The Guardian reports:
The government is to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.
The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming centre. The proposed rule would also effectively prevent the sale of puppies and kittens in traditional pet shops.
Breeders will only be able to sell puppies they have personally bred; and online sellers will have to publish their licence number and the pet’s country of origin and country of residence.