The RSPCA has welcomed news that – as the Covid-19 crisis begins to ease – the Welsh Government has started work on a new law which will end the third party sale of puppies and kittens. 

Lesley Griffiths MS, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, has confirmed that new legislation is now being worked up, which will be entitled the Animal Welfare (Licencing of Activities Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2021.

The change in law would likely mean anybody looking to buy a puppy or kitten would need to deal either directly with the dealer, or through an animal rehoming or rescue centre.

 In a letter to the Welsh Parliament’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, the Minister confirmed that she has “given permission for officials to start the process for drafting new legislation for commercial third party sales”.

Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru assistant director for external relations, said: “The Welsh Government’s announcement that it is working up a law to end the third party sales of puppies and kittens is very good news, on an issue the RSPCA has long campaigned for.

“Unfortunately, early separation from mothers, unfamiliar environments and multiple journeys are a miserable reality for too many pups and kittens. Being traded through vendors can be a hugely stressful ordeal, where profits are put before welfare.

“We now look forward to seeing these new legislative proposals and will work closely with decision-makers to ensure they best protect the welfare of young dogs and cats in Wales.

 ”This follows an important recent review into Wales’ dog breeding rules – and we hope further improvements will follow, as this country looks to shake off its reputation for bad dog breeding practices, further building towards a better future for Wales’ animals.

“An holistic approach will be the best way to achieve this. Appropriate resourcing for local authorities, improvements in dog traceability, compulsory microchipping compliance, a ban on third-party sales, and consideration of new cat ID and breeding laws are all so important.”

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