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Defra seeks views on strengthening dog breeding and pet sales regulations

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DEFRA is inviting comments on proposals to strengthen the regulations governing the licensing of animal establishments in England.

In a consultation document published on December 20, Defra explains that there are approximately 2300 licensed pet shops, 650 licensed dog breeders, 1800 licensed riding establishments and 6300 licensed animal boarding establishments in England. ‘These comprise the fourth largest group of business licences issued by local authorities, after premises, taxis and gambling licences,’ it says.

It notes that there is …

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