A charity has launched a campaign to protect young kittens.
Cats Protection has launched a campaign calling for change in the law to protect young kittens being sold sick and underage.
The True cost of Kittens campaign was created in response to a growing commercial market resulting in kittens being bred in poor welfare conditions and landing new owners with hefty vet bills.
It calls for urgent action to update the law on pet sales and clamp down on those who put money before basic welfare.
Cats Protection’s advocacy manager, Jacqui Cuff said: “While there have always been individuals prepared to cash-in on the appeal of a young kitten, it is the growth of the internet and social media that has made access to kittens quicker and easier than ever before.”
She adds: “All too often, unsuspecting purchasers buy kittens which are sick and in many cases, younger than eight weeks old – the age at which they’re ready to leave their mother.
“The end result can be emotionally and financially draining, with significant suffering for the kitten and hefty vet bills for the owner. In some cases, the kitten may not survive.”
Cats Protection is calling on the Government to bring in regulations which would ban the sale of kittens under eight weeks old, regulate repeat breeding from the family cat and define commercial cat sales.
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