Joe Collins is a practicing vet in North Cork – Equine Veterinary Services- and still does some research work with UCD Veterinary school. 2 years back he was World Horse Welfare funded PhD scholar at University College Dublin, conducting research into equine welfare in Ireland. That work showed up the problems with the horse passports and microchips in Ireland, and at the time it was, if not dismissed by the authorities, certainly swept under the carpet.
Damien talked to Damien and Kevin Quinn, of Quinn International Livestock Exporters, on the resumption this week of the live cattle trade to Libya and North Africa. The first load left Waterford on the Al Mahnoud Express on Tuesday last. In 1995 when the exports to North Africa stopped, trade was worth €130m with around 250,000 head going to Egypt and Libya. Needless to say, the resumption has brought a furious response from some animal welfare groups. Quinn International are based in Moate Co Westmeath. Tel: 0906485819