Time for Change

The Pet Education Trust (PET) hopes that last night’s hard hitting Death Row Dogs documentary on BBC1 has had the desired effect on many people by making them aware of one common denominator when it comes to problems with status or dangerous dogs – bad ownership. The programme will also have stirred a whole wealth of emotions in animal lovers, particularly as they watched a healthy, friendly dog be seized from a previously...

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An invitation to all puppy farmers….

Dear Sirs In celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Dangerous Dogs Act, we have more dog problems now than ever before so as a professional in animal behaviour, the irony is not lost on me when in just one week Carwyn Jones, the Welsh Assembly First Minister announced: “We will be bringing forward new legislation to ensure that irresponsible breeding in so called ‘puppy farms’ is brought to an end. “We aim to bring forward revised...

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RSPCA says new EU law could be a threat to UK lab animal welfare

A new European law that raises standards for animals used in research and testing across many EU countries may allow UK rules to be watered down, the RSPCA said today. The directive, which will regulate the way laboratory animals are used and cared for in experiments throughout the EU’s 27 member states, was given the final thumbs-up by the European Parliament today. It is now up to the UK government to ensure that its own laws meet...

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CAMPAIGN SET TO SEND PUPPY FARMING PACKING

Leading animal welfare campaigners and behaviourists have joined forces over a new initiative designed to curb puppy farming and back yard breeding in the UK. www.ethicalbreeding.com, brainchild of top pet behaviour specialist and star of BBC’s Dog Borstal, Debbie Connolly, will become the UK’s only website to showcase breeders who health test, rear their animals correctly and offer a lifetime back-up plan at the time of purchase....

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND PETS

The Freedom Project, a pet fostering scheme run by the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, has launched an urgent appeal to animal-lovers in the Greater London, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire areas to temporarily care for the pets of victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence (DV) affects one in four women at some time in their life and research shows there are definite links between the abuse of adults, children and...

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