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S5W-18596: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08841 by Roseanna Cunningham on 3 May 2017, whether it has come to a view on the banning of the sale of puppies and kittens from pet shops following its review last year.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 26 September 2018

The largest volume of sales of puppies and kittens in Scotland are carried out by breeders. The Scottish Government launched a public consultation on 7 September 2018 to propose improvements to the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding which will improve the conditions in which animals are bred and extend legal protection to a greater number of animals.

The member might be aware that the sale of puppies and kittens from traditional pet shops is extremely uncommon in Scotland. The Scottish Government committed, in the Programme for Government 2017-8, to preparing legislation for a modern system of registration and licensing of animal sanctuaries and rehoming activities which could potentially be used as a means of unregulated third-party selling. Following a public consultation, held between December 2017 and March 2018, the Scottish Government is drafting legislation, for the approval of the Scottish Parliament, which will provide appropriate licensing arrangements whilst minimising the burden on local authority inspectors.