Lucy's Law: We must ban third-party puppy sales as soon as possible, says campaigner

Caroline Yates says puppies like these Welsh corgis deserve better than illegal farms

Caroline Yates says puppies like these Welsh corgis deserve better than illegal farms

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The CEO of animal welfare charity The Mayhew has thrown her weight behind proposed legislation known as 'Lucy's Law' to protect puppies from cruelty.

Caroline Yates spoke to Mike Graham and Katie Perrior after the Government announced that environment secretary Michael Gove is exploring the possibility of banning the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party vendors. Gove's department will now call for evidence on the proposals, which are intended to curb illegal puppy farms.

The legislation, backed by celebrity vet Marc Abraham, is known as Lucy's Law after a plucky dog who escaped from appalling conditions in a puppy farm.

Yates urged listeners to get behind the law, and send any relevant evidence to their local MP. She said the law was a "big step forward", adding that third-party sellers are "not in it for the welfare or the love of the animals. It's a commercial business, it's a money-making business."

Mike and Katie both shared rather amusing stories about their attempts to train their animals, with both reporting that the attempts ended in abject failure.