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Vet group backs call for new pet shop law
14th May 2018

By Sandra Pearce
The Pets’N’Vets Family, a network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas, has backed Scottish MSP Jeremy Balfour’s proposals to upgrade ‘outdated’ law on selling animals in pet shops.
 
The Conservative MSP said current legislation governing pet shops dates from 1951 and is outdated, leading to a lack of consistency.
 
The Proposed Pet Shop (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill aims to address what are seen as weaknesses in the law, including an inability for councils to revoke a licence, no guidance on licence fees which range from £23 to £380 across Scottish local authorities, and inconsistency in inspections.
 
The Blue Cross and trade body the Pet Industry Federation have backed the planned Bill.
 
Vet Ross Allan said: “Animals sold in pet shops need better protection as the current law is outdated and failing. We fully support the introduction of new legislation to better safeguard animal welfare in Scotland.”
 
The consultation closing date is June 18. Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation can access on online survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LicensingOfPetShops