Unpicking the Knots

The case for a more cohesive approach to pet welfare legislation – Blue Cross

Unpicking the Knots Report - Blue Cross
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This Report paints a picture of the current state of statutory enforcement of pet legislation in Britain. Local authorities are responsible for running a licensing system for dog breeding establishments. However, a lack of personnel and appropriate training, together with slashed budgets, has left many of them without the resources and confidence to deal with animal welfare legislation suitably and effectively. There are issues around consistency and clarity of duties and resource levels mean that the majority of local authorities only have the capacity to deal with licensed premises. The scale of the unlicensed and invisible trade makes this a serious welfare concern.