April 2015

FBH & REPTA submission to the EFRA consultation

FBH & REPTA submission to the EFRA consultation

Currently EFRA (The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee) is holding a series of short inquiries on animal welfare over the course of this Parliament. The first inquiry focuses on domestic pets, including cats, dogs and horses. The Committee intends to consider issues surrounding exotic pets at a later date.

In the UK, about 1 in 2 households own a pet with around 21 million pets owned (excluding fish). The UK pet population is estimated at nine million dogs and approximately 8 million cats. The Animal Welfare Act places a legal obligation on owners and keepers of animals to care for them properly. The inquiry will examine the effectiveness of the Act and its enforcement with regards to domestic animals. The inquiry will also examine whether that Act and other existing legislation remains fit for purpose in the age of the internet with regards to the sale of domestic pets.

Terms of reference Written submissions are invited on the following issues:

  • The effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with regard to domestic pets
  • Regulation surrounding the sale of domestic pets, including online sales and advertising
  • Enforcement of current animal welfare legislation, including prosecution of offences by the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and others
  • Comparative approaches to enforcement in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • The FBH has submitted its evidence to the inquiry with back up evidence. Below are links the the FBH's and REPTA's reply and evidence to the EFRA consultation

  • The full FBH submission is available HERE to download.
  • The FBH & REPTA ewritten evidence is availableHERE to view

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