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Dogs: Animal Breeding

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle animal cruelty in puppy farms.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We recently announced that we will modernise the licensing scheme for dog breeding and selling to improve the welfare of dogs, including requiring anyone breeding and selling three or more puppies in a twelve month period to hold a licence; prohibiting the sale of puppies under eight weeks’ of age; imposing tougher animal welfare standards on licensed dog breeders and sellers; and requiring all licensed sellers to include their licence number when advertising.

We aim to have the new regulations in place next year.

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