Proposals to license animal care services.
Licensing for businesses such as dog walkers, canine fertility services and dog groomers is being considered to improve animal welfare standards.
The Scottish Government is seeking views on a proposed licensing scheme, which aims to ensure consistency in standards across the animal care services sector. Regulations would apply to:
- dog walking businesses
- dog grooming services
- canine fertility services
- pet accommodation services
- riding establishments and businesses involved in other equine activities.
The consultation will also seek views on introducing greater regulation of greyhound racing in Scotland.
Environment Minister Gillian Martin said:
Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said:
The consultation will run for 12 weeks and close on 26 September 2023.
The Scottish Government will carefully consider all responses to the consultation, alongside any recommendations made by the RAI Committee and the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission in respect to the regulation of greyhound racing in Scotland.
Scotland’s Local Authorities will be responsible for enforcing the measures included in the consultation.