"Yet by not curtailing the sale of electric shock collars, allowing the continued tail docking of working dogs and delaying the regulation of the greyhound racing industry, the Government is missing a huge opportunity to improve the welfare of many dogs compromised by these practices." The Bill is expected to be published by the Government after the general election.
As if crafting a glitzy fish bowl in the shape of an anchor wasn't enough to catch your eye, the Comfish bowl sports the same type of user-controlled interface as various other forms of life-in-a-box, but utilizes a USB connection in favor of Wi Fi.
The sale of pets, including birds and rats and mice, in fairs and over the internet is also to be regulated.
But an attempt to stop circuses using wild animals, including elephants, has failed.
The draft Bill was scrutinised by MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.But lobsters, crabs or crayfish - routinely boiled alive before being served up - have been rejected for further protection."We do not consider there is sufficient evidence to suggest that crustaceans can experience pain or suffering to warrant their inclusion," said the Government, in its response to a report on the draft animal welfare Bill.The MPs recommended that electric-shock dog collars, designed to force unruly canines into submission, be regulated.The docking of tails of working dogs should also be banned, the committee said.
The Government confirmed yesterday that people who mistreat fish kept in aquariums and for "farming purposes" could be prosecuted, after an extension of welfare laws which apply to dogs and cats to domesticated fish.