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Lucy’s Law will help kittens too......

29 January 2020
New legislation to end puppy and kitten farming was announced by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, in May last year.

Known as ‘Lucy’s Law’, it will mean that puppies and kittens can no longer be sold by a third-party seller – such as a pet shop or commercial dealer – unless they have bred the animals themselves. Instead, anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming centre.

The ban will also deter puppy smugglers who abuse the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) by bringing underage puppies into the UK which are then sold on for financial gain. Animal Welfare Minister, David Rutley said:-

The legislation laid in Parliament today is the next crucial step in stamping out the appalling trade of farmed puppies and kittens. As well as protecting and improving the lives of animals, it’s also about protecting the public from being tricked by unscrupulous sellers. Our ban on third party sales means that people can see first-hand that their new pet is healthy and has come from a responsible breeder.”

The decision to ban commercial third-party sales was announced in December 2018 and follows years of campaigning by animal welfare organisations. It was taken following a public consultation, from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban.

The legislation will come into force on 6 April 2020, giving industry and consumers time to prepare for the change.

Source: www.gov.uk ~ 13 May 2019