Level 1

The UK might stop pet shops from selling puppies. They want to make the animals happier.

In 2018, there will be new rulesBreeders will need a license. They cannot sell kittens or puppies under 8 weeks old. The breeders need to show the mother of the puppy.

People think pet shops will still sell puppies. They need to make sure shops follow the rules.

Some of the puppies live in terrible and filthy places. Some people think the UK should help these puppies.

Difficult words

Selling: Exchange something for money.

Rules: A clear statement saying what someone can or can’t do.

Breeder: A person who makes animals have babies.

License: A piece of paper that allows you to do something.

Terrible: Very bad.

Filthy: Very dirty.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Rules  A. Have babies
 2. Breeder  B. Allow
 3. License  C. Awful
 4. Terrible  D. Regulation
 5. Filthy  E. Dirty

True or False?

1.  The UK is not thinking about stopping pet shops from selling puppies. T / F

2.  The UK wants to make animals happier. T / F

3. Breeders will need a license. T / F

4. Cats and dogs can be sold at 6 weeks. T / F

5. Pet shops will definitely follow the new rules. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. stop / The / might / from / selling / pet / UK / puppies / shops

2. new / will / rules / be / there / In / 2018,

3. to / show / mother / the / breeders / of / The / need / the / puppy

4. puppies / live / in / Some / the / of / filthy / places / and / terrible

5. make / happier / want / They / to / the / animals

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Mother License Still
Should Filthy Selling

The UK might stop pet shops from __________ puppies. They want to make the animals happier.

In 2018, there will be new rulesBreeders will need a ________. They cannot sell kittens or puppies under 8 weeks old. The breeders need to show the _________ of the puppy.

People think pet shops will ______ sell puppies. They need to make sure shops follow the rules.

Some of the puppies live in terrible and _________ places. Some people think the UK _________ help these puppies.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What are animal regulations like in your country?
4. Do you think it’s the governments job to protect animals?
5. Should pet shops be allowed to sell puppies and kittens?
6. What do you think is the youngest a pet should be sold?
7. Do you have any pets?
8. How do people normally buy pets in your country?
9. How can the government make sure people follow the new rules?
10. Should there be regulations on animals besides cats and dogs?
11. Where is the best place to get a new pet?
12. Are there any disadvantages to the new regulations?
13. Is animal rights a problem in your country?
14. Is there a difference between pets and farm animals?
15. Does size make an animal more or less important?
16. What rights should an animal have?
17. Is there a way to make sellers have better homes for the animals?
18. What do you think about the pet shops that sell sick animals without telling the buyers?
19. Do you prefer cats to dogs?
20. In most western countries, pets are considered family, is that true in your country?