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Conference report: BSAVA
New licensing regulations are an opportunity to combat harmful breeding in dogs, say vets

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By Matthew Limb

Breeders could be prosecuted for causing health or welfare problems under new regulations that will tighten up animal establishment licensing by local authorities.

Veterinary leaders say this represents an important new opportunity to combat harmful breeding in dogs, such as in brachycephalic breeds.

Parliament recently passed the measures – called the Animal Welfare (Licensing Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 – and they come into force in October this year.

Licensing conditions will now reflect the welfare requirements of animals as required in the Animal Welfare Act (2006).

Lord Trees, who co-chairs the all-party parliamentary group on animal welfare, said the regulations came with ‘important’ statutory guidance which had so …

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