APGAW Dog Strategy December 2 2014
The Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) launched its Dog Sub-Group and Review and Recommendations for Developing an Effective England-wide Strategy for Dogs at a meeting at the House of Commons.
The setting up of a Sub-Group for Dogs under the chairmanship of Rob Flello, MP, is a very welcome development. The Group will cover dog control; dog breeding, dealing and trading; dog identification; responsible dog ownership; and resources.
The Group recommends that the laws relating to the breeding, dealing and trade in dogs should be reviewed and updated by means of statutory Codes of Practice under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). It recommends a more consistent approach by local authorities in enforcement of the AWA; the endorsement by Defra and widespread use of the Puppy Contract; and veterinary advice to breeders on inherited breed related disorders.
The full Report may be seen here: Strategy for Dogs [PDF]