BVA hails Welsh Assembly dog breeding legislation as model for UK

17 December 2014

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the Welsh government’s new  Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 that will enhance dog breeding and address issues with puppy farming.

Commenting, BVA President John Blackwell said:

“The tightening of dog breeding regulations which the Welsh Government incorporated within this legislation is a big step towards improving the welfare of dogs in Wales. 

“Vets often see the terrible consequences of puppy farms and bad breeding practices, which can lead to animal suffering and consequently heartache for their owners.

“We are particularly pleased that that the Welsh Government has listened to the many stakeholders, including BVA and BSAVA, and incorporated into legislation such important aspects as the staff to dog ratio of one person to a maximum of 20 dogs and that breeders must now have and, more importantly, implement socialisation and enhancement and enrichment programmes for dogs on licensed premises. There is also the requirement for accurate records of animals to be kept that allow traceability back to the breeder. 

“While it has taken many years to get to this point the Welsh Government should be applauded for this legislative step. The rest of the UK should take heed and undertake similar reviews of animal welfare legislation.

“Everyone wants their new puppy to be happy and healthy and I would also highlight the Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP), launched by the BVA’s charity, the Animal Welfare Foundation in conjunction with the RSPCA which gives prospective puppy owners the tools and information they require to ask relevant questions when buying a puppy, with the aim of purchasing a healthy, happy and well-socialised puppy.

Rob Davies, BVA Welsh Branch President said:

"Welsh Branch was pleased to input into the consultation before the legislation was enacted. We are pleased that this is a positive contribution to dog welfare in Wales, and welcome the positive interest taken by Welsh Government in animal welfare matters across the board. Once again Wales is in the vanguard, and we look forward to working with the decision makers in Cardiff Bay concerning allied issues in future."

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