Lucy’s Law has been passed, and has come into effect in England in April 2020! The new legislation is set to ban the sale of kittens and puppies from third parties, requiring buyers to deal directly with breeders. The aim of the law is to put an end to the horrible conditions in puppy farms and kitten farms by cutting out their main source of revenue – third-party sellers.
Why are third-party sales bad?
Third-party sellers act as intermediaries between breeders and customers, and are typically high street stores, like pet shops. The pet shop trade can rely on cheap pets that are available consistently to meet demand, which could prioritise quantity over quality. With little interest in the animals’ wellbeing, either before they arrive at the store or after they leave, puppies and kittens often come from puppy farms, which can be known for breeding pets in poor, unsanitary conditions.
There are a number of health concerns associated with puppy farms and the practice of third-party selling. Puppies removed from their mothers before weaning commonly suffer from underdeveloped immune systems, leading to some pets being sold already having highly infectious diseases. The process can also lead to behavioural issues, like fear aggression towards other dogs, or even people.
What is Lucy’s Law?
Lucy’s Law outlaws the sale of puppies and kittens by third parties. The ban aims to ensure anybody buying a young pet deals directly with the breeder, rather than a third party. This allows new owners to see the environment their new friend was born and raised in and aims to eradicate the poor practices of puppy farms by halting their main source of income.
Why “Lucy’s Law”?
The campaign was named after a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lucy. Lucy was adopted from a puppy farm in Wales after she was forced to repeatedly give birth under terrible conditions. The five years on the puppy farm gave her a number of issues. Her hips had fused together, and she suffered from a curved spine, bald patches and epilepsy. She was re-homed at five years old by Lisa Garner and lived a happy three years before passing away in 2016. Now, Lucy’s story has inspired real change in the way animals are treated.
Are you looking to bring a new puppy or kitten into your home? Make sure you do your research and choose a reputable breeder! The environment should be clean, the animals should appear healthy and well-fed, and be sociable and outgoing. If you are looking to introduce a new furry friend to the family, you might want to think about pet insurance.