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Lucy’s law laid before parliament

Legislation that will ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens was laid before parliament on 13 May.

Known as ‘Lucy’s law’ after a cavalier King Charles spaniel that died in 2016 after being subjected to terrible conditions on a Welsh puppy farm, the new law will mean that anyone wishing to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming centre. Pet shops and commercial dealers will no longer be permitted to sell puppies or kittens unless they have bred them themselves.

Animal welfare organisations have welcomed the new legislation, which was announced last year following a public consultation in which 95 per cent of respondents expressed support for a ban.

This ban is a great step forward in improving animal welfare standards …

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