England Could Soon Ban Cruel Puppy and Kitten Mills

England is about to take some serious action to protect companion animals by pledging to introduce a nationwide ban on cruel puppy and kitten mills.

This week, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, announced that the government would be introducing legislation that will ban third-party puppy and kitten sales throughout England. If it’s enacted, it would ban pet store sales of puppies and kittens, and require anyone looking to bring home a new family member to go directly to a breeder, or to a shelter or rescue.

Breeders, meanwhile, will need a license to sell three or more litters a year, and will only be able to sell animals they have bred themselves, while anyone selling online will have to publish their license number.

The announcement follows a pledge made by Prime Minister Theresa May last winter to crack down on these mills to improve animal welfare following the launch of a campaign to promote Lucy’s Law, which was named after a severely neglected King Charles spaniel who was rescued from a life of misery as a breeding dog.

Lucy sadly passed away in 2016, but her last years were filled with love, and her story has inspired a major change that will help many others like her.

“A ban on third party sales will ensure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign, spearheaded by PupAid, Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD), and Canine Action UK, who have fought tirelessly for this step,” Gove said in a statement. “People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”

Ultimately, supporters hope a ban on third-party sales will help address some of the many problems associated with large-scale breeding, ranging from poor living conditions and the early separation of young from their mothers to overbreeding, poor health and socialization, in addition to addressing smuggling and trafficking of pets, while at the same time encouraging people to be more responsible when it comes to where they’re getting their new companions.

“I’m delighted with the news that Lucy’s Law is finally going to happen. For years irresponsible breeders in the UK and abroad – puppy farmers – have always used third parties to keep themselves well-hidden from the buying public,” Marc Abraham of PupAid told the Mirror. “By banning third party sellers, Lucy’s Law will ensure all breeders are accountable, making it the first major step in tackling puppy farm cruelty.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has already officially launched a consultation seeking input that will be open until September 19, and while animal advocates are pushing for tough new legislation that will be strictly enforced in England, they’re also seeking to bring a similar change to Wales.

Hopefully both will soon make bans on mills official to protect companion animals from cruelty and suffering at the hands of people who continue to churn them out for a profit with little regard for their health or well being.

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Michael Friedmann
Michael F9 days ago

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hELEN h
hELEN hEARFIELD4 months ago

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hELEN h
hELEN hEARFIELD5 months ago

can't come too soon

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Chad A
Chad A5 months ago

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Janis K
Janis K5 months ago

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Kathy G
Kathy G5 months ago

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Kathy G
Kathy G5 months ago

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Susanne Wiesneth
Susanne W5 months ago

England could? England finally should!!!! Just like all other nations, caring a sh.... about the origin of those poor souls, just making profit with unimaginable suffering. Don't fill your pockets with suffering (no more "bargains"!!! in passing, no longer "loving" back-yard-breeders), each one may be demanded to fill it's "heart-pockets" by adopting a shelter animal. Most adorable animals are waiting to be loved and to give back love. Puppy mills are hell on earth. Dog mothers as well as cat mothers (according to the particularly "fashion trend"), being caged, being forced to give birth and birth and birth again, never being allowed to raise their babies lovingly, just being forced to give birth, never having felt gras under their paws, most of them not knowing daylight. Stop/ban this cruelty!!!!

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Brandy S
Brandy S5 months ago

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Laura R
Laura R5 months ago

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