NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is backing calls to tighten up enforcement regulations on breeding and selling dogs.
Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, recently met with members of Dogs Trust, the dog welfare charity, at the Assembly, to discuss canine legislation.
He said: “Christine and I were delighted to attend Dogs Trust’s reception and to hear an update on their concerns and plans for the welfare of dogs across Wales.
“We are great admirers of the excellent work of the Trust which does a fantastic job in educating the public to be responsible dog owners as they work tirelessly to improve the welfare of all dogs.
“Together with my Assembly colleagues, I will continue to work closely with the Trust and support them. I want to see progress on all the issues we discussed to ensure a better future for all dogs.”
Dogs Trust visited the Welsh Assembly to discuss their ‘Pawlicy Priorities’ for Wales and shared their concerns about the breeding and selling of dogs, as well as the aversive use of training devices like sonic and prong collars.
The animal welfare charity, which has 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, cares for nearly 15,000 dogs each year and never puts a healthy dog down. In the last year Dogs Trust has rehomed more than 650 dogs in Wales alone.
Dogs Trust’s Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder, explains: “We were delighted to visit the Welsh Assembly last week and discuss our 2019 priorities with both Christine and Neil Hamilton AM.
“It was a good opportunity to voice our worries about dog breeding practices, and our wish for the Welsh Government to continue to take the lead on dog welfare by extending their ban on electronic shock collars to include other training devices which can be aversive to dogs.
“We are urging Assembly Members to support our calls for better enforcement of the regulations around the breeding and selling of dogs by strengthening the minimum legal requirements for dog breeding and selling.
“We strongly believe more needs to be done to ensure that this legislation works for the benefit of all dogs.”
The Dogs Trust Public Affairs team also spoke with AMs about their efforts to improve the online advertising of pets for sale through its work chairing the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) and the need to introduce PAAG’s minimum standards as a legal requirement.
To read Dogs Trust’s Welsh manifesto visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/dogs-trust-public-affairs-news