Could Wales be next to implement Lucy’s Law?
After a tireless and high-profile campaign to ban the sale of puppies by third party sellers, the UK Government agreed to implement ‘Lucy’s Law’ in a bid to end the appalling puppy farming trade. While this has been greatly welcomed by animal welfare campaigners, animal welfare is a devolved power in Wales and therefore needs to draw up its own legislation and adopt the same measures as England.
Puppy Farming capital
Wales is renowned as being one of the most prevalent puppy farming hotspots in the UK, with West Wales in particular, having one of the largest concentrations of large scale commercial dog breeders. However, the good news is that a call to support the implementation of Lucy’s Law in Wales, is going to be heard on by Pembrokeshire County Council on Thursday 11thOct.
Why is Lucy’s Law so important?
Lucy’s Law will ban the sale of puppies by third party sellers, meaning anyone wanting to buy a puppy will have to do so from a registered breeder or adopt from an animal rescue centre. In theory, this effectively could put an end to the cruel puppy farming trade which relies so heavily on the third party sale of puppies. Without the middle man to sell the puppies on, puppy farms will either cease trading or will have to apply for a breeding license which in turn, requires much greater standards of welfare, limits on litter numbers, regular inspections and a points system.
Support of new legislation
Pembroke Dock councillor Joshua Beynon, in support of new legislation being introduced, will put forward that: “this council adds its support to the Lucy’s Law national campaign to ban and outlaw third party puppy sales. This council will add its name to the growing list of supporting organisations and will proactively highlight the campaign to our residents across the county. This council requests that the leader of the council writes to the Welsh and UK governments, supporting the call for urgent action on this matter.”
Marc Tierney for Labour, South Pembrokeshire, has also met with renowned vet and Lucy’s Law campaigner, Marc Abraham, to support the introduction of Lucy’s Law in Wales. He said:
“Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are famous for their reputation for puppy farming, which is not a fame desired by any part of the UK.
“Lucy’s Law is an opportunity to reverse that reputation because what Lucy’s Law is saying is that instead of mass producing puppies to sell via third parties, you’re saying for people to come and see the puppy with its mum, to see the conditions it has been bred in and that will keep money in the welsh economy. By introducing Lucy’s Law, the Welsh Government can send a very strong message that puppy farming is not acceptable.”
Another step in the right direction
Let us all hope for a positive outcome from the meeting on 10thOctober and trust that another giant leap for animal welfare will be made and a ban on puppy farming, another step closer.