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Lucy’s Law passed the UK and it’s an idea that I hope will spread internationally.

The campaign to pass it began after public outrage in the UK hit the tipping in response to the sad story of Lucy, an abused Cavalier King Spaniel who was victimized terribly by a puppy mill breeder.

The new law makes 3rd party sales of puppies & kittens illegal, toughens up revamped licensing laws and requires posting a license number when soliciting sales on the internet.

In essence, Lucy’s Law puts puppy & kitten mills out of business.

Bravo UK. We need Lucy’s Law here, too.

Link to BBC article:
Lucy's Law - The story of the dog that sparked a campaign
https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-45271734



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There are already laws regarding puppy mill puppy selling in the states, but they are state laws, not federal laws. All states should enact good legislation along these lines, but I doubt there would be a federal law dealing with this matter.



New York's law went into effect earlier this year. https://positively.com/news/new-york-governor-signs-puppy-mill-regulation-bill/ and https://ag.ny.gov/animals


California also has a law regarding disallowing the sale of puppy mill puppies. https://www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/california-becomes-first-state-us-ban-sale-puppy-mill-dogs-pet-stores
 
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Somehow, nothing ever gets passed in Missouri, but three cheers for the UK! Laws and regulations are only effective when there is an effective inspection and enforcement component. In the US, we don’t seem to do that part well at all, with any of the agencies.
 

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I welcome the law, but wonder about the enforcement. It will be added to the ever growing list of responsibilities of local councils, many of which are already cutting services to the bone in the face of massive funding cuts imposed by central government. We do not have a mechanism for increasing local taxes in the UK, so they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. But the Act is certainly a step in the right direction, particularly if it shuts down the trade in imported under age pups.

The pseudo-rescues are also a concern here. It is an unregulated area, and there are already many tales of dubious practices.
 

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Enforcement is the big gap/fail point in all of these measures anywhere you go isn't it? Missouri of course will never pass any such regulations since they are the US epicenter of puppy milling.


fjm can you please elaborate on the "pseudo-rescue" issues. That is not a term I think I've seen before, but am interested in the idea of. I have long thought that lots of big rescue groups are problematic since they become dependent on having rescue-able stock and have to go out and do things like buying dogs out of mill auctions. That smacks of the pot calling the kettle black and/or a chicken-egg problem....a very vicious circle.
 
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I am thinking of several that have the reputation at least of gathering in all the pretty, fluffy, easily rehomed dogs and charging hefty fees - one in particular runs as a business rather than a charity, also acting as the pound for a number of local councils. There have been dark, quite possibly apocryphal, tales of suitable dogs being bred to produce saleable puppies, amongst other dubious practices. There is legislation that registered charities must abide by, but anyone can set up a "rescue", and while most are run by dedicated animal lovers doing their best to make a difference there is the potential for the term to be misused, especially if puppy millers need a new front to sell through. This is why the Dogs Trust would like to see legislation to cover sanctuaries as well: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/22/government-to-ban-unethical-puppy-and-kitten-farms-in-england
 
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