Cats and Dogs: Animal Breeding

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 15 November 2023.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking tackle illegal puppy and kitten farms in the context of the withdrawal of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.

Photo of Robbie Moore Robbie Moore The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill did not contain any measures to tackle illegal puppy or kitten farms directly.

However, the Government is committed to delivering its manifesto commitment on puppy smuggling. We plan to take forward puppy smuggling measures as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Regarding illegal puppy and kitten farms, we have taken significant steps to improve and update the laws on domestic cat and dog breeding to crack down on unscrupulous breeders who breed pets purely for financial greed at the expense of animal welfare.

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