C.A.R.I.A.D. welcomes the Welsh Government’s launch of the consultation into a third party ban on the selling of puppies and kittens. This is something that we have been eagerly awaiting since Lesley Griffiths spoke at our Lucy’s Law For Wales launch event at The Senedd last summer. We are delighted to have secured this consultation alongside the tireless efforts of our Lucy’s Law campaigning colleagues and with the support and assistance of cross party AMs, MPs and Councils across Wales.
We want to stress the purpose of this consultation because as tempting as it may be to try and piggy back other issues relating to dogs onto this consultation, as important as they are, this consultation is specific to the implementation of Lucy’s Law in Wales, following England’s decision to do so. Thus the consultation is called “Third party sales of puppies and kittens”. There is space provided on the consultation document for additional suggestions on other improvements/changes and naturally we will be making recommendations that are pertinent to this consultation in our response. We would urge those who have concerns relating to other issues to do as we have done and secure a specific consultation on those issues so that these can be considered thoroughly in their own right.
Compelling evidence of why Lucy’s Law is so desperately needed in Wales now is staring back at you in this montage. And you could multiply that by thousands to get a true picture of the extent of suffering caused by puppy farming and third party puppy selling over the years. Dogs hidden away from public scrutiny, whose suffering has lined the pockets of puppy dealers and brought untold heartache to members of the public. It’s important to understand that just because there aren’t huge numbers of puppy dealers in Wales, the volume of litters collected by these dealers in vans every week from puppy farms and then transported and sold on to other parts of the UK is vast. Puppy dealing enables puppy farmers both licensed and unlicensed to profit from misery. No ‘ifs’, no ‘buts’, no ‘howevers’.
We will shortly be providing guidance for those members of the public who wish to submit a response to this consultation – something we urge all dog lovers to do. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make historic changes to the way puppies are purchased in Wales. Let’s stop them being sold on as commodities via third parties and in doing so, stop the exploitation of dogs like the hugely loved and greatly missed Lucy the Rescue Cavalier. #LucysLaw4Wales
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