Lucy’s Law was launched on 6th December 2017 at a reception hosted by vet and campaigner, Marc Abraham, of Pup Aid, and supported by APDAWG, the All Party Parliamentary Group for dog welfare, chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP.
Lucy’s Law is being championed by the Daily Mirror, and has received significant attention and support, from MPs across all parties, from the press and in social media including greatly appreciated support from Dogs Today, Dogs Monthly and Our Dogs.
WHAT IS LUCY’S LAW?
Definition: Lucy’s Law calls for an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers.
The term ‘commercial’ means sales as part of a business, for profit. Third-party sellers are dealers; people who did not breed the dogs and who operate as ‘middlemen’ between the breeders and the buying public.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH COMMERCIAL THIRD PARTY SALES?
The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.
Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes and puppy superstores. Some commercial dog breeders are also selling bought in puppies alongside those they have bred on site.
WHAT DO THE LEGAL AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS SAY?
EFRA COMMITTEE: In November 2016 the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) sub-committee published a report into the welfare of domestic pets, which included a recommendation to ban third party sales of puppies as the committee recognised that “Responsible breeders would never sell through a pet shop licence holder. The process of selling through a third-party seller has an unavoidable negative impact upon the welfare of puppies.”
SARAH CLOVER: Sarah Clover is a barrister at Kings Chambers. She is one of the leading barristers in the country in Licensing and sat as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003. She is on the Board of the Institute of Licensing. She is a member of the UK Centre for Animal Law, and a member of APDAWG.
JULIA CARR: Julia Carr, founder of Canine Action UK, is an investigative researcher and campaigner on issues surrounding the commercial puppy trade, specifically third-party puppy selling.
WHY A BAN AND NOT LICENSING?
A ban is the essential first step towards ending the practice of farming dogs for profit with little or no regard for their welfare or their fitness as family companions.
Licensing is based upon the assumption that animal welfare needs can be met, and that the regime will be able to prevent harm from occurring. There is considerable scientific and field evidence to indicate that this is not so. Stress, increased risk of disease, poor breeding practises and irresponsible selling tactics are all associated with the method of third-party puppy selling.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
On 8th January 2018, we released a document entitled Lucy’s Law: Facts and FAQs, which provides additional information and answers in more detail some frequently asked questions.
The document has been produced by leading Licensing Barrister, Sarah Clover and leading third party puppy sales researcher, Julia Carr founder of Canine Action UK.
LUCY’S LAW EARLY DAY MOTION
On 12 December 2017, Chair of APDAWG, Dr Lisa Cameron MP put down an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament in support of Lucy’s Law, calling for an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers.
GOVERNMENT CALL FOR EVIDENCE ON THIRD PARTY PUPPY SALES BAN
On 8th February 2018, the government launched a call for evidence on a third party puppy sales ban. The government are inviting evidence from all stakeholders and experts on the effect of introducing a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens in England. This ban would mean that pet shops, pet dealers and other outlets and licensed sellers of puppies and kittens would be unable to sell these pets unless they themselves have bred them.
LUCY’S LAW GOVERNMENT E-PETITION
At the beginning of March 2018, Beverley Cuddy (editor of Dogs Today magazine) launched the Lucy’s Law government e-petition entitled ‘Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers’, You can sign the petition at the link below.
WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED BY A THIRD-PARTY BAN?
A ban on commercial third-party sales would amount to a legal requirement that only dog breeders would be able to sell puppies in the course of a business.
It would not impact on non-commercial activities including rehoming puppies through dog charities and sanctuaries as they are not done for profit. Nothing would change there.
The following pet shops and puppy dealers were licensed to sell puppies on a commercial basis i.e. that they have NOT bred, as of 2017. Since that time new premises may have been licensed, and others may have ceased trading.
The Pet Centre, Linenhall, St. Dundalk, Louth
Ty Meddyg Pups, Ty Meddyg, Ebbw Vale, Gwent
Monika Rozanska, Glandafen Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Mr A Zuchowicz, Heol Llanelli, Trimsaran, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire,
Knocking Stone Kennels, Plasantwn, Mynnydd Y Garreg, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
Steffan Thomas, Dolgarreg, New Inn, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
Mrs Evans & Mr Griffiths Cefnrhyddlan Isaf, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire
Jamesmor Ltd, Jamesmor Kennels, Llangoedmor, Cardigan, Ceredigion
Messrs Jones Meurig Hall, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion
Ashford Collies Ashford Farm, Caeau Gleision Lane, Halkyn, Flintshire
BJ and MJ Williams, Dwyfor Rabbit Farm, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd
Trefor Wyn Jones, Cwn Penllyn Ltd, Coed Y Pry, Llanuwchllyn, Y Bala, Gwynedd
Wentwood Quarryedge Ltd, Gilvach Lane, Llanvaches, Caldicot
The Pet Shop, The Foregate Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Lauren Cullivan, North Lodge, Bonnington, Kirknewton, Edinburgh
Holehill Kennels, Holehill Farm, Stirling Road, Airdie, Lanarkshire
Girvan Pet Shop, Dalrymple Street, Girvan, South Ayrshire
Pets Aquarium, Main Street, Prestwick, Ayrshire
Troon Pets Aquaria, Church Street, Troon, Ayrshire
Glenauld Kennels, Hamilton Road, Strathaven, Lanarkshire
Joanne Lynn, Thorniehill Farm, Lanark, Lanarkshire
Barry Chamberlain, Trent Street, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire
J Beaman, Leaton Park Farm, Church Lane, Bobbington, Staffordshire
WKD Trained Dogs, Brookhouse Farm, Yarnfield, Staffordshire
Mr Lawler & Ms Grundy, Bank End, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Red Lion Pets, Red Lion Close, Tividale, Oldbury, West Midlands
The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon
Animal Kingdom and Fish World, Oakdale, Dorchester Road, Poole, Dorset
Victoria’s Puppies, York Terrace, Dorchester, Dorset
The Pet Centre, Alcombe Road, Minehead, Somerset
Richard Kendall, Marlborough Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire
Christine Diment, Littleton Stables, Littleton, Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Mrs Griggs, Arnold Noad Corner, Southwick, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Peter Kendall, People’s Pets, 402 Reading Road, Winnersh, Berkshire
Linton Pet Store, Ladds Garden Village, Bath Road, Hare Hatch, Berkshire
Heathrow Bird Centre, Rosendale Gardens, Staines Road, Wraysbury, Maidenhead
Virgil Szilagyi -Ruggins, Pet Shop, Riverside Farm, Lewes Road, Piddinghoe, East Sussex
Dover Doodles, Lambton Road, Dover, Kent
Pet Lovers Centre, Station Road, Birchington, Kent
Doglings, Haysbridge Farm, Brickhouse Lane South Godstone, Kent
David Furness, Manchester Puppy Kennels, Arthill Lane, Little Bollington, Cheshire
Mr L Melia, The Stables, Reddy Lane, Millington, Cheshire
Tiffany Chihuahuas, Heath Road, Upton, Cheshire
Kelly’s Kennels, Lady Lane, Warrington
Floriebell Pups, Wadeson Way, Warrington
Topp Petz, Unit 6 Kerry Park Trading Estate, Solway Road, Workington
Purrfect Pets, Main Street, Egremont, Cumbria
Radcliffe Pets, Dale Street, Radcliffe, Bury
Manchester Pets & Aquatics, Stockport Road, Manchester
Gorton Pet Centre, Mount Road, Manchester
Studz ‘n’ Pups, Carsdale Road, Manchester
Simon Carr, York Road, East Middleton, Rochdale
Eccles Pets and Aquarium, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester
Pet Planet Superstore, Dogs4US. Agecroft Road, Salford, Manchester
Petzone, Jaxons Court, Hallgate, Wigan
Hudora Kennels and Cattery, Common Bank Lane, Adlington, Chorley
Longview Boarding Kennels, Division Lane, Blackpool
Douglas Hall Kennels, Spenbrook Road, Newchurch in Pendle, Burnley, Lancashire
Ivy Leaf Kennels, Barron’s Way Burnhope, Durham
Vera Marie Graham, North Seaton Road, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland
Emerson’s Pet Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland
Jumanji Pets, 44 Birchington Road, London
Pets Galore, Brighton Rd Coulsdon, London
Acton Pets, About Town, Crown Street Acton London
London Pet and Garden Centre, Market Square, LONDON
Crews Hill Pet Shop Ltd, Sacred Wood, Theobalds Park Road, Enfield
S & A Pets, Rush Green Road, Romford, Essex
Elm Park Pets and Dog Grooming, The Broadway, Hornchurch, Essex
Elizabeth Williams, Hamilton Road, Feltham, Middlesex
Catwalk Pet and Aquatics, High Street, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex
Aquapets Ltd, Grand Parade, Tolworth, Kingston-Upon-Thames
Pet Eats (Plush Pups), Amsterdam Road, London
Stacey Hayward, Wickford Pets Windermere, Crays Hill, Billericay, Essex
Aquatic Pet and Reptile Centre, High Street, Maldon
Pets In Particular, London Road, Grays, Essex
Paws N Claws Pets Ltd, The Precinct, Broxbourne
Philip and Kay Burtenshaw, Poplar Farm, Kedington, Hundon, Sudbury, Suffolk
J B Pet Supplies, Campbell Street, Belper, Derbyshire
Top Dog, Lubenham Hill, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Charnwood Puppies, Bardon Lodge, Beveridge Lane, Bardon Hill, Leicestershire,
Little Rascals, The Dairies, The Clays, Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire
John Phillips, Willow Farm Kennels, Digby Fen, Lincolnshire
Windrush Lodge Kennels, Oxcroft Bank, Shepeau Stow, Spalding, Lincolnshire
Hilltop Farm, Back Lane, Skegby, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
GOVERNMENT CALL FOR EVIDENCE
We urge every stakeholder and expert, including rescues, veterinarians and behaviourists who have experience with dogs and puppies that have come from the above establishments, and these encounters have given you cause for concern in terms of health and welfare, to submit your findings as part of the government call for evidence. The dogs need your voice.
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