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Wales’ dog breeding laws to be revisited following calls for improvements
A BBC documentary filmed over 12 months, found that poor animal welfare was still an issue in Wales.

Government estimates that local authorities will need increased funding

The Welsh Government has confirmed that it will revise dog breeding regulations in the country amid a claim that there is likely to be an increase in the funding requirements of local authorities.

Currently, anyone in Wales with three or more breeding bitches meeting certain conditions must be licensed. However, a recent documentary by the BBC revealed that poor breeding practices and welfare concerns are still an issue, even at approved sites.

Following a report on dog breeding published by the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, the Welsh Government asserted that breeding laws need to be reexamined, and that local authorities will likely need additional funding in order to enforce animal welfare legislation.

The RSPCA's assistant director for external relations in Wales, Claire Lawson said: "Wales' new dog breeding laws, passed in 2014, marked a big step forward for animal welfare - but the RSPCA has long highlighted that further improvements are necessary.

"It's really welcome that the Welsh Government are looking again at these laws, and that the Minister described this as urgent.

"We'll continue to campaign for more emphasis on tackling genetic issues at breeding establishments, a staff-to-dog ratio that better considers welfare, and possible action to tackle bad cat breeding practices too.

"However, what is really important is that local authorities feel equipped and resourced to enforce animal welfare laws - including on dog breeding, microchipping, equine control and so much else…so the Welsh Government's acknowledgement that more funding will likely be needed is also a hugely positive development."

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

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 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the gov.uk website. 

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The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.