This is Lucy, a King Charles Spaniel – after which the Law is named after.She was a casualty of the puppy farm trade and has been exploited as a breeding bitch for five years, forced to litter after litter while living in appalling conditions. The breeders had no regard for her health or welfare.
Despite Lucy’s horrific and miserable past as a breeding slave, she still had it in her enormous heart to love people. She made so many people think about all the other poor mums, the invisible victims living their lonely, loveless lives to produce litter after litter. Lucy became a mascot for all the underdogs. Sadly, she died all too soon in December 2016. Lucy’s Law, named in her honour, is a petition from the public to demand a ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, a trade fed by cruel puppy farms.
The government e-petition in support of Lucy’s Law was launched on 10 March 2018. It needed 100,000 signatures to get a hearing and that number was reached within two weeks. It showed a powerful voice from the public. This was taken to Parliament on 21 May for a hearing.
Yesterday morning, they announced on Breakfast TV that the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other commercial dealers will be banned under new plans. It was the best news to wake up to. We pray this is the beginning of meaningful change of an industry that has gone on for far too long.
“This is a victory for common sense and democracy – the biggest leap for animal welfare in our lifetime.” – Beverley Cuddy from Dogs Today magazine.
Till now, there has been too many legal loopholes that unethical breeders who are intent on putting profits over animal welfare have been able to get away with, breeding thousands of unwell puppies and abusing the mums.
Marc Abrahams had led the campaign against Puppy Farming through his Pup Aid campaign. He was motivated by the story of Lucy, rescued from a UK puppy farm in 2013.
“Before Lucy was rescued, she would have most likely been confined to a cage or a pen. Every single litter, her puppies would have been removed too early because there’s an urgency to sell them before they stop being cute.”
After nine years of campaigning and consultation, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove says the government would back a law that makes it illegal to buy or adopt a puppy from anyone other than a licensed breeder or animal re-homing/rescue centre. This means, the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops and other commercial dealers will be banned – with the intention of reducing the number of animals in horrific breeding conditions.
Too often the victims are first time pet buyers who are unaware of these unethical breeders – buying pets that has come from these horrific conditions. But we also hope that by shutting down these breeders, we can save the mums too.
Tougher sentencing for these crimes will be being introduced this October as part of a raft of new animal welfare legislation – we look forward to that.
After Lucy’s death, Lisa, then adopted Plum Pudding from the same rescue charity where she had found Lucy. We had the honour of meeting Plum Pudding when the team fighting for Lucy’s Law went to Westminster – and they didn’t let dogs in, so she came to us for some dog-sitting. 🙂Read more about this on the Mirror – they have been one of the ardent supporters of this effort and have kept the topic alive with the public.