Veterinary associations BVA and BSAVA have “strongly welcomed” moves to tighten up the rules on dog breeding in Wales, and have criticised the rest of the UK for “lagging behind”.
Veterinary associations BVA and BSAVA have “strongly welcomed” moves to tighten up the rules on dog breeding in Wales and have criticised the rest of the UK for “lagging behind”.
Proposals for the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2011, come in response to a report by an expert Task and Finish Group (including representatives from the BVA and BSAVA) which made recommendations for new legislation to tackle the significant problem of puppy farming.
A consultation on the proposals was announced today (October 22) by Welsh rural affairs minister, Elin Jones.
BVA president Harvey Locke said: “The Welsh Assembly Government should be congratulated for driving forward legislative changes to tackle the abhorrent practice of puppy farming. The Task and Finish Group brought together everyone with an interest in dog health and welfare so the minister should be confident that these proposals will gain widespread support.
“Puppy farming is not only a problem in Wales and it is clear that the rest of the UK is now lagging behind. We will be encouraging England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to follow suit and ensure dog health and welfare is promoted across the country.”
BSAVA president Grant Petrie said: “Vets are often faced with the terrible consequences of puppy farms and bad breeders, which can lead to suffering for both the animals and their owners.
He added: “We are delighted that this action is being taken by the Welsh Assembly Government. The compulsory microchipping of dogs and puppies on licensed premises is a particularly welcome move but the veterinary profession will continue to campaign for this to be extended to all dogs.”