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We all love our pets; we would do almost anything to keep them protected and safe. Sadly, there are many puppy and kitten farms still out there where dogs and cats are subjected to terrible and harsh living conditions, and forced to breed multiple litters. These litters are shockingly taken from their mothers at only a few weeks’ old and then sold in pet shops or advertised for sale online.
As of April 2020, we are so happy that this will no longer be the case, as Lucy’s Law will officially be set in stone. Lucy’s Law will completely ban the sale of puppies and kittens from Spring 2020, leaving buyers with no choice but to purchase them from breeders directly.
Lucy’s Law is named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who tragically died in 2016 after being held in horrendous conditions on a Welsh puppy farm. These practices cause not only a number of easily preventable diseases, but it also causes lifelong social issues for the pups and kittens.
This legislation will ensure that these animals are born in a safe and nurturing environment, alongside their mother, and sold from the place they were born. This new legislation will also hopefully prevent smugglers abusing the Pet Travel Scheme and stop young animals being brought into the UK to be sold.
Marc Abraham is campaigner for Lucy’s Law and is also the founder of Pup Aid. He is “absolutely thrilled that Lucy’s law is now being laid in Parliament,” and thanks the “ethical animal welfare organisation that has proudly helped make Lucy’s Law a reality.”
“Lucy’s Law is the most exciting change in animal welfare legislation for years,” says Peter Egan, Animal Welfare campaigner, and Patron of the All- Party Parliamentary Dog Welfare Group (APDAWG). “As the proud owner of five rescue dogs I’m extremely proud to support Lucy’s Law as it will help protect the future health and welfare of this countries dogs and cats.”
Every year thousands of pets are handed into the RSPCA with devastating injuries and emotional stress. In 2018, RSPCA inspectors received “4,397 complaints about the Puppy trade in England alone, a 162% increase on five years ago,” says RSPCA chief executive Chris Sherwood. He hopes that this ban, “alongside the tougher licencing regulations that were introduced in October,” will completely stop “this trade that exploits these wonderful animals.”
There are hundreds and thousands of pets in shelters who are looking for their forever home. Purchasing from these shelters are safe and properly legislated and you will know you are helping a pet find love and security for the rest of their lives. If you’re looking to bring up a new puppy or kitten, you can purchase them directly from their breeder or an animal rehoming centre from six months old, rather than a pet shop or commercial dealer. You can find out more about to get them neutered here.
For more information on Lucy’s Law visit, Gov.uk. You can visit our website for information on how you can insure your new puppy or kitten and for complete information on the policies we offer. You can also speak to one of our friendly team directly on 0800 050 2022.