Here is a good draught letter for those who may be stuck for words...........email address can be found below
I am writing to express my distress and concern over the manner in which the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 and the Dog Breeding (Establishments) Bill 2009 have been prepared for enactment.
These Bills are ill prepared and ill conceived and my personal concern is that the Dog Breeding Bill in particular seems to be specifically aimed at the destruction of the greyhound industry.
To this end I would draw your attention to the fact that the many breeders of greyhounds do so on an occasional basis and not as a commercial concern and yet would be very quickly considered a "breeding establishment" under the Bill even though they produce a litter only very occasionally (eg like ourselves, every 2-3yrs). Some people simply prefer bitches and the presence of 6 bitches in one place would make them a "breeding establishment" even if they never actually breed a litter.
The end result would be that bitches and bitch puppies are likely to be euthanised wholesale as they will not be saleable, nor would it be viable for someone like myself to pay 400€ pa for the privilege of keeping bitches rather than dogs.
I am not in anyway against control and regulation of dog breeding, but the particular format of this Bill seems to have certain targets - greyhounds being one. The ICC and IGB have made great progress in recent years as regards welfare and regulation with DNA testing, identification and inspection of breeeding stock and premises, yet they seem to have largely been excluded from consultation and draughting of this Bill.
So far as I am aware, the exact requirements for licencing as a "breeding establishment" have not been outlined, nor by whom such licences will be granted.
The number and age of bitches which will constitute a "breeding establishment" are completely arbitrary, indeed the classification of a puppy of a few months of age as breeding stock is argumentative when a bitch could not produce a litter until she was 2yrs old, nor does it seem reasonable to include bitches over 8yrs old who could not be bred from either under the terms of the Bill.
I repeat that these Bills are ill prepared and ill conceived, therefore, should these Bills be enacted before the summer recess and in their current format I will sadly be forced to discontinue my support for Fianna Fáil at any and all future elections, as will other members of my family and a great many of my friends and acquaintances. I hope you recognise that this would be entirely due to the gross lack of confidence in the current government which these Bills inspire.