Pet trade and welfare bodies have released a statement this morning in the wake of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night (Monday).
The statement – signed by the Companion Animal Sector Council, the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority, the Animal Health Distributors Association, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association, the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association and The Pet Charity – is reproduced in full below “:
“Given the very serious situation our country faces we support the Prime Minister’s announcement to close all but essential services.
“We are pleased that pet shops have been recognised as an essential service and are exempted from closure.
“The Government’s guidance on further businesses and premises to close can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/attachment/874732/finalVF.pdf
“As a nation of pet-lovers, it is essential that the needs of our much-loved pets can be met in this difficult time. Our pets will be key in providing much needed emotional support to many millions of people during this time of crisis.
“The provision of pet food and other essential care products is important in securing the continued welfare of our beloved pets during this time. Of course, this requires the continued supply of essential pet products from wholesalers and other providers in the supply chain.
“We emphasise the importance of pet shops and other businesses in the pet supply chain adhering to the Government’s latest advice. Your trade association can provide advice on how you can ensure the continued supply of essential pet products whilst ensuring the health of your staff and the public.”