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THE Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland is seeking views on proposed new measures to improve the welfare of dogs in breeding establishments.
Launching a consultation on the draft Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) on October 18, Michelle O’Neill, Northern Ireland's minister for agriculture and rural development, said that the legislation currently in place was almost 30 years old and no longer fit for purpose. Also, since this legislation had been in force, ‘acceptable standards of animal welfare have greatly increased’. She continued: ‘The aim of these draft Regulations is to raise the standard for breeding establishments and enhance the conditions for dogs and puppies within those premises. I fully …