Michael Gove has today announced a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England, ensuring 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.
This step follows a commitment by the Prime Minister to crack down on cruel puppy farms, bringing an end to the grisly conditions found in puppy farming and tackle a range of existing animal welfare issues.
Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the move and as animal welfare is a devolved power, Andrew RT Davies has called on the Welsh Labour Government to follow suit to ensure people with a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade in Wales.
Commenting, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary, Andrew RT Davies AM said:
“This is a welcome move from Michael Gove and demonstrates the Conservatives’ commitment to have the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
“Rural south west Wales has the biggest concentration in the UK of commercial dog breeders, and it is sadly widely acknowledged that some are churning out puppies in terrible conditions.
“Irresponsible breeders can contribute to a chaotic start in life and lead to serious health problems and lack of socialisation for puppies and kittens.
“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.
“The Labour Welsh Government must now follow suit and ensure Wales becomes a truly animal friendly nation.”