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Breeding of Dogs Act 1991

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1991; (322458)

(2) what funding his Department provides to local authorities to inspect outbuildings for breeding establishments under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1991;

(3) what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of illegal dog breeding taking place in residential properties and outbuildings;

(4) what recent representations he has received from animal welfare charities on backstreet breeding of dogs; and if he will make a statement;

(5) what estimate he has made of the number of dog breeding farms in England.

We have not made any recent assessment as to the effectiveness of the Breeding of Dogs Acts1991. Any future assessment we make of current dog breeding legislation will be conducted in parallel with our consideration on the two recent reports into dog breeding by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson and the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare. We have regular discussions with animal welfare groups on a range of welfare topics, including the breeding of dogs.

We have provided no such funding to local authorities to inspect outbuildings for breeding establishments, we have made no assessment of the incidence of illegal dog breeding taking place on residential properties and outbuildings, and we have made no estimate of the number of dog breeding farms in England.