Michael Gove has today announced a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England, ensuring stronger protections for animals.
The ban will mean anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nationâ€™s many animal rehoming centres.
This step follows a commitment by the Prime Minister to crack down on cruel puppy farms, bringing an end to the grisly conditions found in puppy farming and tackle a range of existing animal welfare issues.
Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the move and as animal welfare is a devolved power, Andrew RT Davies has called on the Welsh Labour Government to follow suit to ensure people with a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade in Wales.
Commenting, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary, Andrew RT Davies AM said:
â€œThis is a welcome move from Michael Gove and demonstrates the Conservativesâ€™ commitment to have the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
â€œRural south west Wales has the biggest concentration in the UK of commercial dog breeders, and it is sadly widely acknowledged that some are churning out puppies in terrible conditions.
â€œIrresponsible breeders can contribute to a chaotic start in life and lead to serious health problems and lack of socialisation for puppies and kittens.
â€œThe Lucyâ€™s Law campaign has fought tirelessly for this ban to be introduced to stop irresponsible breeders using third parties and ensure all breeders are accountable.
â€œThe Labour Welsh Government must now follow suit and ensure Wales becomes a truly animal friendly nation.â€�