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Regulation of online animal sales to be debated by MPs

8 December 2021

On Monday 13 December, MPs will debate a petition relating to the regulation of online animal sales.

Christina Rees MP a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.

#Reggieslaw - Regulate online animal sales

The petition, which has 109,000 signatures, states: “Given how many animals are sold online, we want Government to introduce regulation of all websites where animals are sold. Websites should be required to verify the identity of all sellers, and for young animals for sale pictures with their parents be posted with all listings.”

In response to the petition, provided on 1 July 2021, the Government said: “The Government shares the public’s high regard for animal welfare. We endorse the Pet Advertising Advisory Group’s work and support their actions to improve the traceability of online vendors.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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