Ban of third party kitten and puppy sales confirmed

Anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten below six months must now either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal rehoming centre.

The Government has confirmed it will be banning third-party sales of puppies and kittens – known as “Lucy’s Law” – in a bid to fight the scourge of puppy farming. The decision was taken following a public consultation, in which more than 95% of respondents supported a ban. Campaigners hope it will help bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues.

The new law will mean anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten aged younger than six months must either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal rehoming centre. The ban will help to crack down on puppy farms and, it is hoped, make it much harder for high-volume low welfare breeders, both licensed and unlicensed, whose trade relies on third-party sellers.