Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 25 April 2023.

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Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what their timeline is for implementing clause 43 of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill regarding the taking of a dog without lawful authority; and what plans they have, if any, to extend that clause to apply to cats.

Photo of Lord Benyon Lord Benyon The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The addition of cats to the pet abduction offence in the Kept Animals Bill was raised at Commons Committee Stage. We are considering it carefully. The next stage of the Bill will be announced in the usual way.

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