In order to protect animals from being exploited, Britain has banned pet shops from selling puppies and kittens. The government has enforced this ban to ensure that third-party sales of puppies/kitties is curbed. It will also help the government to crack down on “puppy farms” that breed puppies without thinking about the welfare of the animals.
David Rutley, Animal welfare minister said that they are committed to ensure that country’s pets get the right start in life. The decision has been taken after a public consultation received great support over banning of third-party sales of puppies and kittens.
After the ban, people who wish to adopt a puppy need to deal directly with a breeder or shelter. They won’t have to deal with pet shops and commercial dealers anymore.
Most of the animal welfare groups in Britain praised the government’s step. They believe that with this step the breeders would be more accountable and responsible for the welfare of the animals. Since there wouldn’t be any pet shops selling the puppies illegally, the chances of puppies being smuggled for higher prices are over.
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