Yesterday (5 October), almost exactly six months after Lucy’s Law came into effect in England, the Welsh government has confirmed that the ban on third party puppy (and kitten) sales will be introduced in Wales as well “by the end of this Senedd”.
Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, says in a written statement, “In June, I launched a public consultation on a ban of third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales which closed on 17 August 2020. We sought views and evidence for the proposal to ban of commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales.
It's been a long time coming but I'm delighted to have received written confirmation from @WGEnviroAgri that a ban on the third party sales of puppies and kittens WILL be brought in before the end of this Senedd term ❤
— Vikki Howells MS (@VikkiHowells) October 5, 2020
She adds, “The ongoing concern is the commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens may be associated with poorer welfare conditions for the animals compared with direct purchase from the breeder. For example, the introduction to several new and unfamiliar environments, and the increased likelihood of multiple journeys for such puppies and kittens have the potential to contribute to an increased risk of disease, and lack of socialisation and habituation.”
With 98 per cent of respondents in favour of ending third party sales for puppies and kittens in Wales, Griffiths confirmed that “a ban on commercial third party sales will be introduced by the end of this Senedd”.
This is an especially sweet victory for campaigners as Lucy, the rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who became the face of the campaign, was rescued from a Welsh puppy farm.
Donna Taylor, campaigner and volunteer at Friends of Animals Wales, said, “So finally we will have Lucy’s Law in Wales. It’s been a long hard road. Thinking of my beautiful girl Valerie, who suffered greatly at the hands of the unscrupulous puppy farmer who bred her tiny little body until it could take no more.
“We did it for you, sweetheart, and all the countless other dogs whose lives were devastated by this cruel industry. Hope you are doing some celebratory zoomies across the rainbow bridge, my darling girl.”