DEFRA consultation on review of animal establishments licensing in England

2nd March 2016 - 10:00 AM

A consultation by DEFRA on the review of animal establishments licensing in England is currently underway and this could have considerable ramifications for dog breeders.

It is clear that the issue of irresponsible dog breeding and 'puppy farming' has come under increasing scrutiny over the past few years, and in 2014 this was the subject of a debate in the House of Commons.

The Government has signalled their intention to address this situation by lowering the litter threshold for which breeders must obtain a breeding licence from their local authority from five litters to three litters in a twelve month period. . Alongside this proposal the Government is also considering providing an exemption for breeders regulated by a UKAS accredited scheme such as the ABS from requiring a separate local authority licence.

It is no coincidence that the Government, and particularly DEFRA, have paid particular attention to the ABS since it achieved certification by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) which remains the sole accreditation body recognised by Government.

Given that exempting ABS members from a separate local authority licensing regime would be such welcome news for us and our ABS members, we will be drafting a template letter for you to send directly to Defra, solely to show support for this particular proposal.

Should you wish to respond to the consultation in full you can do so by visiting DEFRA and responding by March 12th.

The Kennel Club is happy to provide further information or advice on responding to the consultation for Assured Breeders, should this be of interest please contact Ed Hayes -

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