With the 2015 election approaching we ask all parties to consider the positive benefits
of pets and pet keeping to the UK while compiling their manifestos.
ProPets is an umbrella organisation bringing together pet industry trade associations;
promoting the positive role of the pet industry in ensuring animal welfare and responsible
The UK pet industry provides services to our 30 million pet owners, incorporating
not just pet shops, but a range of providers from health professionals to manufacturers,
nutritionists and garden centres.
The industry provides an unrivalled source of knowledge and education for the pet
keeping community, reaching out to tens of thousands of pet owners and consumers
every single week.
There are few other industries that are as highly regulated. Not only do pet shops
have to comply to the Pet Shop Licensing conditions, enforced by the local authority,
they are also scrutinised by their pet loving customers who are effectively inspecting
them every day.
ProPets seeks to engage with government, stakeholders and pet owners to use the collective
knowledge of pet professionals to improve welfare standards across all sectors of
this diverse industry
• Provide guidelines to the public on how to identify a good pet shop
• Highlight the pet industry as a source of free expert practical advice on the
care and welfare of pet animals-especially to local authority officers involved in
pet shop licensing
• Promote positive attitudes to pet keeping, pet keepers and the pet industry by
providing high quality information to politicians and opinion formers on the key
role these activities play in the social, cultural and economic fabric of this country
• Facilitate co-operation between all like minded groups within pet keeping