New Clause 17 - Regulation of online animal sales

Part of Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 18th November 2021.

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‘Operators of websites facilitating the sale of kept animals must—

(a) verify the identity of all sellers advertising on their website;

(b) where a cat or dog for sale is under 1 year of age, require the seller to publish on the website at least one photograph of the animal for sale with one of its parents; and

(c) remove listings by commercial sellers which do not include that seller’s licence number.’—

This new clause would regulate the online sale of animals by requiring websites where animals are sold to verify the identity of all the sellers on their website. It would also require the website to make sellers who wish to sell a cat or dog aged one year or less publish a photograph of the animal with one of its parents.