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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13707: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering updating legalisation, in light of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and Civic Government Scotland Act 1982 not including explicit consideration of the suitability of properties for animal boarding.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 16 January 2018

The Programme for Government 2017-18 commits the Scottish Government to preparing legislation on a modern system of registration and licensing of animal sanctuaries and rehoming activities. The principles of that modern system will, in due course, be applied to the licensing of animal boarding establishments.

However, the Scottish Government considers that the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 offers local authorities the discretion to consider factors other than animal welfare when considering applications for an animal boarding establishment licence.