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WAG concerned by Sale of Pets law

ANTI-PUPPY farming Group WAG held its AGM on Thursday 20 March 2008, where its members were given a copy of draft proposals for a change in Scottish consumer law relating to the sale of pets. Members were asked to take the document with them and put forward any suggestions they may have.

Ken McKie on behalf of WAG commented: ‘These proposals will be available shortly on our web site. The main purpose of this document is to obtain a change in law that describe domestic pet animals as ‘goods’. This may be in order when it is a toaster or washing machine but not when it is an animal to which bonds of attachment are made by families.

‘Under current legislation it can be the case that where goods are faulty they are returned to the seller and the purchaser obtains a full refund. Where this is an animal, in our instance a puppy, nearly all are horrified of returning the poor animal to the horrors that they have witnessed. This means that effectively they have little or no recourse in law as the seller by offering to take the goods back has fulfilled his obligation.

‘We appreciate that these proposals at this time are presented with puppies in mind but we would hope that all other organisations that are involved in the various different types of domestic pet animals would put forward amendments, changes or insertions to this.

Once this has been achieved we would then hope to put this forward to Parliament for discussion and, hopefully, create a worthwhile piece of legislation.’

At present the Scottish Parliament is considering proposals to introduce ASBOs in respect of dogs due to instances of attack. However, WAG believe that many of these cases could be traced back to a seller who cares nothing about the suitability of the home to where the dog is going and sells for a quick profit.

Mr McKie added: ‘In fact, despite the law, there are still banned breeds being sold, particularly pit bull terriers. Given the length of time since they were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, they should have by now been extinct. I would ask all with an interest in animals see the merit to these proposals and give it the support it deserves.’