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Pets: Coronavirus

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th May 2020.

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Photo of Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to provide support to key workers who have pets at home while they are at work during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government's message to the public is clear: stay alert, control the virus and save lives. Dog walking businesses, home boarders and dog day care providers play a key role in ensuring the welfare of the nation's pets and can operate within the strict advice on social distancing and hygiene.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group, which advises both the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and Defra Ministers, has issued its own guidance to pet businesses on how they can continue to operate under current restrictions and in line with guidance around social distancing and hygiene: www.cfsg.org.uk/coronavirus/SiteAssets/SitePages/Home/CFSG%20Animal%20Business%20Guidance%2007.04.20.pdf.

If key workers need further help in meeting the welfare needs of their animals, they are advised to contact their relevant local authority which will be coordinating volunteers to help during this difficult time.

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