New Law Brings An End to Puppy Farms Horror

by Reena Bakir
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In light of the Lucy’s Law Campaign victory, puppy farms and smugglers are facing harsh crackdowns by the government regarding the breeding and selling of pets.

The Government has officially announced that it is aiming to ban the selling of puppies and kittens brought and raised under horrible conditions in kitten and puppy farms across the country, through stricter laws on the sale of animals by pet shops, online dealers and third party sellers.

The resolution concluded that puppies and kittens under the age of six months old are only allowed to be bought or adopted directly from respectable breeders or rescue centers, without the involvement of third party sellers or smugglers.

Environment Secretary Michael Grove was an adamant supporter of the campaign, and says the government would back the decision to make the selling of puppies and kittens illegal by anyone other than a breeder or a rescue center.

Grove hopes that this decision will ensure that ‘anyone who has a pet will know that that puppy has been brought up in the right circumstances’.

Lucy’s Law is considered by many to be the best hope to changing the entire animal breeding system, and ensuring that the beautiful pets in shelters can be given a new chance at a better life.

This decision aiming to put strict bans on the buying of animals from kitten and puppy farms is seen as a huge step for animal rights activists who have been fighting for this cause during a long nine-year campaign called Lucy’s Law, led by vet Marc Abraham of the Pup Aid Campaign.

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The campaign began after the rescue of a dog named Lucy from a puppy farm, where she had been forced into constant breeding for five consecutive years with no rest between litters. Her story inspired vet Abraham and prompted him into taking initiative to fight against cruel puppy farms.

Pets born and raised on kitten mills and puppy farms live under horrendous conditions, receiving minimal care, little-to-no hygiene and living in a state of constant abuse and neglect. For breeding mothers and fathers, the situation becomes worse as they are continuously overworked and forced to breed for most of their lifetimes until becoming to old or too sick to continue.

Puppies are forcibly weaned and removed to early from their mothers due to the urgency to sell them while still young and to quickly breed the mother again, causing distress and anxiety among both animals. The animals are confined to small cages and pens with no room to move, where they are expected to sleep, eat, litter and birth in the same unsanitary spaces.

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Puppy smuggling has also become a problem, with smugglers bringing dogs into the UK to sell illegally. While the punishment for smuggling is currently a mere 3 months sentence, new animal welfare legislation hopes to be introduced in October for stricter punishments for smugglers.

The victory for Lucy’s Law is not only a victory for animal activists seeking better rights for puppies and kittens born in cruel circumstances, but can also be seen as a huge step towards bettering regulations of selling and adopting within the UK.

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