Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Reporting back: consultation to ban third party puppy sales

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 08 February 2018 09:34

I welcome the news that a ban on third party puppy sales is to be explored by the government as part of a package of reforms to drive up animal welfare standards. This announcement was made by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove today.

This will mean:


  •          A call for evidence seeking views on a possible ban on third party sales, meaning prospective dog owners will either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation’s many animal rehousing centres.


  •          Legislation which will ban licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks, and ensuring that breeders show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made.


  •          Further action to take the sale of weak underage puppies and the breeding of unhealthy dogs, along with dogs with severe genetic disorders.

To find out more and to take part in the consultation yourself, please visit:…/third-party-puppy-sales-michael-gove-l…