Following the announcement by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that new legislation to end third party puppy sales, known as ‘Lucy’s Law’, will be laid in Parliament today (announced Monday 13 May 2019), the Kennel Club has issued the following statement:
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We welcome the announcement that this new legislation has been laid in Parliament today, ahead of coming into effect from 6 April 2020.
“For many years the Kennel Club has called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers and this is the next vital step forward to tackling the puppy farming industry.
“Puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their puppies to members of the public who are often unaware of the horrific welfare conditions that they, and many other dogs, have been subjected to.
“We hope that by having this policy in place it means that, as well as improving welfare conditions for puppies, it will also encourage puppy buyers to research responsible breeders, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, in order to find a happy and healthy puppy.”