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Dogs: Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 221293, tabled on 20 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of the captive bolt gun for the destruction of dogs; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

27 January 2015

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to an animal. Best practice to euthanize a dog is by intravenous injection of an overdose of barbiturates by a vet. However, where this option is not possible or available, other humane alternatives may need to be used. Accordingly there are no proposals to ban or restrict the use of the captive bolt gun.