The puppy farming industry has come under much scrutiny in recent months, with countless stories in the news highlighting the horrors of the abhorrent practices that occur on a regular basis.
Whilst the majority of breeders act responsibly and have the animals’ best interests at heart, it is the select few that show a complete disregard for their welfare, tarnishing the reputation of dog breeders as a whole.
Whilst authorities are getting better at highlighting troublesome cases and promptly shutting them down, new legislation is set to offer a further blow to puppy farmers…
Government ministers are set to enforce a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens from pet shops and third party sellers in an effort to tackle animal cruelty, improve welfare issues and put an end to profit-driven breeders.
Environmental Secretary Michael Gove has revealed details of the ban, which comes shortly after the well publicised ‘Lucy’s Law’ campaign, seeking to end cruel breeding practices and the poor conditions that puppies are subsequently subjected to.
The campaign was named after Lucy, a Cavalier Spaniel who was rescued after being kept caged at a puppy farm. It sought end similar practices and to prevent premature separation of puppies from their mother.
The new law will make it illegal to sell puppies without their mother present, helping to reduce health problems and socialisation issues that are prominent in animals that have been through the trade.
Speaking of the new legislation, Mr. Gove has said:
“A ban on third-party sales will ensure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life.
People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”
The initiative was first started by TV vet Marc Abraham and has since gained the support of multiple celebrities, as well as 150,000 members of the public who signed the initial petition. As a result, the issue was debated in parliament back in May.
Speaking outside Downing Street, he said of the impact of the changes:
“For years irresponsible breeders in the UK and abroad – puppy farmers have used third parties to keep themselves well hidden from the public.
By banning third-party sellers, Lucy’s Law will ensure breeders are accountable, making it the first big step in puppy farm cruelty.”
The new laws are set to come into force on October 1, preventing licensed sellers from dealing puppies and kittens less than eight weeks old.
With the issue rife in the public consciousness, aided immensely by Emmerdale’s coverage of the issue, we hope that the legislation has a profound effect.
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