Minister commits to driving up welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises
A commitment to improve welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises in Wales has been made by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.
A report, produced by the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, reviewing the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales Regulations 2014) was yesterday published.
The recommendations include a need for:
- Greater consistency in the inspection and enforcement of breeding regulations
- A review of the licensing process, including application of a staff to adult dog ratio appropriate to the breeding premises
- The need for better welfare standards for all breeding dogs rather than only those at licensed premises
To deliver improvements and consistency in the inspection and enforcement of the breeding regulations, which is undertaken by Local Authorities, a scoping project has been set up to determine what additional resource is needed.
Once completed, funding for a three year pilot scheme will be provided. This will enable expertise to be built through specialist training and upskilling of dedicated Local Authority staff.
The review also supports the ban of third party sales of dogs and the Minister has committed to legislating on this issue before the end of this Senedd.
Minister Lesley Griffiths yesterday said:
We all want to see the highest welfare standards for animals in Wales. Part of this is to drive up the welfare standards for dogs at breeding premises.
I would like to thank the Animal Health and Welfare Group for reacting so quickly and producing their comprehensive report. Some of the recommendations can be delivered through existing legislation and I’m keen to see these progress as a matter of urgency before proposing amendments to the current Breeding Regulations.
The combination of new regulations on pet sales and dedicated funding for enforcement and delivery of the Breeding Regulations, will result in lasting improvements to the welfare standards of puppies bred in Wales.
Latest News from
Changes to self-isolation for fully-vaccinated adults30/07/2021 16:05:00
All adults who have been fully-vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus from 7 August, the First Minister yesterday confirmed.
Under-18s invited for their first COVID-19 vaccine in Wales30/07/2021 14:05:00
Young people who are about to turn 18 are being invited to have their COVID-19 vaccine in Wales.
Environmental projects benefit from taxes raised and spent in Wales30/07/2021 11:05:00
Finance and Local Government Minister Rebecca Evans visited a historic garden in Carmarthenshire to see how the project has used funding from the Landfill Disposals Tax to develop the site and increase biodiversity.
First Minister visits Bethesda social enterprise as it benefits from more than £200,00030/07/2021 09:05:00
Partneriaeth Ogwen, a social enterprise in Bethesda, Gwynedd, will benefit from more than £200,000 from the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities programme to help transform a former school into a centre for the community.
Help us achieve our ambition to become the most LGBTQ+ friendly nation in Europe29/07/2021 14:05:00
With the Welsh Government pledging to be the most LGBTQ+ friendly nation in Europe, Deputy Minister for Social Partnership Hannah Blythyn, today launched the LGBTQ+ Action Plan consultation, which will outline the Welsh Government’s determination to achieve this historic ambition.
A new World Heritage Site for Wales28/07/2021 16:25:00
The slate landscape of north-west Wales has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the fourth World Heritage Site in Wales.
Business Support vacancies at Cafcass Cymru28/07/2021 09:05:00
Cafcass Cymru is recruiting to Business Support roles in South Wales, Gwent and North Wales.
Deputy Minister thanks team effort ahead of UNESCO decision27/07/2021 11:05:00
If accepted, the slate landscape of north-west Wales will earn its place as the fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site in Wales.
£250K for early years speech, language and communication support27/07/2021 09:05:00
Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan has announced an additional £250,000 to support children’s speech, language and communication needs.