A new law to ban the sale of kittens and puppies by third parties will be presented to parliament on Monday.
By, 15 May 2019
Known as "Lucy's Law," it means buyers will have to deal directly with breeders, who will have a legal responsibility to makes sure puppies and kittens are born and reared in a safe environment. It also means young animals must be sold from their place of birth, a move which is designed to deter smugglers who abuse the Pet Travel Scheme to bring young animals into the UK.
The best start for young animals
Environment Secretary Michael Gove was instrumental in bringing the bill to parliament and believes it will give young animals "the best possible start in life." The RSPCA said it was "absolutely thrilled" that the Government was taking animal welfare so seriously.
Lucy Law's was named after a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being poorly treated on a puppy farm. Lucy’s hips had fused together, and she had a curved spine, bald patches, and epilepsy after years of mistreatment. It was also clear that she'd spent most of her early life locked inside a small cage.
Thankfully, Lucy was rescued and re-homed with a loving family. She sadly passed away in 2016.
Marc Abraham is the founder of Pup Aid and campaigned for Lucy's Law. He said, "I'm absolutely thrilled that Lucy's Law is now being laid in Parliament and will come into effect from April 2020."
"Lucy's Law is named after one of the sweetest, bravest dogs I've ever known, and is a fitting tribute to all the victims of the cruel third-party puppy trade, both past and present."
Next year will Lucy's year
If accepted by MPs, Lucy's Law will come into force on the 6th April 2020.