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Animal Welfare Act

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, columns 970-71, on the Animal Welfare Act, whether the secondary legislation set out in the table includes legislation to replace the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999; and if he will make a statement. (110953)

The Animal Welfare Act will provide an opportunity to introduce secondary legislation to replace current dog-breeding legislation with new regulations. The Kennel Club has recently launched an accredited breeders scheme, whose progress we will closely monitor. It will take time for the learning from the scheme to be evaluated. It would, therefore, be premature for me to speculate on the possible timing for any new law on dog breeding.