Puppies cannot be bought unless their mother is present under new UK laws
The sale of puppies without their mother present will be banned in a bid to end the “disturbing” trade of animals bred in puppy farms, Theresa May has announced.
The Prime Minister, who had two dogs during her childhood - a poodle named Tassel and a mongrel called Lucky - said she wants to ensure that families can enjoy the arrival of a “happy, healthy” puppy that has not suffered from maltreatment and cruelty.
The new legislation will require all sellers to show potential buyers the puppies alongside their mothers before the sale takes place, marking the biggest change in pet vending for 66 years.
The move is designed to stop people buying puppies online without ever seeing them, which is fuelling animal cruelty.
Licensed dog breeders will also be banned from selling puppies they have not bred themselves and online adverts will have to include the seller’s licence number, the country of origin and country of residence of the pet being advertised.
Leading animal welfare organisations in Ireland have called on the public to do their homework before getting pets via online websites.
The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) is reminding potential buyers to beware of the pitfalls of responding to online advertisements for puppies and other pets to ensure that they ask the right questions to avoid falling victim to rogue breeders, who put profits before animal welfare.