The government confirmed it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens,
Animal Welfare Minister, David Rutley, announced today (23 December).
The decision was taken following a public consultation, from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban. It will bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in foreign and UK based puppy farms.
This will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten, under six months, must purchase directly from the breeder or animal rehoming centre.
It will help to crack down on puppy farms and make it much harder for high volume low welfare breeders, both licensed and unlicensed, whose trade relies on third party sellers.
These include the early separation of puppies and kittens from their mothers and the increased likelihood of long journeys that puppies or kittens have to undertake. All of these can contribute to an increased risk of disease and a lack of socialisation for the puppies and kittens.
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