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"Overwhelming" support for animal licensing regime in Scotland Published Date: 10/03/2024

The Scottish Government have published their analysis of the responses received to their recent consultation on the potential future licensing of a range of animal-related activities – which shows there is overwhelming public support for regulation to be introduced.

According to the analysis, there was majority support (89.1%) for the introduction of a licensing scheme for commercial dog walkers, majority support (82.2%) for the introduction of a licensing scheme for dog groomers, and support for legislation regarding animal boarding to be updated.

Stuart McMillan MSP first raised the need for improved regulation.Commenting, Stuart said:

“I’m delighted that the consultation analysis backs up what the industry and pet owners are saying: we need improved licensing and regulation of pet services in Scotland.

“People consider their pets to be a member of the family, so like they would a loved one, they want to make sure the services that they use – whether that be groomers, animal boarders or walkers – to be quality-checked and insured.

“However, the law as it currently stands means many people working in this sector are doing so with little to no relevant experience or qualifications.

“Sadly, there have been horror stories in the press about animals dying or being seriously harmed at the hands of improper pet groomers, and of dangerous incidents occurring during dog walks.

“That’s why I’m supportive of licensing schemes being introduced to ensure that the people offering these services are undergoing checks and balances, which will ultimately improve animal welfare standards and provide pet owners with an assurance that the business is following the relevant rules and regulations.

“I want to thank Christina for raising this important issue with me, and I look forward to continuing to work with her and the Scottish Government to see appropriate regulatory frameworks introduced.”