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Lucy’s Law calls for an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers. The aim is to make puppies available only from rescue centres or reputable breeders where the puppies are always seen with their real mothers.
A new e-petition has been launched in support of Lucy's Law and it is already proving very popular. It needs to reach at least 100,000 signatures before the Government will respond and consider it for debate in Parliament. Hope Rescue supports Lucy’s Law and you can join us by signing the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/213451
The sad fact is that demand for puppies continues to grow and unscrupulous people, who see the opportunity to make money, take advantage of that. Puppy farmers, backyard breeders, puppy smugglers and third party sellers see dogs as commodities and a way to make a lot of “easy” money. It isn’t easy for the dogs themselves, condemned to a life of abject misery, producing litter after litter with no human kindness or care.
And what about the puppies themselves? Often taken away from their mothers too early, they can suffer from health issues and avoidable, life-threatening diseases. They can be transported over many hundreds of miles, with no food or water, kept in cramped conditions, often hidden in dark and terrifying places.
Puppy farms in England, Wales and Scotland are licensed by local councils and are not illegal. Puppy farms are most common in Wales and Ireland; it is estimated that as many as 70,000 – 80,000 puppies are imported from Ireland every year, most destined for pet shops in England. We are also now seeing importation of puppies from Eastern Europe and puppy smuggling is on the increase. Puppies are being sold in pet shops and via adverts on the Internet and in newspapers.
All too often we see dogs coming into rescue as a result of this cruel trade. Chocolate Labrador Roly, one of our Assisted Adoption dogs, is an example. He is a puppy farm survivor, now happy in his forever home but living with a host of medical conditions, including hip and elbow dysplasia and a deformed jaw, due to his appalling start in life.