The Kennel Club launched its first political manifesto ahead of
next year's General Election at our annual Discover Dogs
exhibition, with the Animal Welfare Minister, Lord de Mauley, and
Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare, Angela Smith MP.
The 'A Dog's Life' manifesto, which focuses on all aspects of a
dog's life, from how a dog is bred and is acquired, to how a dog is
trained and how it lives its day to day life, aims to guide the
future government on what can be done to protect and promote dog
health and welfare.
Some of the key recommendations raised in the manifesto
- Breeding - Review legislation on dog
breeding to make the principles of the Assured Breeder Scheme
mandatory and ensure it enshrines the principles of the Animal
- Acquisition - Prohibit the sale of
puppies in pet shops and promote responsible buying of dogs from
breeders breeding to the standard of the Kennel Club Assured
- Training - Prohibit the sale and use of
electronic shock collars and adopt the Kennel Club Accredited
Instructor requirements as an industry based standard for all dog
trainers and behaviourists.
- Responsible Ownership - Update,
consolidate and replace existing legislation on dog control with
preventative legislation and measures based on the principle of
'deed not breed'.
- Routines in Everyday Living - Record
information relating to the Public Spaces Protection Orders from
local authorities and require them to engage with local dog owners
when introducing orders relating to dog walking.
- Free from Animal Testing - Review the use
of dogs as a second species for toxicity testing in human drug
development in light of new research on the lack of usefulness of
The manifesto has been positively received by other dog welfare
organisations and the media. To view media coverage on the
manifesto, please read the following articles on:
To read the full manifesto, please visit: