The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) is setting up working parties to contribute to the review of the Animal Activities Licensing Regulations, scheduled to take place in 2023.
The working parties will cover each separately licensed activity within PIF’s membership and will discuss the suggestions from members about what changes should be made to the regulations, including the star-rating system, premises standards and the guidance documentation.
Outcomes from these working parties will then be used to inform the PIF’s contribution to the Canine & Feline Sector Group, which is co-ordinating the review on behalf of government department DEFRA.
There will also be an opportunity to put forward views on currently unlicensed areas of the pet industry, such as dog walking and pet grooming about whether these sectors should be incorporated into the regulatory framework. Opportunities to participate in the licensing working parties will only be available to active members of the Federation.
PIF chief executive Nigel Baker said: “The post-implementation review will be a wholesale review of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and will be the first real opportunity for our members to influence the shape of the legislation which has such an impact on their businesses.
“We would strongly encourage each of our members to respond to the survey when they receive it, and for those who would like to be involved on the working parties to express their interest.”