Steve Double MP welcomes ‘Lucy’s Law’ ban of third part sales of puppies and kittens

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed the recent announcement by the Government that  it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens following the campaign for ‘Lucy’s Law’, named after a spaniel who was rescued after being kept in a cage at a puppy farm.

Commenting, Steve said:

“As a dog owner myself I am delighted to see this law passed.”

“The decision was taken following a public consultation, from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban. It will help bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues.”

“This will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal rehoming centre.”

“This will help to crack down on puppy farms and make it much harder for high volume low welfare breeders, both licensed and unlicensed, whose trade relies on third party sellers.”

Commenting, Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said:

“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. This 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.”

“I urge anyone who is thinking of buying a puppy, or any pet, at this time of year to pause and think carefully before doing so. Pets become a part of our families and it is a decision that requires careful consideration and planning. It should not be undertaken on a whim or as a surprise. That is why we promote responsible pet ownership in our welfare codes and I urge fellow animal lovers to consider the idea of rehoming a dog from the many wonderful organisations across the country.”