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Time to stop accepting ‘normal for the breed’
  1. Emma Goodman Milne, BVSc, MRCVS

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Emma Goodman Milne is a vet, author and animal welfare enthusiast.

‘No dog may be kept for breeding if it can reasonably be expected, on the basis of its genotype, phenotype or state of health, that breeding from it could have a detrimental effect on its health or welfare or welfare of its offspring.’

This paragraph became enshrined in law on 1 October this year. It forms part of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations (2018) and will fall under the Animal Welfare Act (2006).

The critical part is ‘welfare of its offspring’ as, until now, our laws in the UK did not protect future offspring. Many welfare stalwarts fought long and hard to get this element written into law, and it could have a massive impact on future generations of animals. But who will have the courage to enforce it? It will probably …

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