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New Laws Introduced to Improve Dog Breeding Standards

11 December 2014

WALES, UK - Dog breeders in Wales will face tighter controls in future, after a debate on new regulations was passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, led the Senedd debate and explained to Members the intention of the revised Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014.

The new regulations will come into force next April and will introduce improved welfare standards for breeding establishments and require breeders to adopt socialisation, enhancement and enrichment programmes for their animals.

Following the motion to approve, Rebecca Evans said: "There has been increasing public concern in recent years over the way that some dogs are bred in Wales, including on licensed premises.

"Animals that are not properly socialised in early puppyhood may not have the best quality of life and cause problems for their owners. Some of these problems can be serious.

"The changes to the legislation that we have agreed today will help to stamp out irresponsible breeding practices that put the physical health and behavioural wellbeing of dogs at risk."

Welfare organisations and charities have been supportive of the need to introduce stricter criteria for breeding establishments.

The new regulations will come into force 30 April 2015 to allow breeders time to make any changes that may be necessary to meet the higher standards.

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