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BVA welcomes new government puppy welfare legislation pledge

3rd January 2018

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the government's pledge to revamp the laws protecting puppy welfare in the UK.

New proposals have been outlined to tackle unscrupulous breeders and illegal puppy smuggling, include compulsory licensing for anyone breeding and selling dogs, and tighter regulations preventing online sales where buyers have not seen the puppy before purchase.

This will help to ensure that licensed dog breeders show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made, while plans have also been outlined to address the breeding of unhealthy dogs and animals with severe genetic disorders.

Additionally, the government is looking to take forward proposals that were recently put out for consultation to further improve how all pets are bred and sold, including firmer regulations on adverts both in print and online, and the extension of a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks to also include rabbits.

BVA president John Fishwick said: "Responsible breeding and ownership of pets are among vets' priorities, so we commend the government's plans for new and updated legislation around the buying and selling of pets, ensuring that its fit for purpose in the internet age we live."

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