Dogs Trust Public Affairs
Dogs Trust’s Public Affairs Team work across a variety of issues in Westminster, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure the welfare of dogs is always taken into consideration by policy makers.
Dogs Trust chairs the EU Dog & Cat Alliance, through which we also engage with EU policy makers, and call for EU action to build a better Europe for cats and dogs. More information can be found on the Alliance website.
Dogs Trust also chairs the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (otherwise known as PAAG). The group was created in 2001 to combat growing concerns regarding the irresponsible advertising of pets for sale, rehoming, and exchange. It comprises animal welfare organisations, trade associations and veterinary bodies. Defra, DAERA in Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government have endorsed PAAG’s work. More information can be found on the PAAG website.
The documents on this page provide more information on UK issues. Find out more about the issues we're campaigning on by downloading our policy documents below.
You can also download our 'Dogs Trust in a nutshell' document below to find out more about the work Dogs Trust achieved in 2016.
Dogs Trust Policy Document PDF 491 KB
We have recently launched our latest campaign to ban the sale and use of electric shock collars. On Sunday 11th March we were delighted by Michael Gove's announcement that the Government has decided to consult on banning the use of electric shock collars.
Read our report on the welfare impact and efficacy of canine training methods.
The effect of training methods on animal welfare PDF 1.42 MB
Looking ahead in 2018...
Read Dogs Trust's 'Pawlicy' document for Westminster outlining our key issues for this session.
Pawlicy Document PDF 2.09 MB
Briefing on the recommendation of EFRA's Animal Welfare: Domestic Pets Inquiry
We were pleased the EFRA Committee chose to focus an inquiry on companion animal welfare and agreed with the vast majority of their recommendations. This briefing details those issues covered in the report and includes what we want to see happen to protect the welfare of all domestic pets.
Dogs Trust EFRA Debate Briefing PDF 502 KB
For the past two years, Dogs Trust has been running an in depth investigation into puppy smuggling, and the smuggling of underage puppies, mainly from Central and Eastern European countries. In 2015 Dogs Trust made a landmark step forward by pledging to provide care and quarantine of seized smuggled puppies. Click here to find out more about Dogs Trust's work to tackle this issue. Read our policy briefing on Puppy Farming, here:
Puppy Farming Briefing 2017 PDF 290 KB
Dogs Trust calls on MPs to consider animal welfare and support restrictions on fireworks use. Click here to find out more about Dogs Trust's work to tackle this issue.
Read our policy briefing on fireworks, here:
Dogs Trust Fireworks Policy PDF 382 KB
Dogs Trust is calling on the Government to amend the welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations 2010 to require the publication of essential welfare data, and extend the regulations to protect the welfare of racing greyhounds whilst they are in trainers kennels. Click here to find out more about Dogs Trust's work to tackle this issue.
Read our policy briefing on Greyhounds, here:
Dogs Trust Greyhound Briefing Paper PDF 399 KB
Read Dogs Trust's manifesto for Northern Ireland outlining our key issues for this session.
Northern Ireland Manifesto JPG 1.57 MB
Read Dogs Trust's manifesto for Scotland outlining our key issues for this session.
Scotland Manifesto JPG 1.74 MB
Read Dogs Trust's manifesto for Wales outlining our key issues for this session.
Wales Manifesto JPG 1.65 MB
Other news and events
Westminster Dog Of The Year 2017
More information coming soon!
Holyrood Dog of the Year 2017
More information coming soon!
If you would like to find out more, or get in touch with a member of Dogs Trust Public Affairs, please click here or call the team on 0207 837 0006.
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