A bill regulating dog breeding in Wallonia has been finalised and is expected to be approved by the region’s government next week, Minister for Animal Welfare Carlo Di Antonio said on Monday. He was speaking at a commission meeting in Parliament at which a report on the issue, drawn up by legislators Isabelle Moinnet (cdH) and Philippe Dodrimont (MR), was presented.
The report, initiated in February 2018, provides an overview of dog breeding in Wallonia and makes 24 recommendations, most of them incorporated into the draft decree, Minister Di Antonio said.
These include the creation of a special label for Walloon businesses, and the gradual elimination of “breeder-sellers” of which there are 18 countrywide, “because we feel puppy stores no longer have a place in Wallonia,” Philippe Dodrimont said.
Other recommendations relate to age at first and last litter, litter frequency (maximum 3 litters over a period of three years), the provision of recreational places for expectant dogs, and the obligation to prove the family history of pups.
“Our bill is ready,” commented Minister Di Antonio. “It will be presented at first reading next week in the Government, then it will be completed very quickly.”