Orchard Vet's Blog

Consultation on puppy farming law


The Government is consulting on plans to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. It will mean a ban on their sale in pet shops and by 'dealers' as opposed to breeders or rescue centres.

A ban on licensed sellers dealing in dogs and cats less than eight weeks old is already coming in on 1 October.

Campaigners have welcomed the proposals which, if made law, will help to reduce the health problems associated with animal rearing in poor conditions. The Lucy's Law campaign, named after a victim of the puppy farming system, generated a petition signed by nearly 150,000 people.

An end to third-party sales would significantly improve the welfare of both puppy and mother. Consumers need to be aware of the signs of abuse. When buying a puppy, ensure it has been brought up in a home where it can become well socialised. From this environment it becomes possible to assess the temperament of the animal's parents and therefore the animal being bought. Only buy direct from breeders where the mother is present in the home and not, for example, housed in a kennel 'out the back'.

If you are thinking of buying a puppy (or indeed any pet), please come and talk to us first so that we can advise you about whether it's a good idea and help you find your ideal companion.

You can participate in the government's consultation here.

You can read the RSPCA's advice on finding a good puppy breeder here. §