Many of my constituents would be pleased to hear after contacting me about this issue, I can now inform you that Parliament has recently passed legislation which enforces Lucy’s Law. I know that some of you have been campaigning and lobbying me on this issue for many years.
Lucy’s Law is aimed at banning the sale of puppies and kittens from third parties, this requires people who wish to buy or adopt either a puppy or a kitten under the age of 6 months you must now go directly to the breeder or a rehoming centre rather than a pet shop.
The law is named after a cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was used in a puppy farm to produce several litters which were then taken and sold shortly after their birth, she was rescued in her older age and she sadly passed away in 2016.
It is very important for this law to come in to place due poor conditions that both the mother’s and the puppies and kittens have to endure in these farms. The mothers are constantly being used to pump out more litters while the puppies and kittens are torn away from their mother’s to be sold for a quick profit.
There are many animals who would happily be re-homed, a good example is Larry the Downing Street Cat who was originally picked up from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. He still lives a happy life in the site today and has encouraged other Government departments and staff to adopt animals and provide good homes.
I hope this change in law means that puppies and kittens will no longer be taken from their mothers too early in their lives. This change gives them the best start to life with their mother’s in a safe, well regulated place with high levels of care.
I am very pleased with this law coming into force to ensure that the barbaric practice of puppy farming will be put to an end, the law is set to come into force on the 6th April 2020.
If you are considering adopting a pet, visit www.rspcaburton.org.uk this branch covers the Tamworth and Lichfield area.