Breeding and selling companion animals 'largely unregulated' in NZ

The breeding, buying and selling of puppies and kittens is largely unregulated in New Zealand, animal welfare groups say.

New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) chief veterinary officer Dr Helen Beattie said "irresponsible breeders continue to prosper" behind a lack of regulation, the ability to sell animals via third parties, and the general public's lack of awareness on the issue.

"No regulatory bodies will check that these breeders are knowledgeable about animal health and breeding practices and nobody will ensure they have the necessary facilities to keep the puppies, kittens or their parents safe and comfortable," she said.

From March 1, pugs, British bulldogs and French bulldogs will be banned for sale on Trade Me.