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.
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:
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.