Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding

In late 2009 and early 2010 three separate reports were published recommending the creation of an independent Advisory Council to provide advice regarding the welfare issues of dog breeding. These Reports were ‘Pedigree dog breeding in the UK: a major welfare concern?’ commissioned by the RSPCA, a report from the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare entitled ‘A healthier future for pedigree dogs’ and the ‘Independent inquiry into dog breeding’ by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson.

Professor Sheila Crispin was appointed as the founding Chairman and the apppointment of the first 9 Members were announced in November 2010. The first meeting of the Council was held on 8 December 2010 and the draft minutes of their meetings can be found on their “Minutes of Council Meetings” page.

The Council’s website is here and details of their initial programme of work is here.  They have a number of projects addressing the Council’s  terms of reference in four areas:

1. Surveillance, research and development

2. Breeding strategies

3. Legislation and regulation

4. Education and publicity


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