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.
The Scottish SPCA has launched a free scheme for responsible puppy breeders .The Assured Puppy Breeders Scheme creates a hub for responsible breeders. The Scheme is available to any dog breeder in Scotland. SSPCA inspectors will assess applications and visit breeding premises annually to make sure that high welfare standards are in place. The general public will be able to view members of the Scheme through the ‘Say No to Puppy Dealers’ website and look in to buying a puppy safely from them.
The Government’s decision to pass this law was in 2018 and will come into force in April 2020.
The law states that no-one other than the breeder is allowed to sell puppies to the public. No third parties or dealers are allowed to advertise or carry out such a trade. The law comes with the advice to the public to see the puppies with their mother and to visit the breeder more than once. If properly enforced this law should bring about the end of ‘puppy farming.’