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Scottish Conservative proposal to improve pet welfare will now become law

A Scottish Conservative MSP has secured greater protection for pets and their owners, as the Scottish Government confirms it will implement his parliamentary bill to improve pet welfare.

The Scottish Government has written to Jeremy Balfour, Scottish Conservative Lothians MSP, stating that it will take on Mr Balfour’s proposal to enhance local authority pet shop licensing powers and update the licensing system.

Mr Balfour lodged his final proposal for a Pet Shop (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill on the 24 October.

Under Scottish Parliamentary rules the Scottish Government can indicate that it will initiate legislation and take responsibility, within the same parliamentary session, for implementing a Member’s final proposal.

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the environment has written to Mr Balfour that the Scottish Government would take on the legislation, and “give full effect to your final proposal for a Pet Shop (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill.”

Jeremy Balfour, Scottish Conservative Lothians MSP said:

“This is a huge success for pets and pet owners across Scotland as these regulations will now become law.

“This will mean outdated regulations will be modernised to introduce a standardised approach to licensing that will improve the welfare of animals sold in pet shops.”

“I look forward to working with the Scottish Government to make this bill into law.

“Our pets are our family. This bill will give all pets and their owners the protection they need.”

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