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Manifesto for Pets Launched Ahead of General Election

30 January 2015

UK - With less than 100 days to go before the next general election, Blue Cross has launched its Manifesto for Pets.

Almost half of British households own 65 million dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish and other animals between them, meaning there are more pets than people in the UK.

Blue Cross are calling on politicians of all parties to put pets on their list of priorities ahead of polling day in May.

Measures we’d like to see to make Britain a better place for pets include:

  • Pet breeding legislation to prioritise welfare over profit
  • Better checks at ports to deal with illegally imported puppies
  • Pet Animals Act 1951 reviewed and amended to make it suitable for a modern age
  • Dog control legislation consolidated
  • A move away from breed-specific legislation
  • Ban on electric shock collars and other aversive training tools
  • Legislation to tackle irresponsible horse owners
  • Statutory regulation of sanctuaries and rehoming organisations
  • National curriculum to include animal welfare and staying safe around dogs

Becky Thwaites, Blue Cross Public Affairs Officer, said: “Over the last ten years we’ve seen real progress being made on animal welfare.

"Measures such as the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act and a commitment to compulsory microchipping have made, and will continue to make, a difference to pets up and down the country.

“But we can’t stop now. Blue Cross cares for thousands of pets each year, but much more needs to be done to make sure pets are happy and healthy.”

Read the Blue Cross Manifesto here.

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