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Like him or not, the current environment secretary is unlikely to suffer the same bland fate as many of his predecessors. Indeed Michael Gove and his department must be commended for the raft of changes they have driven through in terms of animal welfare.
Since his appointment we’ve welcomed a commitment to tougher sentencing for animal cruelty offences, banning electronic training collars for cats and dogs, banning the use of wild animals in circuses and the introduction of CCTV in slaughter houses in England. Animal welfare has been recognised as a ‘public good’ and a new requirement to recognise animals as sentient beings when government formulates policy has been promised.
However, there is one area that has yet to fully court his attention – illegal puppy trading from Europe – and …
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