Thanks to Lucy’s Law, it will now be illegal for pet shops and third-party commercial dealers to sell puppies and kittens. If someone wishes to buy or adopt a pet, who is less than six months old, breeders or rescue centers will be the newest and best place to go to.
Lucy’s law is a campaign requesting the immediate termination to sale puppies and kittens to pet shops or dealers. The campaign was launched in 2017, during a reception hosted by the famous vet’ Marc Abraham.
The law was named after the tragic story of Lucy the Cavalier King Charles spaniel who suffered for many years from the puppy farm system. In 2013, she was rescued and adopted by Lisa Garner. Lucy, then became the mascot of anti-puppy farm campaigns. Sadly enough, she died in 2016, and the Lucy Law was named after her.
Marc Abraham, revealed to the Sun that: “These dogs are kept like livestock in poorly ventilated, dark and cramped conditions. We have to act to protect them.”
What are puppy farms? And how will this new law affect them?
Puppy farms are basically like a puppy factory where abuse is common. Indeed, dogs are often kept in tiny cages and forced to go through several pregnancies a year.
Although, very few pet shops sell puppies these days, it is the third party trade who remains the most significant dealer. With over 80,000 puppies sold by licensed third party sellers each year, this new law will for sure be beneficial for the well-being of pets.
This law will come into force on October 1st 2018. Puppies and kittens who are less than six months old, will have to be brought directly from the breeder or a rescue center.
By banning third party sellers and pet shops, this will help to restrict puppy farms and also stop these poor dogs and cats to go through so much cruelty.