UK Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Stop Online Puppy Mill Dealers

UK Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Stop Online Puppy Mill Dealers

Many people who buy puppies online or in pet shops are unaware of the horror that goes on in notorious puppy mills. Dogs are kept in cramped, filthy cages, and many get sick or even die in the terrible conditions.

In an attempt to end the cruelty, the UK government has proposed Lucy’s Law, legislation stating that puppies can no longer be sold without the mother present. This law was enacted after the rescue of a cavalier spaniel named Lucy from a puppy mill. Suffering from epilepsy and a curved spine, among other health issues, Lucy died shortly after her rescue.

The government is cracking down now, and plans to ban breeders from selling puppies they didn’t breed themselves, as well as require online dealers to meet a strict set of guidelines before selling.

The new regulations aim to disintegrate puppy mills and the online market, as well as put an end to the increasing illegal puppy trade.

Pexels.com

The demand for “designer dogs” in the UK has fueled a huge, multi-million-pound illegal market, involving the smuggling of specific breeds into the country to be sold as hot commodities. These internet puppies come from eastern European puppy mills, where they’re torn from their tired, overbred mothers much too young and smuggled across the continent. After receiving fake pet passports, many puppies die on the trip, while others require intense veterinary care once they arrive at their destination.

Close monitoring will be required if the legislation is to succeed.

“This year our inspectors, working with the police and councils, rescued hundreds of puppies and breeding dogs being kept in miserable, squalid conditions by heartless people cashing in on the growing market for puppies,” said interim chief executive of the RSPCA Michael Ward. “We hope these proposed licensing conditions for England will improve the welfare of puppies and their parents and also crackdown on the multi-million pound illegal trade making it less likely that people are duped by rogue dealers.”

We are excited that the new legislation will work to bring an end to the cruel puppy trade in the UK, and hope to see other countries follow suit. Still, the best way to stop puppy mills and curb the out-of-control homeless pet population is to adopt companion animals from shelters, and skip breeders altogether.



Note: Please keep comments peaceful and family friendly.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

27 Comments

  1. P GALLIE

    P> To stamp puppymills-breeders out, we need to tax them to death. They have not been paying their taxes because the system simply cannot track their sales. Give tax breaks to tax payers and they will report where they bought their dogs through their tax return. This way the government can track their sales and tax them to death. Just like they track rental income.

    Reply Report comment
  2. Norma Hurt

    Hate puppy mills no matter where they are, they are he’ll holes and so many wonderful loving animals who need homes in shelter.All puppy mills need to be banned.

    Reply Report comment
  3. linda

    In favor of Lucy’s Law and what I would like to know when discovered that puppies came from a mill and are tracked down. What are the penalties that the breeders are gonna face.The way that document is written there are loopholes that puppy mill owners can escape. At least taking a stand and government actually admitting there is a real problem and pursuing it and now make it stand. Hope it works and hope other countries join in the battle of puppy mill closures. Thumbs up. Does this also include the selling of greyhounds to China to be killed. Didn’t read anything about that.

    Reply Report comment
  4. Kathleen Turner

    That’s awesome! This needs to happen everywhere! Don’t shop… adopt!

    Reply Report comment
  5. Irene Smith

    Good it’s about time!! Now if they go after these people that are selling dogs and cats on line and charge them for animal cruelty.

    Reply Report comment
  6. Allan Booyjzsen

    Good news, but they must now recognise them as sentient beings.

    Reply Report comment
  7. B Baker

    Brilliant, a long time coming,hope it shuts all the puppy farms. Everyone who has a dog should think and think again before breeding from it, that includes pedigrees, mongrels and so called designer dog cross breeds.

    Reply Report comment
  8. Darlene Mangini

    Thank God that this is being addressed and hopefully putting an end to these puppy mills.

    Reply Report comment
  9. Patricia Ann Poole

    I can’t understand that these hell holes have not been shut down once and for all many years ago. I wonder what kind of laws are preventing this from happening when we all know what is going on. Also, there are the back yard breeders – that is another story. There are just too many dogs and cats that need homes and not enough homes for them plus apartment owners don’t allow animals on their property. Things are very much out of control with the animal population. Somehing needs to be done now!!!

    Reply Report comment
    • Allan Booyjzsen

      You are 100% right Patricia, and it is not just in the UK. It seems that there are a lot of uncompassionate people through out the world, who do it just for the money!

      Reply Report comment
    • Jacqueline

      I heard When the law catches them they just reopen somewhere else or they go into places like Craig’s list. It must be the laws are not strict enough if they just reopen. Prison and lose all their money; donate it to animal safety.

      Reply Report comment
  10. Anne Grice

    Enforce this legislation as if it is meant!

    Reply Report comment
  11. Debra Sullenberger

    I think dog breeding and selling should be outlawed.

    Reply Report comment
    • Jacqueline Miller

      Deborah i totally agree with you

      Reply Report comment
  12. Lynn

    This should have been nipped in the bud years ago, but at least something seems to be moving now!!! Let’s hope this stops all this cruelty!! ????????

    Reply Report comment
  13. Leanne

    Good on the U.K. for cracking down on puppy mills. I fully support Lucy’s law. People should adopt dogs from their local shelter. There are so many dogs waiting to go to loving forever homes.

    Reply Report comment
  14. sandra

    could people please please please stop forgetting that these same things happen to cats!

    Reply Report comment
    • Gail

      YES, you are right. It is worse than ever, I’m sure.

      Reply Report comment
    • Leanne

      This is isn’t about cats There are lots of postings about cats that don’t mention dogs .

      Reply Report comment
    • Jacqueline Miller

      You are right, cats too. Rescue pets make the best. They in many cases have been to hell. They make the most loving faithful loving members of any good loving family. Irrelevant of breed. Trust their heart, you will never know loyalty like it ❤❤❤❤❤

      Reply Report comment
  15. DIANE WEIR

    It does not matter what Country is involved, in this day with all the information about these “hell holes” that people blindly keep buying from these people. To me they are not real animal lovers, they just want something “cheap”, wake up people. This cruel breeding has to stop somehow.

    Reply Report comment
  16. Lynne

    Great now they have to stop selling greyhounds to China to be killed

    Reply Report comment
    • Jacqueline Miller

      Great and i totally agree with Lynn. STOP SELLING GREYHOUNDS TO CHINA OR PHILIPPINES OR ANYWHERE IN KOREA. ALL EVIL !

      Reply Report comment

Get The Newsletter!

Fields marked with an * are required
Sign This Petition