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British Veterinary Association Call for Harsher Dog Breeding Regulations

7th December 2023

Recently, the BVA and BSAVA partnered to issue a policy document that advocates for more stringent regulations and stricter penalties for dog breeders.  

The two notable veterinary associations deemed the refinement of dog breeding practices to be crucial to animal health and wellbeing.   

Moreover, more than 50% of individuals responding to BVA’s questionnaire stated that the industry’s main issue was careless animal breeding or procurement. 

The document proposes more stringent penalties for violations of the Veterinary Surgeons Act and initiatives to eliminate the gaps in regulations that allow individuals to bypass breeding laws.  

Head executive of the BSAVA, Carl Gorman, commented, “Strengthening the relevant legislation, requiring those individuals involved in breeding services to be adequately trained, and ensuring appropriate supervision of canine breeding activities are essential to ensure we improve the current situation and address animal welfare concerns.”  

Elizabeth Mullineaux, deputy chief of BVA, stated, “BVA would like to see the government act swiftly to clamp down on these unregulated and dangerous practices that compromise animal welfare, including bringing in licensing, mandatory inspections, and tough penalties if they are found to be operating outside the law.” 

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