Breeding three or more litters of puppies in one year is due to come under new animal welfare rules in the United Kingdom.
PUPPY BREEDER REGULATIONS: A toughening of the dog licencing rules should improve puppy welfare.
The main aim is to crack down on 'back-street' dog breeders.
Defra is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. They expect the new licensing restrictions will apply most to smaller breeding operations.
The intention is to make it easier to tackle those breeders who are jeopardizing the health or welfare of newborn pups.
The proposed new licencing regulations targets any breeder producing three or more litters of puppies in a year. In these cases, they will need to obtain a breeder licence to do so.
Reports show that over the last two years, over 130,000 adverts for pets got removed from six major sites by Defra and charities. This was due to their concerns about the welfare of those particular animals.
The United Kingdom Animal Welfare Minister commented on the matter. Despite being a nation of dog lovers, it is crucial that puppies get cared for properly, he said.
They need to get socialized in the first three months if they are to enjoy healthy and happy lives.
Nonetheless, there is a lack of transparency surrounding internet sales. That makes it harder to track down breeders when a dog gets mistreated.
The Minister went on to announce: "We are aiming to reform the licensing regime that we have. Smaller puppy breeding establishments must abide by the same regulations and licensing rules as bigger breeders.
Thus, the worst offenders can get dealt with more quickly. We are also reviewing other animal-related licensed activities. They include pet sales to address problems associated with the growing trend for internet sales that can contribute to impulse buying."
The Kennel Club carried out a recent survey. They found more than half of all dog owners around the UK do not actually know where their pet pooch got bred. Statistics suggest close to 20% of animals bought over the internet could have suffered from a disease called parvovirus. This is often deadly for small puppies.
Closing this loophole is likely to better regulate those dog breeders who do not consider themselves as running a business.
The chief executive of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home qualified the intention. They stated that reducing the number of litters a breeder can produce in one year (without a licence) ensures more breeders will get brought under the scope of industry regulation.
The new licencing rules for puppy breeders should protect the welfare of the most vulnerable dogs during their lives as puppies.
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