Britain has banned third-party sales of puppies and kittens to protect the animals from exploitation.
The government said it will roll out the legislation next year after holding public consultations that showed 95-percent support for the ban.
The new law is expected to help crack down on “puppy farms” and make it harder for unscrupulous dealers who have little regard for animal welfare.
“This will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal re-homing centre,” the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said on Sunday as part of its Christmas animal welfare push.
The measure is commonly called Lucy’s Law in honour of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was rescued from a puppy farm in Wales in 2013.
She had spent most of her life in a cage and was no longer able to breed because her hips had fused together from lack of movement.
A woman named Lisa Garner took her home and launched a social media awareness campaign that changed the way Britons get their pets.
The government said the new law will help “end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues”.
Lucy died in 2016.
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The government believes the ban will keep “high volume low welfare breeders” — both licensed and unlicensed — from flooding pet shops with puppies and kittens raised in unethical conditions.
Shops will only be allowed to deal with animal welfare shelters or the primary breeders of the pet.