November 1, 2015

The RSPCA defines ‘puppy farming’ as those breeders operating illegally and without a licence, and where often the worst forms of cruelty and neglect are found amongst the breeding bitches, stud dogs and puppies. We continue to work with Local Authorities to detect and prosecute such cases. However, the RSPCA believes the standards required of licensed dog breeding establishments should also be much higher.

In 2010, we participated in the Minister’s Task and Finish Group which examined the case for new regulations governing breeding, and worked closely with the Welsh Government and other stakeholders as legislative proposals were brought forward, including through three consultations.

Subsequently, RSPCA Cymru very much welcomed the introduction of new legislation to regulate dog breeding establishments. This was approved by the National Assembly for Wales in 2014, and came into force on 30th April 2015.

However, whilst overall the regulations are welcome, representing significant improvements, the RSPCA remains concerned that the regulations fail to tackle pedigree or genetic issues and include a staff-to-dog ratio which, worryingly, excludes puppies. The welfare issues associated with pedigree dog breeding are very serious and our position on this important issue was informed by an independent scientific report commissioned by the RSPCA.