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OATA welcomes Scottish government plans to review pet shop licensing

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed news that the Scottish government is to look at introducing new legislation on pet shop licensing in Scotland following a campaign by Jeremy Balfour MSP.

Balfour’s office confirmed it has received a letter from the cabinet secretary for the environment, climate change and land reform Roseanna Cunningham which read: “I hereby indicate that the Scottish government will initiate legislation, within the current session of the Parliament, to improve animal welfare by enhancing local authority pet shop licensing powers and update the licensing system currently set out in the Pet Animals Act 1951, including in relation to licence conditions, fees and inspections.

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