'Lucy's law' ban on third party puppy sales to be debated in Welsh Assembly

‘Lucy’s Law’ ban on third party puppy and kitten sales to be debated in the Welsh Assembly

‘Lucy’s Law’ – the campaign to ban third party puppy and kitten sales – will be discussed tomorrow (Wednesday) in a short debate tabled by Andrew RT Davies at the National Assembly for Wales.

Wales is renowned as a ‘hot spot’ for puppy farms with a significant number situated in the counties of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Indeed, rural South West Wales has the biggest concentration across the the UK of commercial dog breeders, and it is widely acknowledged that some are churning out puppies in terrible conditions.

Irresponsible breeders contribute to a chaotic start in life for pets, where output volume is often prioritised over welfare, and lead to serious health problems and lack of socialisation for puppies and kittens.

Lucy’s Law has been driven by a passionate group of campaigners and has captured the support and attention of people right across the country, including politicians and high-profile celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Brian May and Rachel Riley.

Back in the summer, the UK Conservative Government and Michael Gove announced a proposed ban on such third party sales, and the Welsh Labour Government recently followed suit with the announcement of a consultation due to take place in 2019.

The merits of the campaign will be debated tomorrow as part of a short debate tabled by South Wales Central and Welsh Conservative AM, Andrew RT Davies.

Commenting ahead of the debate in the Senedd, Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

“The Lucy’s Law campaign has touched the hearts of many animal lovers across Wales, and it’s vital we tackle irresponsible breeders.

“Regrettably, Wales continues to be acknowledged as the puppy farming hub of the United Kingdom, which is a shameful stain on our great nation of animal lovers.

“Wales has the opportunity to lead the way on animal welfare – there’s nothing stopping us becoming the most animal friendly nation in the world – and this is a noble first step up in that crusade.

“I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign, spearheaded by Pup Aid, C.A.R.I.A.D., and Canine Action UK, who have fought so tirelessly in this quest and I hope our Parliament will be able to deliver this vital legislation in the not too distant future.”