Banning the sale of puppies and kittens at pet shops is a welcome move, as restrictions on heartless breeders are urgently needed.
Many of the young animals for sale in pet shops or via online adverts come from puppy mills, where female dogs are kept almost constantly pregnant.
They spend their lives in cages, denied socialisation, exercise, and veterinary care.
When their bodies are spent and they can no longer reproduce, they’re often killed.
The puppies born in these facilities commonly suffer from diseases because of poor conditions and inadequate care.
But while this new legislation may combat some of the worst forms of abuse on puppy factory farms, it’s worth remembering that it’s irresponsible and cruel for any breeder to continue churning out more puppies or kittens for profit while thousands of lovable and highly adoptable dogs and cats are euthanised in the UK every year for lack of good homes.
People who are willing to commit to taking care of an animal properly should shun breeders altogether and save a life by adopting from their local animal shelter.