Dogs Trust

We welcome the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations

Today we have welcomed the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018, and hope the progression and reviews don’t stop there.

From online sellers to home dog boarders and doggy day care, the revamped Regulations offer the chance to significantly improve dog welfare and all businesses working with our four legged friends.

But in order to be as efficient as possible support is required for the front line teams who will be enforcing it and this is where we have already leant our support.

Our Deputy Veterinary Director, Runa Hanaghan explains:

“We welcome these Regulations which update and replace outdated legislation that predated the Animal Welfare Act 2006. We hope that this new legislation will mark the start of significant improvement for the welfare of dogs involved in the breeding, selling and boarding trade.

"In preparation for the introduction of the new Regulations we have been working closely with Local Authorities. To be effective, it is crucial that the new law is enforced fully. In August and September this year, we worked with animal health inspectors from the City of London Corporation to deliver a training roadshow to more than 300 Local Authority inspectors across England, to help ensure the officers tasked with enforcing the new Regulations understand the changes being introduced and the part they play in implementing them.

"Importantly, for the first time, the new Regulations will mean that licensing will be extended to cover online sellers, home dog boarders and doggy day care providers. We are pleased the law is taking account of these emerging trades and hope it will be extended in the future to introduce licensing of further activities including rehoming organisations, sanctuaries, dog walkers and groomers, to ensure greater protection for all dogs.”