The Pets’n’Vets Family, the network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, has backed the launch of a member’s bill to the Scottish parliament aimed at calling a halt to puppy farming.
Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, has called for tighter regulations to better regulate the breeding and sale of dogs in Scotland. Her proposal would reduce from five to three the number of litters a breeder could produce each year before requiring a breeding licence.
Her member’s bill has proposed that everyone breeding and then selling or transferring puppies should be licensed or registered. If successful, the bill will put the onus on buyers and sellers to conduct checks before a dog is sold.
The convenor of Holyrood’s cross-party group on Animal Welfare has the backing of charities across the country who have welcomed the idea of a registration system for breeders.
Ross Allan, an RCVS advanced practitioner in Small Animal Surgery at the Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital, part of The Pets’n’Vets Family, said: “We welcome and support the proposal for improving dog breeding/number of litters a breeder can produce within a 12-month period before being required to hold a breeding licence.
“This bill offers sensible and practical proposals that should help create a better informed and more humane process for the sale and purchase of puppies.”
A consultation document is available at www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/ Bills/108400.aspx. Views are being invited via an online survey (at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ResponsibleBreedingandOwnershipofDogs) by 30 July.
The Pets’n’Vets Family’s support of the members’ bill to stop puppy farming follows on from its support earlier this month to MSP Jeremy Balfour’s proposals to upgrade ‘outdated’ law on selling animals in pet shops.