5th July 2013

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed an announcement from the Minister for Natural Resources and Food which confirms that the draft Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) regulations have been withdrawn with immediate effect.

The Society had highlighted a worrying discrepancy contained within the draft regulations regarding a minimum staff:dog ratio. Subsequently, the Minister has withdrawn the regulations and officials will now undertake a further consultation over the summer months.

Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru Head of External Affairs, said: “Given the worrying discrepancy they contained, it is welcome news that the Minister has opted to withdraw the regulations.

“Having sat on the relevant Task & Finish Group, RSPCA Cymru was disappointed by elements of the regulations brought forward by the Welsh Government – and it is right that they have opted to go back to the drawing board.

“It is imperative that the Welsh Government now brings forward regulations which are fit for purpose and adequately improve welfare standards.

“Having long acted as a lead campaigner on this important issue, RSPCA Cymru now looks forward to working closely with the Welsh Government to ensure regulations adequately meet the needs of these animals.”