Dawn Primarolo MP's latest response to constituents regarding puppy and kitten farming:
Thank you for your email regarding the welfare of breeding dogs and their puppies.
As you are no doubt aware there was a very well attended debate in the House of Commons in the autumn which highlighted many issues in this are including irresponsible breeders, microchipping, the sale of animals over the internet, foreign imports on animals for sale, the requirements of legislation and the requirements of enforcement.
During the debate the Minister responsible confirmed that he was going to issue new guidance to local Councils on litter thresholds under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 and that they do, under the Pet Animals Act 1951, have the “power to place restrictions on which animals can be sold at a licensed pet shop establishment”.
However there is clearly a need to do more and therefore I am very pleased that under a future Labour Government there will be a comprehensive review of standards in the breeding and sale of puppies and kittens.
Thank you again for contacting me about this issue, be assured I will carefully monitor further developments.
Dawn Primarolo MP