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Ministers to press ahead with plans to ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens

Ministers to press ahead with plans to ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens

  • Ministers to ban the sale of puppies from pet shops after public consultation
  • More than 95 per cent of people backed the move to ban third-party sales
  • The decision follows the ‘Lucy’s Law’ campaign, named after a spaniel who was rescued after being kept in a cage at a puppy farm

Ministers are to press ahead with a ban on the sale of puppies from pet shops.

They vowed they would outlaw so-called third-party sales after more than 95 per cent of people backed the move in a public consultation.

The decision follows the ‘Lucy’s Law’ campaign, named after a spaniel who was rescued after being kept in a cage at a puppy farm.

It means that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under the age of six months must in future deal directly with a breeder or an animal rehoming centre [File photo]

The decision follows the ¿Lucy¿s Law¿ campaign, named after a spaniel who was rescued after being kept in a cage at a puppy farm

The decision follows the ‘Lucy’s Law’ campaign, named after a spaniel who was rescued after being kept in a cage at a puppy farm

It means that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under the age of six months must in future deal directly with a breeder or an animal rehoming centre.

The new rules are also designed to bring an end to the terrible conditions often found in puppy farms, officials said.

Speaking during a visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said: ‘This ban is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life.’

TV vet Marc Abraham, founder of the Lucy’s Law campaign, said: ‘This is a real victory for campaigners as well as the UK’s dogs and cats.’

Government officials will continue to review whether non-commercial rescue and rehoming centres require a licence to operate.

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