Considering there is 9 million dogs in the UK (*Source: pfma annual report 2019) I think that it’s time that the Government made an OFFICIAL response to all those that work with dogs, across the board. There is too much conflicting information being thrown around. It causes confusion and creates further risks to life.
Trading standards and councils are near on useless, with advice varying so much across the country. This also seems to be the case with various associations that oversee the industry. I understand that this is causing so much turmoil for self employed groomers and those who run a business.
Just done a quick search online to see who oversees animal welfare in the Government. It appears it’s a board. The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) – here is a link – https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/animal-health-and-welfare-board-for-england-ahwbe
I would suggest that EVERYONE contacts this board to get the OFFICIAL government advice and disregard the chinese whispers floating around. Cut out the middleman and get it straight from the horse’s mouth. Journalists haven’t a clue what they are talking about and it’s scary to think that people are taking what they say as gospel and running with it.
Remember, those that shout the loudest get heard. It’s time that all those that work with dogs unite and get the RIGHT advice. Then if it’s still deemed as a non essential, then it needs to be made clear what will happen to those that flout that.
Let me put this out there though. I am by no means looking for loopholes, but looking for OFFICIAL guidance. Up until now this hasn’t been made very clear and it’s become very frustrating. But at the moment, it seems to be one rule for one and another for everyone else. I also know that this is people’s livelihoods. They have trained and worked really hard to be successful and are feeling very vulnerable right now.
The latest advice on the .gov website was published/updated on the 31st March – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals – This only refers to vet treatments and dog walking. Which makes no sense. So you can’t take the dog to the vet unless it’s essential. Er why else would you take your dog to the vet?
So there, I have had my grumble. But personally, I think that we all must do our bit where we can in these uncertain times. It’s also worth remembering that this virus is going to be around for a while yet. The industry needs guidance on how they can help reduce the spread of this virus, that is PRACTICAL and SAFE now and going forward.
Stay safe everyone!
Love, Jo x