A ban on third occasion pet gross sales is to be explored by the Authorities as a part of a package deal of reforms to drive up animal welfare requirements, surroundings secretary Michael Gove has introduced.
Mr Gove launched a session searching for views on a attainable ban, which might imply anybody seeking to purchase or undertake a canine will deal immediately with the breeder or one of many nation’s many animal rehoming centres.
A raft of measures to crack down on unscrupulous pet breeders set out by the prime minister in December have additionally been laid in Parliament as we speak.
Mr Gove mentioned: “We have to do all the things we are able to to verify the nation’s much-loved pets get the fitting begin in life. From banning the sale of underage puppies to tackling the breeding of canine with extreme genetic problems, we’re cracking down on sellers who’ve a complete disregard for his or her canine’ welfare.
“This can be a additional step to lift the bar on animal welfare requirements. We’re additionally introducing obligatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses and growing most jail sentences tenfold for animal abusers.”
The laws being put earlier than Parliament will come into power later this 12 months. It’s supposed to:
- ban licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens youthful than eight weeks
- guarantee licensed canine breeders present puppies alongside their mom earlier than a sale is made
- sort out the sale of weak underage puppies, and the breeding of unhealthy canine or these with extreme genetic problems
- introduce obligatory licensing for anybody within the enterprise of breeding and promoting canine
- require pet gross sales to be accomplished within the presence of the brand new proprietor, stopping on-line gross sales the place potential consumers haven’t seen the animal first
- insist licensed canine breeders can solely promote puppies they’ve bred themselves
Plans to ban third occasion pet gross sales have been welcomed throughout the board by veterinary our bodies and animal welfare charities.
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