Rachel Woods has welcomed the Second Stage debate on the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill at the Assembly, which took place today (Tuesday 30th November).
The Green Party MLA for North Down said: “The Bill provides for increased protection of service animals in our Police Service, Prison Service, Harbour, Airports and Ministry of Defence, amongst others.
“The measures are known as ‘Finn's Law’, named after a police dog which was stabbed and seriously injured in England whilst pursuing a suspect with his handler. Similar laws have been implemented in England, Scotland and Wales, and I’m glad that Northern Ireland is set to follow suit.
“Over the last number of years, 45,000 people signed a petition calling for the introduction of Finn’s Law. There is clearly widespread public support for the Bill, and I hope MLAs from all parties will support the Bill.
“I know that the introduction of Finn's Law to Northern Ireland is very important to people in North Down, with Ards and North Down Borough Council voting to support its introduction in 2018.
“The Bill is due to become law in Northern Ireland before next year’s election.”
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