Animal Breeding: Dogs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 31st October 2017.

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of incorporating the assured breeder scheme into the new dog breeding regulations.

Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that inspections carried out by assured breeder scheme inspectors are not duplicated by local authorities under the new dog breeding regulations.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We recognise that the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme provides benefits for animal welfare and is a hallmark by which potential purchasers can obtain a puppy.

Under our proposals anyone who is a member of an organisation that has been certified by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service will benefit from being assessed as lower risk and attract fewer inspections, a lower fee and be able to show a higher star rating on any merchandising or advertising they may employ.

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