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APGAW ready to take information

The Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) has officially formed its proposed working group on the welfare of pedigree dogs from 12 cross-party politicians and has announced that it is ready to receive written evidence from people in the world of dogs.

APGAW has asked for written evidence from any ‘interested parties’. In particular they are seeking evidence on any information people may have on regulation of the industry, structure of the breeding and showing industry, identification of dogs to establish parentage and how current breed standards are believed to be working.

Interestingly, benefits received by the group from sources outside parliament are noted as coming from the ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) provides group's secretariat (organising meetings and events and general admin)’.
The evidence should be presented in the following form;

A covering letter containing:

• the name and contact details of the persons or organisation submitting the evidence.
• any request that the committee treat the whole, or part, of the written evidence as confidential, with reasons for the request.
The evidence should be presented;
• with a word limit of 2,000 words
• in electronic form to unless agreed otherwise with the secretariat.
•by the deadline of 1st February 2009
It also asks for a self-contained memorandum containing;
• an executive summary of the main points made in the submission.
•any recommendations for action by the Government or others which the submitter would like the committee to consider for inclusion in its report.

The memorandum can be omitted if the evidence given is only one page long. It should also be noted that if evidence is submitted which falls outside of these conditions it will not be considered by the committee.

This is an open call for evidence and all are welcome to circulate the call more widely to those they feel may be interested in responding. Evidence submitted to APGAW may be published in the final report of the working group.

Please direct any enquiries to Marisa Heath on 07736 899 547.

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