Today, the Environment Secretary introduced new legislation in Parliament to end third party puppy and kitten sales and ensure stronger protections for animals.
The legislation - known as Lucy's Law - will ban the sale of kittens and puppies from third parties, making buyers deal with breeders directly.
The law is named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being subjected to terrible conditions on a Welsh puppy farm. Dogs like Lucy are often kept by breeders to produce multiple litters of puppies, which are taken from their mothers at just a few weeks’ old and advertised online or sold in pet shops.
This practice causes lifelong socialisation issues for the puppy or kitten, as well as a number of preventable diseases. Today’s legislation will ensure that puppies and kittens are born and reared in a safe environment, with their mother, and sold from their place of birth.
The ban will also deter puppy smugglers who abuse the Pet Travel Scheme by bringing underage puppies into the UK which are sold on for financial gain.
Here’s a photo of me earlier this year when I popped over to Battersea to learn more about their work!