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22 August 2018, 07:24 | Updated: 22 August 2018, 08:22
The National Animal Welfare Trust in Watford and at Aspley Guise near Woburn says its backing new Government plans to end the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other commercial dealers.
A new consultation has been launched by the Government this morning where anyone buying or adopting a pet less than six months old will have to deal directly with the breeder.
One of the few other options left open would be to obtain young animals from a rescue centre such as Wood Green, near Huntingdon.
The move aims to reduce serious health problems and socialising issues which afflict pets kept in poor conditions by unscrupulous, profit-driven breeders.
It comes on the back of the prominent Lucy's Law campaign which calls for an immediate halt to the sale of young pets by third-party commercial dealers.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove paid tribute to the campaign, saying:
"A ban on third-party sales will ensure the nation's much-loved pets get the right start in life.
People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade."
A petition supporting Lucy's Law has been signed by nearly 150,000 people and was debated in Parliament in May.
The consultation follows a call for evidence on the ban which ran from February to May.
The Kennel Club, which organises the Crufts dog show, also welcomed the potential move.
New laws come into force on October 1 banning licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens less than 8 weeks old.