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Dogs: Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 59927, tabled on 13 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to adopt the legislative recommendations made by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in its Standing up for puppies campaign better to protect puppies in the UK.

Answered on

23 January 2017

My Department is in the process of reviewing the animal establishment licencing schemes, including those that regulate the breeding and selling of dogs, with the aim of improving animal welfare and reducing burdens on businesses and local authorities. We note the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s campaign to ban third party sales of dogs. We consider that the best way forward is to improve welfare standards for both licensed dog breeders and pet sellers.