Posted by Ros Connors

New documentary highlights worrying trend in kitten con artists

With the UK due to enter a kitten breeding season, Cats Protection has released a 10 minute documentary to highlight the potentially tragic risks of buying an underage kitten online from unscrupulous sellers who put profit above welfare.

‘The Big Kitten Con’ – released in cinemas and online from 4th April – features traumatic accounts from two women who were duped into purchasing kittens at less than the legal age for commercial sale which is eight weeks old. Sadly, both kittens died from debilitating illnesses.

Throughout the pandemic, our desire for pets has grown rapidly. Last year, 340,000 of the 500,000 cats purchased in the UK were found online on sites like Facebook, Gumtree, Pets4Homes, and Preloved.

Ros spoke to Madison Rogers, head of protection and government relations at Cats Protection and Dawn Chambers.

Photo by Erik-Jan Leusink on Unsplash

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