Puppy and kitten pet shop sales could be banned in Wales

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"The sale of puppies and kittens through pet shops would be banned in Wales under plans being put out to consultation.

The move would mean buyers would have to deal directly with a breeder or a re-homing centre."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-47280898


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I've never seen a dog or cat for sale in a pet shop, the biggest furry animal being rabbits. There are only small independent pet shops in my town that don't collaborate with breeders at all, so maybe I've just not been near the right ones to see puppies/kittens.
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Kind of, but I know of a few really responsible pet shops, and some really irresponsible breeders. I think to sell animals you should have a license - so if your pet gets pregnant by accident you would need to register the pregnancy and the puppies before you can sell them. But I know that would lead to some being killed.. but I don't know what the alternative is if we're to stop puppy farming and the like.
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My local pet shop sells kittens occasionally, they are very reputable and responsible. I dont necessarily agree with breeding animals but if you are doing it reputably then there should be no issue and you shouldnt be penalised. Clamp down on the puppy mills and farmers rather than honest pet shops
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Pet shops should be last thing they crack down on. I don't know the legals behind it but I would assume they are required to do background and compliance checks to ensure the breeders they are purchasing from a fully compliant and legal. It would also lead me to believe that they should have a paper trail to whomever they purchased the animals from just as we have with livestock. If this is not the case we need legislation not a total ban placed on legitimate pet shops.

It seems like the law is going after pet shops rather than illegal breeding farms in some completely backwards logic. If the breeding market it not properly regulated then it needs to be brought up to standard. We have already made huge improvements to how we track livestock, it is at the point now that you can track an entire animal's history right down to what fields they have lived in.

No animals should be able to be bought without the proper papers.
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A physical shop would seem to me to be the most reputable and easiest to regulate.

If they were to ban the sale of animals from anywhere, thus pushing people to adopt from shelters if they wished to have a pet, this would make more sense. The only way you're going to find an individual reputable breeder is if they are prolifically breeding their animals, and are we expecting customers making a one-off 'purchase' to do an in-depth investigation of the breeder?
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