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Should irresponsible pet owners be banned?

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By Josh Loeb

It should be made harder for people to acquire pets, senior vets have said.

The vets, all panelists at a British Small Animal Veterinary Association congress talk, expressed tentative support for the idea of an overarching licensing or registration system to keep tabs on pet owners.

Scotland’s chief vet Sheila Voas said she favoured a licensing system for all pet owners – but she also expressed doubts about whether the idea would be politically saleable.

Asked in a question and answer session whether she thought some people should be ‘simply banned’ from owning animals, Voas replied: ‘I’m not so sure about banning people, but we could make it harder for people …

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