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Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN MEETING

The Advisory Council will hold its annual meeting in public at 1330 on 3 Dec 2013 at the British Veterinary Association, 7 Mansfield Street, London.
The AGENDA FOR THE MEETING

is available here
You are welcome to attend the meeting.

NEW PAPERS
ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT ON DOG BREEDING LEGISLATION

The Advisory Council has submitted its recommendations to Governments on dog breeding legislation.
The recommendations encompass controls over the breeding, sale, supply and advertising of dogs. Key elements include:
• New duties of care on all persons planning a mating of dogs and any organisation exercising public duties with regard to the establishment of Breed Standards.
• Measures which will provide clear lines of traceability from a dog back to its breeder, including the registration of all breeders and the necessity for commercial breeders to obtain a dog breeding licence.
• Recommendations addressing a range of issues associated with sale of dogs including via the Internet and third party dealers
• Recommendations for statutory codes of practice to cover the breeding of dogs and the sale of dogs from pet shops. The Council propose that its Standard for the Breeding of Dogs should provide the basis for the former and they have offered to draft a code of practice for pet shops in consultation with stakeholders.
• A prohibition on the sale, supply or gifting of any dog aged less than 8 weeks.
• Support for the permanent identification of dogs (microchipping).

OUR ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT ON LEGISLATION

is available here

THE ADVISORY COUNCIL'S CURRENT (2013) AND FUTURE PROGRAMME(2014-2015)

is available here

THE ADVISORY COUNCIL'S RESPONSE TO THE RSPCA PROGRESS REPORT ON PEDIGREE DOG WELFARE.


An important anniversary: It is 5 years since Jemima Harrison's documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed was screened on the BBC's Panorama programmes. To mark the anniversary, the RSPCA has produced a progress report showing both what has been done and what more still needs to be done.

RSPCA report linked here

In response, the council has published its own view of progress so far and its own actions to support that progress

Advisory Council commentary on RSPCA report

THE ADVISORY COUNCIL BREEDING STANDARD FOR DOGS.


On 3 September 2012 the Council submitted this Standard to Ministers in Defra, Scotland and Wales as its formal recommendation of the minimum standards which must be met to provide good health and welfare for all dogs involved in breeding.

Breeding standard available here

The Council's reasons for producing the breedings standard (the covering note here) as well as a press release, FAQs and five standard operating procedures, will appear in your computers downloads if you click on them.

Covering Note for Breeding standard
Press release on Breeding standard
FAQs on the Breeding standard
Socialisation of puppies to people
Habituation of puppies to household and potentially aversive noises
Feeding
Daily routine
Cleaning

Update on stakeholder activity:
smcAC external stakeholder review 25 Nov 2011
You will find below the Council’s previous report on progress to date, and an announcment detailing the first 8 welfare problems which the Council has prioritised for action.


PROGRESS REPORT:
summary programme update 181011

ANNOUNCEMENT ON PRIORITY WELFARE PROBLEMS
A report on the first-8-welfare-problems can be downloaded here.

Also available are the three reports on the welfare issues arising from dog breeding and more recent papers published by Council Members.


RECENT PAPERS
Chiari–like malformation and syringomyelia. This paper reviews a common and often painful neurological problem in Cavalier King Charles spaniels and a number of other small breeds - Rusbridge, 2013

Analysis of the canine genome and canine health: A commentary. This is a personal view from the authors on the degree to which genetic information supports the idea that dogs are inbred, and is a response to earlier papers in the Veterinary Journal - Bateson & Sargan 2012

DNA testing Man’s best friend- Veterinary Record-2011-Mellersh-10-21

THE THREE REPORTS ON THE WELFARE ASPECTS OF DOG BREEDING
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Donation

For anyone wishing to make a donation: either send a cheque to the address below made out to “WFCA Canine Advisory Account; or (preferred) make the payment by deposit to a Barclays bank or by BACS to WFCA Canine Advisory account, Barclays Bank, Exeter, Sort code 20-30-47, A/c No 90782173.

Address: Secretary of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding
Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8AU.