Soon the end of cats and dogs in pet stores. The National Assembly voted, Wednesday, January 27, to ban their sale in these businesses in 2024, and supervised the online sale of pets, reserving it for shelters and breeders.
This ban, taken in the context of the examination of the majority’s bill against animal abuse, is motivated by the “too early weaning of puppies and cats” sold in these places, a “supply by ‘puppy and kitten factories'” too often, and again “poor socialization of these animals”, then inducing dropouts. It is also about curbing compulsive shopping in these businesses.
The ban will apply to dogs and cats, not small pet mammals such as rabbits or guinea pigs.
Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, however, spoke out against this amendment, highlighting the work of employees in pet shops and garden centers as well as the controls carried out. It is necessary “serialize the fights”, he also justified, wanting to tackle sales rather “at the foot of the truck”.
In this sense, he supported an amendment of the LREM group led by Aurore Bergé limiting online sales to professionals and shelters, in order to fight against trafficking. However, animal donations will still be authorized.
The government has also agreed to a sales framework charter with the Leboncoin platform. The announcements concerning dogs and cats specify the identification number of the animal, its age, its breed, if it is vaccinated … Other platforms like Facebook, where the announcements are also numerous, are not concerned. .