Sale of Puppies and Kittens

Part of Backbench Business – in the House of Commons at 1:34 pm on 4th September 2014.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission 1:34 pm, 4th September 2014

That is a fair point, but we can send out the message that if people go to a responsible dog breeder rather than buy a puppy off the internet, they are far more likely to acquire a dog that will not have behavioural problems in the future and will have been raised with its mother in a healthy and proper way.

We need to explore how to better enforce existing legislation rather than add to the already deep panoply of laws and regulations. The Government are committed to not increasing regulation unless absolutely necessary. They should consider how they can better help local authorities to work against puppy farms, and Members of all parties, working together, must ensure that we create safe and humane conditions for animals throughout the United Kingdom.