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  Under-16s could face pet-buying ban
Updated 03 January 2002, 14.25

If you're under 16 you soon might not be able to buy puppies, kittens or other pets.

At the moment the law says anyone from age 12 can buy what are known as 'domestic' pets.


But the RSPCA wants to change that to at least 16 and possibly 18.

It's all part of a plan to make sure animals are treated better.

Animal protection

The government wants to protect animals from abuse and also make sure all their needs are properly looked after by their owners.

Circus animals could get better protection, too, if new laws are brought in.

Those born in the wild could be stopped from performing altogether. Those which do appear will have to have better housing.

Pets are often abandoned at Christmas because they're bought as presents and their new owners don't realise how much work they are.

The RSPCA has already found a 10-week old puppy left in a box and a black and white cat dumped in a skip.


 
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