Ban of commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens in England: Summary of responses and way forward December 2018 – DEFRA
This Report is based on a Defra consultation for the banning of the sale of puppies and kittens by anyone other than the person who has bred them. The consultation is based on the concern that commercial third party sales lead to poorer welfare conditions for the animals compared to when people buy direct from the breeder. Earlier separation of puppies from their mothers can lead to a lack of socialisation and habituation for puppies and an increased risk of disease. This method of sales is also likely to mean that genetic health screening on parent dogs has not been carried out by the breeder.