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Pet owners beware you could be in trouble for being too kind

At a time when the UK economy is collapsing, people can literally not afford to heat their homes the government has brought in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which could literally make it an offence to treat your dog to certain sweets and doggie treats, or disturb the animal while it is feeding!

The new code of practice relates to dogs, cats and horses and while not set in law as yet it appears only matter of time before such guidelines come in. While there has been a need to tighten animal cruelty regulations, many people feel that this has gone overboard and the real culprits will still remain unpunished while some pet owners could be subject to 6 months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000.

The UK is renowned as a pet loving nation and the explosion in pet insurance over the last decade is a prime example of the changes which have occurred. To now turnaround and suggest there are major problems in the UK has not been well received by some areas of the animal loving society. Many people would give their pet their last pound and those who treat their pets "too kindly" and possibly over feed them could be in serious danger. Will we now see a major reversal of the UK love affair with dogs, cats and horses?

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