We have today written to Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment , welcoming her statement in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 9 January 2019 about improving animal welfare.

Among the number of issues she pledged the Scottish Government to review was pet shop licensing, although the only timeframe given was ‘within this parliamentary term’ (which runs until 2021).

As nearly three quarters of pet shops in Scotland sell fish – and therefore are the businesses which will be most affected by any changes – we were keen to ensure that we have registered our interest in this matter as early as possible.

Read our letter to Ms Gougeon here.

Watch Ms Gougeon’s statement in the Scottish Parliament in full (which does only give a passing reference to picking up MSP Jeremy Balfour’s work on this matter).

Mr Balfour MSP has already run a consultation on this proposal to which we responded.

We are interested in hearing from Scottish members who want to get involved in how we respond to any consultation on this issue. If you haven’t already, then drop us an email to let us know you’d like to be involved in what we do.