The regulation of the sale of puppies and kittens – debate 4th September 2014
Legislation to control the sale of animals needed” – Gale.
The President of Conservative Animal welfare, Sir Roger Gale
MP, has said that fresh legislation is needed to exercise greater control over
the sale of animals in general and of puppies and kittens in particular.
Intervening during a Commons debate today (Thursday 4th
September) Sir Roger said:
Since the abolition of the discredited dog licence in the
1980s there has been a resistance, by all administrations, to the creation of a
Swansea (DVLA) for Dogs. But only the proper registration, vaccination and
recording of animals sold will bring an end to the abuse of animals farmed”,
sold on line or through pet shops. We need fresh legislation and we need it
Speaking after the debate Sir Roger, who has consistently
campaigned for tighter measures to control puppy farming” and the conditions
under which animals are being sold, said:
Current legislation has gone some way towards regulating
the sale of dogs but the licencing of breeders is too lax, the number of
litters that breeders are allowed to deliver is too high. The registration of
all animals sold is inadequate, the conditions of sale are on occasions abusive
and the regulation of the sale of cats and kittens is virtually non-existent.
The time has come for a complete overhaul of the law, the introduction of new
legislation that takes account of the on-line market and the importation of
animals and a recognition that with modern technology proper birth-to-death
records of pets, including vaccination details, can be maintained without
resorting to burdensome and costly bureaucracy”.
That said, there is a cost in keeping ant pet animal and if
a person or family cannot afford the very modest one-off cost of registration
then they are unlikely to be able to afford the continuing costs of food and
veterinary care that every animal requires.
Responding to the debate the Minister, George Eustace, has
indicated a willingness to respond to the concerns expressed by Members on all
sides of the House and has pointed to additional controls over the age at which
puppies can be imported as a step in the right direction.