To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
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.
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 reports on dog welfare 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.
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 will come into force in 2018 and will control commercial sales of small furries, exotics and dogs.
| News from APGAW
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) is seeking to assess whether the reduction in numbers of small and medium sized abattoirs in the UK has negatively impacted animal welfare. The Group intends to carry out a small inquiry involving cross...read more
NB: This is not the APGAW annual workplan. It is an overview of issues which APGAW has worked on and keeps on its rolling agenda of issues to watch for Government progression. All issues listed below are those that has had some form of Government action. Key...read more
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force today The myriad of licensing systems that local authorities use to regulate businesses which deal with animals, or animal activities, have been in place for over...read more
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