UK Puppies May Soon Only Be Sold With Their Mothers Present

As a way to crack down on what she called the “disturbing” puppy mill industry, Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed new laws that will improve animal welfare in the UK.

These laws, expected to go into effect early this year, include the following new regulations:

  • Licensed commercial dog breeders must show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made.
  • To prevent online sales where buyers aren’t able to see the puppies, sales must be completed on the premises with the new owner present.
  • Licensed dog breeders can only sell puppies they have bred themselves.
  • Breeders advertising puppies for sale will have to include their license number along with the country where the puppies were born and where†the puppies now live.
  • Licenses will be required for anyone who breeds more than two litters a year.
  • The sale of puppies, as well as kittens and rabbits, that are younger than 8 weeks old would be prohibited.

“The arrival of a happy, healthy puppy, as I know myself, is a memorable time for a family,” said May, who grew up with a poodle and a Lab mix. “But it’s absolutely right we do everything we can to eradicate animal cruelty from our society.”

These new laws would be the biggest change in “pet vending” in 66 years, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

“This is good news for the hundreds of thousands of dogs bought and sold in England every year,Ē Michael Ward, RSPCA interim chief executive, said in a statement. Last year, RSPCA inspectors rescued hundreds of puppies and breeding dogs being kept in “miserable, squalid conditions by heartless people cashing in on the growing market for puppies,” Ward said.

In fact, 2017 was the busiest year in the RSPCA’s 194-year history for investigating complaints relating to the puppy trade. It received 4,125 calls from England, almost a 12 percent increase from 2016.

In the United States, there are currently an estimated 10,000 puppy mills, according to the ASPCA. To help crack down on these operations, which the ASPCA says place profits over the well being of the dogs, more than 200 cities and counties, including Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, have enacted laws that allow pet stores to only sell puppies and kittens from local animal shelters — not those bought from possibly unscrupulous breeders.

Here’s another scary example of why it’s not a good idea to buy puppies from pet stores that may have obtained them from shady breeders: Nearly 100 people have recently been sickened with an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection Ė and many of those people had been in contact with puppies from the Petland store chain.

Wherever you live, there’s one effective way you can personally help crack down on cruel puppy mills: If you want to add a four-legged family member, adopt, don’t shop.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

137 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing the info.

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Cindy S
Cindy S3 months ago

breeders are pieces of crap!!!!!!!!!!

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Claire Jeffrey
Claire Jeffrey5 months ago

Tfs

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Ant m
Ant m7 months ago

tks ....

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KimJ M
KimJ M7 months ago

Tfs

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KimJ M
KimJ M7 months ago

Tfs

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Leanne K
Leanne K8 months ago

Kinda seems as if the people who have paid a lot of money for a certain cat or dog and later realised this animal is not what they paid for, are being heard rather than the animal advocates

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Leanne K
Leanne K8 months ago

Breeders can have two litters before requiring a licence- that so is up for abuse

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Leanne K
Leanne K8 months ago

Every improvement is a step in the right direction. Yet I cant help but feel that an awful lot of hard work and lobvying by animal activists went into this - its a pity its not stronger. Lobbying will continue because although better, still nowhere near what needs to happen.

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Heindryckx8 months ago

@ Frances Bell : each "normal" human being will understand that it means 2 litters PER DOG ! Why ? Because dogs are twice in heat each year, or did you never have a female dag ?? And loopholes ? Each law, in every country, has loopholes. How can you explain o'wise that an average working man / woman pays the full pot of taxes, and the CEO's and others like doctors, dentists, lawyers, and many others have so many "expenses" that they only pay a max. of 30 to 40 % of their taxes ?? Because they have bookkeepers and we can't afford a good one.

@ Deborah W : it's not the intention that you just see a photo of the mom dog. You should see the mom together with her litter, and for people who use their brains, they should also see to the environment where the mom and her litter is put. In a garage ? In a shelter box in the garden ? Then forget about it !!

@ Clare O : About Amish people : why should they not run puppy mills like so many others ? They are just people - with a special twist to the Christian religion - just like all other. However, on Nat. Geo, I've seen 2 docu's on Amish people, but never seen a dog. So, who will tell ??

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