A consultation on proposals to strengthen how animal activities are regulated in Wales, which will improve animal welfare has been published today (8 December 2023).
A number of animal activities are currently not regulated, or regulations are no longer fit for purpose.
Strengthening such licensing would enhance and protect animal welfare, with a statutory licensing scheme setting minimum standards which all licence holders would need to comply with, underpinned by an inspection regime
The Licensing of Animal Welfare Establishments, Activities and Exhibits consultation marks the first phase of the development of a National Model to improve welfare standards and is a Programme for Government commitment.
Areas which are currently not licensed include animal rescues and sanctuaries, dog walking and grooming services, and dog play parks, amongst others.
In light of the significant public interest in the welfare of racing greyhounds, the consultation gives consideration to the possibility of licensing owners, keepers and trainers of racing dogs such as greyhounds. It also includes a request for evidence to justify or negate consideration of a phased ban on dog racing in future.
The intention at this stage is to seek public opinion on a range of areas identified, to progress policy and develop future proposals. Any future licensing regimes in the areas identified would be subject to further public consultation, prior to implementation.
Consultation ends: 1 March 2024 Licensing of animal welfare establishments, activities and exhibits | GOV.WALES
For further information please select the following links: Proposals to improve animal welfare published | GOV.WALES