Dogs: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the use of the captive bolt gun for the destruction of dogs; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to an animal. Best practice to euthanize a dog is by intravenous injection of an overdose of barbiturates by a vet. However, where this option is not possible or available, other humane alternatives may need to be used. Accordingly there are no proposals to ban or restrict the use of the captive bolt gun.

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