The campaign to ban third-party puppy sales has reached more than 100,000 signatures
Lucy’s Law, the campaign to ban the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party dealers, has today reached more than 100,000 signatures, which means parliament will consider it for a debate.
The campaign championed by celebrity vet and animal welfare campaigner Marc Abraham is calling for a ban on the sale of puppies away from their mothers. An early day motion in parliament sponsored by Scottish MP Dr Lisa Cameron stated that Lucy’s Law will help protect breeding dogs and puppies, and will make breeders accountable and transparent. the motion repeated the government’s advice that “purchasers should see puppies interacting with their mother in the place that they were born”.
Even though Marc and his charity Pup Aid started a similar campaign under the banner #wheresmum in 2015, leading charities Dogs Trust and Blue Cross flip-flopped on their support for the ban, citing concerns for unintended consequences such as pushing the puppy trade underground. The RSPCA and The Kennel Club have, however, been clear in their support.
Puppy farming is a lose-lose environment for dogs: the mothers often get over bred with no care or human interaction, while the puppies can have severe health problems from the start, such as parvovirus. The only winners are unscrupulous breeders, shops and, according to the RSPCA, criminal gangs that can make up to £35,000 a week from selling fashionable breeds.
Lucy’s Law was named after a cavalier spaniel, who was rescued from a puppy farm and passed away last year after living for three years with her adopter, Lisa Garner. The campaign is supported by various media outlets, including The Mirror and Dogs Today, whose editor Beverley Cuddy launched the parliamentary petition, as well as celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan.
To sign the petition click here.