Meeting with Lord de Mauley

A meeting took place at Defra with Lord de Mauley, Minister for Animal Welfare and his advisers. Accompanying me were Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Dan O’Neil (VetCOMPASS), Harvey Locke (previous President of BVA), Paula Boyden (Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust), Sheila Crispin (Chairman, Dog Advisory Council), James Yeates (Chief Vet, RSPCA). We pressed the case for tighter regulations to control dog breeding: in particular the acceptance of the RSPCA/BVA AWF Puppy Contract; the Dog Advisory Council’s Breeding Standard; securing the long term funding and future of the Advisory Council; reducing dog breeding licensing requirements to over two litters per year; include the protection of the offspring in the Defra Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs.