Protecting the pets
SALES of pet animals at fairs and markets were banned in 1983 because of the cruelty involved. It remains illegal under the new Animal Welfare Act. But it goes on.
The Animal Protection Agency reports that dealers, pretending to be private individuals selling their own pets, illegally cover the length and breadth of the country selling stressed, sick and suffering birds, reptiles, rabbits and puppies. No licences are needed. Trade is unregulated, law unenforced, suffering guaranteed.
The APA is campaigning for the Government to introduce licensing so that councils can stamp out the dealers.
Readers who are interested can contact APA on 01273-674253 for a free "Stop UK Pet Markets" campaign pack and find more information at www.apa.org.uk
Mike Maas, Woodbank Road, Sheffield S6.
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