Animal welfare groups are calling on MPs to shake up the regulation of the sale of puppies and kittens ahead of tomorrow’s parliamentary debate.

TV vet Marc Abraham launched the Pup Aid campaign

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is just one of the groups backing the Pup Aid campaign, which will be debated in parliament on September 4.

Television vet Marc Abraham launched and fronted the campaign, which aims to stamp out puppy farming.

With more than 111,500 signatures, the debate will discuss a ban on puppy farming, irresponsible breeding and the sale of puppies and kittens for profit in UK pet shops.

Puppies and kittens are often bred in filthy conditions, with little regard for their welfare. The animals are separated from their mothers early and are often riddled with disease before being shipped off to unsuspecting owners.

Battersea has said it fully supports the Pup Aid campaign, as the charity witnesses first-hand the consequences of dogs and cats produced in farms.

Battersea’s chief executive Claire Horton said: “Dogs and their owners have, for far too long, been the innocent victims of unlicensed breeders and unregulated pet shops. Sold for a quick profit, too easily bought on impulse, and separated from their mothers far too early, these pets can suffer lifelong health and welfare problems as a result of such early mistreatment.

“With thousands of unwanted dogs and cats in UK rescue centres like Battersea and a booming trade in unlicensed breeding, it’s high time we tightened the rules to make such abuse a thing of the past.”

Battersea now hopes MPs will back changes to dog laws, which pay little attention to animal welfare, and with growing concerns over the origin of puppies in particular, the welfare group feels changes are long overdue.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.pupaid.org

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