THERE is clearly something wrong with a law that allows a rare snake from Costa Rica to be sold in a church hall or for a reptile to be kept in a garage on a housing estate. But Britain's animal welfare laws are, by the common agreement of just about every interested party, out-dated, confusing and, crucially, can actually cause more harm than good to animals.

The Department for Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recognised a need to address this state of affairs and is currently drawing up proposals to consolidate and update the ...

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