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Blair welcomes consultation on protections for service animals

Alliance MLA John Blair MLA has welcomed the launch of a consultation on proposals to protect service animals whilst on active duty.

Mr Blair, Chair of the Assembly’s All-Party Group on Animal Welfare, said the animals carried out invaluable work putting them in unpredictable and often dangerous situations.

“The service animals play an essential role in keeping police officers, who protect us, safe from harm,” said the South Antrim MLA, who is also a member of the Policing Board.

“I welcome the launch of the consultation on outstanding legislation to recognise the contribution of service animal and to adequately protect them in law. This consultation is a vital step towards bringing the law in Northern Ireland in line with other jurisdictions in the UK and will act as a serious deterrent to those who think they can cause injury or death to service animals without repercussion.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the matter to participate in the consultation.”