The Companion Animal Welfare Group Wales (CAWGW) July 2019

CAWGW was set up to be a specific voice for companion animals in Wales.

It has a similar function to the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) in England and comprises representatives from the major animal welfare charities, such as the RSPCA, PDSA and Dogs Trust and smaller groups which focus on a specific species, such as the Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG)

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Schedule 6

Specific conditions: breeding dogs

In addition to the five welfare needs: suitable environment; suitable diet; housing with or apart from other dogs; normal behaviour; protection from pain, suffering,injury and disease. This law states: No dog may be kept for breeding if it can reasonably be expected, on the basis of its genotype, phenotype or state of health that breeding from it could have a detrimental effect on its health or welfare or the health and welfare of its offspring

Note: for the first time there is now some protection for offspring from genetic disease and conformational (physical) extremes.

Welsh Assembly’s New Dog Breeding Regulations

May 2015 The Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations comes into force. The new Regulations  imposes tougher welfare criteria for those rearing dogs and puppies. The law applies to those breeders who keep three or more breeding bitches. Measures include a minimum staff ratio of 1:20 and a requirement to adopt socialisation plans for puppies. The Welsh Local Government Association will play a crucial role in implementing the new regulations.

EU Law to Register All Dog Breeders

May 2015  All dog breeders will need to be registered from 2020 under a new European Union Animal Health Law. The proposal was put forward by the Eurogroup for Animals to tackle the unethical backstreet breeding of dogs. All EU member states will have to apply this law.

Illegal Importation of Dogs (Parliamentary Bill)

On 26 March 2014  Jim Fitzpatrick, MP, requested Parliament to support a Bill to provide for a fixed penalty charge for those caught smuggling dogs into the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

This is to address the growing welfare problems connected to the illegal importation of dogs/puppies particularly from Eastern Europe.  Puppies are no doubt bred in sub standard conditions, removed from their mothers and trafficked to the UK to supply the demand for puppies in the UK. These will be sold on througb dealers and often via internet websites with little or no regard for the welfare needs of the puppies, nor the suitability of their new owners.