Taking the pulse of animal establishment licensing

Posted On: 
26th May 2017

BVA's 'On the pulse' session will look at the issue of the licensing of animal establishments in the run up to the General Election at the AWF Discussion Forum in Westminster next week.

Licensing of animal establishment has been high on the national agenda for the past 18 months, but with a pause in parliamentary business - and possibly a change of Government - vets and animal welfare organisations will be putting the topic under the spotlight in the new 'On the pulse' session at this year's AWF Discussion Forum next week in Westminster.

In December 2015, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs launched a widespread consultation on the review of animal establishments licensing in England; closely followed by Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Select Committee inquiry at the start of 2016 into animal welfare: domestic pets.

The AWF Discussion Forum provides delegates with a chance to discuss the current animal establishments legislation, enforcement and Local Authorities’ role and responsibilities, and what the future of animal establishments licensing could or should look like. It will also consider the role of vets in the consultation process and how they can make the best of proposed regulations.

The ‘On the pulse’ session will be led by Principal Environment Health Officer and Chair of the National Companion Animal Forum Mark Berry and British Veterinary Association (BVA) President Gudrun Ravetz. Mark said:

“Current animal licensing regulations are outdated, in some cases over 60 years, and don’t reflect fully the types of animal-related businesses or new standards of good practice in animal welfare. The current process of updating animal licensing regulations is a unique opportunity for DEFRA and relevant stakeholders to influence the future of welfare. It’s a chance to create a new framework that supports local authorities to manage licensing in a way that promotes high standards of welfare. I hope that the input from an audience of vet professionals and those that work with animals will generate a useful discussion that brings fresh insights to the problems as we address questions such as how risk will be assessed under the proposed new regulations.”

Gudrun Ravetz said:

“Year on year, the Discussion Forum examines the key issues at the forefront of animal welfare and so I’m pleased animal establishment licensing has been chosen for On the Pulse. Animal establishment licensing is an important topic for animal welfare and its inclusion at the Discussion Forum provides a great opportunity for it to be examined under a spotlight by those who work with the legislation on a daily basis.”     

The AWF Discussion Forum, held at One Great George Street, London, attracts delegates from a wide range of fields and presents the chance to discuss and share knowledge on challenging welfare issues. ‘On the Pulse’ is part of the ‘Future of Animal Welfare’ session, which will also include the opportunity to hear how AWF’s work turns donations into action for animal welfare with presentations from two of the projects funded by the charity.

The day-long Discussion Forum will also be holding sessions exploring the relationship between vets and horse welfare and whether modern life is incompatible with pet ownership

A limited number of tickets for the AWF Discussion Forum are still available, which includes an exclusive drinks reception on the evening of 5 June offering delegates the opportunity to continue discussing the Forum’s issues. For more information or tickets, please visit https://www.bva-awf.org.uk/2017-discussion-forum-monday-june-5th-2017