Influencing Change
Through Politics

To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.

Influencing Change
Through Politics

To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.

| Companion Animals

The use of the phrase ‘companion animal’ is used to describe the domestic animals which we may refer to as a ‘pet’ including cats, dogs, horses, small furries, ornamental fish and caged birds. Under this area, issues like dog breeding and puppy farming often arise as well as the tricky subject referred to as dangerous dogs. There has been move towards improving welfare for companion animals since the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which set out specific guidelines for a duty of care for pet owners.

Key Issues

APGAW has done a great deal of work on the breeding, dealing and trading of puppies including looking at health issues around pedigree dogs. We have published two high profile reports on dog welfare with a focus on breed and health and in 2015 published the APGAW Dog Strategy which set out 21 recommendations to take forward to improve responsible dog ownership, breeding of dogs and controls over sale of dogs.The Group has done a lot of work on responsible dog ownership and drove the updating of legislation on Livestock Worrying in the Kept Animals Bill 2021.

APGAW has also been central in driving Government to introduce new Regulations on the Licensing of Pet Activities such as breeding, vending and boarding. These new Regulations came into force in 2018 to control commercial sales of small furries, exotics and dogs. APGAW produced the Rabbit Good Welfare Code and is working on improving other species’ welfare through collaborative, cross sector working. 

 

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| News from APGAW

Pedigree Dog Health Update

Pedigree Dog Health Update

In 2009 APGAW ran an enquiry into pedigree dog health and published this report: A Healthier Future for Pedigree Dogs Later this year we intend to pick up on this work again as we recognise whilst there have been some improvements in health testing and conformation...

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APGAW Publishes Report on Welfare Enforcement

APGAW Publishes Report on Welfare Enforcement

Animal welfare faces a "deepening crisis" if action isn't taken to improve local enforcement according to new report. A new report published today by APGAW reveals that almost a half of councils in England do not have a single Animal Welfare Officer in place dedicated...

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Animal Welfare Enforcement

Animal Welfare Enforcement

Over the last 4 years we have seen significant changes to animal welfare legislation including the Licensing of Animal Activities 2018 and a ban on third party selling of puppies and kittens. There is new legislation coming through in the Kept Animals Bill which curb...

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