(BVA Release) The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has strongly welcomed the Welsh Government’s confirmation that it will introduce new dog breeding legislation to enhance animal welfare and tackle puppy farming this autumn.
The First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones, used his visit to the Dogs Trust’s re-homing centre in Bridgend earlier this week to reiterate the Welsh Government’s commitment to improving standards of animal health and welfare in Wales.
Commenting on this news, BVA President Harvey Locke said:
“We are heartened that the Welsh Government now intends to press forward with legislation to tackle the issues of puppy farming and irresponsible breeding.
“We made our disappointment known when proposed legislation to address such important welfare concerns was not enacted during the previous government term.
“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. We welcome the move to drive forward legislative changes to tackle the abhorrent practice of puppy farming and hope effective measures can be brought in as quickly as possible.”
The revised legislation proposals, to be consulted on this autumn, will follow further focus group work. The proposals include:
– Tightening the thresholds where a dog breeding licence is required
– A staff-to-dog ratio of one person to care for a maximum of 20 adult animals
– Compulsory microchipping of dogs on licensed breeding premises
– The need for behaviour and socialisation of animals to be taken account of in the licensing requirements to meet the obligations in the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Mr Locke added:
“The BVA would also like to see hereditary diseases and responsible breeding included in the revised proposals.”