Stricter Controls on Those Who Can Breed/Sell Dogs and Cats - For the Animals Well-being

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According to dogs trust, 47,596 dogs were heartlessly left behind in council pounds, where they remained unclaimed by their owners. As a lover of animals, it makes me saddened to read stats like the one formentioned.

I believe that the breeding and selling of dogs and cats should be strictly limited to professional breeders. Under the current "Breeding of Dogs Act 1973", the "Breeding of Dogs Act 1991" and the "Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999," people who produce up to 4 litters in any 12-month period – so called “hobby breeders” – do not need a licence. Which is crazy as on average a dog can have a litter of 3-4 puppies. So potentially 16 more dogs enter this world unchecked. I want to lower this to one litter per dog or cat because this can include accidental pregnancy before a licences is required or the animal neutered.

Those who hold a licence must be reviewed every year by animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA. This would ensure that the conditions are acceptable and the animals are happy. Anyone selling without this licences should be reported and receive a hefty fine. I believe this is a good idea for 3 reasons:

1. It prevents people just breeding and selling cats and dogs to make a "quick buck". Which causes an influx of population.

2. It limits the number of animals being born and eventually dumped.

3. It means more animals in shelters will hopefully be adopted.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, Liam and Dannielle.