January 3, 2016

The RSPCA has identified a number of problems with the current legislation which regulates the pet trade – covering dogs, cats, rabbits, etc but also exotic animals too. The Pet Animals Act is over 60 years old and needs updating.  In addition the laws concerning the licensing of dog breeding, cat and dog boarding, livery yards and performing animals are also out of date.

Following a consultation in 2016 the Government is preparing new Licensing Regulations to address this issue.  Providing a new licensing regime that local authorities can use and puts animal welfare at the heart of the process.  The Regulations are due to be presented to Parliament in spring 2018 and come into force in October 2018.  There will be detailed guidance to support them as well.