Victory! Pet Stores in Britain Will No Longer Sell Puppies and Kittens

Animal advocates are celebrating a major victory for companion animals in Britain with an announcement from the government that it will be passing Lucy’s Law in an effort to crack down on puppy and kitten mills.

Lucy’s Law was named after Lucy, who was a severely neglected King Charles spaniel who was rescued from a life of misery as a breeding dog. She sadly passed away in 2016, but her last years were filled with love after she was rescued by Lisa Garner, and her story has inspired a major change that will help many others like her.

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the decision to pass Lucy’s Law was finalized after a public consultation found that 95 percent of the public support it. It will soon effectively ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens, otherwise shutting down pet store sales, which means anyone looking for a young companion animal will have to work directly with a breeder, or with a shelter or rescue.

“This is a real victory for grass roots campaigners as well as the UK’s dogs and cats. On behalf of my phenomenal Lucy’s Law team I thank the government, and every animal lover, ethical animal welfare organisation, parliamentarian, and celebrity that’s helped make Lucy’s Law’s ban on third party puppy and kitten sales a reality,” said Marc Abraham, founder of PupAid and the Lucy’s Law campaign.

Ultimately, supporters hope the law will help address some of the many problems associated with large-scale breeders, or mills, ranging from poor living conditions and the early separation of young from their mothers to overbreeding, and poor health and socialization, in addition to addressing smuggling and trafficking of pets. It’s also hoped it will simultaneously encourage people to be more responsible when it comes to where they’re getting their new companions from.

“This ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life. I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign and the many stakeholders who have passionately campaigned for this ban. Today’s decision builds on our previous action in this area, including banning the sale of puppies under eight weeks and tackling the breeding of dogs with genetic disorders,” said Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley.

While animal advocates this big win in England, they’re also seeking to bring a similar change to Wales. In November, it was announced that a similar consultation would be launched, and it will hopefully soon be followed with the passage of legislation that will protect puppies and kittens from people who continue to churn them out for a profit with little regard for their health or wellbeing.

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Daniel N
Daniel N14 days ago

thanks for posting

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A14 days ago

thank you for sharing

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Jacqueline G
Jacqueline GLYDE19 days ago

We need this ban worldwide

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Nita L
Nita L19 days ago

This is wonderful news. Thank you for sharing Alicia.

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Jack Y
Jack Y22 days ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Y22 days ago

thanks

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John J
John J22 days ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J22 days ago

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Nena C
Nena C22 days ago

awesome success story cudos to all advocates kept signing/sharing petitions staying strong and not ever giving up for the sweet pups and kits!

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Chad A
Chad A22 days ago

Thank you.

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