06 April 2020
Lucy’s Law came into effect from 6 April in England. The law means that kittens can’t be sold by a third-party seller, such as a pet shop or commercial dealer, unless they have bred the animal themselves. Instead, anyone looking to buy or adopt a kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming centre.
To help the public responsibly find pets, the government has launched its ‘Petfishing’ campaign. You may have heard of ‘catfishing’, when someone creates a fictional online persona to lure a person into a relationship. Deceitful pet sellers often use a similar tactic to ‘petfish’ buyers, mistreating animals and selling them at high volume to line their pockets.
Cats Protection always encourages potential cat owners to consider adopting rather than buying a cat.
We’ve also teamed up with cat and vet organisations to create a Kitten Checklist, designed to help potential owners ensure they choose a happy and healthy kitten.
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