The UK government is to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.
The environment secretary, Michael Gove, announced on Wednesday that a ban on third-party puppy and kitten sales in England would be introduced. The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming center. The proposed rule would also effectively prevent the sale of puppies and kittens in traditional pet shops.
Breeders will only be able to sell puppies they have personally bred and online sellers will have to publish their license number and the pet’s country of origin and country of residence.
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The scandal of puppy farms has come to light in recent years, with examples of unscrupulous dealers rearing hundreds of animals in cramped conditions with poor care, taking advantage of the high prices available from pet-owners, especially for sought-after breeds.
The Lucy’s Law campaign was named after a severely malnourished King Charles spaniel who was rescued from a breeding site. She had been forced to breed several times a year and her puppies were taken away after just four weeks — half the recommended time.
Gove said the plans would tackle the early separation of puppies and kittens from their mothers, an act that could lead to serious health problems and lack of socialization by the animals.
“A ban on third-party sales will ensure the nation’s much loved pets get the right start in life,” he said. “People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”
Marc Abraham, of PupAid , said irresponsible breeders in the UK and abroad used third parties to hide from buyers, who often bought dogs in good faith, having no idea of the conditions of the puppy’s birth.
“By banning third-party sellers, Lucy’s Law will ensure all breeders are accountable, making it the first major step in tackling puppy farm cruelty,” he said.
1. unscrupulous adj.
無良的；不道德的 (wu2 liang2 de5; bu2 dao4 de2 de5)
2. cramped adj.
狹小的 (xia2 xiao3 de5)
3. breed n.
品種 (pin2 zhong3)
4. in good faith phr.
誠信地 (cheng2 xin4 de5)
5. accountable adj.
負責的 (fu4 ze2 de5)
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