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Sale, Supply and Advertising of Pets

New regulations governing the sale or supply of pet animals

From 1st  February 2020, anyone who sells or supplies pet animals must comply with a number of new requirements, under the Animal Health and Welfare (Sale or Supply of Pet Regulations) 2019. These include:

  • anyone selling or supplying six or more pet animals in a year must register with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The registration form is here: Pet Sales Application for Registration (doc 135Kb)   ; and 
  • anyone selling or supplying six or more pet animals in a year must maintain certain records regarding pet animals kept for sale or supply;
  • anyone advertising a pet animal for sale or supply must include certain information in the ad, including the microchip number in the case of dogs;
  • the new regulations prohibit the sale or supply of pet animals under certain specified minimum ages.

An information note on the new regulations is here: Information Note (pdf 350Kb)  .

Code of practice for sellers or suppliers of pet animals

The Department is also issuing a voluntary Code of practice for sellers or suppliers of pet animals. The Code contains guidelines on animal welfare and also addresses public health concerns, for example the need for good hygiene when handling animals, and the potential risk to the health of children associated with contact with reptiles. The code of practice is here: Code of Practice (pdf 450Kb)   

Background

In May 2018 the Minister Creed launched a public consultation on matters relating to the advertisement and sale of pet animals. DAFM asked specifically for the public’s views on:

1) a voluntary Code of Practice for Pet Shops, a draft of which was part of the consultation, and

2) whether further legislation is needed with regard to the advertisement and sale of pet animals and if so, what issues need to be considered.

DAFM received 63 submissions to the consultation. The consultation document can be found here: Public Consultation on the Advertisement and Sale of Pet Animals (pdf 300Kb) and the summary of responses received is here: Summary of Responses (pdf 374Kb)