of, care, welfare and identification of animals in Ireland. Visit the Irish Statute Book for current legislation. For example:

  • Animal Health and Welfare Acts 2013 and 2019
  • Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act, 1965
  • Greyhound Racing Act 2019 (15/2019), s. 1(4))
  • Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (15/2013)
  • Greyhound Racing Act 2019 (15/2019), Part 11
  • Control of Dogs Acts 1986 to 2014
  • Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), s. 1(10)). The Acts in this group are:
  • Control of Dogs Act 1986 (32/1986)
  • Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992 (13/1992)
  • Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 (29/2010), part 3
  • Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (15/2013), s. 77
  • Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), s. 1(10)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Rabies) Regulations 2020 (Revocation) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 60 of 2020)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Rabies) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 20 of 2020)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Sale or Supply of Pet Animals) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 681 of 2019)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (A.I. Technician Licence) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 431 of 2019)
  • Animal Health Levies (Pigs) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 427 of 2019)
  • Animal Health And Welfare Act 2013 (Commencement) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 426 of 2019)
  • European Union (Animal Health) (Adaptation And Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 337 of 2019)
  • Animal Health (Trade in Salamanders) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 245 of 2019)
  • Diseases of Poultry (Compensation) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 244 of 2019)
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 171 of 2018)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Export) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 145 of 2018)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Application of Act to Disease) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 135 of 2018)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Livestock Marts) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 128 of 2018)
  • Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (Commencement) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 127 of 2018)
  • Knackery (Bovine Notification) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 20 of 2018)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Animal Remedies Veterinary Practice and Veterinary Medicine) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 558 of 2017)
  • Circuses (Prohibition on Use of Wild Animals) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 482 of 2017)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Control of Bulls for Breeding) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 477 of 2017)
  • Notification and Control of Diseases affecting Terrestrial Animals (No. 2) Regulations 2016 (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 408 of 2017)
  • Prohibition On Tail Docking and Dew Claw Removal (Dogs) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 304 of 2017)
  • Avian Influenza (Precautionary Confinement of Birds) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 165 of 2017)
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 30 of 2017)
  • Avian Influenza (Precautionary Confinement of Birds) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 677 of 2016)
  • Prohibition on Tail Docking (Dogs) Regulations 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 561 of 2016)
  • Carriage of Livestock by Sea (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 455 of 2016)
  • Carriage of Livestock by Sea Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 356 of 2016)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Bovine Tuberculosis) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 309 of 2016)
  • Assembly of Animals for Export Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 212 of 2016)
  • Equidae (Change of Ownership) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 201 of 2016)
  • Pet Passport (No. 2) Regulations 2014 Amendment Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 162 of 2016)
  • Notification and Control of Diseases affecting Terrestrial Animals (No. 2) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 130 of 2016)
  • European Union (Identification of Equidae) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 62 of 2016)
  • Notification and Control of Diseases affecting Terrestrial Animals Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 50 of 2016)
  • Control on Animal Vaccines (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 27 of 2016)
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 586 of 2015)
  • Microchipping of Dogs (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 427 of 2015)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Brucellosis in Cattle) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 402 of 2015)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Bovine Movement) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 305 of 2015)
  • Disposal of Carcases (Prohibition) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 160 of 2015)
  • Notification and Control of Animal Diseases Regulations 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 123 of 2015)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Bovine Movement) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 119 of 2015)
  • Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 63 of 2015)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Bovine Tuberculosis) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 58 of 2015)
  • Pet Passport (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 602 of 2014)
  • Equidae (Transfer of Ownership) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 601 of 2014)
  • Control on Animal Vaccines (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 590 of 2014)
  • European Union (Control of Avian Influenza) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 570 of 2014)
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 552 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Bovine Movement) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 521 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 520 of 2014)
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (Non-EU Countries) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 502 of 2014)
  • African Swine Fever (Restriction on Movements of Pigs and Pig Products) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 501 of 2014)
  • Prohibition on Tail-docking (Bovines) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 225 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Restriction on Horned Cattle) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 224 of 2014)
  • European Communities (Control of Avian Influenza) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 223 of 2014)
  • European Communities (Protection measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N1 in wild birds) (No. 2) (SI No. 480 of 2006) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 222 of 2014)
  • European Communities (Protection measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N1 in poultry) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 221 of 2014)
  • Control on Animal Vaccines Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 193 of 2014)
  • Equidae (Transfer of Ownership) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 189 of 2014)
  • Prohibition on Tail Docking and Dew Claw Removal (Dogs) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 128 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Operations and Procedures) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 127 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Revocation) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 126 of 2014)
  • Prohibition on Tail Docking (Dogs) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 125 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Operations and Procedures) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 123 of 2014)
  • Pet Passport Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 119 of 2014)
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 118 of 2014)
  • Prohibition on Tail-docking (Bovines) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 117 of 2014)
  • African Horse Sickness Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 116 of 2014)
  • Animal Health (African Swine Fever) (Non-EU Countries) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 115 of 2014)
  • Control on places where poultry are kept Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 114 of 2014)
  • Control On Places Where Horses Are Kept Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 113 of 2014)
  • European Union (Animal Health) (Adaptation) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 112 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Restriction on horned cattle) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 111 of 2014)
  • Notification and Control of Animal Diseases Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 110 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (Application to Tuberculosis in Non-Ruminant Animals) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 109 of 2014)
  • Animal Welfare (Electro-immobilisation) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 108 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Section 17) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 107 of 2014)
  • Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (Commencement) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 106 of 2014)
  • All statutory instruments up to and including Animal Health and Welfare (Rabies) Regulations 2020 (Revocation) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 60 of 2020), made 2 March 2020, were considered in the preparation of this revision.
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