Finally a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens

22.08.18

A ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England will be introduced to help drive up animal welfare standards, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Doris the puppy © RSPCA

Confirming the government's support for the prominent Lucy's Law campaign, Defra has published a consultation on an outright ban that will mean anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation's many animal rehoming centres.

The aim is to bring an end to the grisly conditions found in puppy farming and tackle a range of existing animal welfare issues. These include the early separation of puppies and kittens from their mothers, their introduction to new and unfamiliar environments and the increased likelihood of multiple journeys the puppies or kittens have to undertake. All of these can contribute to a chaotic start in life and lead to serious health problems and lack of socialisation.

Ensure pets get the right start in life

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said:

A ban on third party sales will ensure the nation's much-loved pets get the right start in life. I pay tribute to the Lucy's Law campaign who have fought tirelessly for this step.

People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.

The proposed ban on third party sales is part of a series of reforms on pet welfare. This includes banning the sale of underage puppies and kittens and tackling the breeding of dogs with severe genetic disorders. New laws come into force on 1 October this year, banning licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks and tightening the compulsory licensing of anyone in the business of breeding and selling dogs.

Animal welfare reform programme

As part of its animal welfare reform programme, the Government is also bringing in higher maximum sentences of up to five years for animal abusers - the toughest sentencing in Europe.

Puppies and kittens are defined as being less than six months old.

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