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C.A.R.I.A.D. LAUNCHES FOSTER FIRST

C.A.R.I.A.D. announces the launch of its latest initiative which is called Foster First.

Foster First puts the vital role of fostering pets in the spotlight and the website is a resource for rescues and the public.

Animals requiring fosterers will also be posted on the @FOSTERFIRST1 Twitter account and it is hoped that this initiative will help to make a difference to thousands of pets needing temporary accommodation. #FosterFirst

Watch this video to find out more …

 

Visit the Foster First website – www.fosterfirst.co.uk

Follow Foster First on Twitter – https://twitter.com/FOSTERFIRST1

If you would like to support C.A.R.I.A.D.’s vital work, please visit our Support Our Work page.

STOPTOBER 2018

STOPTOBER: STOP ALLOWING THIRD PARTY PUPPY SALES IN WALES

This October we’re calling on the Welsh Government to put a STOP to the third party selling of puppies in Wales. We’re calling on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law in Wales.

Following the announcement by Michael Gove that Lucy’s Law is to be introduced in England, we now need the Welsh Government to follow suit as a priority because a large number of puppy farms and some of the UK’s most prolific puppy dealers are based in Wales. Without Lucy’s Law in Wales puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies will continue to languish behind closed doors, suffering at the hands of people who put profit before welfare.

This October we’re calling for the abuse of puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies to STOP!

It was people power that secured Lucy’s Law in England, now we need people power to secure Lucy’s Law in Wales. Here’s how you can make a difference.

All UK residents, please sign and share our Lucy’s Law for Wales petition:

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1408

All Welsh residents, please write to your Assembly Member urging them to put pressure on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law. Find your Assembly Member here:

http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgFindMember.aspx

All Welsh residents, please write to your local Councillor requesting they urge their Council to support a motion for Lucy’s Law following in the footsteps of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Carmarthenshire County Council.

https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors

If you have media contacts interested in covering Lucy’s Law for Wales, please ask them to contact us at cariadcampaign@live.co.uk.

Further information on Lucy’s Law can be found on our website.

If you would like to help fund our work, please visit our Donate page, Sponsor page and Online Shop.

Lucy's Law Wales Petition

LUCY’S LAW FOR WALES – SIGN THE PETITION

LUCY’S LAW – ENGLAND DID IT AND NOW IT’S UP TO WALES!

Lucy’s Law is now desperately needed in Wales – the hub of puppy farming on mainland UK. You can help us ensure this happens quickly by signing and sharing our petition to the National Assembly for Wales. All UK residents can sign it so please, please, please let’s work together for the puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies suffering in Wales right now. Be their voice.

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1408

WHO CAN SIGN THE PETITION?

There is no geographical restriction on who can sign the petition. However, the process for signing is marginally different for people with addresses outside Wales:

When you have entered your postcode, please click on ‘Find my Constituency’. Your Assembly constituency will be populated automatically if you have entered a valid Welsh postcode.

If you are not a Welsh resident, you will be prompted to fill in the ‘Area of Residence’ field. Complete this field with a geographic descriptor of your choice (e.g. a town or region).

Complete the rest of the webpage and click ‘Sign this petition’.

Please note that your ‘Area of Residence’ (or ‘Constituency’ if you are a Welsh citizen) will be published underneath the petition so do not enter anything you would not wish to be seen (such as a postcode).

Lucys Law Explained Full Explanatory Document

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED

Following the announcement by Michael Gove on 21st August at Downing Street of the Government’s plan to implement Lucy’s Law (a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other commercial third party dealers), we have produced two documents to provide additional facts, answer questions and dispel the myths surrounding this historic animal welfare legislative change. Lucy’s Law is a strong message that selling puppies as a retail commodity – and concealing and condemning dogs to an existence as breeding machines in puppy farms to supply this trade – is no longer legally acceptable.

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – SUMMARY DOCUMENT

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – FULL EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT (click below)

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – FULL EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT

The Government have launched a Consultation on Lucy’s Law in England where they are calling for people to let them know what they think about plans to introduce a ban.

CONSULTATION DESCRIPTION: We want to know what you think about plans to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. This will prevent pet shops, pet dealers, and other outlets from selling these animals in England unless they themselves have bred them. We expect that this ban will improve welfare conditions for cats and dogs that are under six months old.

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 19th September 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-commercial-third-party-sales-of-puppies-and-kittens-in-england

Map of Wales Lucys Law

HELP TURN WALES PINK FOR #LUCYSLAW

If you live in Wales, we would be so grateful for your help with this.

You’ll have seen that thanks to the support of Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly, both Councils have passed motions of support for Lucy’s Law. This is such a significant development and we, or rather the puppy farm dogs, urgently need more Councils to follow suit.

Map of Wales Lucys Law

While the UK government is looking at ways to implement #LucysLaw (an immediate ban on the selling of puppies by third parties) in England, we need to impress on the Welsh government, why it is imperative that Wales also implements a ban to protect the breeding dogs in puppy farms here from continued exploitation. Getting Welsh councils on board is an important part of this.

#LucysLaw has cross party support, so it really doesn’t matter which party your Councillor or Council is; there is certain to be someone there who will want to get behind this.

Your local Councillor holds a surgery where you are able to meet them face to face but if you prefer to contact them via email, we’ve provided a template for you to use. It explains what Lucy’s Law is and why support for it in Wales is vital. It also asks them to put #LucysLaw forward as an agenda item for discussion at the next Council meeting so that hopefully your Council will join other Welsh Councils in supporting this vital dog welfare initiative to combat puppy farming.

Please do let us know how you get on in your area – especially if you convince your Councillor to get this on the agenda.

Together – let’s turn our map of Wales pink for all the Lucy’s out there who have suffered for so long. Thank you so much for helping these exploited dogs to have a voice in Wales.

You can find out who your local Councillor is here: Find Your Local Councillors

Here is a template that you can use to email your Councillor. Please feel free to personalise this template with your own thoughts. Thank you.

Dear Councillor  [NAME]

As a local resident I am contacting you about something that is very important to me, puppy farming and the puppy trade.

I’m sure that you are familiar with what a travesty it is that our beautiful country has for so long been labelled as the puppy farming hub of mainland UK. And you will have seen countless pictures and read numerous stories of the pain and suffering that is being witnessed first hand by local rescues who take in ex puppy farm breeding dogs that are no longer of ‘value’ to puppy farmers because they can’t produce puppies any more. The extensive veterinary costs and lengthy rehabilitation of these dogs, largely by volunteers, is utterly heart breaking. You will also no doubt be aware that not all of these ex breeding dogs are fortunate enough to be surrendered to rescues when their breeding lives are over. 

A campaign was launched in December 2017 in Westminster called Lucy’s Law. You may have heard of it because it has had significant press and media coverage and continues to do so.

It was launched 12 months after the passing of a greatly loved dog called Lucy who became the face of the anti-puppy farming movement both in the UK and abroad. Known as Lucy The Rescue Cavalier, she came from a Welsh puppy farm where she had been cruelly abused and neglected. Lucy was eventually rescued and able to experience love and care, but sadly only for a few short years.

There are thousands of ‘Lucys’ out there who urgently need things to change and right now, Lucy’s Law is being given serious consideration in England following a government consultation calling for evidence to ban the selling of puppies by third parties such as pet shops, garden centres and puppy dealers. 

You can view the parliamentary debate in England that resulted from a record-breaking government e-petition here:

https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/bf423510-4411-4597-a147-ca9d6ca8edd4

Wales needs Lucy’s Law

Third party selling is the way puppy farmers are able to continue to hide these dogs from public view. Transparency is urgently needed to combat puppy farming and Wales now has a vital role to play in this as a devolved administration. Welsh puppy farmers use third party dealers to sell their puppies remotely – usually in England – which means that the public don’t see the puppy with the mother (Defra’s own advice is to always see a pup interacting with its mum in the place where it was born). It means that the parent dogs are hidden from public view. There is no transparency of the conditions they are kept in and importantly, illegal puppy farmers sell their puppies via licensed pet shops, masking the illegal trade behind a legal loophole. The same is true of puppy smuggling, as the only legal route for these puppies to be sold in the UK is via a pet shop licence!

As well as a huge animal welfare issue, it is also an issue of public protection. Puppy buyers are duped into buying cute fluffy pups that are sick and heartbreakingly often die days or weeks after purchase. Too often these pups can be traced back to Welsh puppy farms.

Something else worth noting is that in 2016 the EFRA Sub-committee made a recommendation to the Westminster government to ban the selling of puppies via third parties following a visit by EFRA MPs to a licenced puppy farm in Ceredigion which sells puppies through dealers. 

What is heartening is that already two Welsh Councils, RCT and Caerphilly have now voted unanimously to support Lucy’s Law.

So I am asking if would be able to put support of #LucysLaw forward as a matter of urgency as an agenda item for the Council’s next meeting? 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

NAME
ADDRESS

Suport Lucy's Law

WHY TOP LICENSING BARRISTER BACKS LUCY’S LAW

Suport Lucy's Law

Lucy’s Law is not only supported and called for by campaigners and most animal welfare organisations, it is supported and being actively worked on by one of the top licensing barristers in the country, Sarah Clover, Chair of the West Midlands region of the Institute of Licensing.

Sarah Clover has been working closely with our coalition for some time now, not only because she’s an animal lover and supports our work, but because from her professional perspective she firmly believes that Lucy’s Law i.e. an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third party commercial dealers is the crucial first step to ending the horrific trade of puppy farming both here in the UK and throughout Europe.

Don’t just take our word for it that Lucy’s Law is a priority, take the word of top licensing barrister Sarah Clover who the House of Lords Select Committee described as “…a barrister whose encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing, planning and regulatory law has been invaluable to us. We are most grateful to her for her exceptional contribution to our work.”

Earlier this year Sarah wrote an article about third party puppy sales, which we encourage everyone to read, at the link below. The article appeared in the Journal of the Institute of Licensing.

http://sarahclover.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/1077_001.pdf

To learn more about Sarah Clover and her outstanding contribution to the legal world, please visit her website – http://sarahclover.co.uk/

We were honoured and thrilled to stand side by side with Sarah Clover at the launch of Lucy’s Law on 6th December, 2017 in the House of Commons. Sarah gave a speech that will be remembered for a long time to come. Click on the image or link below to watch the recording of Sarah’s speech or read the transcript below the link. Sarah’s words are inspiring and galvanising. They will strike a chord with everyone who understands our responsibility to the vulnerable – be they human or animal – and explain why Lucy’s Law must become a reality in 2018.

Sarah Clover

https://vimeo.com/248192689

TRANSCRIPT OF SARAH CLOVER’S SPEECH

We are proud and delighted to be here today to promote Lucy’s Law.

Lucy’s story has touched so many people because it triggers our deepest sense of outrage against cruelty and unfairness, and this is never more poignant than when it happens to the innocent and helpless. Lucy’s Law will be an important tool to ensure that Lucy’s fate, and the fate of so many other dogs and puppies caught up in puppy farming and profit driven trading, cannot continue any longer.

With Lucy’s Law, there has never been any disagreement as to what should be achieved – it is obvious.  No-one in their sound mind would want any animal to suffer like Lucy did. These issues transcend all backgrounds, and political persuasions, and represent something that we can all agree on and work together to solve.

The right law to achieve the right result has been the subject of debate, but we believe that Lucy’s Law provides the best means to tackle the problem. My specialist area of law is Licensing law, and the licensing system has been mooted as one possible way to control commercial third party sales. The difficulty with licensing third party puppy dealers is enforcement. The licensing authorities have to know about the sale; they have to know about who conducted it; they have to know whether the right licence is in force, and it is all dependent upon being in the right place at the right time.  That is a lot to expect of our licensing system and the Council Officers who run it, particularly in these times of budget cuts and strain on resources. A ban is a ban –  it doesn’t need any working out by anybody. A ban means that sales by third party dealers, for profit, of puppies away from their mothers is not allowed. Very simple, and everyone can identify the rights and wrongs instantly.

The ban is therefore commended as the tool to bring about immediate improvement in the lives of dogs young and old, everywhere, and to help to ensure the best possible future for all puppies.

But this launch is not all about a law. People don’t want laws, they want justice. They don’t want regulation, they want results.  This is true not just for dogs but for every member of society. We are a nation of dog lovers, and of animal lovers in general and this is because such caring is part of our national character and identity. As a society, we prove time and time again that we are a generous and responsible people; very concerned to take care of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities. We have demonstrated this repeatedly during the hardest times that our nation has faced, throughout history and in modern times. We are sadly tested repeatedly, but our reaction never fails.  In the moments of our greatest challenges, in the midst of the disasters and crises which have beleaguered us, we see over and again that it is the consistent hallmark of all those affected to reach out without hesitation or selfish interest to protect the wounded and vulnerable. Our national reaction is protection. And no living creature represented the epitomy of vulnerability more than Lucy did.

We love our pets and want to take care of them,  for all the good things that they bring into our lives. But Lucy’s Law goes beyond that.

For anyone who might question whether Lucy’s Law should be a priority at this time of immediate challenge to our nation, with all the pressing work that needs to be done to secure our future in Europe and beyond, the answer is clearly that it should. Lucy’s Law does not represent a detour or a side issue: it is at the very centre of what our nation stands for at this important time. Our communities at home need to know that this is a caring Government, that has protection of the vulnerable as its constant focus and that will not neglect any of its responsibilities. And our neighbours and partners abroad will see a powerful signal that we are committed to tackling injustice in every guise, and reliable in fulfilling every obligation, from the greatest to the least. Lucy’s Law is a step that builds trust, respect and confidence at levels far beyond its immediate subject.

And with our partners everywhere, we will no doubt find that, when we cannot agree on anything else, we can still agree on our love for our pets, and all common ground is a valuable asset!

People care about Lucy’s fate, and they care about animals everywhere, but in doing so, what  they are really caring about is the fundamental values in our society of justice, fairness and the protection of the vulnerable, whomever they may be. When the Government demonstrates, on every level, that it cares about these values too, we are all reassured, because we never know when we may become one of the vulnerable ourselves.  We all need the standards that are set by laws like these, and Lucy’s Law is a powerful metaphor for the values that this Government stands for.

END

Thank you to everyone across the world who has shown their support for Lucy’s Law. Please be assured we have the best legal and industry minds working on the finer details to ensure Lucy’s Law will be the law that brings an end to puppy farming, saving the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and puppies, and provides greater public protection against those who profit from animal suffering.

2018 – THE YEAR OF THE DOG