The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act became law on 29 April 2021. It increases the maximum sentence for the worst animal cruelty offences from six months to five years in England and Wales.
The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) is an expert, independent committee which provides ‘independent, authoritative, impartial and timely advice, to Defra, and the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
A new independent advisory body on animal welfare has been created in Scotland. Its 12 members are experts in animal welfare and will provide scientific and ethical advice to the Scottish Government
Defra have launched its campaign to help puppy seekers avoid unscrupulous breeders and dealers. These people masquerade as small time, home breeders but the reality is that the puppies have been bred and kept in very poor conditions. Not to mention the poor welfare of the parent dogs. This is a major development in improving the standards of animal welfare and protecting the public from the consequences of unethical breeding practices.