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Update on Lucy's Law: third-party pupper sales banned in 2019

White and brown Cavalier King Charles
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The government is to ban pet shops from selling puppies under the age of six months old. Lucy’s Law comes into effect in 2019

By G. John Cole, 28 Dec 2018

Anybody wanting to buy a young dog or cat will need to deal directly with a breeder or authorized re-homing centre. The shift in policy comes about after 150,000 people signed a petition against third-party commercial puppy dealers.

Vengeance of the spaniel

Lucy was a Cavalier King Charles spaniel held captive by humans and forced to breed repeatedly as a puppy farm mama until she was rescued in 2013. She became the face of the anti-puppy farm movement until her death in 2016. Her story has inspired great change. According to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), 95% of the public support Lucy’s Law. The ban will come into effect “when parliamentary time allows” and make it difficult for “high-volume, low-welfare breeders” to exploit innocent doggos, according to Defra – as reported in The Guardian.

Animal welfare minister David Rutley said the government is committed to ensuring “the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life.” “I urge anyone who is thinking of buying a puppy, or any pet, at this time of year to pause and think carefully before doing so.” “Properly enforced, this will help put an end to dogs being used as breeding machines and kept in shocking conditions,” said Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s chief executive, Claire Horton, also via The Guardian. “The days of unscrupulous puppy dealers lining their pockets with no regard for animal welfare must now come to an end.”

Lucy in the sky with smugness

Earlier this year, Wamiz reported on plight of the 80,000 puppies sold yearly by licensed third-party dog traffickers. The law has been on its way for a while. It will mean far fewer puppers will spend their first weeks or months in miserable conditions. Their mothers and fathers will no longer be kept as sex slaves in the nation’s grim puppy farms. However, the next stage will be to find homes for the freed doggos of Britain’s dark canine mills.