The government has agreed to close the loophole which allows someone to keep repeatedly selling kittens without a licence.
In response to questioning from Rob Marris, the government said that it was looking at removing some licence exemptions relating to breeding of pedigree cats, which make up approximately 10% of all kittens sold in the UK.
Following further pressure from Rob, government minister George Eustice has now agreed to “remove the licence exemptions … for those in the business of selling either pedigree animals that have been bred by them, or the offspring of an animal that has been kept by them as a pet – for instance, the offspring of their non-pedigree pet cat.”
Rob Marris said: “Too many kittens are bred in poor conditions and taken away from their mothers prematurely, all for the sake of a fast buck. I am delighted that the government has stated that it intends to put animal welfare first by protecting all kittens from exploitation. I will be pressing the government to include strict conditions for licences to breed kittens, so that bad behaviour is stopped.”
Cats Protection commented: “We believe that the breeding and sale of kittens in poor welfare conditions is becoming more of a problem than ever before, and so we are thrilled that the Government has indicated that it is looking at the legislation governing the licensing pet sales and plans to include a condition that bans the sale of kittens under 8 weeks old.”