In the UK there are many licensed animals businesses, including pet shops and breeding establishments.
Licenses are usually issued by local authorities and as part of the regulations these places should adhere to good animal welfare practices. Sadly, there businesses do not comply with current regulations and flout the law, therefore as a result many animals suffer.
The current laws are outdated and haven’t been adapted for years. Introducing a review of these, we hope, will help towards improving legislation and regulations for animal welfare standards.
DEFRA are proposing to introduce secondary legislation on licensing under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This would update and replace existing legislation for animal boarding establishments, pet shops, riding establishments, and dog breeding.
We welcome the opportunity for the government to strengthen this important legislation.
As part of the review DEFRA are holding a consultation to seek views on a number of proposed changes to the animal establishment licensing system.
We will be submitting our views on the proposed changes.
The consultation will run until the 12th March 2016.
If you would like to give your views please fill out the DEFRA survey here