Originally we put down all four UK countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as 4 countrywide bans. But we’ve learned that referendums need to occur in each country.
England has committed to passing legislation to end sales of dogs and cats in pet stores.
The government has confirmed it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens, Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley announced today (23 December 2018).
The decision was taken following a public consultation, from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban. It will help bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues.
Wales, too, is close to committing, with a cut-off for public comment on the matter on 17 May 19. Under our Wales details we have a counter displayed if the date as not yet passed.
The Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland flags are greyed out until further legislative action. Check the UK section and click the flags for updates. Use the sticky top menu under Details > UK to find it fast. You can also click on any UK country on our Big Map. Or take this direct link.