Our thoughts on Scottish Government's pledge to create new Animal Welfare Commission

Following details of the First Minister’s 2018/19 programme for Government this evening, we are delighted by the Scottish Government’s pledge to set up a new Animal Welfare Commission.

We welcome increasing sentences for cruelty offences and a move to regulate rehoming organisations. We are pleased that the Government have listened to our concerns regarding dogs that are seized as part of cruelty cases being subject to spending protracted periods of time in kennels and will look to speed up this.

We are also delighted that there are plans to bring in "Finn's Law" by 2021, which will lead to tougher punishments for those who attack service animals such as police dogs.

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