By Simon J. MicallefUK is a global destination for British travellers, but the British government’s plans to phase out all domestic dog biscuits by 2021 are raising serious questions about the country’s ability to attract tourists and business to the UK in the future.
The government announced in December it was abandoning the pet-free rule and plans to repeal a key law, which made it easier for people to legally own dogs as pets, including in the UK.
In a move to help boost tourism, the UK government announced plans to ban dogs from all domestic premises.
The new law would remove the pet tax from those with a pet as well as allow owners to adopt a dog from another country.
The move to phase-out dog biscuits was widely condemned as a cynical ploy by British politicians.
The decision was hailed by the Humane Society UK and other animal welfare groups, who said it would end the tradition of keeping pets in a kennel or shed, but would leave many pet owners with no choice but to let their pets roam free.
The change has also been criticised by animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA and the Humane League, who have argued that the decision will lead to a loss of jobs for pet owners, a loss in public trust, and an increase in dog bites and attacks.
But there is little doubt that the change will boost tourism for Britain’s tourism industry, which accounts for about 2.5 percent of the UK economy.
With more than 6 million visitors a year to the country, the decision is likely to boost tourism numbers by up to 6 percent and generate some $7 billion ($7.5 billion) in extra revenue.
The British government will have to figure out a way to meet the demand for pet biscuits after they are phased out by 2021.
Some animal welfare advocates have argued the government should simply remove the pets from the list of pet-friendly goods and services, but some experts are wary about doing so.
“If the government doesn’t act now, then there is a real risk of the pet biscuit becoming a casualty of the Brexit negotiations,” said David Wood, senior policy adviser at the ASP, a British organization that lobbies on behalf of pet owners.
“The government needs to do a lot more to ensure that British tourists don’t have to choose between supporting the UK and pet-loving their pets.”
The move could also be seen as a direct threat to the pet industry, with some experts warning that it could lead to the demise of pet food and pet grooming, which can bring in more than $5 billion in annual economic activity to the United Kingdom.
Pet food sales in the United States alone increased by nearly 25 percent last year, and sales of grooming products like dog shampoo and cat treats have soared.
The UK, with its vast population of dogs and cats, also hosts the world’s largest canine population, and the pet trade is estimated to be worth $4 billion annually in the country.
But a ban on pet biscuits could also have an impact on the pet food industry in the U.K. Some pet food manufacturers are now warning that the pet ban could lead them to drop their pet products in favor of dog and cat-friendly alternatives.
“We are worried that the UK. will become a place where dog and cats can be kept in kennels,” said Dr. Michael Taylor, head of veterinary nutrition and nutritional sciences at Petcare UK, an animal health and pet nutrition company.
“There are many people who would not choose to buy products that are dog- or cat-based and this will impact on their choice.”
The pet biscuity ban was a big deal for Britain because of the large number of pet biscuits available in the pet market, said Dr Mark Pemberton, chief executive officer of the British Veterinary Association.
He added that a ban could affect a large number “of pet owners who may not be keen on their pets becoming involved in this type of activity.”
He added: “The ban is a significant blow to the animal- and human-friendly pet biscut market and we believe it will be a significant loss for consumers and for the industry.”
In a statement, the British Dog Breeders and Exporters’ Association (BDEA) said the move to ban the pet biscuits would “harm the welfare of thousands of dogs.”
It also said the ban would be “unwise” for dog owners who have bought pet food in the past and who wanted to keep their pet biscuettes in the kennelled shed or kennet.
The BDEA said it was “shocked” by the announcement.
“It will have a devastating impact on thousands of pet biscuits in the domestic market,” said its chief executive, Paul Brown, in a statement.
“This will be devastating for pet breeders and owners, as it will prevent thousands of people from buying their products.”
The BFEA said the decision to phase the pet pet biscue out was “sad” for British pet owners because it