South Thanet MP and animal welfare campaigner, Craig Mackinlay, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that they will consult on a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England to ensure stronger protections for animals.
The ban will mean 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 Lucy’s Law campaign has fought tirelessly for this ban to be introduced to stop irresponsible breeders using third parties and ensure all breeders are accountable.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“I have always believed that people who have a complete disregard for pet welfare should not be able to profit from the puppy and kitten sale trade.
“With some breeds commanding prices of upwards of £1,000 for a puppy, this has become a lucrative trade for the unscrupulous breeder.
“Irresponsible breeders can contribute to a chaotic start in life and lead to serious health problems and lack of socialisation for the animals they breed.
“So I very much welcome the move by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to publish a consultation on an outright ban on third party puppy and kitten sales.
“This step follows a commitment by the Government to crack down on cruel puppy farms, bring an end to the grisly conditions found in puppy farming and tackle a range of existing animal welfare issues, not least addressing our concerns in Thanet surrounding the export from Ramsgate Port of live animals for slaughter.”