The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) is an expert, independent committee which provides 'independent, authoritative, impartial and timely advice, to Defra and the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
A new independent advisory body on animal welfare has been created in Scotland. Its 12 members are experts in animal welfare and will provide scientific and ethical advice to the Scottish Government.
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) Assured Puppy Breeders Scheme November 2019
The Scottish SPCA has launched a free scheme for responsible puppy breeders .The Assured Puppy Breeders Scheme creates a hub for responsible breeders. The Scheme is available to any dog breeder in Scotland. SSPCA inspectors will assess applications and visit breeding premises annually to make sure that high welfare standards are in place. The general public will be able to view members of the Scheme through the 'Say No to Puppy Dealers' website and look in to buying a puppy safely from them.
Consortium to Research Inherited Eye Diseases in Dogs (CRIEDD) (Dr Cathryn Mellersh, Prof Sheila Crispin, Stuart Ellis, Lorraine Fleming, David Gould, Christine Heinrich, James Oliver)
The multi disciplinary team will focus on investigating current and emerging eye diseases and develop new DNA tests to benefit a number of breeds, effectively reducing the number of affected and carrier dogs
The Government’s decision to pass this law was in 2018 and will come into force in April 2020.
The law states that no-one other than the breeder is allowed to sell puppies to the public. No third parties or dealers are allowed to advertise or carry out such a trade. The law comes with the advice to the public to see the puppies with their mother and to visit the breeder more than once. If properly enforced this law should bring about the end of ‘puppy farming.’
CAWGW was set up to be a specific voice for companion animals in Wales.
It has a similar function to the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) in England and comprises representatives from the major animal welfare charities, such as the RSPCA, PDSA and Dogs Trust and smaller groups which focus on a specific species, such as the Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG)
Specific conditions: breeding dogs
In addition to the five welfare needs: suitable environment; suitable diet; housing with or apart from other dogs; normal behaviour; protection from pain, suffering,injury and disease. This law states: No dog may be kept for breeding if it can reasonably be expected, on the basis of its genotype, phenotype or state of health that breeding from it could have a detrimental effect on its health or welfare or the health and welfare of its offspring
Note: for the first time there is now some protection for offspring from genetic disease and conformational (physical) extremes.