A new law aimed at clamping down on puppy farms in England is being presented to Parliament today, according to the BBC.
Lucy’s Law will ban the sale of kittens and puppies from third party sellers from spring 2020, making buyers deal with breeders directly.
The RSPCA said it was “absolutely thrilled” with the legislation – but stressed it required enforcement.
The new law would require animals to be born and reared in a safe environment, with their mother, and to be sold from their place of birth.
Named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being poorly treated on a puppy farm, the ban is scheduled to come into force on 6 April next year, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
Marc Abraham, Lucy’s Law campaigner and founder of Pup Aid, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Lucy’s Law is now being laid in Parliament and will come into effect from April 2020.”
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