Date lodged: 24 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with trade bodies regarding its plans to update the regulations on the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding and dealing.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 31 May 2017
The Scottish Government has already held a number of meetings with stakeholders regarding the ongoing review of pet welfare. Representatives from the Pet Industry Federation, Pets at Home, The Kennel Club, The Scottish Kennel Club, General Council of the Cat Fancy, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association and the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association participated in meetings on 23 November 2015 and 3 June 2006, and have corresponded further with officials. Also participating at these meetings were representatives from animal welfare organisations, veterinarians and local authority regulators.
Proposals to update the regulations on the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding and dealing will be issued for full public consultation in due course; and each of the named organisations will be able to offer additional evidence for consideration.