The five-year campaign to end puppy farming came to a happy end today, as team Lucy’s Law visited Downing Street to celebrate new legislation to end of third-party sales of puppies.
Environment secretary Michael Gove said in the official statement: “A ban on third party sales will ensure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign, spearheaded by PupAid, Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD), and Canine Action UK, who have fought tirelessly for this step.
“People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”
The campaign was dedicated to ex-breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lucy, who was rescued five years ago from a puppy farm in Wales. Lisa Garner adopted the little dog, who had a fused hip and curbed spine from being kept in a tiny kennel, as well as bald patches and epilepsy. Sadly, Lucy passed away in 2016, but the campaign to tighten the law continued.
Dogs Trust also welcome the announcement, saying the consultation by the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs should also look at loopholes, such as monitoring re-homing organisations.
Animal charity Blue Cross estimate that between 40,000 and 80,000 puppies are sold every year via third parties in the UK, even though there are fewer than 100 licensed sellers.
Top image: Lucy the Rescue Cavalier