New law protecting puppies and kittens comes into force today
A new law banning third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales comes into force today.
From now on puppies and kittens can only be purchased from where they were bred or from a rescue or rehoming centre and it is illegal for a commercial seller to sell a puppy or kitten they have not bred themselves at their own premises and they must also ensure the mother is present.
In the past unregulated third-party sale of puppies and kittens have been linked with poorer welfare conditions for the animals compared with animals purchased directly from a breeder.
Animals sold through a third party may have to travel long distances and change hands many times while experiencing several new environments at a very young age. This has the potential to contribute to an increased risk of health problems, stress and lack of socialisation.
“The welfare of our nation’s dogs is our highest priority, and this is a really important step in helping to eradicate the sale of puppies bred in poor conditions, “ Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust charity said.
“However, this is just one piece of the puzzle to putting a stop to this awful trade. Dogs Trust welcomes working with the Welsh Government, and our colleagues in the animal welfare sector, to look at the necessary additional measures needed to ensure the ban is robust and enforceable.
“We hope this will include regulation of rehoming organisations and sanctuaries, full traceability of all puppies being bred and sold, and a strengthening of the pet travel scheme.”
“There has been a renewed focus on our pets during the pandemic, as they have brought companionship, support and joy to many. It is our duty to do what we can to ensure as many of our pets as possible have the best start in life and are not subjected to unacceptable conditions which can cause disease and trauma,” Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths, added.
“The new regulations coming into force will help to encourage respectful and responsible attitudes, particularly the developing attitudes of children and young people who are the future pet owners in Wales. They will also raise awareness of licensed premises and their eligibility to sell pets, and will empower Local Authorities to take action if they have concerns about how puppies and kittens are being bred and sold.”