Where did you get your beloved pup from? Was she a rescue dog from a shelter? Did you get him as a puppy from a reputable breeder? In England and Wales these options will soon be the only way to get a dog or cat, but in Scotland, the cruel practice of puppy farming is yet to be outlawed.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Lucy’s Law would be implemented across England and Wales from April 2020. The law requires that animals are born and reared in a place of safety and outlaws the practice of animal farming which can be harmful to the poor dogs in question.
The law is named after a King Charles Spaniel puppy who died on a puppy farm in 2016 due to mistreatment. To us animal lovers, the law seems like a no brainer. Protect the animals and prevent unscrupulous puppy farmers from exploiting these lovely little creatures.
Calls for Scots to follow suit
But one UK country has yet to follow suit and animal campaigners are calling on the Scottish government to pass this into law.
Five Scottish dogs are lending their support with the breeds Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier, West Highland Terrier, and Skye Terrier all joining together at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Dog Show to call for an end to puppy and kitten farming.
The Scottish government is bringing forward legislation to offer more protection for dogs and cats but all eyes are now on Scotland to see if and when they’ll follow suit and implement Lucy’s Law.
Have your say
If you want to get involved and let the Scottish government know how much this means to animal lovers everywhere, you can share pics of your pet using the hashtag #LucysLawForScotland