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Government set to consult on puppy trade

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By Matthew Limb

The government is poised to formally consult on steps to ban pet shops and third-party commercial dealers from selling puppies in England.

Environment minister George Eustice told MPs this week there was ‘merit’ in further exploring a ban given the weight of feedback to a call for evidence on the topic, which received 350 responses.

The call for evidence was launched in February and closed on 2 May. It sought views on a potential ban of third-party puppy sales – meaning that pet shops and pet dealers could not sell puppies unless they had bred them.

Eustice said such a ban might prevent the ‘scourge’ of under-age puppies – bred outside of recognised welfare standards – being smuggled into the country to be …

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