Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers.

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.

148,248 Signatures

Status: Closed
Created: 21 Feb 2018, 8:50 a.m.
Daily signature rate : 770
Closed: 1 Sep 2018, 11:59 p.m.

A ban on 3rd party sales for profit has been named “Lucy's Law” & has huge public support. There are no welfare advantages in selling puppies through commercial dealers, which make sure breeding dogs are kept hidden from the public. As well as welfare concerns, 3rd party sales create additional risks for consumers & public health/safety. Puppy sales direct from breeder or rescue centre protects all parties. A ban on dealing in puppies for profit can only raise welfare standards & is needed now.

Government Response

The Government has published wide reaching reforms of the controls on pet selling which includes a call for evidence on a ban on all commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens in England.

New controls on dog breeding and pet selling in England require all licensed dog breeders and licensed sellers of all pet animals, including sellers who are not also breeders, to adhere to enhanced strict statutory minimum welfare standards linked to the animals’ welfare needs set out in the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The controls prohibit the sale of puppies, kittens, ferrets or rabbits below eight weeks of age. This is also supported by changes to Defra’s statutory Dog Welfare Code which provides guidance aimed at dog owners.
The controls require any licensed pet seller advertising pets for sale to include their licence number in the advert as well as identifying the local authority that issued it, a photo of the pet, its age, country of residence and country of origin. This will help people identify pets offered for sale from unlicensed sellers including those based abroad
They require the sale of a dog to be completed in the presence of the purchaser on the premises where the licensed seller or licensed breeder has been keeping the dog, thereby banning online sales by licensed sellers and breeders.
They also ensure licensed dog breeders must show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made and only sell puppies they have bred themselves.
In addition to these controls, the Government has issued a call for evidence on banning all commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens in England. Evidence has been requested by 2 May 2018.

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Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
507 0.34% Mrs Theresa May Conservative
460 0.31% Caroline Lucas Green Party
Brighton, Pavilion
420 0.28% Ms Nusrat Ghani Conservative
397 0.27% Bob Seely Conservative
Isle of Wight
391 0.26% David Johnston Conservative
370 0.25% Maria Caulfield Conservative
369 0.25% Mims Davies Conservative
Mid Sussex
367 0.25% Dr Caroline Johnson Conservative
Sleaford and North Hykeham
363 0.25% Tim Loughton Conservative
East Worthing and Shoreham
362 0.24% Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour (Co-op)
Brighton, Kemptown
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MPs spoken contributions during 21 May 2018 petition debate

Conservative George Eustice (View contribution) 2421 words Giles Watling (View contribution) 1030 words Andrea Jenkyns (View contribution) 903 words Ross Thomson 785 words
Democratic Unionist Party Jim Shannon (View contribution) 1864 words Gavin Robinson (View contribution) 131 words Emma Little Pengelly 48 words
Green Party Caroline Lucas (View contribution) 87 words
Labour Ann Clwyd 890 words Kerry McCarthy (View contribution) 190 words Ms Lyn Brown (View contribution) 133 words Laura Smith 51 words
Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine (View contribution) 1121 words Angela Smith 150 words Stephen Lloyd 48 words