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Committee welcomes consultation on third party puppy and kitten sales

22 August 2018

The Government has announced a consultation on a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England.

This will mean that 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 Efra Committee is pleased that the Government has listened to its recommendation, made in its report on Animal Welfare: domestic pets.

Chair's comments

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Efra Committee, states:

"I am delighted that the Government is consulting on a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England. Our report found that the process of selling through a third party seller has an unavoidable negative impact upon the welfare of animals. It also distances the purchaser from the environment in which their animal was bred. No responsible breeder would sell through a third party. We recommended that cats and dogs should only be available from licensed, regulated breeders or approved rehoming organisations."

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