Great Debate: should Defra have banned third-party puppy sales?

Defra’s recent decision not to ban third-party puppy sales caused quite a stir among animal lovers, especially as major charities like Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home either spoke against or did not support the ban.

TV vet and Pup Aid founder Marc Abraham, as well as the RSPCA, the Kennel Club and other smaller organisations, are convinced the ban is the only way to cripple the puppy trade that hides behind the ‘middle man’.

Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and Battersea, on the other hand, fear that an outright ban would simply drive the trade underground and that a robust licensing system would be the most effective way to improve the welfare of puppies. Is such a ban too difficult to enforce?

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2 comments

  1. Lisa Connor 3 March, 2017 at 22:48 Reply

    Ideally…. Yes ban them. At least then for those that do continue the trade severe punishment can be put in place. However, until the Tory party stop shouting down or filibusting proposals to increase sentences for animal cruelty that wont happen

    Step 1: GREATLY increase sentences for animal cruelty
    Step 2: Ban third-party puppy sales in the UK

  2. Anne-Marie Luckhurst 5 April, 2017 at 15:22 Reply

    The local councils are also very much to blame, they give licences to farmers to allow puppy farming. Just look at how many puppy farming licences were issued in camarthenshire alone!!!!!!

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