Cats Protection has launched a campaign calling for change in the law to protect young kittens from being sold sick and underage. Our London animal photographer Joined the team to capture images of the delivery of the petition to DEFRA headquaters in London. 'The True Cost of Kittens' campaign has been created in response to a growing, commercial market resulting in kittens being bred in poor welfare conditions being sold and landing new owners with hefty vet bills when the poor little creatures become ill. It calls for urgent action to update the law on pet sales and clamp down on those who put money before basic welfare. There have always been individuals prepared to cash-in on the appeal of kittens, it is the growth of the internet and social media that has made access to kittens quicker and easier than ever before. All too often, unsuspecting purchasers buy kittens which are sick and, in many cases, younger than eight weeks old – the minimum age at which they’re ready to leave their mother. The result can be significant suffering for the kitten and hefty vet bills for the owner, which can be emotionally and financially draining. In some cases, the kittens may not survive. Cats Protection is calling on the Government to bring about regulations which would:
prohibit sales of kittens under eight weeks;
close legal loopholes that allow repeat commercial breeding for sale from the family cat or cats; and
provide a clear definition of commercial pet sales to protect the welfare of cats and kittens.
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