Lucys Law Wales Confirmed

LUCY’S LAW FOR WALES CONFIRMED – A BAN IS COMING!

Third party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales after a consultation showed overwhelming public support, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths confirmed on the 18th of July 2019.

https://gov.wales/third-party-sale-puppies-and-kittens-be-banned-wales

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It is hoped the ban will improve animal welfare conditions and help the public to make more informed choices when buying a pet. Plans for a ban will now be put to a full public consultation looking into the details and impacts of a ban, as well as amendments to breeding regulations to improve animal welfare conditions at breeding establishments.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced she also plans to revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions at breeding establishments. She said:

“We are committed to improving animal welfare conditions and ensuring they are protected from harm during the breeding process. Puppies and kitten sold by third parties are at greater risk of disease, a lack of socialisation and habituation, and the distress of being introduced to new and unfamiliar environments during multiple journeys.

That’s why we are bringing forward this ban and we’re pleased to see the public agree with it. We have listened to what people have said and will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens. We hope a ban will ensure people make an informed choice before purchasing a pet and ensure breeders take responsibility for the animals they are selling.”

This announcement puts Wales in line with England where Lucy’s Law will be fully implemented in April 2020. The introduction of Lucy’s Law in England and Wales is a result of years of campaigning led by Pup Aid, C.A.R.I.A.D. and Canine Action UK. C.A.R.I.A.D. led the campaign in Wales which included an event at The Senedd in July 2018 kindly sponsored by Eluned Morgan AM and co-sponsored by Vikki Howells AM.

www.cariadcampaign.co.uk/lucys-law-wales-event-at-the-senedd/

Wales has turned pink for Lucy’s Law. You can view our Turning Wales Pink for Lucy’s Law film at the link below:

www.cariadcampaign.co.uk/turning-wales-pink-for-lucys-law-film/

 

 

 

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TURNING WALES PINK FOR LUCY’S LAW FILM

We live in an angry world; an often too sad world. But sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remember that every now and then, when we all come together with a common goal, regardless of our background, ethnicity, age, sex or political beliefs, we can make something good happen in the world.

We’re proud to be part of the Lucy’s Law team led by the force of nature that is the remarkable Marc Abraham. And we’re equally proud to be spearheading the campaign to bring Lucy’s Law to Wales. With your help we will do it! So we wanted to take a moment to share this film with you to say a huge ‘thank you’. Your spirit, your love, your passion for dogs and your belief in us to help us end puppy farming is what makes it possible for us to keep doing what we do every day. We hope you like our little film and will share it with your friends and family.

www.vimeo.com/341430328

As part of C.A.R.I.A.D.’s campaign for Lucy’s Law in Wales which included an official presentation at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, a drop-in session for Assembly Members to meet puppy farm survivors, rallies and marches with dogs wearing Welsh flag bandanas, Councils across Wales also made it clear that the cruelty and exploitation of puppy farming had to stop. They put forward motions of support for the introduction of Lucy’s Law in Wales at Council meetings and by writing to the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths urging the Welsh Government to do the right thing for the dogs. Lucy’s Law enjoys cross-party support in Wales, just as it has in England where Lucy’s Law is now officially on the statue books and comes into effect from April 2020. Lucy’s Law is a ban that applies to the selling of both puppies and kittens by third parties including pet shops and puppy dealers.

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NO ‘IFS’, NO ‘BUTS’, NO ‘HOWEVERS’ – CONSULTATION ON THIRD PARTY SALES OF PUPPIES AND KITTENS

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

Consultation link below:

https://beta.gov.wales/third-party-sales-puppies-and-kittens

STOPTOBER 2018

STOPTOBER: STOP ALLOWING THIRD PARTY PUPPY SALES IN WALES

This October we’re calling on the Welsh Government to put a STOP to the third party selling of puppies in Wales. We’re calling on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law in Wales.

Following the announcement by Michael Gove that Lucy’s Law is to be introduced in England, we now need the Welsh Government to follow suit as a priority because a large number of puppy farms and some of the UK’s most prolific puppy dealers are based in Wales. Without Lucy’s Law in Wales puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies will continue to languish behind closed doors, suffering at the hands of people who put profit before welfare.

This October we’re calling for the abuse of puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies to STOP!

It was people power that secured Lucy’s Law in England, now we need people power to secure Lucy’s Law in Wales. Here’s how you can make a difference.

All UK residents, please sign and share our Lucy’s Law for Wales petition:

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1408

All Welsh residents, please write to your Assembly Member urging them to put pressure on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law. Find your Assembly Member here:

http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgFindMember.aspx

All Welsh residents, please write to your local Councillor requesting they urge their Council to support a motion for Lucy’s Law following in the footsteps of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Carmarthenshire County Council.

https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors

If you have media contacts interested in covering Lucy’s Law for Wales, please ask them to contact us at cariadcampaign@live.co.uk.

Further information on Lucy’s Law can be found on our website.

If you would like to help fund our work, please visit our Donate page, Sponsor page and Online Shop.

Lucy's Law Wales Petition

LUCY’S LAW FOR WALES – SIGN THE PETITION

LUCY’S LAW – ENGLAND DID IT AND NOW IT’S UP TO WALES!

Lucy’s Law is now desperately needed in Wales – the hub of puppy farming on mainland UK. You can help us ensure this happens quickly by signing and sharing our petition to the National Assembly for Wales. All UK residents can sign it so please, please, please let’s work together for the puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies suffering in Wales right now. Be their voice.

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1408

WHO CAN SIGN THE PETITION?

There is no geographical restriction on who can sign the petition. However, the process for signing is marginally different for people with addresses outside Wales:

When you have entered your postcode, please click on ‘Find my Constituency’. Your Assembly constituency will be populated automatically if you have entered a valid Welsh postcode.

If you are not a Welsh resident, you will be prompted to fill in the ‘Area of Residence’ field. Complete this field with a geographic descriptor of your choice (e.g. a town or region).

Complete the rest of the webpage and click ‘Sign this petition’.

Please note that your ‘Area of Residence’ (or ‘Constituency’ if you are a Welsh citizen) will be published underneath the petition so do not enter anything you would not wish to be seen (such as a postcode).

Lucys Law Explained Full Explanatory Document

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED

Following the announcement by Michael Gove on 21st August at Downing Street of the Government’s plan to implement Lucy’s Law (a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other commercial third party dealers), we have produced two documents to provide additional facts, answer questions and dispel the myths surrounding this historic animal welfare legislative change. Lucy’s Law is a strong message that selling puppies as a retail commodity – and concealing and condemning dogs to an existence as breeding machines in puppy farms to supply this trade – is no longer legally acceptable.

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – SUMMARY DOCUMENT

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – FULL EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT (click below)

LUCY’S LAW EXPLAINED – FULL EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT

The Government have launched a Consultation on Lucy’s Law in England where they are calling for people to let them know what they think about plans to introduce a ban.

CONSULTATION DESCRIPTION: We want to know what you think about plans to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. This will prevent pet shops, pet dealers, and other outlets from selling these animals in England unless they themselves have bred them. We expect that this ban will improve welfare conditions for cats and dogs that are under six months old.

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 19th September 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-commercial-third-party-sales-of-puppies-and-kittens-in-england

Cariad Campaign - Lucys Law

LUCY’S LAW WALES EVENT AT THE SENEDD

On Wednesday, 11th July 2018 C.A.R.I.A.D. held a Lucy’s Law Wales event at The Senedd. The event was kindly sponsored by Eluned Morgan AM and co-sponsored by Vikki Howells AM.

Lucy’s Law was launched on 6th December 2017 at a reception hosted by vet and campaigner, Marc Abraham, founder of Pup Aid, and supported by APDAWG, the All Party Parliamentary Group for dog welfare, chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP. Lucy’s Law is being championed by the Daily Mirror, and has received significant attention and support, from MPs across all parties, from the press and in social media including greatly appreciated support from Dogs Today, Dogs Monthly and Our Dogs (read more …)

Here are some photographs from the Lucy’s Law Wales event, as well as The Mirror report courtesy of our friend and exceptional journalist, Andrew Penman. We are especially grateful to all the wonderful puppy farm survivors who came along with their human carers and especially to the amazing volunteers from Friends of the Animals Wales.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/wales-unites-behind-lucys-law-12898741

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HELP TURN WALES PINK FOR #LUCYSLAW

If you live in Wales, we would be so grateful for your help with this.

You’ll have seen that thanks to the support of Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly, both Councils have passed motions of support for Lucy’s Law. This is such a significant development and we, or rather the puppy farm dogs, urgently need more Councils to follow suit.

Map of Wales Lucys Law

While the UK government is looking at ways to implement #LucysLaw (an immediate ban on the selling of puppies by third parties) in England, we need to impress on the Welsh government, why it is imperative that Wales also implements a ban to protect the breeding dogs in puppy farms here from continued exploitation. Getting Welsh councils on board is an important part of this.

#LucysLaw has cross party support, so it really doesn’t matter which party your Councillor or Council is; there is certain to be someone there who will want to get behind this.

Your local Councillor holds a surgery where you are able to meet them face to face but if you prefer to contact them via email, we’ve provided a template for you to use. It explains what Lucy’s Law is and why support for it in Wales is vital. It also asks them to put #LucysLaw forward as an agenda item for discussion at the next Council meeting so that hopefully your Council will join other Welsh Councils in supporting this vital dog welfare initiative to combat puppy farming.

Please do let us know how you get on in your area – especially if you convince your Councillor to get this on the agenda.

Together – let’s turn our map of Wales pink for all the Lucy’s out there who have suffered for so long. Thank you so much for helping these exploited dogs to have a voice in Wales.

You can find out who your local Councillor is here: Find Your Local Councillors

Here is a template that you can use to email your Councillor. Please feel free to personalise this template with your own thoughts. Thank you.

Dear Councillor  [NAME]

As a local resident I am contacting you about something that is very important to me, puppy farming and the puppy trade.

I’m sure that you are familiar with what a travesty it is that our beautiful country has for so long been labelled as the puppy farming hub of mainland UK. And you will have seen countless pictures and read numerous stories of the pain and suffering that is being witnessed first hand by local rescues who take in ex puppy farm breeding dogs that are no longer of ‘value’ to puppy farmers because they can’t produce puppies any more. The extensive veterinary costs and lengthy rehabilitation of these dogs, largely by volunteers, is utterly heart breaking. You will also no doubt be aware that not all of these ex breeding dogs are fortunate enough to be surrendered to rescues when their breeding lives are over. 

A campaign was launched in December 2017 in Westminster called Lucy’s Law. You may have heard of it because it has had significant press and media coverage and continues to do so.

It was launched 12 months after the passing of a greatly loved dog called Lucy who became the face of the anti-puppy farming movement both in the UK and abroad. Known as Lucy The Rescue Cavalier, she came from a Welsh puppy farm where she had been cruelly abused and neglected. Lucy was eventually rescued and able to experience love and care, but sadly only for a few short years.

There are thousands of ‘Lucys’ out there who urgently need things to change and right now, Lucy’s Law is being given serious consideration in England following a government consultation calling for evidence to ban the selling of puppies by third parties such as pet shops, garden centres and puppy dealers. 

You can view the parliamentary debate in England that resulted from a record-breaking government e-petition here:

https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/bf423510-4411-4597-a147-ca9d6ca8edd4

Wales needs Lucy’s Law

Third party selling is the way puppy farmers are able to continue to hide these dogs from public view. Transparency is urgently needed to combat puppy farming and Wales now has a vital role to play in this as a devolved administration. Welsh puppy farmers use third party dealers to sell their puppies remotely – usually in England – which means that the public don’t see the puppy with the mother (Defra’s own advice is to always see a pup interacting with its mum in the place where it was born). It means that the parent dogs are hidden from public view. There is no transparency of the conditions they are kept in and importantly, illegal puppy farmers sell their puppies via licensed pet shops, masking the illegal trade behind a legal loophole. The same is true of puppy smuggling, as the only legal route for these puppies to be sold in the UK is via a pet shop licence!

As well as a huge animal welfare issue, it is also an issue of public protection. Puppy buyers are duped into buying cute fluffy pups that are sick and heartbreakingly often die days or weeks after purchase. Too often these pups can be traced back to Welsh puppy farms.

Something else worth noting is that in 2016 the EFRA Sub-committee made a recommendation to the Westminster government to ban the selling of puppies via third parties following a visit by EFRA MPs to a licenced puppy farm in Ceredigion which sells puppies through dealers. 

What is heartening is that already two Welsh Councils, RCT and Caerphilly have now voted unanimously to support Lucy’s Law.

So I am asking if would be able to put support of #LucysLaw forward as a matter of urgency as an agenda item for the Council’s next meeting? 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

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WHY LUCY’S LAW IS VITAL TO END PUPPY FARMING

The reason we are so adamant that the biggest impact on bringing the barbaric industry of puppy farming to an end is through banning the selling of puppies in pet shops and by other third parties such as puppy dealers, is really very simple.

Puppy farmers use third parties to sell their mass produced puppies. Why? Because it’s convenient. Because it saves time. Because it means they can’t always be traced as the birthplace of puppies if they become sick or die. And, most importantly, because they don’t want Joe and Jane Public setting foot on their land.

As was proven in this excellent article by The Mirror’s Andrew Penman [click here], the public currently have no access to the majority of puppy farms. Not because of their locations, but because these farmers use the excuse of ‘health and safety’ and ‘farm machinery’ to ensure there’s no public entry and therefore no public transparency of what really goes on behind barn and shed doors.

Let’s face it, the last thing puppy farmers want is year round public scrutiny when at the moment they only have to clean up their premises and move sick and dying breeding dogs to other farms for a once yearly local authority inspection. An inspection that we can prove is flawed to the point of being almost worthless.

Imagine if puppy farmers had to keep things ‘presentable’ every day of the year? Imagine if the public could see how the mothers of these internet and newspaper classified advertised pups were really being kept … what their physical and psychological state was like and stare into the eyes of these shut down and terrified dogs? People may still buy the odd puppy in the belief they were saving it, but they’d also immediately report their concerns about the mothers and littermates to the authorities and campaign groups.

And word travels fast. People talk about their experiences good and bad. All it takes is one horrified puppy buyer to see the truth and that establishment’s reputation is in trouble. With all that pressure on these breeding establishments two things would most likely happen. One is that it all becomes too hard to be a puppy farmer and they sell up and get out altogether. The other is that they improve their establishments and animal husbandry to such an extent that they cease to be classified as puppy farmers and become high welfare commercial breeders. The latter may be a stretch but hey, who knows?

Ah but wait. There’s another problem. At the moment these puppy farmers are selling puppies for a pittance … in some cases for as little as £80 each. For the lack of time and effort they put into raising these puppies, that’s still a pretty good profit. But the real winners here are the puppy dealers. They hold pet shop licences which allow them to buy in these puppies and then sell them on to other puppy dealers, pet shops or direct to the public. Now that same £80 puppy is being sold for around £300+. The longer the supply chain, the more the cost of that £80 puppy goes up until it reaches you the consumer. In a high street pet shop for example, that £80 puppy, which will have travelled hundreds of miles and changed hands several times may now cost you anything from £700 to over four figures.

And here’s the real kicker. The reason this is a problem is that it ensures puppy farmers can never afford to improve conditions sufficiently to make it possible for them to sell puppies directly to the public in the first place. So third party selling actually perpetuates the existence of an industry that everyone wants to see eradicated. (Well nearly everyone – plenty of criminals definitely want it to continue!)

How anyone can think this sort of puppy supply chain is good for either dogs or the public is astonishing. And yet, there are still those who think a ban on third party puppy selling isn’t worth fighting for because it’s ‘idealistic’. Damned straight it’s idealistic. It’s our job to fight for an ideal world for our sentient, voiceless friends and not lower our sights and give in to what naysayers think is more ‘pragmatic’ and more convenient.

A third party ban isn’t the only part of the whole solution. There are many other improvements which we support. But as the most significant and decisive action that can be taken – an action that would starve puppy farmers out of business – we’re standing firm on pushing for a ban with Lucy’s Law because, quite frankly, without this in place, all the other excellent recommendations won’t achieve the intended aim which is surely to end the cruelty of puppy farming and the hugely damaging trade in puppies.