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Review the Animal Welfare Regulations petition launched

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Review the Animal Welfare Regulations petition launched 16th October 2018

A petition has been launched calling on the Government to urgently
review the Regulations and guidance.

The petition on the Parliament’s website has gathered over
14,000 signatures.

The petitioner said: “New regulations for licensed
activities involving animals are coming into force on October 1st. Two activities
covered are day care for dogs and home boarding for dogs. The new law is
contradictory and unclear in many aspects and will force a large number of home
businesses to have to close.

“Guidance notes have been issued for councils to use, to
enforce the new law but they contradict the legislation in places and there are
many grey areas open to interpretation. The guidance notes do not seem to cover
all aspects of the regulations, and in other places seem to bear no relevance
to the regulations. The guidance seems to be aimed at bigger day care centres
and small home businesses will be forced to close. Some have already taken the
decision to not apply for a new license at all.”

Since the petition has reached over 10,000 signatures, the
Government will respond in due course.

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