Lucy's Law - sale of puppies and kittens in the UK

Changes have been made to the sale of puppies and kittens in the UK. The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019), commonly known as Lucy’s Law, prohibits the sale of kittens and puppies (under six months old) by third party sellers and pet shops from the 6 April 2020. As such, all puppies and kittens must be sold directly from the breeder and the mother must be seen with the offspring prior to sale.

Therefore it will become illegal to sell puppies and kittens from pet shops and other commercial third party dealers unless they have bred the animal themselves.

DEFRA guidance for animal activity licences for breeding dogs and selling animals as pets have been updated in line with this amendment.

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