The Diet has revised animal welfare laws to tighten restrictions on buying pets in Japan. The revised laws will prevent the buying and selling of newborn animals and require those selling animals online to meet customers face-to-face and explain rudimentary pet care, Sankei Shimbun reported. Early indications are that the age restriction will be introduced within five years, although the timetable has not yet been finalized.
The proposed changes suggest that the sale of cats and dogs less than 56 days old be prohibited. However, the law is to be introduced in stages, so that for the first three years, the limit will be 45 days, then 49 days, before being raised to 56, Sankei reported.© Japan Today