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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