Third party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales after a consultation showed overwhelming public support, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths confirmed on the 18th of July 2019.
It is hoped the ban will improve animal welfare conditions and help the public to make more informed choices when buying a pet. Plans for a ban will now be put to a full public consultation looking into the details and impacts of a ban, as well as amendments to breeding regulations to improve animal welfare conditions at breeding establishments.
Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced she also plans to revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions at breeding establishments. She said:
“We are committed to improving animal welfare conditions and ensuring they are protected from harm during the breeding process. Puppies and kitten sold by third parties are at greater risk of disease, a lack of socialisation and habituation, and the distress of being introduced to new and unfamiliar environments during multiple journeys.
That’s why we are bringing forward this ban and we’re pleased to see the public agree with it. We have listened to what people have said and will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens. We hope a ban will ensure people make an informed choice before purchasing a pet and ensure breeders take responsibility for the animals they are selling.”
This announcement puts Wales in line with England where Lucy’s Law will be fully implemented in April 2020. The introduction of Lucy’s Law in England and Wales is a result of years of campaigning led by Pup Aid, C.A.R.I.A.D. and Canine Action UK. C.A.R.I.A.D. led the campaign in Wales which included an event at The Senedd in July 2018 kindly sponsored by Eluned Morgan AM and co-sponsored by Vikki Howells AM.
Wales has turned pink for Lucy’s Law. You can view our Turning Wales Pink for Lucy’s Law film at the link below: