The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the issues of animal sex and breeding on farms in Ireland.
The initiative will involve highlighting the need for better standards of breeding and animal welfare practices, and raising awareness around the topic through the publication of a series of educational materials and a petition drive.
According to IFA spokesperson Cathal Murphy, the initiative will also raise awareness of a range of animal welfare issues in the farming industry.
“We want to raise awareness around issues relating to animal sex in agriculture and hopefully get more people involved,” she said.
“People will be able to make informed decisions and it will also help educate the public about what it means to be an animal lover.”
According to the Irish Times, the project aims to help farmers and those who are concerned about animals feel more comfortable about the industry and its standards.
In addition, the campaign will include a number of educational material aimed at educating the public on ethical and moral issues related to animal breeding.
The IFA’s campaign is aimed at raising awareness about animal sex, which is something it sees as a major issue that affects both farmers and the general public.
“This initiative will allow farmers to talk to each other about the issues they have with breeding animals and their relationship to animals and how that affects them,” Ms Murphy said.
“We will also be doing outreach to the local media and media in the Irish market to try and raise awareness.”
She added that the initiative would also raise funds for animal welfare education initiatives across the country.
“The initiative is also a good opportunity for us to take a closer look at what we can do to reduce animal welfare on farms, and this will help us to do that,” Ms Murphy said.
A petition drive was launched in May this year to raise more awareness about the issue, which she believes is a priority for farmers and will help ensure the issue is not forgotten.
“A lot of people have asked us if we have any plans for a campaign for animal sex awareness, and we’re really excited to do so,” Ms Mulvey said.
In a recent survey conducted by the Irish Animal Breeders Federation (IABF), 74 per cent of respondents stated that they would like to see a campaign aimed at encouraging farmers to have better standards for breeding animals.
“It is a fantastic initiative and will be a wonderful platform for the IAFB to raise public awareness,” Ms Mulligan said.