North West Action for Animals are calling for a review of current dog breeding legislation. Under current legislation, any person who keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises and carries on at those premises a business of breeding dogs for sale must obtain a licence from the local council. Those people who are not in the business of breeding dogs for sale, so called “hobby breeders”, and produce less than 5 litters in any period of 12 months do not need a licence.

We would like to see licensing provisions extended to cover 'pet' dogs, prohibiting the breeding of any dog without a license. We believe this will help to:

1) Offer protection for the welfare of dogs used to breed from by hobby breeders

2) Reduce stray and unwanted dog numbers and collection costs to local authorities

3) Reduce numbers of animal welfare and neglect offences

4) Make it harder for people to obtain a puppy without prior thought or consideration

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