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Petition Regulate and professionalise the pet grooming industry.

Pet grooming is a highly skilled profession. There are many dangerous tools in our trade that need proper training to use safely. Our pets don't have their own voice and most need regular trips to the groomers, whilst there, they deserve to be treated safely and with dignity and respect.

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There have been many stories in the newspapers and other media outlets of tragedies occurring in UK grooming salons. This is set to rise with the increase in popularity of the poodle mix breeds. These dogs take a huge amount of grooming and since their introduction there have been more and more unqualified and untrained groomers setting up shop, potentially putting our pets lives at risk. Most consumers don't know it's unregulated and don't know to ask for relevant experience or qualifications.

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Get involved with House of Commons Committee inquiry on animal welfare in relation to domestic pets

You may be interested to know that the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is currently looking into animal welfare in relation to domestic pets, including cats, dogs and horses. It will focus on the Animal Welfare Act which places a legal obligation on owners and keepers of animals to care for them properly. The Committee wants to examine the effectiveness of the Act and its enforcement with regards to domestic animals. It will also look at whether that Act and other existing legislation remains fit for purpose in the age of the internet with regards to the sale of domestic pets.

The Committee is asking for written submissions from people on the following issues:

-The effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with regard to domestic pets;
-Regulation surrounding the sale of domestic pets, including online sales and advertising;
-Enforcement of current animal welfare legislation, including prosecution of offences by the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and others;
-Comparative approaches to enforcement in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 17 March 2016.

You can find out more about the Committee's inquiry here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-sub-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/animal-welfare-domestic-15-16/

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