Why we think Scotland must ban the cruel puppy farming trade
A fantastic blow has been dealt to cruel puppy breeders with the confirmation that Wales is joining England in enacting Lucy’s Law.
Named after a dog rescued following years of suffering on a puppy farm, Lucy’s Law will cut the route to market used by the breeders by banning the sale of puppies and kittens by third parties such as pet shops and online dealers.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has already said that it will become law in England, and now Wales is following suit after a public consultation found overwhelming support for the ban.
Lucy’s Law founder, vet Marc Abraham, paid tribute to the “incredible perseverance” of campaigners in Wales and the politicians who listened.
“This industry has been going for decades and as an animal lover it’s a phenomenal feeling to see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
“All the dogs that have been hidden from the public and exploited for breeding will finally be free, this whole dark side of the dog world will pretty much be over.
“The pressure is now on Scotland to make the whole of the UK mainland free from commercial puppy dealing, which will have the added benefit of removing the market for dogs which are brought in from Ireland through Scotland and Wales.”
The news was particularly poignant because west Wales has the highest concentration of commercial dog breeders in the UK, and Lucy was rescued from a Welsh puppy farm and taken in by campaigner Lisa Garner.
"Hearing the news about the passing of Lucy's Law in Wales was hugely emotional," she said.
"It's such a positive step for animal welfare and will help stop the cruelty that Lucy endured.
"I adopted Lucy in 2013, she had suffered so much but flourished into the most amazing little friend I could have ever wished for. Lucy continues to make me proud every single day and she will forever be in my heart."
Eileen Jones of Friends of Animals Wales, which has taken in countless dogs abandoned when too sick or ill to breed, said: “At last the abuse that is puppy farming is going to start to end.”
Linda Goodman of the Welsh campaign group Cariad said: “Scotland, I hope you’re listening, you have to do this too now.”
The ban was announced by the Wales Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.
“We are committed to improving animal welfare conditions and ensuring they are protected from harm during the breeding process,” she said.
“Puppies and kitten sold by third parties are at greater risk of disease, a lack of socialisation and habituation, and the distress of being introduced to new and unfamiliar environments during multiple journeys.
“That’s why we are bringing forward this ban and we’re pleased to see the public agree with it. We have listened to what people have said and will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens.
“We hope a ban will ensure people make an informed choice before purchasing a pet and ensure breeders take responsibility for the animals they are selling.”
Lucy's Law will mean that puppies and kittens can only be bought from rescue centres or direct from breeders - which will drive out of business those horrific breeding factories operating behind closed doors away from the public gaze.
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