The BVA has welcomed an update report on dog breeding issues by the Associate Parliamentary
Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW).
a small group of stakeholders including the British Veterinary Association,
Dogs Trust, Kennel Club and RSPCA, this report looks at what has been done
since the first APGAW report in late 2009 and the airing of Pedigree Dogs
Exposed (2008) and Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three
Years On (2012).
Past President Harvey Locke said: "The BVA fully endorses the
recommendations and practical solutions offered by this timely
Mr Locke drew attention to a
number of points in the report's action plan including:
Mr Locke added: "I am pleased that the APGAW
report recognises the vital role that education plays in tackling irresponsible
dog ownership and would very much like to see the inclusion of animal welfare
as part of the core curriculum.
"I am also delighted that the
group recognises the value of a puppy contract. The BVA Animal Welfare
Foundation and RSPCA have recently launched a puppy contract and puppy
information pack (PIP) which arms buyers with the knowledge to give themselves
the best chance of getting a fit, healthy and happy, well socialised pet to
join their household. The contract and PIP have also been designed to help good
breeders demonstrate the care and attention they have devoted to their puppies'
breeding and upbringing.
"Much work has already been undertaken to improve dog breeding but
there is much more to be done and the momentum must not be lost. I am
most grateful to Neil Parish MP, chairman of APGAW, for his commitment to producing
this report. It is an excellent means of keeping the issue high on the
agenda by encouraging wider
dialogue and debate within
Parliament and in the EU."
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