The Environment Secretary has announced a call for evidence on banning third-party puppy sales and laid down a raft of measures in Parliament to crackdown on unscrupulous puppy breeders, as we take further steps to raise the bar on animal welfare standards.
What does this mean?
- A call for evidence seeking views on a possible ban on third party sales, meaning prospective dog owners will either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation’s many animal rehousing centres.
- Legislation which will ban licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks, and ensuring that breeders show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made.
- Further action to take the sale of weak underage puppies and the breeding of unhealthy dogs, along with dogs with severe genetic disorders.
These plans, which have been welcomed by the Kennel Club and the RSPCA, are part of a range of measures this Conservative Government is putting in place to drive up animal welfare standards, including introducing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses and increasing maximum prison sentences tenfold for animal abusers. We need to do everything we can to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life, so that is why we are cracking down on sellers who have a total disregard for their dogs’ welfare.