Summary of the Third Report of session 2016-17: The UK is a nation of pet lovers. Approximately one in two households owns a pet amounting to around 21 million pets in all (excluding fish), including 8.5 million dogs and 7.5 million cats. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 provides for the welfare of all kept animals. In addition, a number of older pieces of legislation regulate particular animal activities, including breeding and sale. Our report focused on dogs, cats and horses.
We found that there are many flaws in the legislation, from licensing through enforcement and to sale, which lead to inadequate protection of animals. We have focused on the need for transparency, traceability and enforcement through the supply chain.