Holy­rood in talks on new laws cov­er­ing pet breed­ing

West Lothian Courier - - News -

New rules on breed­ing an­i­mals for pets may be a good idea – but it could be leg­is­la­tion that is dif­fi­cult to en­force with­out“ro­bust”fund­ing and a clearer idea of how big a busi­ness it is.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to li­cense the breed­ing of dogs, cats and rab­bits and is con­sult­ing with coun­cils. The pro­pos­als would mean lo­cal coun­cils would not only have to is­sue li­censes, but also in­spect premises and check to en­sure that breed­ers were“fit and proper”.

The plans would tighten up con­trols and clamp down on puppy farm­ing, where an­i­mals can suf­fer from ge­netic ill­ness and are often kept in poor con­di­tions.

While there are records of dog breed­ers, there is noth­ing to iden­tify how many breed­ers of other pets there might be in West Loth­ian or across Scot­land. Of­fi­cials told coun­cil­lors on West Loth­ian’s Ex­ec­u­tive that“ro­bust and ef­fec­tive” fund­ing would be needed to make any li­cens­ing pro­gramme work.

The re­port added:“Fees will not cover the work re­quired to deal with an in­flux of en­quiries from breed­ers and/or the gen­eral pub­lic.”

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