Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Comittee
The Government responds to each of the recommendations of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report: Animal Welfare in England: domestic pets. New regulations will be in place in 2018 for animal activities licensing. Regarding the progeny of dogs the Government cites the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders’ Scheme which requires the genetic screening of dogs to reduce the risk from inherited conditions. (In the view of DBRG these are minimal). ‘We will explore the possibility of further protecting the progeny of dogs within the proposals to modernise the dog breeding regulations. The Government rejects Efra’s proposals to ban the third party sale of puppies on the grounds that sales would be driven underground.