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Animal licensing consultation for Scotland - IoL response 30th November 2018

The Scottish Region of the  Institute of Licensing has responded to a consultation by the Scottish Government seeking views on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.


The consultation covers proposals for a modern system of licensing for dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities allowing for independent accreditation of applicants to reduce the burden on local authorities. 


The consultation considers how thresholds for licensing may be determined depending on the size of the undertaking and how this may work for organisations with multiple premises. 


Through its response, the Scottish Region has urged the Scottish Government to also consider the position with third party sales, having regard to the proposals in England.


Scott Blair, Advocate, of Terra Firma Chambers, Edinburgh, who prepared the response on behalf of the Institute explained that the consultation allowed the voice of the Institute to be heard on an issue of great public concern in Scotland. Scott is well known in Scotland as licensing counsel and he combines that work with a keen interest in animal welfare issues, particularly in relation to dogs and equines. Speaking to Sue Nelson he said-


“The law in relation to dog-breeding in Scotland is badly out of date, is open to abuse by those who put profit before welfare, and it needs a major overhaul. The proposal to regulate the breeding of cats and rabbits is a welcome adjunct to this much needed reform. The Institute welcomes this opportunity to add its’ voice to the debate. It is to be hoped that the consultation will lead to greater protection for many of our Scottish animal Best Friends.”


The full response can be found in the website library


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