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Vets commend legislation to stop unscrupulous breeders

The Government has announced (22 December) that legislation to crack down on unscrupulous breeders and illegal puppy smuggling could be introduced in early 2018.

The proposals under consideration include compulsory licensing for anyone breeding and selling dogs, ensuring that licensed dog breeders show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made, and tightening regulations to prevent online sales where prospective buyers have not seen the puppy before purchase.

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