APGAW: A healthier future for Pedigree Dogs

The Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal welfare (APGAW) has published an update report summarising its views on what has happened since their original 2009 report.  The purpose of this mini report is to set out the areas of agreement and identify what has been done and what needs to be done.

The following is a direct copy from the Report’s Conclusions:

APGAW has deliberately set out feasible action points as opposed to a ‘wish list’ of legislation from the Government and demands from the KC. Some may believe the actions points do not go far enough but this is not the end of the debate, merely a consideration of where we currently stand. There is no sign that the fortitude of stakeholders to address this issue is slowing down and we have seen lots of ongoing activity including the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding setting out their action plan and the Welfare Groups developing the Puppy Contract. Of course, concern remains that some measures are taking too long to initiate and more extreme controls need to be put in place. There are elements of truth to this but also APGAW has found that a lot of work has been done which is not known. It is important that the larger stakeholders find ways of keeping the smaller groups informed and involved in activities, as it is those smaller groups who are doing a great deal to create awareness and assist in the education of puppy buyers and breeders.
APGAW along with stakeholders will continue to put pressure on Government to take action
to prevent dogs from suffering and to ensure the public is aware and protected from poor
breeding practice. APGAW will also encourage debate within Parliament and in the EU and
support the stakeholders in their campaigns on this issue. There is a commitment to preventing further poor welfare caused by irresponsible breeding and there remains a large amount of work to be done in achieving this. However, it is clear that there is tremendous dedication to resolving the existing problems and that progress has been made.

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