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What Lies Ahead: The Future of Pet Welfare Legislation

About the conference

A one-day conference focussing on the future of animal welfare legislation in the UK with discussions relating to the enforcement of current animal welfare legislation, the changes under consideration by Defra based on the recent consultation, and the potential impact they may have for local authorities, charities and other enforcers.

Speakers from charities, local authorities, legislators and enforcement agencies will discuss current animal welfare legislation and licensing, and their hopes for the future.

Topics covered will include

  • Current legislation regarding breeding and sale of pets 
  • Enforcement in practice: licensing of breeding and sale of pets and use of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 
  • Alternative models of enforcement 
  • What role can the third sector play?

This as a timely opportunity to bring together the animal welfare community to discuss how we can work collaboratively to improve the lives of pets. We hope you will be able to join us on 30 November for what promises to be an informative day. 

Conference programme

Registration and refreshments from 9am 


Chair: Sally de la Bedoyere

  • 9.40am-9.50am: Opening from Sally de la Bedoyere – Blue Cross
  • 9.50am-10.20am: Steve Goody – Blue Cross
  • 10.20am-10.40am: Paula Boyden – Dogs Trust
  • 10.40am-11.00am: Jacqui Cuff – Cats Protection
  • 11.00am-11.15am: Neil Parish MP – Efra 

BREAK 11.15am-11.35am


Chair: Angela Smith MP

  • 11.40am-12.00pm Mark Berry – Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • 12.00pm-12.20pm Heath Keogh – Sutton Police / Safer Sutton Partnership
  • 12.20pm-12.40pm David Bowles – RSPCA
  • 12.40 pm-1.00pm Graeme Mutter - HMRC 

BREAK 1:00pm-1.55pm


Chair: Clarissa Baldwin CBE

  • 2.00pm-2.20pm Andrew Kelly – ISPCA
  • 2.20pm-2.40pm Keith Hinde – Hindesight / Georgia McCormick – RWAF
  • 2.40pm-3.00pm Bill Lambert – Kennel Club
  • 3:00pm-3.15pm Lord Gardiner of Kimble

BREAK 3.20pm-3.40pm


Chair: Steve Goody – Blue Cross

  • 3.40pm-3.55pm - Baroness Parminter
  • 3.55pm-4.10pm - Rachael Maskell MP
  • 4.10pm-4.40pm – Panel discussion; What is the right solution in the UK when it comes to enforcement of pet welfare legislation?


— Page last updated 29/04/2019