Westminster Hall Debate on the Efra Report on Dog Control and Welfare

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP, spoke on the breeding and welfare issues during the debate on the Efra Report. The problems of genetic health and welfare are still not being addressed by the Department responsible for animal welfare. Furthermore the Defra set up for companion animal welfare is confusing. The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) has been created as the main advisory group to Govenment on all matters to do with animal health and welfare. However, no-one on this Board has any experience of companion animal welfare (Tim Morris has been given the responsibility). Even more recently the Canine and Feline Sector Group has been set up to advise AHWBE on the welfare issues of cats and dogs. Its current Chairman is Steve Dean who is also the Chairman of the Kennel Club. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown pointed out that this was a potential conflict of interest as the KC is part of the problem. G C-B gave his support to the Dog Advisory Council as being an independent group of experts who are best placed to make recommendations for the reform of dog breeding. The Minister, David Heath, suggested that G C-B meet with Michael Seals, Chairman of the AHWBE.